Category Archives: Resources

Framing jpeg images for Flickr

This is an Apple­script I wrote a cou­ple of years ago to resize and frame Jpeg images export­ed from Pho­to­shop (for exam­ple) for Flickr. The script relies on the ‘con­vert’ util­i­ty from the ImageMag­ick ( library. It puts a [black] frame around the out­side of the image, after resiz­ing the image to a max­i­mum of […]

Save PDF annotations to a notes file

If you are a researcher then you prob­a­bly anno­tate PDFs of papers and oth­er stuff. If, like me, you work in the Apple/OSX envi­ron­ment you may be using Skim to read and anno­tate. Skim allows you to save the anno­ta­tions in their own ‘side­car’ file for­mat and to copy/paste the text of the anno­ta­tions. But […]

Draft history of ICC: final chapters

Last year, I com­plet­ed the man­u­script of a cen­ten­ni­al his­to­ry of the Inter­na­tion­al Cham­ber of Com­merce (ICC). It’s a long work: 400 pages, more or less. It will be only the sec­ond his­to­ry of this remark­able insti­tu­tion. The first was pub­lished in 1938. ICC com­mis­sioned the his­to­ry in 2013, but has recent­ly decid­ed to wait […]

Editing Scrivener ‘Sync’ files

Do you use Scriven­er? If so, and you’d like to edit your Scriven­er files on anoth­er plat­form such as your iPad, I may have some­thing that will help. I’ve made some ‘bun­dles’ and themes for the Text­Mate edi­tor and the Tex­tas­tic edi­tor on the iPad that dis­play inline anno­ta­tions, com­ments and block-quotes in the text. […]

If you need a word …

A com­bined Key­board Mae­stro and OSX Automa­tor action to access Princeton’s “Word­Net” data­base. Word­Net is a remark­able seman­tic net­work of words: not exact­ly a the­saurus but nonethe­less great for hunt­ing down the word you need. Select a word in any Mac appli­ca­tion, hit the key­board trig­ger you select and the macros pop-up a win­dow with […]

Statistics for (non-mathematical) trade analysts

I teach a ‘sum­mer inten­sive’ grad­u­ate course in Trade Research Meth­ods at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Ade­laide. In five days we cov­er every­thing from the role of evi­dence in pub­lic pol­i­cy to how to write a report that your boss will read (and even under­stand). Most of my stu­dents have no for­mal train­ing in sta­tis­tics (or […]

Is it time for WTO 2.0?

Richard Bald­win, whose writ­ing I like and whose schol­ar­ship I respect, thinks so. But I dis­agree for rea­sons I spell out (after sum­ma­riz­ing RB’s argu­ment) in my paper that you can down­load here In brief: if we could real­ly do what needs to be done in a WTO 2.0, then we wouldn’t need WTO 2.0 […]