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Bryan on Twitter: "programming is awesome if you like feeling dumb and then eventually feeling less dumb but then feeling dumb about something else pretty soon"
Truth. "programming is awesome if you like feeling dumb and then eventually feeling less dumb but then feeling dumb about something else pretty soon"
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23 hours ago by andrewheiss
Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal
“If you live to see your grandchildren it’s because you did not work hard enough.”
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2 days ago by andrewheiss
The Tragedy of Canada's Terrible Census Data - CityLab
“n 2006, 93.5 percent of Canadians responded to the then-mandatory long-form census. In 2011, 68.6 percent returned the NHS. This is despite the fact that census officials distributed more surveys to compensate for the predicted drop in response rates—to one in three Canadians in 2011 instead of the one in five in 2006. Still, Statistics Canada withheld 2011 NHS data for 1,128 of 4,567 Canadian census subdivisions. “[A]pproximately 25 percent of geographic areas do not have reliable National Household Survey data available for their use,” Canada’s auditor general wrote in a 2014 report. Here’s the kicker, though: This new survey, the one that provides less data than the one before it and has left academics, government officials, demographers, social planners and businesspeople wondering how to calculate exactly how many people live in Canada, and where, also cost more money. Maclean’s, the Canadian weekly, reports that Statistics Canada needed an extra $22 million to cover the “costs associated with increased questionnaire production and mail-out.” “Voluntary surveys are simply a waste of money,” Munir Sheikh, the Chief Statistician who resigned over the switch to the voluntary census, tells CityLab in a phone interview. “[They] cannot provide you the kind of accurate information that you need to make your policy decisions. So in my view, this is the worst of both worlds.””
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5 days ago by andrewheiss
The Chapel Hill Massacre Blues - The New Yorker
This is most excellent. "What’s hard to get one’s mind around is that everyone who’s singing this tune—the police, the wife, the prosecutor—seems to think that it’s reassuring. Getting blown away by a neighbor just because he’s pissed off at you for some ridiculous reason has become the equivalent of a natural disaster in our country, with our gun culture. It’s got nothing to do with the killer’s ideology, or with the victim’s identity. That’s the thinking. And, with this “parking” alibi, we’re being asked to imagine that these killings are a private tragedy, not some big public deal—not terrorism, not even like terrorism. We’re being told to believe that the vigilante killing of three young Americans is socially and politically meaningless. It seems we are also supposed to be relieved by the fact that Hicks, who carried a gun to earlier confrontations with his neighbors, was not a religious fanatic. Are we then supposed to ignore the fact that he was an anti-religious fanatic, who was said to have taunted the women he later killed for dressing according to their traditions and beliefs? We are told that he was in favor of gay marriage, as if that negated his militant intolerance of others. He spent most of his time on Facebook heaping contempt on Christians, who are more numerous by far in Hicks’s neck of the woods than Muslims. And yet with law-enforcement sounding like Hicks-family spin doctors, we are being urged to consider this murderer as a figure of all-embracing American assimilation—a man who did not care who they were but hated them as he would hate anyone and everyone, equally and without fear or favor, for the way they parked. Far more Americans are killed each year by the shooters in our midst like Craig Stephen Hicks than have ever been killed by all the jihadist terrorist outfits that have ever stalked this earth. That’s the price, or so the rhetoric goes, of our wild freedom. But maybe to understand the Chapel Hill murders better we need to imagine how it would be playing out if it were the other way around—if some gun-toting Muslim, with a habit of posting hate messages about secular humanists, took it upon himself to execute a defenseless family of them in their home."
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19 days ago by andrewheiss
CHAPEL HILL: Victims' father says Chapel Hill triple homicide was 'hate crime' | Orange County | NewsObserver.com
“It was execution style, a bullet in every head,” Abu-Salha said Wednesday morning. “This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime. This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt. And they were uncomfortable with him, but they did not know he would go this far.” Abu-Salha said his daughter who lived next door to Hicks wore a Muslim head scarf and told her family a week ago that she had “a hateful neighbor.” “Honest to God, she said, ‘He hates us for what we are and how we look,’” he said.
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21 days ago by andrewheiss
Local & North Carolina state news from Raleigh, NC | NewsObserver.com
"Hicks is accused of shooting his Finley Forest neighbors, Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, and his wife Yusor Abu-Salha, 21, and Abu-Salha’s sister, Razan Abu-Salha, 19, of Raleigh. Barakat was a doctoral student in UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Dentistry. The sisters were N.C. State University students."
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21 days ago by andrewheiss
Three killed in Chapel Hill shooting :: WRAL.com
All three are reportedly Muslims, too. Husband + wife + wife's sister.
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21 days ago by andrewheiss
The One Ring Explained. (Lord of the Rings Mythology Part 2) - YouTube
This is fantastic. Learn about LOTR rings without wading through the Silmarillion.
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
We dream about drones, said 13-year-old Yemeni before his death in a CIA strike | World news | The Guardian
"A 13-year-old boy killed in Yemen last month by a CIA drone strike had told the Guardian just months earlier that he lived in constant fear of the “death machines” in the sky that had already killed his father and brother. “I see them every day and we are scared of them,” said Mohammed Tuaiman, speaking from al-Zur village in Marib province, where he died two weeks ago. “A lot of the kids in this area wake up from sleeping because of nightmares from them and some now have mental problems. They turned our area into hell and continuous horror, day and night, we even dream of them in our sleep.”"
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22 days ago by andrewheiss
boucning baby boy.gif • Droplr
Current status with this paper for ISA.
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23 days ago by andrewheiss
mobile.nytimes.com
Girls outscored boys in exam graded anonymously Boys outscored girls when graded by teachers who knew their names
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25 days ago by andrewheiss
Embarrassing: The U.S. Is Ranked 182nd In The Wor... | ClickHole
This is tragic. We need some immediate policy interventions to fix this.
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27 days ago by andrewheiss
Another Look at the California Vaccination Data
In general there are more personal belief exemptions for vaccinations in private and charter Waldorf and Montessori schools.
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27 days ago by andrewheiss
Groundhog Day: The ruse is over - Washington Post
Happy rodent-predicting-the-future day! Here's how Phil has held up over the past 30 years.
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Texas boy suspended after bringing 'ring of power' to school - NY Daily News
“I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence,” the boy's father later wrote in an email. "If he did, I'm sure he'd bring him right back."
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4 weeks ago by andrewheiss
19 Things Every Academic Will Immediately Relate To
"Two academics walk into a bar. You should be writing."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
xkcd: P-Values
Truth. "If all else fails, use 'significant at a p > 0.05 level' and hope no one notices."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Assignment: Yemen - Michael Crowley - POLITICO
It's Matt Tueller in Politico. And it's terrifying. "Al Qaeda wants to kill him. Insurgents who chant “Death to America!” have toppled the government. A civil war rages around him. Most of his colleagues have left, and a top U.S. senator says he should go, too. But Matthew Tueller has so far hung on in what might be the world’s most dangerous diplomatic job: U.S. Ambassador to Yemen."
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5 weeks ago by andrewheiss
The State of the Union address in a single figure - The Washington Post
This is a super cool way to visualize speech structure. Look at that circular path!
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Fearless : Invisibilia : NPR
That Canadian rejection therapy dude from yesterday's *Invisibilia* is a Mormon.
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
A Religion of Peace? – By Common Consent, a Mormon Blog
Incredibly good stuff by Michael Austin. "And here is my biggest point of all: it is potentially disastrous that, at the very time that Americans need to be trying to understand the Muslim people on their own terms—by praying with them, singing with them, and sharing bread with them, and learning how to share a planet with them—some of our loudest voices want to represent the entire Muslim world as a unified threat to our way of life—using words like “expulsion,” “extermination,” and “fundamentally incompatible with American values.” These words should terrify all decent people, but none more than Latter-day Saints, who know only too well what happens when people in power defer to the frightened mobs who speak them."
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
For Whom the Muezzin Calls - Politics - The Atlantic
"Omid Safi, who directs the Duke Islamic Studies Center, said he was disappointed but told me there had been "numerous verified instances of credible threats" against members of the university community." "My disappointment is primarily directed toward people who find it acceptable to have recourse to violence, even the threat of violence, to make the point they want to make—particularly if they see these threats as being substantiated by their own religious conviction," Safi said. "We all know about the Muslim community having our crazies, but it seems like we don’t have a monopoly on it." "The idea that Christianity is doomed if a Muslim call to prayer is heard once a week from the monumental, 210-foot Gothic Christian chapel that dominates the campus is, on face, silly. There's a Christian dean in charge of religious life and weekly Sunday services at the Chapel. The daily 5 o'clock carillon recital (often including hymns and other Christian sacred music) from the tower is loud enough that it interrupted the history of Islam class I had next door. It ought to go without saying that the awful acts of terrorists in Paris and elsewhere do not represent Muslim students and staff at Duke."
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6 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Hi, I'm Patrick Mason, AMA : latterdaysaints
Ooh. Fantastic AMA with Patrick Mason (Melissa De Leon Mason)
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7 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Benjamin Franklin’s Daily Schedule Will Make You ... | ClickHole
Man, I suck. "2:00 AM-2:15 AM: Invent shower. 2:15 AM-2:30 AM: Shower. 2:30 AM-3:00 AM: Wake up the fair city of Philadelphia by wheeling a cannon out into the street and firing it loudly over and over again so that all the good citizens of this glorious city may get an early start on their morning’s work. 3:00 AM-3:15 AM: Invent breakfast. 3:15 AM-3:30 AM: Eat a hearty breakfast consisting of a herring skeleton and a wooden engraving of a bee."
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8 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Why did Invisible Children dissolve? - The Washington Post
Great stuff here. #kony2012 "Unlike a for-profit corporation, however, Invisible Children’s closure will have lasting effects on the many communities and students to whom it committed and whose lived experiences it aims to represent. Charitable organizations have a profoundly different set of relationships with their beneficiaries, a group of people who are neither their customers nor their investors, which begs further reflection on the ultimately self-defeating effects of presenting hollowed out narratives as whole."
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
What your first-grade life says about the rest of it - The Washington Post
Fantastic 25-year(!) study in the implications of inequality, poverty, and race. "The families and neighborhoods these children were born into cast a heavy influence over the rest of their lives, from how they fared in the first grade to what they became as grownups."
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9 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Peace On Earth - Rational Faiths | Mormon Blog | Rational Faiths | Mormon Blog
Patrick Mason on Christmas, pacifism, violence, torture, and true Christianity. Wonderful stuff.
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10 weeks ago by andrewheiss
Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies - The New Yorker
"An exceptional woman foolishly allows her mooching family members to keep her from ruling a kingdom of ice in perfect solitude. She is forced to use her unique powers to provide free entertainment for peasants, without compensation. I liked the snowman, when he sang. —One star."
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10 weeks ago by andrewheiss
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