Category: General

George Zimmerman found not guilty.

Wow. George Zimmerman is not guilty. Really? Zimmerman, in a car, follows unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin, gets out of his car, against instruction and advice, with his gun, confronts the unarmed youth, Trayvon Martin ends up shot dead by George…

Help Me Beta Test Slim Surveys

I’m helping to beta test a new online survey tool called Slim Surveys. The silly little survey below was created using the beta version.  If you have a minute,  please: Take the survey below (there are only four questions) so…

It’s All About Abstraction

I started writing a new post this morning about one of my favorite topics: levels of abstraction.  While looking for references, I ran across this post I wrote for Google+ on January 6, 2012.  So, with the author’s permission, I’ll…

Making Things Too Simple

The Monty Hall Problem and the Two Boys Riddle are such great riddles precisely because they exploit our tendency to make things too simple.  That is, to (erroneously) “simplify” even to the point of discarding relevant information.  But as Albert…

Thirty-one

Clearly, the smartest move I’ve ever made: It’s been a great thirty-one years.  My best friend and I have managed to do quite a few things together since then. For example, we… Graduated from UM (three times); moved to Chicago (two times);…