WuFlu isn’t the only virus in the air; I’ve been getting a lot of chatter and questions about slide rules. Yes, partly because I’m old enough to remember them and remember (vaguely) how to use them. But what’s going on? Never mind. Here’s some great online resources for the curious and really curious History andContinue reading “Slide Rules!”
Writing in the Atlantic, Helen Lewis explains shortages and panic buying as a failure of efficiency; the weakness of just-in-time logistics. Sorry Helen, but you’re a logistics n00b; even this old retired Lieutenant Colonel knows about arcane loggie stuff like stock levels and re-order points (zero is NOT a good re-order point). When the militaryContinue reading “Not-Quite-in-Time Logistics”
Mexicans (and their Tex-Mexican cousins) can always turn tragedy into hilarity. Check out these coronavirus cumbias: + Mr Cumbia does a great mash-up Grupo EL CAPI does a straight-up band performance with social distancing Ricardo Munoz does another over-the-top mash-up at ChinoVlogs Erik Arturo and buds ham it up to Mr Cumbia’s soundtrack My fave:Continue reading “Coronavirus Cumbia”
The World Health Organization steps up to the coronavirus plate with what appears to be history’s most ambitious screening experiment. On Friday, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced a large global trial, called SOLIDARITY, to find out whether any can treat infections with the new coronavirus for the dangerous respiratory disease. It’s an unprecedented effort—anContinue reading “(Clinical) Trial of the Century”
Randal O’Toole, the Anti-Planner, points out the wrongheadedness of ever-increasing urban density, Now, we are getting another lesson. Due to a novel virus, we are told to “socially distance” ourselves. But no one is telling us to drive our cars instead of riding transit. Instead, the transit agencies are still operating and giving out platitudesContinue reading “Don’t Bunch Up!”
We’re all getting into social distancing big time, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. And everyone knows about wash-your-hands-don’t-touch-your-face-sneeze-into-a-tissue precautions. But here are four more behavior changes to help avoid infection: avoid those hot-air hand dryers in public restrooms, they’re germ blasters use disposables instead of reusable shopping bags, they’re mobile petri dishes clean yourContinue reading “Some Wu Flu Hacks”
Many of us university instructors are scrambling to adapt our formerly face-to-face courses into online courses. This, to allow “social distancing” in response to the Wuhan Flu pandemic. Rebecca Barrett-Fox urges us “Please do a bad job of putting your courses online.” I’m absolutely serious. For my colleagues who are now being instructed to putContinue reading “The Perfect is the Enemy of the Good”
Will full beards be the next casualty of the coronavirus? Check out the CDC’s guide to respirator-friendly facial hair styles: Tip from Drudge, who wouldn’t know a permalink if it bit him on the butt.
I hadn’t seen this hoary old saw in years not since I was studying AI in grad school. The professors always used the phrase to show how difficult natural language processing could be. Tip from Maggie’s Farm, where there’s always something interesting.
Every semester, I begin my introductory biostatistics class with a simple “show of hands” experiment based on the Bouba-Kiki effect. Prior to the experiment I “volunteer” two students at random to count hands, and when hands are raised, each of my volunteers counts silently and independently. Invariably, the counts DO NOT MATCH. We briefly discussContinue reading “Make Every Vote Count”