“Another example of judicious resource use is the method of advertising opted for by Club Galaxy and the other Kitgum nightclubs. Open-backed trucks drive through the streets the afternoon before an event, piled high with enormous speakers. On this open back, along with the speakers, sit a half-dozen or so men, screaming the club schedule through a microphone, while a DJ mixes away. The music is so loud that whenever one of these trucks comes within a block, all conversation ceases until the truck moves on to pump up the partygoers elsewhere. The trick is — the DJ and the speakers are the same that will be used in that night’s festivities. The club is emptied of speakers, the speakers are loaded onto the truck, the truck advertises, and then they rush back to the club to reinstall the speakers and DJ booth before the crowd begins to pour in. This is constrained optimization at its very best.”—Part of an email from my friend @asegura1221 who is working for Innovations for Poverty Action in Kitgum, Uganda. His program conducts randomized controlled studies to measure the effects of poverty alleviation programs…fantastic stuff.
“The other day, I saw Cornel West on television say that Lil Wayne’s physical body bears witness to tragedy. I don’t even know what that means, but I do think that Wayne’s artistic persona is a testament to damage.”—Interesting article on what Lil Wayne means to a first year teacher in New Orleans and students
“Meek young men grow up in libraries, believing it their duty to accept the views which Cicero, which Locke, which Bacon have given, forgetful that Cicero, Locke, and Bacon were only young men in libraries when they wrote these books.”—Emerson, via a Momofuku Cookbook passage about switching up traditional Bo Ssam recipes