Archive for April, 2008

Willie Mays: Don’t touch blasting caps

Sunday, April 13th, 2008

This Willie Mays PSA really scared me as a kid. You protect your arms and hands legs and save your eyes. If you see a blasting cap remember now, don't touch them. Tell a police or a fireman or whatever it is. Have fun like I do with those (baseball ...

Positive Predictive Value

Thursday, April 10th, 2008

Mark "Language Log" Liberman is taking Steven D. "Freakonomics" Levitt to task for either misunderstanding the language of statistics, or the underlying statistics theory itself. In a blog post, "Medicine and Statistics Don't Mix," Levitt tells the story of friends of his who spent $5,000 on Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) -- ...

Foul shots

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

I talked to my brother Dave on the phone today, and we agreed that we haven't played basketball in 300 years. But we have a hoop in the backyard, and I've decided to try to get 'good' at shooting foul shots. The advantage of foul shots, of course, is that ...

Powerstache!

Saturday, April 5th, 2008

My co-minions at Powerset have been growing (or faking growing) facial hair in the run up to our beta launch. And, of course, it has its own blog: Powerstache.com. It's even made the LA Times, and Michael Arrington's initial take on our beta product even mentions it. Chris pretty much ...