Stop what you're doing and visit The Earth Awaits:
(Bookmark it too. Go ahead, I'll wait.)
Made by our friend The Frugal Vagabond, The Earth Awaits uses Numbeo data and other public-facing data sets to give estimated lifestyle costs for the entire world. It's no joke; go poke around with the tool and see what you come up with.
As for a DQYDJ update: continue to expect a slight dearth of content for some time. We'll get back on a more regular schedule again soon!
Links We Liked!
- (Better late than never on this post!) What if you are what you can't fully digest on your own? Science news had a piece on the influence of microbes on anxiety, depression and mood.
- At Political Calculations, a nice post tracing the number of publicly listed firms in American markets since 1975. Before you visit, call your shot: how do you think the tech bubble in the late 90s affected the number of public firms?
- Interesting piece from the BBC on never retiring from working, and a nice introduction to Charles Eugster - a 97 year old with incredible work ethic.
- Rationality and IQ are not as closely linked as we once believed. It turns out that rationality is a trainable trait, as opposed to IQ where evidence of trainablity is controversial.
- That gives us a perfect lead-in for Sherry at Save. Spend. Splurge.'s shared observation: smart people often are unable to manage their cash flows.
- Bloomberg lards up their site with a delicious article on the packaging of bacon - why is bacon packaged with the fat towards the back viewing window?
- You've probably heard hitters in baseball discussing "seeing the type of pitch as it leaves the pitcher's hand" when discussing hitting performance. Fan Graphs goes into detail on what, exactly, that might mean.
- Ben Carlson at A Wealth of Common Sense asks if the value premium is disappearing and discusses what might have caused value's recent underperformance.
- From the "what's up with online reviews?" department, there's an interesting story this week of a game publisher suing negative reviewers of their games. This practice got them dropped from Steam understandably, but this story doesn't look to be over yet! We might have to revisit the topic - we had a casual discussion of online review gamification a while back.