I am somewhat late on this but by pure randomness I found an amazing and simple application for Mac (also avail. for iPhone and iPad) called Omniwriter. Omniwriter is a simple text editor that allows you to be totally focused when it comes to writing. It is hard to really explain what this application is all about. In one sentence, I would say that Omniwriter is what writing would be like in heaven. I’ll let the video below really demonstrate what Omniwriter is all about:
Posted 21 Nov 2012 — by Charles Martineau Category Economics
Great new article in HBR by Ronald Coase title “Saving Economics from the Economists”
The main point of the article?…“The tools used by economists to analyze business firms are too abstract and speculative to offer any guidance to entrepreneurs and managers in their constant struggle to bring novel products to consumers at low cost.”
Yesterday my friend urged me to read How to Build an Economic Model in Your Spare Time by Hal R. Varian — econ. prof at Berkeley. Soooo refreshing! To make this short, its another amazing guide on helping economist and any researchers on how to generate great research ideas and produce great work. But there is something that I read in there that you will not usually hear in academia:
There are three parts to a seminar: the introduction, the content, and the conclusion. My advice about introductions is simple: don’t have one. I have seen many seminars ruined by long, pretentious, contentless introductions. My advise: say a few sentences about the big picture and then get down to business: show them what you’ve got and why it’s important. The primary reason to get down to business right away is that your audience will only remember about twenty minutes of your talk and that is usually the first twenty minutes. So make sure that you get some useful information into that first twenty minutes.
Most of the seminars I attend its always the same god damn thing… if the presenter takes too much time before jumping in the meat of his or her research, people start to ask a lot of questions and the audience lose track right away and wonders why there is someone if front of them… I usually start dreaming : )