A learned man with interests in television, movies, current events, and good humor. I'm usually on the brink of something momentous or catastrophic--I have two speeds.

I am [On the brink].

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20th October 2014

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Under The Wall - Xabi Alonso's Cheeky Free-Kick →

Wow.

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19th October 2014

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18th October 2014

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Gus Poyet humiliated →

The Uruguayan saw the Black Cats score two own goals on their way to their biggest ever Premier League defeat as a Graziano Pelle brace, as well as goals from Jack Cork, Dusan Tadic, Victor Wanyama and Sadio Mane, sealed a memorable afternoon for the hosts.

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16th October 2014

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Which Diet Will Help You Lose The Most Weight? | FiveThirtyEight →

In the end, this isn’t a question for theory, it’s a question for data. The simplest way to figure it out would be to do head-to-head comparisons of all possible diets in large randomized trials. That is, take a group of people who want to lose weight, randomly assign half of them to Atkins and half to South Beach, say, and compare the weight loss in the two groups. Do that again and again and again for all possible diet comparisons, and you’d have your results.

This is rarely done, however. Much more common are randomized trials that compare a single diet to no diet. The reason is pretty simple: Companies selling the diets are funding many of these studies, and thus a major goal of the research is to show that the diet works. A company will find larger weight-loss effects if it compares its diet to no diet than to another diet.

But all is not lost. A recent review paper in The Journal of the American Medical Association does exactly what we want: It reports head-to-head comparisons of different types of diets, and even individual named diets. The researchers use the available studies — which typically compare each diet to no diet — to draw conclusions about how diets compare to one another.

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16th October 2014

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Bull’s eye

Bull’s eye

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16th October 2014

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porterdavis:

FiveThirtyEight has this great infographic showing the trajectory of the twenty current English Premier League teams. The top seven are pure royalty while sides like Newcastle and West Ham are in-and-outers. Hull City and Swansea City are the current Cinderellas, having moved from the kitchen to the penthouse, as it were.

porterdavis:

FiveThirtyEight has this great infographic showing the trajectory of the twenty current English Premier League teams. The top seven are pure royalty while sides like Newcastle and West Ham are in-and-outers. Hull City and Swansea City are the current Cinderellas, having moved from the kitchen to the penthouse, as it were.

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15th October 2014

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Which Diet Will Help You Lose The Most Weight? | FiveThirtyEight →

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7th October 2014

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Nobel Prize in physics awarded for creation of blue LED | Circa News →

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7th October 2014

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Flickr →

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4th October 2014

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First Saturday morning in more than 50 years without cartoons on broadcast TV | Circa News →

I can’t believe it.

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3rd October 2014

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In 126 Years, English Football Has Seen 13,475 Nil-Nil Draws | FiveThirtyEight →

Take the most common final score, for example. In 188,060 league games,2 the final tally was most often 1-0, proof, for Curley, that soccer was as low-scoring as he suspected. This result has occurred in more than 30,000 games — 16 percent of the total. Other common scores: 2-1 (about 27,000 games), 2-0 (about 22,000) and 1-1 (about 22,000).

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3rd October 2014

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Very familiar.

Via fivethirtyeight.

Very familiar.

Via fivethirtyeight.

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3rd October 2014

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Rumor Watch →

Emergent is a real-time rumor tracker. The idea is to track rumors, like this one:

Claim: White House fence-jumper made it inside the main floor

Each claim is tagged as confirmed true, confirmed false, or unverified. An interesting experiment.

It’s part of a research project with the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University that focuses on how unverified information and rumor are reported in the media. It aims to develop and best practices for debunking misinformation.

Reminds me of Snopes.com.

Via The Loop.

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3rd October 2014

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Researchers trace beginning of HIV/AIDS pandemic to 1920s Kinshasa | Circa News →

>Researchers said a “perfect storm” of increased sex trade, rail travel, needles used in health clinics and an exploding population likely contributed to the spread of the virus in the city of Kinshasa. Rail travel carried some one million people annually in the city to neighboring areas.

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2nd October 2014

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http://i.imgur.com/IgzAM0k.jpg →

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