Sinan's Outbox

Altan Gungor's 'Her Telden' is out

Altan is currently raising money on Indiegogo to produce a music video to along with one of the tracks on his debut album. Please take a look, see if you can contribute a few bucks … more

Demand curves are downward sloping

The debate over the Obama administration's mandate that all insurance plans make contraceptive available for free is not just an affront to the First Amendment, it is also a perfect example of the kind of waste generated by government mandates that things of all sorts be made available for free when they require real resources to produce them … read full article

Why are macro guys so grumpy?

It is undoubtedly the case that macroeconomists are grumpier than other economists. In the 60 years of macro's existence this fact has been repeatedly rediscovered and no evidence to the contrary has been found … read more

Glossary of Research Phrases

If you are in the mood for some humor, you can peruse this glossary of research terms. This was given to me when I was an undergraduate student at the Middle East Technical University in Turkey. Over the years, it has helped me relax in the face of academic silliness.

Errors in the GISS data set

In response to Steve McIntyre's discovery of errors in the temperature data provided by the GISS, Gavin Schmidt has stated that the errors and the resulting corrections are not materialread more

My $39 Glasses

The most recent accident I had with my glasses proved to be a little too much for the frame to handle. That's when I decided to take a chance and order a new pair on the web … read more

How to Calculate Your Car's MPG

Measuring gas mileage for all cars of a particular brand is pretty difficult as driver habits, the overall condition of the car, where you drive, how fast you drive, the weather etc all affect how many miles you can get out of a given gallon of gas … read more

The Perils of Others Using My Email Address

A couple of years ago, I received a strange looking email from Yahoo. The subject line read Unlock your Yahoo! Account. I was perplexed. As far as I knew, my Yahoo! account was not locked. In fact, I had just used it to send a message … read more

The Hockey Stick

The Hockey stick graph is featured prominently in most alarmist literature on global warming. It is meant to show that temperature anomalies were nice, small fluctuations throughout the past millenium, and that industrial revolution messed the whole thing up. Read more about the Wegman Report on the Hockey Stick

United 93: Too soon?

Is it really to soon to make and watch United 93? Read more about my thoughts on whether it was Too soon for United 93 to be made …

Policies that won’t result in lower gas prices

I examine some ideas whose proponents claim will help reduce the price of gas. Read more about Econ 101 and How not to Lower Gas Prices

Government Responses to Disasters

On April 27, 2006, a number of senators declared that FEMA is dysfunctional, and recommended the formation of a new government agency to replace it.“FEMA has become a symbol of a bumbling bureaucracy” that must be dismantled, said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine). Some of my thoughts on Government responses to disasters

Miles O'Brien Reveals Cell Number

I am a news addict. I wake up early in the morning, and watch news for a couple of hours before I go to work. Sometimes, I get lucky, and catch a news story which I can talk about in the economics classes I teach. And, sometimes I get lucky and catch Miles O'Brien revealing his cell phone number on live TV!

The Legend of Haydarpaşa Train Station

These plaques, specifically the language, have driven me nuts for the last 15 years or so. I have written letters, and complained to various station personnel at various times regarding the broken English used on the plaques. No one seems to care, so I decided to let other people in on the fun. This is some of the best writing I have ever seen in my life. Read more about The Legend of Haydarpaşa Train Station

Kolej Marşı

Kolej Marşı (in Turkish)