accountability

to do today, work:

  • outline DIF paper
  • finish reading on perspective taking as method for stereotype reduction
  • draft at least 6 pages of census racial data collection paper
  • pick 2 logistic regression articles
  • review student’s paper draft

to do today, not work

  • eat some ham
  • short walk
  • buy eyebrow pencil
  • eat some more ham
But Denver’s snowfall pattern might be the most unusual of all. The Mile High City has a dual-peaked distribution, with the first peak of snow in November and December, and a second and higher peak in March and April. It snows an average of 9 inches each April in Denver — more than in Buffalo, Chicago, New York and Minneapolis combined. What accounts for Denver’s precipitation patterns? The Western Regional Climate Center has a good explainer. Denver, being a long way from moisture sources such as the Pacific Ocean, is among the drier major cities in the United States. Most storms travel west to east in the Northern Hemisphere, and most of their moisture is soaked up by the Rocky Mountains before they reach Denver. But spring and summer can bring warm, moist air from the south, sometimes producing violent storms. By May and June, most of that precipitation will fall as rain, but it can come as snow — sometimes blizzards — early in Colorado’s spring. (via When April Snow Showers Blanket Spring Flowers | FiveThirtyEight)

But Denver’s snowfall pattern might be the most unusual of all. The Mile High City has a dual-peaked distribution, with the first peak of snow in November and December, and a second and higher peak in March and April. It snows an average of 9 inches each April in Denver — more than in Buffalo, Chicago, New York and Minneapolis combined. What accounts for Denver’s precipitation patterns? The Western Regional Climate Center has a good explainer. Denver, being a long way from moisture sources such as the Pacific Ocean, is among the drier major cities in the United States. Most storms travel west to east in the Northern Hemisphere, and most of their moisture is soaked up by the Rocky Mountains before they reach Denver. But spring and summer can bring warm, moist air from the south, sometimes producing violent storms. By May and June, most of that precipitation will fall as rain, but it can come as snow — sometimes blizzards — early in Colorado’s spring. (via When April Snow Showers Blanket Spring Flowers | FiveThirtyEight)

"Do you know what people really want? Everyone, I mean. Everybody in the world is thinking: I wish there was just one other person I could really talk to, who could really understand me, who’d be kind to me. That’s what people really want, if they’re telling the truth."

Doris Lessing, The Golden Notebook  (via thatkindofwoman)

(Source: misswallflower, via guerrillamamamedicine)

Hilary Duff is headed back to the telly, starring in a new show with Sutton Foster for TV Land called Younger. Well, I have more details. Not only is it Hilary and Sutton, but it’s also got Debi Mazar. And if that’s not enough? It’s written and produced by Darren Star! (via World of Wonder)

spring is not a myth? awesome things in store???

Hilary Duff is headed back to the telly, starring in a new show with Sutton Foster for TV Land called Younger. Well, I have more details. Not only is it Hilary and Sutton, but it’s also got Debi Mazar. And if that’s not enough? It’s written and produced by Darren Star! (via World of Wonder)

spring is not a myth? awesome things in store???

things i did today

  • 7am - woke up. ate cereal while reading internet.
  • 8am - took bus to school while listening to comedy bang bang. chatted with students. tried to figure out classes for fall semester.
  • 9am - observed the class i TA, today about logistic regression. did some research on flipped classrooms.
  • 10am - more logistic regression. did some research on differential item functioning analysis as a way to look at the effectiveness of disability accommodations.
  • 11am - found out i’m teaching class next week. ate some yogurt and granola. listened to other people talk about how satisfied with the program they are.
  • 12pm - listened to presentation about pay for performance incentives in a local school district. cannot understand why local school district thinks the way it is functioning makes any sense.
  • 1pm - met with students about datasets. taught lab about logistic regression.
  • 2pm - more logistic regression teaching and consultations on datasets. student gives me a $5 starbucks card for easter.
  • 3pm - listen to people talk about about how dissatisfied they are with the program. talk to other colleagues about food truck regulations.
  • 4pm - bus home. more comedy bang bang. a little lying in bed.
  • 5pm - time to watch burn notice on netflix while revising a presentation for tomorrow about how the census collects racial data.
  • 6pm - dinner (white beans, onion, pancetta, topped with an egg) while watching burn notice. dithering about feeling like i should do work while not actually doing work.
  • 7pm - cookies! and burn notice. and abandoning the idea of doing work.

(prompt from here)

thanks for tuning in to home alone with abbyjean - it’s almost time for a classic segment, “how many cookies can you eat in one sitting?” 

States that implemented the ACA’s Medicaid expansion saw a larger decline: their uninsurance rates for adults dropped 4.0 percentage points since September, compared with a drop of 1.5 percentage points for the nonexpanding states. The average uninsurance rate for adults in the 24 nonexpanding states was 18.1 percent in March 2014, well above the 12.4 percent average in the expansion states.

i enjoyed this aaron sorkin parody from amy schumer, starring josh charles, quite a lot.

"Among the most important sources of happiness are: a sense of security; a good outlook; autonomy or control over our lives; good relationships; and skilled and meaningful activity. If you are unhappy, there’s a good chance that it’s for want of something on this list."

Happiness and Its Discontents - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

hahaha let’s all lie down on the floor how do we get any of these things hahaha futility and despair

"I finally feel like my art degree relates to my job."

— coffee shop barista preparing to illustrate a chalkboard with a drawing of iced tea and the words “chill out!”

'spring is a myth'

tumblr keeps attaching this tag to my posts, even though i haven’t typed it, and then won’t let me take it off. so, it’s a sign. tumblr is trying to communicate this important message to us in the only way it knows how. spring is a myth and we will be trapped in eternal winter until the moment summer scorches down on us. be prepared.

Using data-mining techniques, the researchers studied 900,000 online restaurant reviews and discovered some interesting relationships between the reviews and their writers. As the headline on a Stanford News report boldly summarized: “Online Food Reviews Reveal The Inner Self.”

Quoting the Stanford News report, here were some of the main findings:

"Positive reviews of expensive restaurants tended to use metaphors of sex and sensual pleasure, such as ‘orgasmic pastry’ or ‘seductively seared foie gras.’"
“Positive reviews of cheap restaurants and foods often employed metaphors of drugs or addiction — ‘these cupcakes are like crack.’”
“Women were more likely than men to use drug metaphors to describe their attitudes toward food.”
“The foods most likely to be described using drug metaphors were pizza, burgers, sweets and sushi.”
In tweeting that you need a hit of chocolate, are you inadvertently communicating something about your socioeconomic status? Or your gender?

I mention this study as a lighthearted illustration of a much more general point: that with the rise of big data and powerful methods for data analysis, those with access and know-how will increasingly be able to identify subtle associations between public bits of information and their individual human producers. And that, in turn, can support reliable inferences about those individuals from public information.

When — if at all — do such efforts cross the line from merely socially inappropriate and embarrassing, in a Dr. House or “Holmesy” sort of way, to worrisome violations of privacy? Or do they just feel that way? And if so, why?

”Revenues derived from college athletics is greater than the aggregate revenues of the NBA and the NHL,” said Marc Edelman, an associate professor at City University of New York who specializes in sports and antitrust law. He also noted that Alabama’s athletic revenues last year, which totaled $143 million, exceeded those of all 30 NHL teams and 25 of the 30 NBA teams. Texas is the largest athletic department, earning more than $165 million last year in revenue — with $109 million coming from football, according to Education Department data. The university netted $27 million after expenses. Other major programs such as Florida ($129 million), Ohio State ($123 million), Michigan ($122 million), Southern California ($97 million) and Oregon ($81 million) also are grossing massive dollars. Those numbers of course are not counting the fundraising value of collegiate athletics.

i’m just going to go to bed and hope that someone takes a picture of the blood moon thing that will appear on the internet tomorrow.

this new medication

effects experienced so far:

  • sun sensitivity, ie i burn when the sun is out, even if i’m inside a sealed dark room
  • always feeling like i’m going to puke but not actually puking just wishing i would puke so i might feel better

effects not experienced so far:

  • any reduction in the chronic joint pain this medication is supposed to be addressing