The "Key Posts" link at the top of my blog lists all important posts through the end of 2016. This is intended as a complement to that list, in two categories: popular new posts and popular older posts. (You can see other recent posts by clicking on the Archive link at the top of my blog.) The numbers shown are pageviews throughout 2017 according to Google Analytics. My blog homepage had 34,833 pageviews in 2017. Total pageviews were 240,568 in 2017.
I was one of the "21 experts" in the FocusEconomics article "21 experts tell us what the future looks like for cryptocurrencies and blockchain." My bit reads as follows:Governments will retain control of currencies. But the blockchain technology is very exciting. What is most exciting is the possibility that the credit-card/debit card oligopoly might be disrupted so that fees come way, way down. Many central banks are working toward issuing their own digital currencies.
Looking at Narayana Kocherlakota's brief on "Toy Models" that Noah Smith flags, my reaction is that in macroeconomics these days, there is much too much respect for the older generation of macroeconomists. Scientific progress requires a certain level of disrespect for one's elders. I feel the needed level of disrespect for one's elders is currently lacking. Many rules were set down at the dawn of the Rational Expectations Revolution. It is time for more of those rules to be broken.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".