April 22, 2009



When the interlocutor says, “Oh, so it’s a probability!” and nods, it does not often help the situation to explain, “No, it’s a likelihood ratio.” 

Furthermore, following up that statement with “Well, actually, it’s a logarithm of the likelihood ratio,” rarely serves the purpose of clarity. 

Bitter truth. 

Important notice

November 5, 2007

Pie blogging, September 19, 2005.

This notice is absolutely unimportant.


September 3, 2007

What a great idea.

My lovely wife and daughter:

Wife Daughter

Honestly. I had no idea.

Sheen, 41, is currently TV’s highest paid star, and Two and Half Men continues to be the most watched sitcom in prime time…


February 14, 2007

I have a weakness for stupid internet quizzes, especially ones that call me hot.

Your Candy Heart Says “Cutie Pie”

You always seem to have a hot date, even though you never try to meet anyone.
A total charmer, you have a natural appeal that keeps you in high demand.

Your ideal Valentine’s Day date: multiple dates with multiple people

Your flirting style: 100% natural

What turns you off: serious relationship talks

Why you’re hot: you’re totally addicting

What Does Your Candy Heart Say?


January 12, 2007

I was once sitting with a client in the offices of a major operating system development company, which shall remain unnamed, for now. The program manager for an “Advanced” new version of the OS was presenting information to try and convince us that the company had overcome its reputation for unreliable software. At one point, he put up a pie chart, representing data they’d collected on a broad sample of actual failures.

He pointed towards the largest slice of the pie. “As you can see, 85% of on-site, production failures were the result of user errors, so we can ignore those.”

My mind just flipped. I didn’t say anything, since I was supposed to be cooperating in a multi-company project, but I was gibbering up and down my mental halls.

85% of their failures were the result of user errors. And they didn’t see that as a problem.

All I’m going to say now is, I’m sure glad I use a Mac.

UPDATE: OK, it’s not really fair for me to use this example as a Mac promotion. All I’m really saying is that for the program manager of a major operating system to stand in a room full of high-powered disaster recovery professionals and state that 85% of their downtime could be ignored because it was caused by stupid users was astounding. It demonstrated a degree of cluelessness that was mind-boggling.

From the internet files…

December 23, 2006

From this article:

Windows may squander computing power through its clumsy architecture. But by favouring simplicity of use over simplicity of design, Microsoft has been able to leverage cheap but powerful commodity hardware, to provide cost-effective software solutions. These may be complex in design—and full of bugs to boot—but, boy, are they easy to use and maintain.

To which I say, “Wha….?”

Also, while I’m on the subject of Windows: if you’re interested at all in using a PC to view or listen to media in the future, take a look at this. DRM2THEMAXXX, doodz!!!


December 16, 2006

More information on Christmas presents may be found on the internet.