Glasses Can Be Cheap

Glasses are actually much cheaper than many people think. Some people think glasses are expensive, costing $300 or more, because the big brands (Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, etc.) are all really the same company, Luxottica, which uses their monopoly power to distort the market. The major retail glasses stores (Sunglass Hut, LensCrafters, Pearle, etc.) are all owned by Luxottica, as are “vision insurance” companies.
Fortunately, we can now use the Internet to fight back against monopolists. Below, I have posted Tilia Bell’s guide to getting high-quality glasses cheaply. Continue reading at The Rationalist Conspiracy


Just over three months of walking/running wore right through the soles of my old shoes. Upgrade time.

Let's see how long Merrells last.
'Why do Men fear the dark?' I could tell he thought the question wise, though I felt no wisdom in asking it. 'Because darkness,' he told me, 'is ignorance made visible.' 'And do Men despise ignorance?' I asked. 'No,' he said, 'they prize it above all things—all things!—but only so long as it remains invisible.'"
-R. Scott Bakker, The Judging Eye