Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Reminder: Rent



How do you remind yourself to pay the rent?


Sunday, January 29, 2017

Run NY State 2017

Top Line: Week of 1/22/17

The Top Line is a list of true statements derived from this week's news. Instead of dissecting the dissembling statements of news makers the Top Line endeavors to present the true statement up front. Context is provided in the links.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Crowded Out

This weekend was crowded. The National Mall held two enormous events--the inauguration and the Women's March on Washington. Combined with sister events throughout the world, these gatherings were some of the largest in history.

Preliminary estimates of the Women's Marches around the world are in excess of 2 million total.

Check out how large a crowd can be.

Top Line: Week of 1/15/17

The Top Line is a list of true statements derived from this week's news. Instead of dissecting the dissembling statements of news makers the Top Line endeavors to present the true statement up front. Context is provided in the links.
  • A fact is a piece of information presented as having objective reality.
  • The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Obamacare are the same.
  • 18 million people stand to lose healthcare in first year of an ACA repeal and would add $350 billion to the deficit.*
  • Our national security apparatus over-classifies information.
  • 2016 was the hottest year on record (third year running).
  • Women still do not make as much as men and are subject to sexism
  • Statistically rigorous polls--including approval polls--can be trusted. The margin of error must also be taken into account. 
  • Trump's election is legitimate and Rep John Lewis is still a hero of the civil rights movement.
  • The crowds at Trump's inauguration were smaller than those at Obama's inauguration.
    • The first press meeting of Trump's White House adamantly and brazenly lied about the crowd size.
    • Crowds at inauguration are an insignificant metric of a president's legacy.
  • The president's potential conflicts of interest are significant and concerning.

Corrections (For the record):

  • Last week I stated that 20 million people stand to lose healthcare coverage if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. A revised estimate shows that about 18 million would be affected.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Allied Bombings: How to Use an Air Force


Saturday, January 14, 2017

Top Line: Week of 1/8/17

The Top Line is a list of true statements derived from this week's news. Instead of dissecting the dissembling statements of news makers, the Top Line endeavors to present the true statement up front. Context is provided in the links.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

No Longer Myself; Myself Now.

When I was 16, I meditated for an evening. At the end of the session, I felt I had changed and that I was a new person. I had resolved to fundamentally change how people perceived me. I resolved also to fundamentally change my perception of the world.

Did I really change in that moment? Maybe.

When I was 22, I wrote somewhere a rambling blog post about what it means to change. When does who we are separate from who we were? I didn't feel different from any point in my past.

Yet of course I was. I had grown and changed. I had been shaped by new experiences, by age, by the subtle forces that we fail to notice on a daily basis.

I have spent some time recently musing on how I have changed in the last few years. I can't pin any specific moment or characteristic--although there are many. I won't spend any time musing on the intricacies of my mind; the theory of self.

Instead, I offer one thought that has been playing in a loop in my head. I do not feel that the person who wrote the items prior to 2014 fully represents the thoughts or opinions of the person I am now.

I was less careful with my language; I was far more open about my private life. I left less room for discussion.

I will keep all items posted prior to 2014 up and posted. I would like to be clear that they are not necessarily representative of my thoughts or actions in the present day and should be taken with a grain of salt.

I am a bit different now--change is good.

Allied Bombings in Europe During WWII: A timeline

The DoD's US Digital Service Team has just made available the Theater History of Operations (THOR) Data set. This data is a nearly complete record of all bombings in WWII by the Allies.

As part of my New Year's Resolution to make a viz a week, I have dissected the European and Mediterranean Theaters from a timeline perspective. How did those bombings reflect the state of the war?