12/12/2012, 14:11
Filed under: Culture, Economics, Ephemera

Speaking of “Toyotism” and industrial inertia in the US, I stumbled upon this commercial for the new Toyota Tundra. Riffing on Toyota’s rise at Ford et al.’s expense, it throws salt on the wound of declining American manufacturing. I saw it playing before a movie in Saskatoon; I wonder if it aired south of the 49th.

The commercial lists a bunch of things that “You,” all-American-man, used to think when you were growing up—you didn’t think math would prove useful, but you became and engineer; you thought all-American-girl across the road was annoying, but she became your loving wife; you thought babies were even more annoying, but they became one of your proudest accomplishment; and…

“You even used to think the most dependable truck had to come come from Detroit.”

“Good thing you kept an open mind.”

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Memes are beautiful
10/12/2012, 19:56
Filed under: Culture, Ephemera, Myself, Thought

A few days ago spread the word about a beached dead whale raising a stench not far from Barbara Streisand’s Malibu property and the practical challenges of disposing of it.

The historical significance of this coincident wasn’t lost on those commenting on boingboing’s, nor the LATimes’ coverage. Two of the internet’s greatest memes had happened upon one another. Continue reading

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Update: Another Bill Nye?
04/12/2012, 11:14
Filed under: Culture, Ephemera

In the process of looking for an image of Bill Bye Lake for yesterday’s post I stumbled across Mount Bill Nye, located in the south eastern corner of BC,

British Columbia officials have no knowledge as to who this person was. The name was officially adopted in 1954 but had been in use before that date. So it’s likely not “Bill Nye the Science Guy.”

Or, could it just be that Chief Bill Nye traveled widely?

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The other Bill Nye
03/12/2012, 11:13
Filed under: Culture, Ephemera

This weekend a new interview with Bill Nye the Science Guy was making the rounds,

I particularly like this one, even more than a previous one, because of the way it turns what seems like an abstract sciency concern into an everyday life thing. Sure, the world might be 6000 years old, but if so, then the internetz shouldn’t work. Shoot.

Bill Nye has been getting more attention lately as he speaks out against various anti-science movements making headlines south of the boarder.

Every time Bill Nye the Science Guy comes up in my newsfeed I’m reminded of a little lake I discovered on a map while treeplanting in the Houston region of British Columbia a few years ago. Continue reading

A new kind of online survey
28/11/2012, 13:52
Filed under: Culture, Ephemera, Politics, Statistics

Today the CBC reported that, based on a recent online survey carried about by Leger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies (ASC), as many as two-thirds of Quebecers view a flag hanging in the provincial legislature as a source of pride.*

The article goes on to claim,

The findings shine a light on public opinion in a province that has been sending mixed political messages lately: Quebec recently elected the pro-independence PQ — but only with a minority, and at a time when polls suggest support for independence is low, while the PQ’s sister-party in Ottawa, the Bloc, was nearly wiped off the map barely a year earlier.

Setting aside what I think about whether the polling and voting habits of Quebecers actually send mixed messages,** my first instinct upon reading this bold statement and “online survey” in the same article was righteous indignation: “This study shines no such light!” Continue reading

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Geeky Graffiti
26/09/2012, 10:49
Filed under: Ephemera, Myself, Statistics

I got stats on the mind. The first thing I thought when I passed this graffiti this morning en route to my favourite daily coffee spot was, “R-Squared!” It does not help that right now I’m working on a paper in which the main hypothesis test consists of a comparison between R^2.

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Big Island in actu
24/09/2012, 16:03
Filed under: Ephemera, Statistics

Sometimes when I read news stories out of China, the numbers reported make me think of the Big levels from the old Super Mario gamesContinue reading

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