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Is My Interest in Data Obsessive?

I just saw Stranger than Fiction. The main character, Harold Crick, spends much of his life counting. He counts the number of steps it…

Overgeneralizing on Chinese Takeout

My roommate pointed out a couple of weeks ago that I always get Chinese takeout for dinner; however, we never get home at the same…

Where’s the Local Big Mac Price Data?

Every now and then I indulge in a Big Mac meal from McDonald's. I feel satisfied while I eat the burger and fries and suck…

Funes, thet Memorious: It’s Possible to Remember Too Much

Jorge Luis Borges wrote this really good fictional short story in 1944 called Funes, the Memorious. It's about a boy, Funes, who isn't incredibly bright…

Evaluating New York Subway Report Card

I had a chance to browse through some of my subscribed feeds today, and I saw a post called Noisy Subways by Kaiser over at…

Difficulty Keeping Up with the Feeds

This is just really amusing to me. Above is a bar plot, from Google Reader, of the number of items I've read in the…

New Lessons Every Day

Every day I learn a lot, and every day I get better. For most of the day today, I worked on a single graphic (that…

Motivation to Change Behavior

My mom recently, um, as in yesterday, got in a car accident. She was making a left turn at a light, and someone coming from…