Dear internet: we must ban targeted advertising immediately

It is odd that an analytics company is advising the big tech to "ban" targeted advertising. Analytics are good or bad depending on your perspective. It is relatively easy to purchase a "rephraser", set up SEO and drive "traffic" to earn "commissions" and "affiliate income". Are these legitimate forms of earning? I stumbled on the … Continue reading Dear internet: we must ban targeted advertising immediately

How to Edit Your Own Writing

I was surprised and then doubly surprised to see a brilliant essay in the fake news network aka NY Times. The stance against them is more political, but I appreciate good work when there is; even if published by the NY Times. My former writing teacher, the essayist and cartoonist Timothy Kreider, explained revision to … Continue reading How to Edit Your Own Writing

All models are wrong, but some are completely wrong

This is a sobering blog post and as such Financial Times published misleading (and fake) news. Statistical parameters are extremely difficult to point out and in my own extremely limited knowledge of epidemiology, you need to do extensive random sampling of tests to detect viral antibodies. Last week the Financial Times published the headline ‘Coronavirus … Continue reading All models are wrong, but some are completely wrong

The role of data in pandemics

Financial Times is a "venerable" financial daily. I often link to their opinion pieces and editorials. I don't really consider this financial rag worthy of emulation, but sometimes, they outdo themselves in matters of stupidity. Their reporting is often out of place and misrepresented, but somehow, they hold sway in the corridors of influence. Nevertheless, … Continue reading The role of data in pandemics

Workflows: Some thoughts

I am happy to see the new block editor shaping up well. It means a more richer experience to write as well as expect a more pictorial narrative going forward. I had to "hack my reading" and define workflows to get the ideas flowing again. It took me nearly a week to figure out the … Continue reading Workflows: Some thoughts