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Experiencing E-Cigs, Part 1: The Starter Pack

It has been established beyond all doubt that smoking tobacco is, to put it mildly, not great for your health. I’ve known that since I was in elementary school, where I penned a quite-awful “editorial” asking why tobacco wasn’t made illegal, since it was so obviously bad for you. Times have changed since then, and […]

Optical Mark Recognition – Example for the Udai OMR Tool

On Google+, Felipe Cortez has recently hit up one of my older posts about using an open-source, Java-based optical mark recognition (OMR) tool that I found and played with awhile back. I promised that I would dig and see if I had any working templates, etc, left, and I do! I’ve linked a public Google Drive […]

Using match() to recode in R

Nice and simple write-up on how to do this; reposting because I happen to be doing it tonight!

What’s YOUR PIN?

This article combines a number of my loves: data visualization, information security, and large-scale data analysis. Enjoy!

What You Do vs. Why You Do It

I really enjoyed this TED talk by Simon Sinek, and wanted to share it. It’s a great discussion about leadership, and it has this gem of a quote in it: “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it, and what you do simply serves as the proof of what you believe.” […]

The once and future green car?

A repost of an excellent article by friend and fellow CWRU alum, Kyle Niemeyer.

We stopped dreaming – Neil deGrasse Tyson

This is a fantastic video. It is worth the 5 minutes to watch, simply to understand why the space program was important…and why our society is hurting without it.

Even more social media

Hey folks! I finally broke down and joined the Twitterverse. If Twitter is your thing, you can find me as @SASApostate. So far, I’ve tweeted more about Mass Effect 3 than data stuff, but expect that to change soon. After all, now that I’m publicly identifying as a SAS Apostate, I should probably explain why!

A reminder on question-begging

This is perhaps my number one pet peeve when it comes to language. “Begging the question” does not mean “raising the question”, and this site explains why.

Rise of the Olympians: The Passing of Steve Jobs

I had originally intended to make a post in the next day or two about some of the most egregious and frustrating things that I hear about statistics (a topic of interest to me as an analyst and designated “stats guy” at my job). But last night, as I was mulling over an outline of […]