How the Pandemic has changed the Premium of Living in a City
How has the U.S. city fared over the course of the pandemic? “I don’t think rentals will ever recover in Manhattan” “I’m never going back to SF” “There won’t be enough homes in America to support the suburban eisodos” Rent prices are collapsing around the world due to COVID-19. All the benefits of living in…
The Secret of Car Sales: The Science of the Negotiation
I spent an entire summer selling cars (July 4th is a good weekend to buy cars). I sold Hyundais, at a local dealership in Kentucky. I really enjoyed it, but it was a big time investment. I was on the car lot all the time – morning, night, weekends, weekdays – selling, selling, selling.
Is GameStop a Bank? Modeling the Video Game Market (Sort of)
I could not get this exchange between JK Rowling and Elon Musk from yesterday out of my head.
Probability vs. Possibility: Lottery Analysis in Quarantine
The probability of you winning is low, but the probability of someone winning is high. The paradox of the lottery. It’s a scary time right now. Many people are losing their jobs, unemployment is past 20%, there is a global pandemic, and there doesn’t appear to be a clear path back to normalcy. But the…
Why Did Bernie Sanders Drop out of the Election? Lessons from Game Theory
Bernie Sanders suspended his campaign on April 9th of 2020. He will remain on the ballot. What happened? I think that there are some lessons from game theory that can apply here. Disclaimer: this is not a political article, I have no opinion on any of the candidates below, and none of this is written…
Spotify Sentiment Analysis: The Joy of the Jam
What you listen to influences your emotional state It’s interesting to use music choices as a chance for reflection on the past A R I Z O N A is a great band I have been trying to figure out what to write about for a long time. Everything felt wrong or off that was…
The Reminder That We Are All Human
“A philosopher once asked, “Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?” Pointless, really…”Do the stars gaze back?” Now, that’s a question.” Source: Neil Gaiman I do not have the words for what is currently happening. There is so much uncertainty. It is almost…
The Market as an Athlete: Periodization in Training
I remember 2008. I was 11. I remember being worried about gas prices. I remember not going on vacation. I remember things being tense. I could feel the stress that surrounded me.
My Old Kentucky Home: Place-based Inequality in America
Central and Eastern Kentucky are flooding, with hundreds of homes lost. The loss of coal mining jobs and the opioid crisis are two key hindrances to growth that Kentucky is grappling with Place-based inequality is a tough issue to tackle, and it comes with many nuances. Kentucky is a beautiful, beautiful state.
Ditch Your Car: Ridesharing is More Cost Effective
Ride or Drive: A Financial Model Comparing Ridesharing to Car Ownership Can ride-sharing really replace cars? The numbers say if you drive less than 10,000 miles, maybe.