Thursday, February 11, 2016

Joanne Brackeen

An under-appreciated master.

Teaching Undergrad Econometrics with R

Slides from my presentation at the February Bay Area R Users Group meetup. Obviously I long ago got over any kind of anxiety about being perceived as a nerd...

Why Are Millennials in Love with Bernie Sanders?

Interesting post by Kevin Drum. Econometrics students take note: Diff-in-diff analysis can be done by eyeballing readily available data! He doesn't really have an explanation, but he casts doubt on some of the popular claims.

Friday, February 5, 2016


Very cool:
Though it does not breathe fire, the olm has several attributes fitting a creature of mythology. It can live as long as a hundred years and survive without food for 10. It is blind, but hunts using its incredible sense of hearing and smell, and it can detect electric and magnetic fields.
Photo by BoĊĦtjan Burger.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Buy this record!

So... Here we have one of the grizzled heroes of 70s underground avant-prog-rock, Fred Frith, of Henry Cow un-fame, teaming up with a great youngish trumpeter who can't quite decide between his Marsalis chops and his Bill Dixon aural yearnings, Darren Johnston. Frith's distorted guitar noodlings are, mysteriously, instantly recognizable, and Johnston is a worthy foil. The Bay Area is lucky to have adopted them both.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Cruz, Trump, Rubio...

... golly, I just can't decide!

Monday, January 25, 2016


I would just try to get out of the way... Awesome...

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Can Music Be Perfect? Vol. 68

On a Sunday afternoon when any red-blooded American male ought to be watching the NFL conference playoffs, this boy is reading through promotion and tenure cases in preparation for Monday morning's meeting. And listening to the Guarneri Quartet's complete Beethoven string quartets. I'm afraid I can't embed the video, but you can click here to see them shedding a few bow hairs on Rasumovsky No. 3. Wow.