Top College Majors for Jobs

Notice that STATISTICS made the top 10.

College majors for good jobs, if that’s the way you roll.

Lots of handwringing discussion at the source, mostly not worth reading.


Get hip to the Fourier Transform

Love this great one-liner describing the ridiculously useful Fourier Transform


Unfortunately, the blog post where it originally appeared has vanished from the Web.  However, my search revealed this great tutorial by Zonst.

Tip from the R guys at Revolutions.

Obligatory Cat Pictures

Two of my favorites from HappyAcres:


and the always appropriate


Don’t ask “Why do they hate us?” ask “Why do WE disgust them?”

Written sexual consent codes, and scoundrel cascades, oh my!

“I try to become more cynical every day, but lately I just can’t keep up.”

Hooray for Norway!

My hat goes off to the people of Norway, who recently withdrew their bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics, after receiving an insulting set of demands from the IOC, including

  • Separate lanes should be created on all roads where IOC members will travel, which are not to be used by regular people or public transportation.
  • A welcome greeting from the local Olympic boss and the hotel manager should be presented in IOC members’ rooms, along with fruit and cakes of the season. (Seasonal fruit in Oslo in February is a challenge …)
  • The hotel bar at their hotel should extend its hours “extra late” and the minibars must stock Coke products.

It’s about time folks stopped knuckling under to this band of Eurotrash grifters.

Tip from The American Interest

Presenting HORG, the Holotypic Occlupanid Research Group

Dr Bruce Ragsdale, of the Central Coast Pathology Laboratory, encountered a plastic bread bag fastener in a patient’s colon.  What followed was a creative explosion in abiological taxonomy.


Tip from Language Log.

Busting the myth of Genius

Truer words were never said:

The cult of genius tends to undervalue hard work and the productive persistence that psychologists nowadays like to call “grit”—not to mention creativity, perspective and taste, without which all those other virtues may be wasted on pointless projects.

I purely wish my students weren’t intimidated by the myth.

Tip from Gary Jones.