Category Archives: Miscellany

Breakfast – Just Another Meal

Tweet Almost every dietary manipulation that the public has taught to hold onto like a sacrament is based on weak or even non-existent scientific evidence. Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Eat breakfast and you’ll have more energy and keep your weight down is the supposed reason. Where did these beliefs one come from?…


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Another Reason to Hate your Cable Company

Tweet Sounds pretty good, right? Like so much in life examination shows that Comcast’s “gift” to its subscribers is less than it seems. PC World which reported the story seems not to understand its implications. Comcast like most of the cable companies has data usage limits. In Comcast’s case it’s about 250-300 GB a month….


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Crash Fixed

Tweet You may have noticed that this site has been down since Wednesday. The server in Germany crashed. I learned a few lessons from this unfortunate event. The Germans don’t work on weekends even to fix a crash that affects many sites and customers. – so much for Teutonic industriousness. In the USA the owners…


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The Poignant Fate of the Third Person Singular

Tweet The inexorable descent of civilization to refined barbarity has, among other insults, destroyed the formerly innocuous third person singular pronoun – he/she and all its relatives. It is now impossible to use this construction without making a political statement. I refer to its use when its referent noun is of unspecified gender. Back in the middle of the…


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Quotation of the Week

Tweet Tincture of time is the best medicine. Unfortunately it kills all who take it. With apologies to Hector Berlioz


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It’s Really hard to Get Things Right

Tweet Anyone who’s done scientific research knows how hard it is to perform an experiment that conforms to all the rules of good science. There’s always something that’s overlooked or not thought of. There’s always another explanation for the data you get. In short good science is difficult. Things done in haste almost never work out…


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Quotation of the Week

Tweet If once [the people] become inattentive to the public affairs, you and I, and Congress and Assemblies, Judges, and Governors, shall all become wolves. Thomas Jefferson Letter to Edward Carrington Paris, Jan. 16, 1787


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Rossi’s Laws of Evaluation

Tweet 1.  The Stainless Steel Law: The better designed the outcome evaluation, the less effective the intervention seems. 2. The Iron Law: The expected value of any impact assessment of any large scale social programme is zero. 3. The Brass Law: The more social programs are designed to change individuals, the more likely the net…


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Conversation of the Day

Tweet Winston Churchill’s 6 year old grandson: “Grandpa, is it true that you are the greatest man in the world?” WC: “Yes. Now bugger off. ” Quoted in Roy Jenkins Churchill: A Biography


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More Proof That the Brain is Not a Vital Organ

Tweet “Did you know that ten percent of people 24 and younger think its OK to text during sex?” Wired.com


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