a subset of stuff George Will does not understand about science

Tuesday, 27 January 2009
  • An average alone is not sufficient to quantify a statistical distribution.
  • Two points are not, in general, sufficient to characterize a trend.
  • Fluctuation and variation in a dataset is normal and should be expected.
  • Experimentally, a single counterexample is not sufficient to invalidate a hypothesis.
  • Repeatable counterexamples, however, are.
  • Data showing temporal variation on two dramatically different timescales indicate that two different processes influence the data.

eating Fox

Monday, 8 December 2008
  1. Clinton on Fox
  2. Stewart on O’Reilly
  3. Colbert on O’Reilly
  4. O’Reilly on Colbert

Saturday night roomie visits

Monday, 17 November 2008

Me: Zzz*snort* Huh–euh–wha…? [Sits up violently] Hello?
Housemate: Heyyyyyyy. [Feeling his way along the wall]
Me: Uh… [rubs eyes] You all right, man?
Housemate: Yeah.
Me: Um, what’s up?
Housemate: I can’t find the stop sign. [Shuffles forward, slaps at wall]
Me: What.
Housemate: The stop sign? I can’t find it.
Me: Oh-kay. Are you drunk?
Housemate: Yes!
Me: [Stumbles out from under covers] Oh-kay. That explains things. [Turns on lights]
Housemate: Oh! This is the wrong room!
Me: Uhm, yeah.
Housemate: Whoops. Sorry for scaring you. [Sticks hand out]
Me: Oh, you just startled me is all. Uh… [shakes hand]
Housemate: Okay, goodnight!
Me: Maybe you should drink some water or something.
Housemate: Good idea. Bye! [Waves]

people who I really don’t want running a country

Wednesday, 8 October 2008
  1. Joe Six-Pack
  2. Hockey Mom
  3. NASCAR Dad
  4. Anyone on the receiving end of this bailout
  5. Sarah Palin

Miis that people need to stop making

Monday, 26 May 2008
  1. Darth Vader.  Okay, guys, none of them actually looks like Vader (especially the small ones), and can you really see Vader playing bowling?
  2. Those shark-head things.
  3. The little designs on the heads, and nothing else.  Particularly the obscene ones.
  4. Michael Jackson.  Those are just frightening.
  5. Jesus.

semester’s over now

Saturday, 10 May 2008
  1. Northern Water Snakes
  2. Enemy at the Gates
  3. Robert Downey, Jr.
  4. Book sale
  5. Modeling clay
  6. Window envelopes
  7. Scrambled eggs
  8. Nimbus clouds
  9. Callithump
  10. Twelve-hour airplane flights
  11. Five hundred dollars
  12. Science fiction


Friday, 15 February 2008
  1. Dell
  2. American health care
  3. Valentine’s Day
  4. Dell Customer Care
  5. Dentists
  6. Money
  7. Dell
  8. Social conservatives
  9. Ice
  10. Dell Customer Care