The best thing about being a statistician is that you get to play in everyone’s backyard.I read this quote in a New York Times obituary in 2000, and it’s stuck with me ever since. As a data guy (I’m too much of a hack to be called a statistician), I love the idea of playing in lots of backyards.... (more)
In times of war, there are no greater virtues than loyalty and bravery. A country with disloyal citizens is likely to lose every battle. Bravery is an essential trait to overcome the harshness of war.
Likewise, for most of human history, sexual purity was promoted as an essential virtue. Because... (more)
Fueled by wine and delicious food, the table was full of energy. The journalists and politicians at my table were eager to outdo one another. They exchanged candid personal stories about famous TV newsmen and potential presidential candidates. They recounted tales of the shocking political corrup... (more)