Category Archives: Miscellany

More on Gender Inequality

Tweet The New York Times published an article, As Women Take Over a Male-Dominated Field, the Pay Drops. The title conveys its message. That women are paid less than men for the same work is true. But is it as the article strains to imply that it is due to a gender bias? Buried deep…


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Experts – Just a Few Thoughts

Tweet A foolish faith in authority is the greatest enemy of truth. Albert Einstein Science is the belief in the ignorance of experts. Richard Feynman The first principle is that you must not fool yourself – and you are the easiest person to fool. Richard Feynman Ignorance more frequently begets confidence than does knowledge. Charles…


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Mortality and Ethnicity in the US

Tweet The overall mortality rate in the US is the highest in the developed world. But when you dig into the data the breakdown of the various American ethnic groups is very surprising. Last fall Anne Case and Angus Deaton published a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, shortly before Deaton was…


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Harvey House – Slaton Texas

Tweet Fred Harvey (1835-1901) was a London born American entrepreneur who is best known for the Harvey Houses he established alongside of railroads in the American southwest. Beginning with the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe Railway, he established a chain of restaurants that continued for more than half a century after his death. The chain was…


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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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