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2019-09-07: Medium is such a dumpster fire. 2/3 of the screen on mobile is now filled with promotional junk for …

2019-09-07: Handling baseline imbalances among arms in clinical trials It’s been a while since I went down an epidemiology rabbit hole, but I just ran across this great …

2019-08-29: Basecamp has refreshed their branding, and has added a new free plan for personal use!

2019-08-27: How did I not know about Tablecruncher?! It’s a Mac utility for viewing and editing large CSV …

2019-08-17: The experience of developing Ruby on Rails code on Windows 10 sounds great, thanks to Microsoft’s …

2019-08-11: Spreadsheets are (mostly) amazing Michael Bernstein, writing about spreadsheets vs. programming: Spreadsheets are amazing, they solve …

2019-08-09: I finally figured out how to get rid of the $0.50 AWS bill I’ve been paying monthly …

2019-08-08: Browser extensions can steal your data There’s a great article from Geoffrey Fowler at The Washington Post on the massive security …

2019-08-07: Pranay Pathole (@PPathole) on Twitter: How AI products actually work Your browser doesn't support …

2019-08-04: The Pudding has a really neat visualization of pocket size in women’s vs. men’s pants.

2019-08-02: It drives me nuts that so much great writing (like this) is done in Twitter threads, which are …

2019-08-02: An interesting Twitter thread by Julian Wolfson on the implications of removing the GRE from the …

2019-07-27: Protocols.io looks like an interesting way to publish preprints of research protocols. Here’s …

2019-07-11: Soulver: still the best way to do math (on macOS and iOS) I’m a huge fan of Soulver, a scratchpad for doing calculations and unit conversions of all …

2019-07-01: The state of CAPTCHAs I use Google’s reCAPTCHA v2 on my website’s contact form to prevent spam from automated …

2019-05-16: 🎥 The best chalk in the world, hoarded by mathematicians.

2019-04-30: From back in 2014, a very interesting post by James Somers on differences between dictionaries: But …

2019-04-30: Gilles Castel has posted the promised follow-up to his initial live note-taking in LaTeX workflow …

2019-04-29: I love the whimsey of JetBrains’ DMG windows.

2019-04-04: @rachelss’ tweetstorm on speaking tips for academic presentations (unrolled and reformatted): …

2019-03-22: Startpage.com as a Google replacement? DuckDuckGo seems to be the go-to replacement for Google for those concerned about privacy. DDG is …

2019-03-21: A very intriguing setup for writing math notes live in LaTeX by Gilles Castel: I started using …

2019-03-15: Apple Music is still kind of weird It’s awesome that Apple Music has a Deutsche Grammophon-curated “Browse” section, but there doesn’t …

2019-03-15: Coda is a new web application mashing up features from Google Docs, Excel, and Airtable. The idea is …

2019-02-26: eLife’s first computationally reproducible journal article The journal eLife recently published a “computationally reproducible” article: Today eLife, in …

2019-02-22: Stata people: I’ve got a nice setup for literate programming with Markdown!

2019-02-10: For some reason I’ve ran across several open source stats tools that I had never heard of …

2019-01-14: I’ve updated my “Thoughts on Reference Management Software” post with a …

2018-08-28: Pros and cons of Jupyter notebooks This presentation from Joel Grus on the problems inherent with Jupyter notebooks is great. …

2018-08-01: 🎥 Lego In Real Life 3 – some awesome stop motion going on here.

2018-08-01: Rick Gladstone in the New York Times: The Ebola virus has struck again in the Democratic Republic …

2018-07-19: I just ran across Stencila, which claims to be “the office suite for reproducible …

2018-07-11: This checks all my boxes: Inside San Franciso’s Fire Department, Where Ladders Are Made by …

2018-06-14: Notion looks like a pretty interesting collaboration platform. It offers functionally like Trello, …

2018-06-12: Sounds like Mendeley is doing some squirrelly stuff with encrypting their local database to prevent …

2018-06-11: Applied Public Policy & Management Knowledge Base (“expert content that complements your core …

2018-05-28: Mike Karnjanaprakorn, unrolled from Twitter: I’ve spent a lot of time improving my personal …

2018-05-26: @cmyeaton: My standard advice is 1. download Anaconda or Enthought 2. buy Python for Data Analysis …

2018-05-24: ZoteroBib is a new service from Zotero for quickly generating bibliographies from DOIs, PubMed IDs, …

2018-05-13: What?

2018-04-17: Jim Robbins for The New York Times: Scientists have surmised there is a stream of viruses circling …

2018-04-08: Robert Kocher for the Harvard Business Review: Today, for every doctor, only 6 of the 16 non-doctor …

2018-03-29: PSA: “Canadian surgeons are urging people to throw out wire-bristled barbecue brushes, because …

2018-03-18: Fascinating tweetstorm by Austen Allred about education, quoted in full below for …

2018-03-18: David Leonhardt on driving deaths in the US in The New York Times: Had the United States kept pace …

2018-03-02: James Doubek for NPR: The vast majority of Uber and Lyft drivers are earning less than minimum wage …

2018-02-22: An ER visit, a $12,000 bill — and a health insurer that wouldn’t pay: The problem: These denials …

2018-02-22: Barry O’Reilly: > In the majority of organizations, being “busy” is systemic, and often for …

2018-02-21: What did the group of emo nannies call their band? Sad State of Au Pairs

2018-02-17: To all the idiots advocating arming teachers: www.caseyliss.com/2018/2/17…

2018-02-17: Aaron E. Carrol in The Upshot: The idea that spending more on preventive care will reduce overall …

2018-02-15: @bederson: This is such a good idea. Get feedback that improves your course while engaging students …

2018-02-15: A compostable phone case: pelacase.com (They say it doesn’t compost while you’re using …

2018-02-01: Must read, but depressing as hell: How to Not Die in America

2018-01-31: These jokers are unbelievable: Trump’s CDC Director Resigns After Being Caught Buying Tobacco …

2018-01-28: This is great: Ten Things I Wish I’d Known About bash

2018-01-25: “Daily physical activity is an opportunity for the average school to become a high-performing …

2018-01-13: Currently obsessed with Darius’ new album Utopia.

2018-01-10: Some very interesting thoughts by Tiago Forte in a Twitter thread, which I’ve reposted here …

2017-12-31: This is crazy: An average worker needs to work a mere 11 hours per week to produce as much as one …

2017-12-29: If anyone is wondering what blockchain technology could be used for in the financial industry, …

2017-12-26: How do people map expressions of probability (like “very good chance”) onto actual …

2017-12-06: All of this gives me a headache: People have spent over $1M buying virtual cats on the Ethereum …

2017-12-03: From Stop Using Excel, Finance Chiefs Tell Staffs: Finance chiefs say the ubiquitous spreadsheet …

2017-12-02: Perhaps something is fundamentally broken with your platform if there are third party services …

2017-11-27: Getting the seed out of an avocado is…the pits.

2017-11-26: Some great quotes from Modern Media Is a DoS Attack on Your Free Will - Issue 52: The Hive - …

2017-11-02: This is awesome: A Japanese company is granting its non-smoking staff an additional six days of …

2017-10-24: New icon for the iOS Kindle app (and other changes) are 💯

2017-09-21: Rothman is right on the mark (source / read for free): Today it is typical to train epidemiologists …

2017-09-16: I have been waiting for this day

2017-09-16: An important iPhone X question: what’s the Guided Access shortcut with no home button? It’s …

2017-09-13: It’s been less than 12 hours, but the iPhone X notch is not growing on me. I would love to have that …

2017-09-10: Nasa’s ambitious plan to save Earth from a supervolcano

2017-07-31: I’ve used SuperDuper! for local backups for years, but the scheduled backups inexpicably …

2017-07-30: Jeez: LinkedIn’s Chris Cutter found a West Virginia company where “up to half of …

2017-07-23: There was a separation between Republicanism and conservatism long before he won the White House. …

2017-06-16: Amazon is buying Whole Foods (?!)

2017-06-12: “If you want to do broad ambitious things, you need to be accountable to articulate why it is the …

2017-06-03: The one and only item on my iOS 11 wishlist: when I get a call from a number not in my contacts, …

2017-05-25: Via NPR, scientists think that contracting measles may erase adaptive immunity. This would cause …

2017-05-22: From the Duh Dept. at the American Academy of Pediatrics: “Children under 1 year old …

2017-05-19: May 18, 2017, Denver, CO.

2017-05-17: !!!! www.washingtonpost.com/world/nat…

2017-05-17: Now this was unexpected. ‘“If the administration of the United States deems this possible, we …

2017-05-15: Huge news in the Waymo v. Uber lawsuit: www.axios.com/judge-ban…

2017-05-12: I’ve been annoyed by sound balance drift on my Mac for years. Finally wrote an AppleScript to …

2017-05-10: “They just barely got the tiniest bit of momentum going after the House health care bill, and …

2017-05-08: Really glad that Kaleidoscope is not abandoned. Still my favorite diff app for Mac.

2017-05-07: Whew. www.axios.com/exit-poll…

2017-05-07: I’m heavily back into RSS, especially for YouTube. I vastly feedbin.com + reederapp.com to the …

2017-05-06: This is some serious phishing.

2017-05-05: One piece of positive news out of the terrible AHCA passing the House: “The Cook Political …

2017-05-02: Temporarily lost my box of new Tiles ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

2017-04-29: Last week of April, Denver, CO.

2017-04-29: On Wed 26 Apr 2017, the WHO said Liberian health authorities were taking rapid precautionary steps …

2017-04-29: Uploading ≈5000 files to box.com through Safari. What could go wrong? (So far it is working …

2017-04-29: I now know what I want to do when I retire: Sorting 2 Metric Tons of Lego (by Jacques Mattheij) (My …

2017-04-28: I can’t believe Lyft is getting away with using push notifications for advertising. This is a …

2017-04-28: Everyone a person needs has long been on messengers. It’s pointless and time-consuming to …

2017-04-26: Did you know you can jump start a car with 10 AA batteries in series? You can!

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