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Thanks to Kevin for his offer of blogging privileges here! I'm Bill Newman, a computer programmer currently working primarily on a program to play the game of Go. On the web I'm probably best known for my work with SBCL, a compiler for the Common Lisp programming language. Back before I was a simple programmer I was a graduate student in theoretical chemistry (mostly a programmer), an undergraduate in biology (partly a programmer), and a high-school part-timer working on embedded systems (by now, you know the drill).

(And belated thanks to Kevin for his remarkable patience in not Siberianizing me yet!)

My formal qualifications in economics are, um, taking an undergrad survey course, and auditing a business school course in pricing derivative securities. But economics (especially that of a reductionist microeconomics flavor, including "economic imperialism" of microeconomic sensibilities applied to organizational behavior and public choice and so forth) has been an interest of mine for a long time, and periodically I feel the urge to write something about it.

Part of my long delay in doing anything with my new account here followed from nearly simultaneously banging an algorithms paper, proudly sending out the preprint, and almost immediately being told of a serious error in the paper. That took the wind out of my sails for a while; I hope that mistakes like that won't become a habit.

I actually do have a fair number of economics-related things I'd like to write about, and I've been fiddling about waiting for the gumption to do it. As I was phlegmatically contemplating the jump, an article in the Jan. 1-7 issue of _The Economist_ pushed me. If all goes well, my first real post, criticizing that article, will appear later this morning.

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Welcome Bill,
with your background, your posts will be definitely interesting...



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