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How did I miss this?

July 1, 2009

In a post called "So Long and Thanks for All the F-Tests", Freakonomics writes about a new book called Mostly Harmless Econometrics: An Empiricist’s Companion, which they describe as: ...the rare book that captures the feeling of how to go about trying to attack an empirical question; and it does this by working through two […]

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The Answer to Life, the Universe and Everything

May 16, 2009

I would be remiss if I didn't follow my last post by publishing the excellent passage that reveals that the answer to life, the universe and everything is, in fact, 42. This excerpt is from chapter 27 of Douglas Adam's The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. (Deep Thought is a computer that has been figuring […]

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May 16, 2009

I am absolutely ecstatic that Wolfram Alpha knows the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Indeed, it comes right back with "42" and a parenthetical citation: "(according to Douglas Adams' Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)." On reflection, it turns out Google knows the answer too, but doesn't cite its source (which I think I actually […]

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Whatever Happened, Happened

April 2, 2009

Excellent quote from (my favorite and yours) Douglas Adams' The Hitchiker's Guide to the Galaxy: Anything that happens, happens. Anthing that, in happening, causes something else to happen, causes something else to happen. Anything that, in happening, causes itself to happen again, happens again. It doesn't necessarily do it in chronological order, though. What does […]

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Speaking of deadlines...

January 14, 2009

I love deadlines. I like the whooshing sound they make as they fly by. -Douglas Adams

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