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Miscellaneous

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 takes for him to walk from…

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 time, and most days, she's…

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 down my diet soda, but…

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 until one day he falls…

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 Junk Charts blog. So I…

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 past 30 days, with each bar…

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 hopefully runs in the paper).…

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 the opposite direction decided to…