Archive for the ‘General’ Category

So this blog is rapidly becoming a public repository for thoughts both nerdy and statistical. Not entirely sure how I feel about that, but it would be a shame to break precedent. Today we’ll be talking about miniatures wargames. For those of you who have escaped this time consuming, expensive, and somewhat oddball hobby, the gist […]

In the copious amount of free time that ignoring impending deadlines allows me to have, I play my share of video games. Considering the most popular post to date on this blog has been about an online zombie plague, this should come as a surprise to few. The game I play the most is World […]

As promised, I’m going to consider John McCain’s answers to ScienceDebate on the “14 Questions” that have to count for science’s pound of flesh considering there will clearly never actually be a debate. I’ve mentioned before that I think that the burden of proving a pro-Science stance is on John McCain. If nothing else, the […]

John McCain also provided answers to ScienceDebate 2008 earlier in the election season, timed (no doubt intentionally) to coincide with a massive project being due and my being buried under mountains of data quality and recoding issues.   I will address them, in the same style I addressed the Obama answers, as soon as I […]

I have a confession to make. I have a deep and abiding fondness for data visualization. I think it helps epidemiologists, public health workers and scientists in general understand things in ways numbers, however compelling, cannot. But like statistics, graphs can be cooked, manipulated and generally wiggled around until the information they convey is lost. […]

I haven’t had a chance to plug Science Debate 2008 yet because, to be perfectly frank, up until a few days ago I had kind of given up. Despite a pretty resounding call by the scientific community and some big names in (sadly) what seems to be a pretty small pond as far as politics […]

I’d never heard of before today, but it’s pretty cool. Essentially, can we turn the ultra-low budget “journalists” of the blog community into the “talking heads” so familiar with TV news. It’s neat, you should check it out.   The reason I discovered this now is that PZ Myers (of the blog Pharyngula) and […]

I had a teacher once tell me, and a classroom of twenty-five of my fellow students that momentous, “life altering events” are a good time to start keeping a journal, writing down our thoughts, so that someday we would be able to look back and see things as they were then, not as we remember them. […]