I'm a week behind with The Economist, but last week's had some fun topics that I ran across a few nights ago:
- A great bit on the tendency for the best strategic, less luck-driven "Eurogames" to come from Germany. The Economist describes them as "emphasis[ing] strategy over showiness, downplay luck and conflict, lean towards economic rather than martial themes, and strive to keep all the players at the table until the game's end." Puerto Rico and Settlers of Catan both hail from Germany, and two significant games awards as well.
- It's been mentioned before, though I don't think here at TPS, but restaurants must now post the caloric attributes of the foods they sell. Sweet crispy Christ, this outflanks smoking bans on every margin. It's your typical regulation-yields-competition-on-other-margins story, but don't let the crafty entrepreneurs stray your eyes from the big picture of loss here.
- I'd love to hear Dana's take on this one: Lawyers are going away from the billable hour. Understandably, the push is coming from clients-- incentives simply aren't there for the best service if each hour or fraction thereof is pay at value. That just encourages lawyers to bill more hours. (ABB! Always be billing!) Instead, companies are experimenting with flat fees and bonuses for tangible improvements on the legal end of things.