Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Daily News Published a Letter of Mine!

Inspired by "Freakonomics," which reveals hidden truths in statistics, among other things:

This wasn't the full letter though. It is way, way edited. The original's subject was "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics" (two points if you know who said that without Googling), and the full content was as follows:

"Why are police departments always given carte blanche credit for local reductions in murders? If murders are down, but felony assault is up, what does that really tell you? Doesn't it tell you that EMS, hospitals, medical technology and doctors are doing a better job at keeping people alive, thereby moving the murders from statistical column A to the assaults from statistical column B? Not if you're blinded by the pretty lies of statistics."

Now if only they'd publish my thoughts on Tiger...

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Finished Another Book!

Personal Record: A Love Affair with Running by Rachel Toor. One of the most exhilarating books I've ever read. Amazing to read about running from a woman's point of view. It was so good, I tried to read it slowly so it wouldn't end so quickly, but it was so good, I sped right through it! Highly, highly recommended.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Finished Another Book!

I finished the Network+ Exam Cram book I've been studying for a few months. I'll reserve judgment for now on whether I liked it or not. Basically, if I pass the test I'll schedule for the end of the month, it was a good book. If I don't, it's all the book's fault. :-)

Monday, December 07, 2009

Finished Another Book!

Napalm and Silly Putty by George Carlin. Hilarious musings, much after my own heart. He's like a dirty (make that filthy) Jerry Seinfeld. I'll now go get my hands on the rest of his books. He only wrote four, so I'll be done with those lickety-split.