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On The 1%

Friday, October 28, 2011
Or more specifically, with respect to their children:

"Anyone who grows up from childhood with unearned distinctions is bound to become conceited and self-congratulatory about them, this being the worst sort of pride. . . ."

-John Stuart Mill
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X'ers and Millenials

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
After posting the very amusing "Gen X says" a few days ago, I learn that Gen X'ers are apparently happy people (?), and am also reminded that we X'ers have quite a lot in common with the Millenials. At the end of the day, however much their sense of entitlement might annoy me, I think Amanda Marcotte is right: the Millenials are our little brothers and sisters. They've got our backs in what matters. I would like to go one step further than she did, though, and argue that as we're a little older and more experienced, we should take that status seriously and actually lead them. After all, we've got more money and are old enough to run for public office.
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Ordinary Muslim Man

Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Check it out.

The jokes get a bit repetitive after a while, but still, hilarious. A lot of them would make fantastic t-shirts.
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Generation X Speaks

Friday, October 21, 2011

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Never Again!

My background in statistics isn't as strong as it should be. As a consequence I tend to be very insecure when working on quantitative projects, doing a lot of research and trying to figure out what assumptions I might be violating and how to fix them. When I really feel out of my depth I've taken to going to university-sponsored statistical consulting centers, hoping they'd be able to a) understand my problem, and b) propose a workable solution.

Unfortunately, not once has one of these centers been very helpful. I walk away each time persuaded that these grad students know less about statistics than I do. Today was the worst example. I'm trying to compare logistic regression coefficients across groups and know for a fact that you can't use t-tests for reasons I won't go into. When I met with said grad student he told me to use....t-tests.

So this is the last time I'm going to a stats consulting center. However spotty my statistics training is, at least I know when I don't know something.
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Thursday, October 20, 2011
It's been a long time since a band made me remember what it's like to really care about pop music. I don't care how hipster they are - I love this group. When I play one of their albums I feel like I'm communing directly with my 17-year-old self.

Hmm. Maybe that's not a good thing.
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