Statistical dojo

This seems apt – and the book it comes from is available free (or “pay what you want”) at readthesequences.com. Recommended. Imagine reaching into an urn that contains seventy white balls and thirty red ones, and plucking out ten mystery balls. Perhaps three of the ten balls will be red, and you’ll correctly guess how many red balls total were…

A project

The thing that I’m recommending for a lot of people now is to find a sphere of activity, no matter how small or how local, that you feel you can control and you can do at home and you can contribute to. This feeling of powerlessness may set in that will cause people to panic more or become too depressed…

The monkey and the oranges

The monkey appeared by the fruit bowl, snaffled two armfuls of oranges and made a clean getaway before any of us could react. It legged it for the wall with swaying, monkey gait… but had to climb a tree to make good its escape. The monkey did its level best to run up the tree, leaving arms free for the…

Steven Pinker on passing on language

Language is created anew every generation by the minds of the children who construct it out of the data that they get from their parents and peers. Steven Pinker – with Tyler Cowan, in Conversations with Tyler, Ep 14 The same could be said of culture in general, and team or organisational culture in particular. What data are you receiving?…

Auld Lang Syne

Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should auld acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne? And surely ye’ll be your pint-stoup! and surely I’ll be mine! And we’ll tak’ a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne. We twa hae run about the braes, and pou’d the gowans fine; But we’ve wander’d mony a weary…

Shepherds and Kings

In the Christmas story, the baby comes for everyone – from the highest of the high to the lowest of the low… with a bias towards the unwashed and agricultural. Who are you working for? Which side do you lean towards when you have to choose? Happy Christmas 2019.

2001

One of the great pleasures of writing a daily post here has been watching the steady trickle of visitors coming through. In the last 365 days, a little over 900 visitors from 61 countries (list below) have viewed this blog a total of 2001 times. One way of looking at this is that almost no-one reads DriverlessCrocodile – which makes…

Old buildings

I love old buildings , and I usually feel a strange sort of curiosity mixed with nostalgia for the people and cultures that made them. Just in the UK I’d love to see the castle garrisoned by knights and squires, the barn full of hay and animals, the old mill humming, the Tudor pub in its heyday, the telephone exchange…

Gifts

What do you have that you did not receive? And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not? Paul of Tarsus – First Letter to the Corinthians Count your gifts: knowledge, skills, dispositions and attitudes; assets, wealth, health, time; places; people. Where did they come from? What are you going to use them for?…