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Cognitive vs. behavioral in psychology, economics, and political science - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
I’ve been coming across these issues from several different directions lately, and I wanted to get the basic idea down without killing myself in the writing of…
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BLOGGING via TYPEWRITER.
> I suspect these are all still real scenarios still imagined by the U.S. military, with the exception of anything labeled “U.S.S.R.”
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The New Republic's Legacy on Race
Legacies are never simple; they create victims as well as beneficiaries. The more substantial the legacy, the more heated the disputes are over who has title of…
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Jonathan Chait: Political Correctness Gone Mad OMG I'm Scared
By now you’ve probably heard that Jonathan Chait has written an article for New York magazine decrying modern liberalism for becoming little more than a series…
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Rules for Contrarians: 1. Don't whine. That is all
I like to think that I know a little bit about contrarianism . So I’m disturbed to see that people who are making roughly infinity more money than me out of the…
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Apple, The Oil Company?
$18 billion. Profit. One quarter. Pure insanity.
How insane? It’s the highest earnings for a company in a quarter… ever. And it sets Apple up to post the most…
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Six quick tips to improve your regression modeling - Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science
It’s Appendix A of ARM : A.1. Fit many models Think of a series of models, starting with the too-simple and continuing through to the hopelessly messy.…
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Never trust a corporation to do a library’s job
Google wrote its mission statement in 1999, a year after launch, setting the course for the company’s next decade:
For years, Google’s mission included the…
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Bad Assumptions - stratechery by Ben Thompson
John Gruber is, as only he can, relishing the claim chowder – his collected bits of analyst wisdom sure, again and again, that Apple is doomed.
Apple, of…
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How ‘Selma’ Got Smeared
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On historical drama and its malcontents
If you want to understand the impossible bind in which the makers of serious historical dramas now find…
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Enough’s enough
Contract teaching at a Canadian University
Today, I had a perfectly reasonable request from a student who wanted to review an exam from last term. I was unable…
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My female friendships are based on my high school circle and reality shows | Scaachi Koul
Maybe it’s because I like watching adult women tear into each other like mean birds, but I find reality shows about toxic female friendships utterly delightful.…
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Stephen | New York Cafe
Back at NY Cafe for the Eggs Benedict. (@ New York Cafe in Toronto, ON)
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Jeb 'Put Me Through Hell’
CLEARWATER, Fla.—Sitting recently on his brick back patio here, Michael Schiavo called Jeb Bush a vindictive, untrustworthy coward.
For years, the…
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The politics of (academic) style | University Affairs
SPECULATIVE DICTION Late last year you may have seen an article circulating in which linguist Steven Pinker, Harvard professor and author of books such as The…
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I'm Ira Glass, Host of This American Life, and This Is How I Work
Ira Glass is a writer, producer, storyteller, performer, and a familiar voice. His show This American Life has set the contemporary standard of nonfiction radio…
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Nick Disabato: How to self-publish a book on Kickstarter and get a six-figure profit.
First, a story. I’ve worked on three successful Kickstarter projects in the past, and when the time comes, I teach my backers about what goes into…
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Public Books — Justice for “Data Janitors”
Science fiction author Arthur C. Clarke famously declared that any sufficiently advanced technology becomes indistinguishable from magic. Today, the likes of…
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The Tools of the Enemy
The muddle of politics and outrage we now know as “Gamergate” was birthed over two months ago when Eron Gjoni first published “the Zoepost,” his deeply…
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It's Dangerous to Go Alone: Why Are Gamers So Angry?
Okay, gamers, let’s have a talk.
First of all, my cred—rest assured I am one of your tribe. I have saved the princess, I have united the Triforce, I have shot…
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A beginner's guide to the Redpill Right
The gnostic paradox of young, tech-savvy traditionalists, who see through everything except their own conspiracy theories They want you to lift the veil pulled…
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Sex Workers Get Shut Out of Seattle’s "Sexual Exploitation" Conversation a Second Time
Prostitutes are victims, according to King County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Satterberg. “Today our goal is to identify women who are being prostituted and treat…
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Tyler Dawson: Criminalizing speech is a mistake
Canada's Minister of Public Safety Steven Blaney lays a wreath after an attack on a kosher market in which four hostages died in Paris, France, Saturday, Jan.…
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The eight stock photos you meet in heaven
January 30, 2015 2:36 PM PT
By Philip Michaels
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There are parts of being a gainfully employed editor for a tech website that I…
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Forget the Rich. It’s the Upper Middle Class That Is Ruining America.
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I first encountered the upper middle class when I attended a big magnet high school in Manhattan that attracted a decent number of…
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What Every Data Scientist Needs to Know about SQL · Joshua Lande
One of the most important tools required to be a successful data scientist is relational databases like SQL . The majority of data stored by businesses is in…
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The Ultimate Guide to Drafts Actions for OmniFocus – SimplicityBliss
Drafts is a simple yet extremely versatile iOS editor and capture tool popular with many who use their iPhone and iPad for more than WhatsApp, playing games or…
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The real reason measles cases spiked in 2014: the Ohio Amish
Last year was terrible for measles in the United States: there were 644 cases — the highest annual caseload in two decades. Granola-crunching Californians,…
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Apple Inc's thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android's remaining profit pillar
Feature Apple Inc’s thermonuclear assault on Samsung vaporizes Android’s remaining profit pillar After years of failing to do much more than embarrass Samsung…
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Don't forget to reply-all: <br>E-mail is a terrible collaboration tool - Karissa McKelvey
How many times have you written an e-mail to a group of people, and someone forgets to reply-all?
Most of the time, we’d like to have everyone respond to…
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3 days ago
'My data is Big because it doesn't load into R': Why Python is the language of Web Science - Karissa McKelvey
What is exciting about academia right now is that there is a new field emerging — Web Science (encapsulated by Informatics/CS).
The reason why I hone in on “Web…
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Python and PyData Conferences are important for the future of social science research - Karissa McKelvey
Imagine you are a graduate student of some social or behavioral science (not hard, I assume). You want to collect some data: say I’m going to study the…
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Why you shouldn't say it's easy when teaching - Karissa McKelvey
If you’re a professor, or teacher, or CTO, or manager, or your company just hired someone, or teaching anyone at all — STOP SAYING IT’S EASY!
As technical…
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Coming out of the debt closet - Karissa McKelvey
I’ve come out of the closet before, and I’m going to do it again.
I paid my student loan payment today. (20 years ago that would be ‘I kissed a girl today’…
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Peeing My Way Around New York City With Airpnp, The App For Bathroom Emergencies
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My bladder is the Murphy’s Law of organs.
It’s not that it’s small, exactly; rather, it’s disagreeable;…
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Islamic Astropolitik
Abu Ma’schar al-Balchi’s manuscript on astrology, 848
Despite Western anxieties over Muslim conquest, traditions of Islamic astronomy and the portability of…
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Universities and Economic Growth
> From a PSE point-of-view there’s two ways you can go from here.  There’s the route of “give us more money and we’ll give the local workforce a broader set of skills”.  But the fact that a local population has high levels of relatively generic skills does not necessarily make a region a particularly attractive place for investment.  I’m not an economic geographer, but it seems to me that one of the driving forces of the modern era is that the most profitable companies and industries are those that effectively capitalize on agglomerations of very specific types of talent.  And by and large, to get agglomerations of very specific types of talent you tend to need a large population to begin with, which is why big cities keep getting bigger.
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> The other option is a “place your bets” approach.  For emerging industries to find the right kinds of skills in a particular region, you have to place bets.  You have to say: “we’re going to invest in training and facilities to produce workers for X, Y, and Z industries, which at the moment do not exist in our region, and indeed may never do so.  Cape Breton University’s emphasis on renewable energy is a good example of this strategy.  It’s a bet: if they get good at this and produce enough graduates, maybe within a few years there will be enough of a talent agglomeration that business will go there and invest.
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The Elon Musk interview on Mars colonisation – Ross Andersen – Aeon
‘Fuck Earth!’ Elon Musk said to me, laughing. ‘Who cares about Earth?’ We were sitting in his cubicle, in the front corner of a large open-plan office at SpaceX…
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The Catch :: Python: Tips, Tricks and Idioms :: Codefisher.org
My programming language of preference is python for the simple reason that I feel I write better code faster with it then I do with other languages. However…
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The Most Diabolical Python Antipattern - Real Python
The following is a guest post by Aaron Maxwell, author of the Advanced Python Newsletter.
There are plenty of ways to write bad code. But in Python, one in…
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SHORT CUTS: Dean Blundell/Racist Winnipeg | CANADALAND
Start your day by listening to me yell a lot at on (bonus yelling about that dumb Vice story):
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Predominantly
This site is amazing. You can search album covers by their predominant color!
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Only 2 Ways to Fight Gentrification (you’re not going to like one of them)
Ignore the gentrifiers. You fight gentrification by going after rich homeowners who downzone their neighborhoods.
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After the Paris attacks: It’s time for a new Enlightenment | Pankaj Mishra
The perpetrators of the unconscionable massacre of Charlie Hebdo’s journalists, and the gratuitous killing of French Jews at a supermarket, were the sort of…
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The Winner of the Translate-a-Friedman T-Shirt Contest
Last week, while I was busy becoming the winner of the Fox News “Gay Arabic Atheistic Terrorist-Sympathizing Libtard-Who-Should-Be-Shot of the Week” Award for…
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Twitter's Group DMs Are The New Chat Rooms
Yesterday Twitter unleashed its long-awaited group DM feature. You can finally have private multi-person conversations on Twitter.
While many of those…
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Builder quietly cancels condo complex | Toronto Star
Miami 2007, meet Toronto 2015: Builder quietly cancels condo complex ht
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University of Manitoba budget challenges in line with national trends - The Manitoban
University of Manitoba president David Barnard delivered a clear but controversial message to a room full of students, faculty, and staff last week – cuts are…
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Idiot things that we we do in our papers out of sheer habit
Idiot things that we we do in our papers out of sheer habit April 10, 2013 Is there any justification for any of these practices other than tradition? Choosing…
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Restructuring Higher Education
My latest column for The Week is up. In it, I speculate about the likely effects of making community college free – assuming that the administration’s plan is…
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4 days ago
Emotional Stephen Harper tears up over controversial bill to keep mentally ill murderers in prison longer
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An emotional Prime Minister Stephen Harper pauses while…
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The Whiteness Of "Public Radio Voice"
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Chenjerai Kumanyika Linda Tindal
Last summer, I produced my first public radio piece as part of a week-long intensive radio workshop run by…
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Mark Bernstein: Unanswered
Supplemental to: Infamous ❧ Thoughtless ❧ Careless
The Wikimedia responds to “Infamous” with a call for civility, illustrated with a picture of a bunch of US…
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Here's what Anita Sarkeesian's harassers do with the rest of their Twitter time
Back in 2012, feminist critic Anita Sarkeesian posted a massive wall of furious, dismissive, or actively threatening YouTube comments that people had left on…
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