Sorry no blogging last night. Other stuff, etc. So it’s linkalicious Thursday today.
It’s been a tough week in many ways, and I don’t think anyone is having a particularly good one. So I was in the right mood to read this short essay, on a particular passage from William Blake. Blake is one of my favorite poets, and the author of this piece was interviewed on the radio this morning, so I’ll take it as a sign. Won’t take long.
David Brooks on data. It’s not as awful as you might expect, but I confess, when I read this passage…
Over the next year, I’m hoping to get a better grip on some of the questions raised by the data revolution: In what situations should we rely on intuitive pattern recognition and in which situations should we ignore intuition and follow the data? What kinds of events are predictable using statistical analysis and what sorts of events are not?
…my immediate answer to the question is, “when David Brooks has a book of sweeping generalizations about people he knows little about, to flatter the self-perceptions of his smug readership, that’s when!”
From the Now I’ve Seen Everything file: Drive-through Ash Wednesday. Just give me the bullet points and the smudge — I’m in a hurry!
Good day to all. Snow expected here, but not as much as some places. The air smelled a little springlike today, but I’m sure it’s just the moisture bearing down on us. We shall see.