links for 2010-10-07

  • "Of the 82 participants who saw the study through to the end, the most common pattern of habit formation was for early repetitions of the chosen behaviour to produce the largest increases in its automaticity. Over time, further increases in automaticity dwindled until a plateau was reached beyond which extra repetitions made no difference to the automaticity achieved. The average time to reach maximum automaticity was 66 days."
  • “We hope The Wire Monopoly game will go down well not just with fans of the show, but everyone who secretly wishes to be a poor violent black drug dealer from America.”
  • What predicts firm bankruptcy? Market Value of equity/Total Liabilities, EBIT/Total Assets, a firm's market size, its past stock returns, and the idiosyncratic standard deviation of its stock returns all forecast failure.
  • funny - "When I've captured my adversary and he says, "Look, before you kill me, will you at least tell me what this is all about?" I'll say, "No." and shoot him. No, on second thought I'll shoot him then say "No."
    (tags: humor)

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