Monday, February 20, 2012

Technology: Not Advancing as Fast as You Think

More evidence for Tyler Cowen's Great Stagnation: I went to the sporting goods store today and bought some dumbbells. With all of the advances in materials science, you'd think they could do a lot better, but no: a set of 10-lb dumbbells still weighs just as much as it did forty years ago.


  1. My self being traditionalist. I use kettlebells, which (due to assymerical shape) are even heavier.

  2. I was just going to lift mammoth bones, but I couldn't find any.


Old-fashioned excuse: "The dog ate my homework."

Modern excuse: "Dual-factor authentication ate my ability to do my homework."