Friday, September 08, 2006

What to do?

I have a couple of ideas for books to read, including the recommended Epstein. Who is interested?

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Hello everyone.

I hope you guys are having a fantastic summer and have many ideas to contribute to SPEL this year. We have many ideas that will be discussed in person when everyone gets into town. The number 1 priority right now is running the "Busted: know your rights" lecture we had last year. That is a great way to get people interested and involved in the club. Also we need to come up with strategies for targeting the incoming freshmen. Please use this blog as a place to brainstorm ideas. The successful "Busted" event last year was Andrew's idea, so anything can happen.

One idea of mine that I think is very important to the success of the club is having a polished website as a centralized source for information pertaining to the club. On it I would like to have information on past speakers, pictures, video, calendar, contact information to officers and members.

I want to bring SPEL out into the open this year making it controversial and a lot of fun. SPEL does not have to be a dry academic club. If it is not fun it won't be successful. I am thinking of doing some trips during the year. I am adament about having a camping trip and a beach retreat. The beach retreat is very doable and economical, however the camping trip will require a little more planning, but has the potential to be a lot more fun. Also on the radar is having SPEL mixers and low key informal get togethers, whatever you take those to be.

What I'm saying is that this is everyone's club and everyone's responsiblity to make sure it is totally off the hook. The club can do anything you want it to, within reason, but we just need to get a dialog going so we can have an awesome time this year.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Lettuce Brain Storm Together

Greetings Fellow Spellers,

Next semester is rapidly approaching. It is a good idea to begin thinking about ideas and events for this coming year as Chris has already mentioned.

IMPORTANT POINT: I'm sure all of us will be really busy but if we each can allocate some time consistently to the club, it will be a GREAT success. I am willing to commit 1 hour every week consistently to make sure things are running well. If we have specific projects or events to work on or promote then I certainly will do more. The point I am trying to make is that I will commit at least one hour to working on SPEL projects per week. If we have 5 people commiting 1 hour a week then that makes 5 hours being spent on SPEL. It's almost a good deal if you think about it....we get 5 hours worth of work done and only had to put in 1 hour. We all get to enjoy the benefits of each others work ideally.

Let's not forget the ultimate reason for doing this work is to have fun. Lots of it.

Other then that let's think about discussion/debate ideas, topics, speakers, theories, and anything we can add to our program this semester to make it bigger, better and uncut. (Yep kinda like the South Park Movie but, not really.)

Thank you for your attention.

BRAIN STORM GO! Indeed, Quite.



Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Tourist Tax Fallacy

I need some help backing this up with data, but here's what I think about "tourist taxes" like the car rental tax and the prepared food and beverage tax:

1) they are mostly paid by non-tourists
2) people actually buy into the arguments that say otherwise (making it a fallacy)
3) local politicians feed on this ignorance

What is the best way to get evidence on the burden of the "tourist tax"? My dad operates a car rental agency and I have seen the people who rent the cars. Most of them are locals, but they still have to pay the combined 11% tax on rental cars.

I have to pay the prepared food and beverage tax every time I go out for lunch, even though I'm not a visitor. The fallacy can be summed up as this: Nearly all tourists rent a car or dine out. Therefore, a tax on prepared food and rental cars will be borne by tourists.

The fallacy could be corrected by admitting that: While nearly all tourists rent a car or dine out, most of the people who do so are not tourists. It follows immmediately that the tax burden in this case is not borne exclusively, or even largely, by tourists.

How can I test whether or not my intuition and anecdotal evidence give me the right impression?

Monday, April 17, 2006


Just in....Worker Exploitation is GOOD!!!

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Friday, April 07, 2006

The discussion

Join in on the discussion over here.

Global Warming...Drug Use...South Park

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Sending Off Sendek

It's still unofficial at this point, but NC State basketball head coach Herb Sendek has accepted an offer to coach at Arizona State. While I'm sure he's a perfectly nice guy, I think his time was up. The ACC is a high-pressure environment for coaches and I don't think he was ever comfortable with that pressure. For the better.

But what are we going to do about a coach now? Anyone care to speculate who NC State athletics will hire? If we can't find an experienced coach, I think we should just let Tom Burleson take the job. He could put together a heck of a team, but of course he wants David Thompson to be the coach:
I shouldn't say this but I would like to see David Thompson as the head coach
and Monte Towe as head assistant and build a staff around them. If you're going
to go after a marquee coach, go after a Rick Barnes or go after a John Calipari
but you've got to realize it's going to take a lot of money to do that. I just
think that we have so much talent within our own alumni.

Whatever Burleson says. David Thompson would no doubt be more popular with the fans. It's just crazy enough to work.