Ralph Haygood

Ralph Haygood

I'm an entrepreneur and scientist. As an entrepreneur, I founded CardVine. As a scientist, I study evolution, ecology, genetics, and genomics. Learn more about me at http://ralphhaygood.com/.

On Moral Calculus Elucidated

@KarenUhOh: "price elasticity" or, more precisely, "price elasticity of demand" is a standard, reasonably well defined thing in economics (e.g.,


). Whether Amazon has measured it as they claim is, of course, another matter, and whether it implies what Amazon asserts it does is, of course, yet another matter.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 9:42 pm 1

On Habitat Unnatural

I grew up in that room. I left it some time ago, and I won't be going back. Nothing could possibly induce me to live again in houses or neighborhoods like the Los Angeles suburbs where I was raised.

Posted on July 30, 2014 at 7:51 pm 0

On Who Will Disrupt the Public Good?

What is this "public good" of which you speak? I have dwelt here in The Land of the Free (TM) since the reign of Saint Ronald of Friedmanshire, and I have never heard of any such thing.

Posted on July 29, 2014 at 4:07 pm 0

On The Borowitz Problem

I have no sympathy for anyone so dull-witted that he or she cannot recognize Borowitz pieces as satire. Whether you think they're funny or not - I sometimes do find them funny - they're very obviously jokes.

Posted on July 24, 2014 at 10:49 am 1

On Pity the Incoherent Youngs

"To be clear, this is all toxic share waste": And that's a beautiful way of putting it, much more evocative than "click bait".

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 3:57 pm 0

On Reasons to Weep

Aw, poor little rich girl. My heart sooo does not bleed for her.

There actually is a good reason to start "the next Facebook" elsewhere, which would never occur to Ms. Bresch, namely the rise of America's megalomaniac spooks and the failure of America's legislators and judges to restrain them.

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:47 pm 1

On Reasons to Weep

@deepomega: Needless to say, Ms. Bresch isn't going to become a Dutch citizen and thereby expose herself to Dutch taxes on individuals. No siree. Last year, the rate on income over 55,991 euros was 52% (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Income_tax_in_the_Netherlands). TYRANNY!!!

Posted on July 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm 4

On Steak Expensive

Balk's piece, in addition to being an Awl Classic (TM), makes the valid point that cooking steak is easy, with the obvious implication that paying someone many dollars to do it is silly.

Posted on July 11, 2014 at 11:40 am 0

On Introducing... Shirterate

If Balk had written this, it would be titled "How to tuck in a fucking shirt."

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm 1

On Introducing... Shirterate

@Clarence Rosario: That's exactly how I misread it at first. Shiterate would also be appropriate for the target demographic.

Posted on July 10, 2014 at 5:23 pm 1