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Food Banks Need Help

Due to the economic downturn, food banks are facing an increase in demand but a decrease in donations. If you're able to, please give a donation to your local food bank or to Feeding America, a national network of hunger-relief charities (food banks, soup kitchens, shelters, etc).

These places generally accept both food donations and monetary donations. My suggestion would be to go with the monetary donation because the staff at the food banks are able to make more efficient purchases than we are, but i'm sure anything you can give would be appreciated.

By min | November 24, 2008, 9:00 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

Bob, Where's My Tricerotops?

Max weight 60lbs?? That's crap.

**Update: Amazon has a video.

By min | November 18, 2008, 9:05 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link


It's all BoingBoing's fault.

Puppy Cam

Goddamn the internet.

By min | November 14, 2008, 3:54 PM | Cute Things & Ummm... Other? | Comments (1)| Link

Everybody Loves Nate

He "was a numbers fanatic," said his father, Brian Silver, a political science professor at Michigan State University.

"When we took him to preschool one time, we dropped him off, and he announced, 'Today, I'm a numbers machine,' and started counting," Brian Silver said. "When we picked him up two and a half hours later, he was 'Two thousand one hundred and twenty-two, two thousand one hundred and twenty-three."'

By kindergarten, he could multiply two-digit numbers in his head.

By 11, he was conducting multivariate analysis to figure out if the size of a baseball stadium affects attendance. By age 13, he was using statistics to manage a fantasy baseball team. When his parents refused to buy him computer games, he taught himself the Basic programming language and made his own.


Like many, i religiously checked Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight site twice a day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and ok, i admit it, sometimes before bed, too), everyday for the last several months to get the latest on election poll numbers. My favorite part was watching the pie chart representing McCain's win percentage go up and down a tenth of a percentage. That and the scatterplots. Who doesn't love scatterplots? Thank god for computer graphing programs. It sucked having to actually figure out the line graph based on scatterplot data.

It was pretty clear based on his site that Nate Silver's a big nerd. After reading this International Herald Tribune article, i now see that Nate Silver is a big, nerdy genius.

Btw, he's started on 2010 Senate races over at his site. I'm staying far, far away.

By min | November 11, 2008, 10:50 AM | Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link


Now that this election is finally over, we can get back to things that are really important.

By min | November 10, 2008, 9:40 AM | Cute Things & Ummm... Other? | Comments (0)| Link

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