Mon, 10 Jul 2006

Free Markets and Free Beer (IHS Summer Seminar)

I spent last week at Georgia Tech in Atlanta attending a seminar put on by the Institute for Humane Studies. Although the title of the seminar was Ideas & Entrepreneurs, the focus was more generally classical liberal/libertarian thought. The lectures on public choice theory and political science by Georg Vanberg and law by John Hasnas were particularly interesting. If you have the opportunity to take courses with either of them, I'm sure they would be fantastic.

For any students interested in free markets, individual rights, limited government, etc., I highly recommend attending an IHS seminar. They brought together a great group of young, thoughtful people. They also provide free beer at a social every evening.

I gave a short presentation on inflation during a student panels session at the seminar. We were quite constrained on time so I had to rush through a lot of information, but I think I did fairly well considering the circumstances.

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Power Magnet Update

In response to my questions about using Lua and Lighttpd to serve up static blosxom pages, Tomas Carnecky sent me an email with a better way to check for an empty query string within Lua, using "if next(get) then return 1 end". Here's my new power-magnet.cml

-- if query string is empty and static file exists, serve static file
dr = request["DOCUMENT_ROOT"]
-- local f=assert("/debug.out","a"))

if next(get) then return 1 end

sn = request["SCRIPT_NAME"]

static = string.gsub(sn, '^/blog/(.*)$', '/static/%1')

if (file_isdir(dr .. static) and file_isreg(dr .. static .. "/index.html")) then
--      f:write("cache hit on directory\n")
        output_include = { dr .. static .. "/index.html" }
        return 0
elseif file_isreg(dr .. static) then
--      f:write("cache hit on file\n")
        output_include = { dr .. static }
        return 0

-- f:write("no cache hit\n")
return 1

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