Scott Locklin

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Scott Locklin works on quantitative finance problems in Berkeley, California, but has lately been considering emigrating to America.


Russia Watch

Pity the Poor Ukrainians

Pity the Poor Ukrainians

December 13, 2013

Pity the poor Ukrainians. Theirs is a vast country, fertile of soil and rich in

Tech Overload

Curse of the Nerd Dildo

Curse of the Nerd Dildo

July 03, 2013

When I was a larval nerdling in graduate school, I allowed myself to be seen in

District of Corruption

Turned by the Spooks

Turned by the Spooks

June 18, 2013

One of the upsides to living in the panopticon is the ability to call powerful

Scandal

Hiding in Plain Sight

Hiding in Plain Sight

June 10, 2013

Thanks to the UK Guardian, everyone now knows the NSA is spying on US citizens.

Home Front

They Say They Want a Revolution

They Say They Want a Revolution

June 06, 2013

According to Fairleigh Dickinson University’s PublicMind survey, 29% of US

Public Nuisances

Nerds Behaving Badly

Nerds Behaving Badly

March 27, 2013

The “microaggressions” website reads like comedy. It is pathetic and funny,

Sports

Wrestling Gets Tapped Out of the Olympics

Wrestling Gets Tapped Out of the Olympics

February 21, 2013

The sport of wrestling has suffered a slow decline over the last 100 years.

Deep Thoughts

When Atheists Are A+holes

When Atheists Are A+holes

February 11, 2013

Fifty percent of Americans think atheists are a pain in the ass. Only half as

Politics

The Scum at the Surface of the Black Lagoon

The Scum at the Surface of the Black Lagoon

August 20, 2012

Most sensible Americans agree that foreign lobbyists are a pox on the nation,

Ahhh!!!

A Short Guide to Leftist Conspiracy Theories

A Short Guide to Leftist Conspiracy Theories

July 23, 2012

Wallowing in their feelings of superiority over the tinfoil-helmet brigade, the

Energy

Higgs Boredom

Higgs Boredom

July 17, 2012

The possible discovery of the Higgs boson was announced on the Fourth of July.

Economic Crisis

Stimu-liars and the Stimu-lies They Tell

Stimu-liars and the Stimu-lies They Tell

July 02, 2012

In the abstract world of economic thought, certain abstract thinkers have come

Russia Watch

Romney: Wrong on Russia

Romney: Wrong on Russia

June 25, 2012

Mitt Romney has gone on record with the crackpot idea that the Russians are

Home Front

Good News for Chicken Little

Good News for Chicken Little

June 23, 2012

In these dark days of the republic, sourpusses abound. Less than a third of the

Evolution

Christian Science

Christian Science

May 08, 2012

I’m not religious, nor am I a proponent of intelligent design (ID). But I am

Real Estate

Fantasy Island, Libertarian Style

Fantasy Island, Libertarian Style

April 23, 2012

The modern age offers no refuge from the state. The world’s habitable

All About Me

Digging Up My Roots With a Cyber-Shovel

Digging Up My Roots With a Cyber-Shovel

April 12, 2012

In The Odyssey, Theoclymenus asks of Telemachus, “Among men, who are you?

Education

Old English v. New Elites

Old English v. New Elites

March 29, 2012

Intelligent people worry that our new “meritocratic” elite may become a

Ahhh!!!

The Corporate Personhood Delusion

The Corporate Personhood Delusion

March 11, 2012

Across the nation, the question resounds: “Are corporations people?” To a man

Politics

Why Democrats Lost the Redneck Vote

Why Democrats Lost the Redneck Vote

February 29, 2012

From Francis Fukuyama to Barack Obama to The New Yorker, nobody to the left of

Lit Crit

The Neocons’ Intellectual Codpiece

The Neocons’ Intellectual Codpiece

January 24, 2012

My first exposure to Straussian ideas was in college via a photocopy handout of

Knock Off

Consumer Culture’s Top Five Failures

Consumer Culture’s Top Five Failures

January 09, 2012

This is the time of year when we celebrate the national religion of

Tech Overload

The Golden Dodo Bird in the Sky

The Golden Dodo Bird in the Sky

January 01, 2012

The F-35 is the latest marvel brought to us by the military-industrial complex.

Commerce

The Problem With Global Finance

The Problem With Global Finance

December 07, 2011

The present European financial crisis seems absurdly complicated to the outside

Rocket Science

Gaia-Unfriendly

Gaia-Unfriendly

November 25, 2011

A few years ago I received a telephone call from a college fundraising creep

Bravery Hurts

Never Trust Anyone Who Hasn’t Been Punched in the Face

Never Trust Anyone Who Hasn’t Been Punched in the Face

September 07, 2011

Conservatives like to talk about the causes of Western Civilization’s

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