How Americans change their mind

From Alex Tribou and Keith Collins at Bloomberg Business on Sunday:

Social change in the U.S. appears to follow a pattern: A few pioneer states get out front before the others, and then a key event—often a court decision or a grassroots campaign reaching maturity—triggers a rush of state activity that ultimately leads to a change in federal law.

This is how fast America changes its mind

Why I haven’t been writing

Again, I haven’t written here lately. I’ve been writing a little more elsewhere, though. I have an article coming out on Enhancing Capital sometime this week. My journal is also a little fuller than it was a few days ago.

I was right last time I posted here—I am settling into somewhat of a routine, now that I’ve got the first six weeks of a new job behind me. But oddly, that routine doesn’t involve quite as much writing as it used to, and that’s not because I don’t have the time. Frankly, I don’t really know what to write about anymore.

Part of me thinks this has something to do with the quantitative nature of my day-time work. I’m a research analyst for a market research firm. I study survey results from every which angle, looking for interesting trends to show our clients. This isn’t complex math by any means, but the reasoning I’m doing certainly falls on the left side of the brain (if you believe in that sort of thing).

Because of this, I think, I’ve been noticing order in things—road patterns, architecture, ways of speaking—that I didn’t notice before. Music is especially interesting these days. I’m a little better now at keeping rhythm while playing, and I’m noticing more of the complexities in rhythms in songs on the radio. I’m adding up daily expenses in my head. Weird little things like that—things that don’t leave much time for the types of political/economic/financial considerations that usually make the muse for what I post on this blog.

This isn’t like some uncontrollable impulse. This doesn’t happen all day, every day. Just every so often, I find myself thinking about how things are ordered and arranged where I used to think about what things mean (in a philosophical sense). But I guess order itself is something worth considering philosophically—order is heaven’s first law, after all.

I’m also taking a somewhat advanced microeconomics/game theory class right now. And graduate-level econometrics. And macroeconomics. Maybe those are more to blame. And the fact that I come home super-tired at 11 o’clock most days.

Or maybe this all has nothing to do with it. It sounds silly reading it over. Either way, I haven’t had much inspiration to write lately. My classes will be done for the summer after next week, so perhaps things will change then. Who knows. I’m happy either way. I do hope to write more one day—I’d love to write for a living. But until then, I’m more than pleased to keep at my daily grind. My job is intellectually stimulating and engaging, which is more than most can say. I ought to be thankful, and I am.

Oh…one more thing. I said in an earlier post that I have been working on a website whose name would soon be announced on this blog. Here it is:

I didn’t create this from the ground, up. I did brand it, though, and come up with the logo and marketing materials. The URL was my find, too. I’m really not sure what my goal with this site is—to get bookings, yes, but I’m not sure why. For now, though, I’m trying to market on social media and see how far I can get without paying for advertising. So be a pal and forward this to your friends? I’d appreciate it. I promise all prices are as good as you’ll find on Expedia, and probably anywhere else on the web. And everything is totally secure…I had some professionals tell me so.

Explaining my absence

I haven’t written much lately. Actually, I haven’t written at all lately.

That’s because I’ve been busy, and I don’t like throwing junk up on this blog just to say I posted. Believe it not, I put thought into what I write here.

But I must diverge from my normal run of economic/financial/political/whatever-interests-me commentary and give a brief personal update, because I’ve been crazy (though not overwhelmingly) busy.

I started a job last month. I work at a market research firm in Arlington, VA doing B2B survey analysis. I love it so far.

When my wife and I first moved back to the D.C. area last fall, I didn’t plan to be working while taking classes. After the fall semester, though, I decided I just didn’t have enough to do. Frankly, school isn’t all that hard. I had a great undergraduate training in economics at Grove City College that I think gives me a little edge over my classmates. I can’t say I’m at the top of my class, but I definitely don’t need to study as hard as everyone else. I’m learning tons, though–more than I even expected coming in to the program.

On top of all that, I’ve also been working on a website. I’ll reveal the name soon. It’s taken me quite a while to get up and running (is two months a long time?), but it’s definitely going to pay off. I can feel it!

That’s it. I finally feel like I’ve settled into something of a routine at work, so hopefully I’ll have time to read and blog more in the coming weeks. In the meantime, here’s an interesting post from Bryan Caplan that relates, even if rather obtusely, to something I wrote here a while back.