Adoring FreakONomics. I picked up the book Freakonomics, A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. Loved it, inhaled it in one sitting. Head over to their website and check it out. If you want to know if Sumo wrestling is fixed, whether Chicago teachers screw with the figures to get their students to pass and whether one abortion was the butterfly exercising its wings that caused a tsunami, this is the book for you.
Levitt and Dubner Sound Off
How is cable television like crack? Levitt recently explained the similarities to members of the Cable & Telecommunications Association for Marketing, while Dubner gave Reuters a few reasons why pennies belong in the trash.
In fact I don’t remember being so affected by a way of thinking unless it was Chaos Theory by umm Gleick? Lies, damn lies and statistics turned on its head and then spun around. As information, real, pertinent, exact, information becomes more and more readily available on the ‘net and specifically through our online community profiles, we will see better use of statistics a la this book. Yep, I liked it.
I did leave a comment on their site – they were talking about abandoned blogs. Go here to check out what I had to say 😛 Talking of abandonment, World Internet Project has a Network Solutions placeholder on their site – “This domain name expired on 07/18/2006 and is pending renewal or deletion.” I hope it wasn’t anything I said here on Prophets of Doom or Not or here on World Internet Project in Australia!!! Scientists can be such a sensitive bunch. Heh.