Reports to the Kindly Man: 2

[See here for backstory.]

  1. This looks like a fun tool for doing nicer-looking cost-benefit and other tradeoff-related analysis than the standard hacky Google Sheet. Among the examples, I was most interested in the Syrian refugee returnee estimates and policing cost-benefit simulations,[1][2] but the award for scariest analysis definitely goes to the number of free hours as a parent model.
  2. If you hike in the Berkeley hills and ever note a mysterious wafting maple syrup aroma in the vicinity of the Stonewall-Panoramic trail, here’s the likely explanation:
‘’Lactarius rubidus’’ (candy cap) mushroom. Image source: Wikimedia.

3. Somehow I never thought until today to ask why Boston is nicknamed Beantown:

According to, back in colonial days, a favorite Boston food was beans baked in molasses for several hours. Boston was part of the “triangular trade” in which slaves in the Caribbean grew sugar cane to be shipped to Boston, in order to be made into rum and in turn sent to West Africa for the acquisition of more slaves.

Nice horrifying economic equilibrium you’ve got there. Sure would be a shame if anything happened to it