Archive for the ‘General’ Category

In a previous post I reviewed my interactions with Python the programming language and the community following the New Years’ Python Meme that’s making the rounds on Twitter and the like. And now, I’m shamelessly stealing it to look at how I used R in 2012. I figure I should probably let the #2012pythonmeme stay Python-only, […]


Ran across this on a number of different sites, just going over this year in terms of my interaction with the Python programming language, the open source community, etc. In a slight twist, I’m going to do the same thing for R in a second post. 1. What’s the coolest Python application, framework, or library […]


Breaking my dissertation and administrata induced silence for a small rant combining two of my favorite things – Apple Computer Inc, and simulation. Recently, the New York Times featured the article ‘Apple Confronts the Law of Large Numbers‘. The fundamental assertion? That the earnings growth and stock price of Apple cannot continue its rapid rise. […]


sciseekclaimtoken-4f343317d3d60 I ran across this post at The Tree of Life entitled ‘Interesting new metagenomics paper w/ one big big big caveat – critical software not available”. The long and short of it? Paper appears in Science, has fancy new methodology, lacks the software for someone else to use their methodology. Blog author understandably annoyed. But I […]


In the past two months, I’ve had a dissertation proposal, a grant submission, a half-day workshop I ran, two paper reviews, a manuscript submission, an apartment overrun with the mess from the previous bits, 1600 miles of highway driving and…oh yeah, Christmas in two different places. Hence the blog suddenly going dark, as it seems […]


From the good people at http://skeptics.stackexchange.com/ , reminding us all that in any community, there is silliness when one applies methods or dogma without much thought: “Is there evidence that evidence-based medicine outperforms other approaches?”


Sitting underneath the shiny, if somewhat grey UI in OS X Lion is the profoundly useful Terminal.app, which lets you fiddle about in the Unix-based underpinnings of the OS. While using this is almost never necessary, it is often profoundly useful. Most of the time, this is mostly useful (for me) for easy access to […]


It’s always been somewhat puzzling to me that my admittedly small sample of truly appalling data visualization have been from largely right-wing sources: The Economist, and the Laffer Curve. The Laffer Curve particularly is an insult to anyone who has ever fit a line to data, and would just be sad if it wasn’t still being used […]


This seems like as good a day as any to review CrossValidated, and the whole StackExchange constellation of websites. It’s been a month since I joined, exactly, and today I also crossed the 1,000 reputation threshold on the site. So why not give my impressions of it? First, how I got there in the first […]


I’m starting to see screen artifacts when I scroll down windows, and for the first time since I set it up, my machine has outright crashed, hanging in some nebulous state that even external access and a score of ‘sudo’ commands won’t fix. So much for my latest dabbling in distributed computing – sating my […]



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