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Stephen Mack

Stephen Mack

I'm a resident of Silicon Valley, father of two young children, an employee of TiVo (over 15 years now), and I care about things.
A 30-Foot Skull Will Ignite Burning Man In A Blaze Of Projection Mapped Glory [The Creators Project] - http://thecreatorsproject.vice.com/blog...
A 30-Foot Skull Will Ignite Burning Man In A Blaze Of Projection Mapped Glory [The Creators Project]
A 30-Foot Skull Will Ignite Burning Man In A Blaze Of Projection Mapped Glory [The Creators Project]
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From the article at The Creators Project: "[S]et to debut on August 25 in Black Rock City, Shogyo Mujo is a collaborative installation between artist Joshua Harker and designer Bart Kresa that reminds us of these projection mapped Mexican gods, in the best way possible. Featured as part of the Caravansary theme of this year's Burning Man, the two have spent the entire past year collaborating on the 30-ft projection mapped skull, despite never meeting in person." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Apparently this only worked on Saturday night. I missed it! Ah well. - Stephen Mack
Lewis's Law: "The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism." --Helen Lewis (via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...) - https://twitter.com/helenle...
Lewis's Law: "The comments on any article about feminism justify feminism." --Helen Lewis (via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_Lewis_(journalist)#Lewis.27s_law)
(Found on the comments of http://badassdigest.com/2014... which was posted by Victor, http://friendfeed.com/aswang...) - Stephen Mack
Hi FF! I'm back. Had a great time. Missed you all. I don't have my pictures uploaded yet, so in the meantime here's one Paul Buchheit posted to his Facebook timeline, of the immense sculpture "Embrace" burning on Friday morning.
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Don't worry, I'll just pull them down from icloud. - Todd Hoff
Paul's caption (https://www.facebook.com/photo...): Camilla: "It looks like they have a really intense headache" - Stephen Mack
Todd and Cristo: :) - Stephen Mack
The second craziest thing I did at Burning Man: Ran a 5K In the desert.
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If not did it wobble too and fro did you tie it in a knot did you tie it in a bow? - Steve C Team Marina
It was a little crazy, but not nearly as crazy as the 50K (31 mile) event the same camp organized for the day before: http://www.burningman50k.com/ -- I'd love to work up to be able to run that one too. Someday. - Stephen Mack
Cristo & Steve: I did in fact wear my regular running attire. Of the 200 runners, I'd say about 4-5 ran it naked or topless. - Stephen Mack
(So not dissimilar to Bay To Breakers, really.) - Stephen Mack
Cristo: I'll post about the first craziest thing later. :) - Stephen Mack
You know what triggers my latent OCD sometimes? The fact that September, October, November and December are not the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th months.
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Image: Matinée de Septembre (or September Morn), a painting by the French artist Paul Émile Chabas (1869–1937). "Painted over three summers ending in 1912, it became famous when it provoked a scandal in the USA." Via http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
"Ultimately, the painting would be labelled as kitsch by critics who thought it lacking in interesting artistic features: contrast, coordinated lines, and a worthy subject." Ouch! - Brian Johns
Sparky: Yeah, critics are mean! - Stephen Mack
And I have always liked this painting, kitschy or not. - Stephen Mack
But! Back to month names. - Stephen Mack
How do we fix this? Well, the easiest fix would be to remove the two months added latest, January and February. And then stick them at the end of the year. So we'd essentially shift every month down two spots. - Stephen Mack
But I actually think "May" is a terrible name for a month. If you buy that "June" is named after the Latin word "iuniores" (young men; juniors) and that May is named after the Latin word "maiores" (grown men; majors) then we have two months dedicated to young and old men. (Via http://www.pantheon.org/miscell... .) No one needs that. So we should remove those two, shift the rest up two, and then come up with two new month names for the 11th and 12th months. - Stephen Mack
I am therefore hereby calling for submissions for new month names. - Stephen Mack
(Note that "June" is typically described as being named after the goddess Juno. e.g.http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki...) - Stephen Mack
"Stupid Smarch weather." - Victor Ganata
We could always just go back to the old Roman calendar of 10 months plus 60 days of Winter (at least in the Northern Hemisphere). :D #WinterIsComing #decimalization #metricization - Victor Ganata
Thinking about this more, I think it would probably just be easier to rename September, October, November, and December to things that aren't numerical. Problem solved! - Victor Ganata
If 9=Septem, 10=Octo, 11=Novem, 12=Decem bothers you, can you imagine how people must've been really irritated by the fact that New Year's Day was March 25th? - Victor Ganata
Can you imagine if we still had a month called Sextilis? #iam12 - Victor Ganata
^ I think we need that month again. - Stephen Mack
Sextilis, nine months later, Natalis ;) - Pete : Team Marina
nowadays we no longer need the calendar to know when to sow, I wonder how it could be a 400-days-long year, with ten months, each with four ten-days weeks, with three day of festivity per week - mario leone
Mario, why a 400 day year? Don't we still need it to be 365.3? Or do you want the seasons to shift? - Stephen Mack
I think we don't, seasons may shift, they would shift without the leap years - mario leone
But we have leap years just so the seasons don't shift! I'm all for decimalization, but I think a basic requirement of an annual calendar is that it should actually align to the period of time it takes the Earth to revolve around the sun. - Stephen Mack
Proposal: 10 "months", each with 6 weeks of 6 days, (so "month" = 36 days), with 5.3 days of 'bonus' time between the 'end' of a year and the 'start' of the next. Days are still 24 hours of course. 'Bonus' time may or may not be used as in the 'Purge' movies. :) - Ken Gidley
Metric time: 1 year = 10 months, 1 month = 10 weeks, 1 week = 10 days, 1 day = 10 hours, 1 hour = 100 minutes, 1 minute = 100 seconds, with seconds redefined appropriately :D Screw solstices, the moon, and sunrises and sunsets! - Victor Ganata
So THAT'S how The Purge got started! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
And that's the news on Quintidi, Fructidor the 5th, 221. - David Lounsbury from iPhone
I swear that I heard this conversation just the other day in the office. - NOT THE CRICKET
Just completed a 2.94 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6w2zw9 #RunKeeper
Just completed a 2.94 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6w2zw9 #RunKeeper
This was my return to MVARC and their Monday track runs after a two month absence! - Stephen Mack
Yay! :-) - Tamara J. B. from FFHound(roid)!
The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man [The Atlantic] - http://www.theatlantic.com/busines...
The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man [The Atlantic]
The Wonderful, Weird Economy of Burning Man [The Atlantic]
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From the article: " 'Burning Man is like a big family picnic,' festival founder Larry Harvey told me. 'Would you sell things to one another at a family picnic? No, you’d share things.' " - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
The part at the beginning about the airport is fascinating. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Are you going this year? We really have to figure out a meetup! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Yup! 7 & E. I'll invite you to our camp parties! - Stephen Mack from iPhone
hooray! I'll be around 3:00 and I again. And I love me some parties! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
I'm counting down until next year. Have a delightful burn, everyone. - joey
*hugs* Sorry you won't be there Joey. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Back to school!
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Second and third graders now. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
They're adorable! I forgot to take a pic of Jayden today, starting 10th grade. He's wearing a tee shirt I won on Twitter, from a Warriors fan who's a graphic designer, and I wanted to tweet him a photo of J in the shirt. - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
goodness Jayden is in 10th grade? I like the outfit colors that accentuate the cuteness - Steve C Team Marina
The zip line whisperer (a Burning Man #saturdayff story)
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So it was Sunday, September 1, 2013, the last full day of the art festival in the Black Rock Desert called Burning Man (http://www.burningman.com/), and I was walking somewhere along C street near 6:30 street, and I had passed by this zip line at a theme camp every day for a week. - Stephen Mack
And I had kept telling myself, "Oh, yeah, have to ride that zip line." But I realized on that Sunday that I'd best give it a try now or there wouldn't be another chance. - Stephen Mack
So I climbed on up the first platform. - Stephen Mack
And then I clambered up the ladder for the second platform. - Stephen Mack
Still more ladders? Okay. Up I go. - Stephen Mack
And then there's a bit of a queue. A few people in front of me. Great view. 40 feet up, maybe? - Stephen Mack
(The photo I chose here is not the actual zip line in question, which I didn't actually get a photo of. Instead it was lifted from http://davepics.com/Album... .) - Stephen Mack
Then I see the last little climb up to the top of the works, a complicated bit of steps and ladders and a seated arrangement, where you grab the line and slip forward and hurtle down to the mattress-padded landing area below -- and I can hear the man with the zip line camp giving the instructions. Tall guy, long beard, shades, calm, good sense of humor. I don't know his name, but let's call him Fred. - Stephen Mack
No GoPro video or Google Glass? - Louis Gray
A woman goes down, not quite following instructions but flipping all over the place and yipping her excitement. - Stephen Mack
I look down. Now, I'm not afraid of heights, but it occurs to me I'm pretty high off the ground. - Stephen Mack
A guy goes down, he's Swiss I think, and he's cheering. - Stephen Mack
And then the guy in front of me, it's his turn. He's breathing pretty hard. "I'm afraid of heights," he says. - Stephen Mack
And Fred nods. "That's no problem," Fred says. "You can do this." - Stephen Mack
And the guy starts to panic. "I want to go down," he says quickly. "I can't do this." - Stephen Mack
And Fred nods. "Sure," says Fred. "You can go down. I'll help you climb back down. But are you sure that's what you want?" - Stephen Mack
And the guy swallows and says, "No, I want to ride the zip line. But I can't." - Stephen Mack
And Fred begins whispering to him. Fred has his hand on this guy's knee. And the guy is nodding. And Fred is speaking calmly, slowly, never letting go of the guy's knee. And before too long the guy takes one last nod, and one last look at Fred, and then he's off, a slide forward from the chair into thin air, only his hands on the line, and he's zipping down 40 feet to the playa below. - Stephen Mack
Then Fred winks at me. "You heard all that?" - Stephen Mack
I nod, and am ready to go. - Stephen Mack
"That guy had a hard time," I say lamely. Fred nods. And he winks at me again. - Stephen Mack
"That guy did fucking awesome," says Fred. - Stephen Mack
... - Stephen Mack
Fred is the zip line whisperer. He's fucking awesome. That zip line camp is fucking awesome. Burning Man is fucking awesome. Being afraid of heights is not so awesome. But being afraid of heights, and riding a 40 foot zip line in 100 degree heat in the desert? That's fucking awesome. - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
Louis: Nah. Neither of those items would go over well, and the Google Glass in particular I don't think would last long in that environment. The dust would destroy it. - Stephen Mack
I had my own zipline whisperer once. I was taking a "challenge ropes course" my second year in college, trying to cope with my fear of heights. Even though it was terrifying for me, I completed every 'high element' of the course, including the "Pamper Pole" (you can imagine). The instructor and my fellow students were awesome! They never stopped being supportive and encouraging, no matter how much I panicked. My hat's off to Fred. He sounds like good people. :) - Jenny H. from Android
(Oh, and Tamara and Adam once talked me through the zipline above the Fremont Street Experience. They're also very good people!) - Jenny H. from Android
I rode the zipline they put over Robson Square in downtown Vancouver for the 2010 Olympics. Free ride, but long lines... I went late at night for a shorter line. I figured I could always ride another zipline later, but how many chances would I get to ride one in a city? - Andrew C (✔)
Stephen, someone put a GoPro on a hula hoop in 2012. http://www.youtube.com/watch... - NOT THE CRICKET
Also, that guy's awesome. - NOT THE CRICKET
Jimminy, interesting video (although they seemed to be going for a particular body type, geez) -- I like how the different frame of reference (that is, from the hula hoop's point of view) alters everything. But I think there's a difference between using a GoPro as part of an art exhibit versus just wearing one and going around filming people. Not to say that people don't do it, but it's not something I'd do on the playa. - Stephen Mack
Stepheb, yeah I noticed the body type thing, I actually thought there were some guys from memory, but I guess not. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
How Long Should TV Viewers Wait Before Disclosing Show Spoilers? [Deadline] - http://deadline.com/2014...
From the article: How long to wait? "At least a day according to 27.7% of DVR users surveyed by TiVo last month — with 10.9% voting for at least two days and 22.7% supporting even longer. On the flip side, 22.5% would wait less than a day, including 12.6% who say everything’s fair game the instant a show airs. (Some 16.6% don’t care.) It’s more than just a question of digital age etiquette: About 30% of respondents in Pacific Time states, as well as Alaska and Hawaii, say they avoid the Internet altogether when a program with an ending they care about airs in other time zones. That’s 'a fairly significant change' in behavior, TiVo Chief Research Officer Jonathan Steuer tells me. The survey of 14,673 TiVo subscribers is the first time the DVR company has tried to put its arms around the subject. Spoilers are becoming increasingly irksome as the ranks of time shifters grows: An average of 177.7M people watched some time shifted TV each month in Q1, up 7% from the same period last year, Nielsen says." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Hmm, the image didn't come across. Anyway, some hard data about viewer prefs. It will be interesting to see these change over time. - Stephen Mack
Around a day seems to work for me, though if I'm worried about it, I'm careful about where I hang out. I'm not crazy about it, I just prefer not to know some stuff in advance. I wonder if people will just get more used to spoilers as the schedules stretch out, or less tolerant? - Jennifer Dittrich
I tend to do it for a week. Considering digital delays & dvr. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Movies, generally get spoiled in days, but they are optional and available roughly on demand. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
Zero. - Todd Hoff
Happy birthday, Bubba!
Happy Birthday! - Jennifer Dittrich
Happy birthday! - John (bird whisperer)
Happy Bubba Day!!! - vicster: full-bodied
Happy birthday!! :) - Tamara J. B.
Thanks y'all! - Just another Bubba from FFHound(roid)!
Happy birthday! :) - Signs Point to LB from Android
Happy Birthday, Bubba! - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Happy birthday Scott :) - Pete : Team Marina
Edward Snowden: The Untold Story, by James Bamford [Threat Level | WIRED] - http://www.wired.com/2014...
Edward Snowden: The Untold Story, by James Bamford  [Threat Level | WIRED]
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From the middle of this Wired article: "The massive surveillance effort was bad enough, but Snowden was even more disturbed to discover a new, Strangelovian cyberwarfare program in the works, codenamed MonsterMind. The program, disclosed here for the first time, would automate the process of hunting for the beginnings of a foreign cyberattack. Software would constantly be on the lookout for traffic patterns indicating known or suspected attacks. When it detected an attack, MonsterMind would automatically block it from entering the country—a “kill” in cyber terminology." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Continued: "Programs like this had existed for decades, but MonsterMind software would add a unique new capability: Instead of simply detecting and killing the malware at the point of entry, MonsterMind would automatically fire back, with no human involvement. That’s a problem, Snowden says, because the initial attacks are often routed through computers in innocent third countries. 'These attacks can be spoofed,' he says." - Stephen Mack
Continued: " 'You could have someone sitting in China, for example, making it appear that one of these attacks is originating in Russia. And then we end up shooting back at a Russian hospital. What happens next?' " - Stephen Mack
Continued: "In addition to the possibility of accidentally starting a war, Snowden views MonsterMind as the ultimate threat to privacy because, in order for the system to work, the NSA first would have to secretly get access to virtually all private communications coming in from overseas to people in the US. 'The argument is that the only way we can identify these malicious traffic flows and respond to them is if we’re analyzing all traffic flows,' he says." - Stephen Mack
Continued: " 'And if we’re analyzing all traffic flows, that means we have to be intercepting all traffic flows. That means violating the Fourth Amendment, seizing private communications without a warrant, without probable cause or even a suspicion of wrongdoing. For everyone, all the time.' " - Stephen Mack
There's another part later on that's good where Snowden is musing about slippery slopes. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Feature idea for OKCupid: Provide an option for a random delay between when you send a reply and when it's delivered.
That way you can follow "the rules" and not appear "too interested." - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Then they could test the feature and crunch the data to find out the optimum delay for improving the chance of the conversation continuing. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Celebrity deaths: A statistical analysis - http://www.zeigen.com/blog...
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A statistical refutation of http://friendfeed.com/davisfr... . The image above can be viewed full-size at http://www.zeigen.com/blog... . My conclusion? Celebrity deaths come in one-point-sevens, not #threes. - Stephen Mack
Awesome - Chieze Okoye
Thanks, Chieze! I enjoyed crunching actual data. - Stephen Mack
No refutations? Have I really killed it this time? - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I'm on a plane! - Kevin Fox from iPhone
See my blog comment -- From some perspective, deaths *always* come in 3's, you just have to see what the distribution of durations between deaths D and D+2 are. :) I'd like to know: What's the median (or 90, 95%ile) time for which "all deaths come in 3's" is true. - Steve and 4 other people
BTW, would also be nice to compare vs. a random control sample of a similar distribution to actual celebrity death data. - Steve and 4 other people
Steve, I've seen your blog comment now, and you've proposed an interesting approach. When I get some time I'll post the CSV data and run the analysis you suggest. However, you can tell at a glance from just the visual representation that the duration between D, D+1, and D+2 will vary wildly. - Stephen Mack
Davis, how do you propose testing for the global population? What groupings of the deaths do you think exist? Geography? - Stephen Mack
Also, Davis, you're right about July 99. You've got me thinking of another simple analysis: Number of deaths per month, and what percentage of the time that number is evenly divisible by three. - Stephen Mack
Steve, for the control data, what do you suggest? National obituaries? Death records for all inhabitants of a particular county? - Stephen Mack
No, just a random distribution. You know how many deaths occurred over your interval, so just simulate it assuming each person has a 1/Nth chance of dying each day (where N is the number of days in the sample). - Steve and 4 other people
And yup, I know the distribution will be pretty wide, and that's what's interesting about it. :) You should be able to compare that with the random distribution to see if there's any difference. - Steve and 4 other people
Man, this conversation reminds me of the stuff I liked about my stats class... 8^D - Chieze Okoye
Steve, I took a look at the suggestion of days between D and D+x as you suggested in more detail in your blog comment. For every metric (average days, median, etc.) the data is better explained by groups of 2 than groups of 3. Performance for all groupings was pathetic, with an average of at least 8 days overall even for groups of 2. The standard deviation was at least 4.5 days, which backs up my previous prediction that it would vary wildly. - Stephen Mack
Davis, I took a look at number of deaths per month as well. The number of months where the total deaths was divisible by three was... wait for it ... 38.2%, close to expected value of 33.3%. Average number of deaths per month is actually 7.7. - Stephen Mack
A revised version of the spreadsheet with new tabs ("Avg Days of Span" and "Calendar" respectively) for the two new methods is now available, http://docs.google.com/filevie... - Stephen Mack
I've also provided a data file called CORPUS.TXT with just the names and dates, in CSV format: http://docs.google.com/leaf... - Stephen Mack
If I'm reading that right, the ~50%ile of the number of days between D and D+2 is 7. To me, that says "half the time, 3 (or more) celebrities have died in the same week" That seems like the kind of thing that would easily turn into an urban myth. If you go out to 14 days, you get to nearly 87%! - Steve and 4 other people
Steve, yes. But 50% success is awful. Another way of saying that is, "half the time, when a celebrity dies, only 1 or 2 celebrities will die that week." So the myth at BEST is 50% right, when you allow a FULL WEEK for the deaths to coincide. You'd do better if the myth is that "celebrity deaths come in 2s" -- about half the time, 2 celebrities die in a period just 2 days apart. - Stephen Mack
Put another way: Using your method, "celebrity deaths come in twos" is more accurate than "celebrity deaths come in threes." So the superstition is wrong. - Stephen Mack
For an urban myth, I think 50% success rate is pretty good. :) - Steve and 4 other people
It's not 50%. To get 50%, you have to include 3 OR MORE (so, sometimes 4, sometimes 5, sometimes 10) -- and that's with AN ENTIRE WEEK of allowance. Remember, other variations of the myth (celebrities die in 2s, celebrities die in 1.7s) do better . You've seen the spreadsheet. There's no method where "celebrities die in 3s" has any statistical validity whatsoever. This myth has been 100% debunked. - Stephen Mack
The idea of 70% dead celebrity is kind of gruesome ;) (He's only mostly dead....) - Victor Ganata
He got better. - Stephen Mack
Send this data to Mythbusters! - Ken Gidley
Unless the Mythbusters team gets to actually blow up the celebrities to test whether they clump together in threes or not, I don't think this myth is quite telegenic enough for them. - Stephen Mack
Slacy created a graph in a separate thread here: http://friendfeed.com/slacy... - Stephen Mack
50/50 after 4 votes. Please go and vote your conscience! - Stephen Mack
I think what's missing is a solid theory of celebritigenesis. Without that, it's hard to figure out what the null hypothesis would be. - Victor Ganata
Rue McClannihan makes three!:-P Actually Stephen, I've got some interesting analysis to dovetail with your own that I hope to write up in the next few days. - Kevin Fox
Victor, I think stiffs.com's approach is good. A celebrity is hard to define, but (like many other things) we know one when we see one. Having an objective panel that independently answers "have you heard of this person?" is about as good a criteria as I can think of. - Stephen Mack
Kevin, I thought it was supposed to be Art/Gary/Dennis and now Rue starting a new series? This superstition is so hard to nail down! But regardless, I look forward to your analysis. - Stephen Mack
Stephen, I guess that's just it--where exactly is the threshold for celebrity vs non-celebrity? Are you famous if 1 million people know you, but not if only 999,999 people know you? I guess my question is, what do we actually think we're measuring? ;) - Victor Ganata
Art isn't famous to me, so it'd be Gary, Dennis and Rue. - Kevin Fox
Victor, it's an excellent question. If you want to create your own personal list of living celebrities, we can then monitor that list as they pass away and test whether or not they die in threes (whatever THAT means), and then judge whether or not the superstition is true for YOU. - Stephen Mack
Kevin, funny, I'd never heard of Rue before today. (Never watched Golden Girls.) It proves Victor's point. The subjective nature of the superstition is what makes it hard to prove or falsify. - Stephen Mack
The subjective nature makes it much easier to prove, just harder to tell whether it's meaningful. If, in any string of 10 deaths, there are clumps of three that are meaningful for one person that person will claim it to be an instance of the 'death in 3s' phenomenon, and for them it will be right. They'll have heard of several other instances of 'death in 3s' from their friends over the... more... - Kevin Fox
Now that I think of it, the null hypothesis would be thus: if celebrities *don't* die in clumps of three, then there should be roughly equal spacing between their deaths (+/- some error), regardless of what time frame you choose. So all you have to do is pick a threshold duration, wait for celebrities to die, and see if there's a statistically significant difference between the actual death rate versus if they just died at regular intervals instead. - Victor Ganata
So say we pick a duration of a week. If the null hypothesis is correct, then they should each die roughly within 2 days and 8 hours of each other. If it's tighter than that (we'd have to do the math to see at what point it would be statistically significant) then the alternative hypothesis is true, and they *do* die in clumps. - Victor Ganata
Kevin, exactly right. My first debunking (from 2008) used the same argument: "This belief is an example of selective perception (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...); You tend to remember the times when there was a grouping of three seemingly-related deaths in a short period of time, which reinforces the belief, but tend to forget the times when there wasn’t a pattern. As... more... - Stephen Mack
Another psychological factor to consider is mental temporal boundaries. If the weekend is a memory reset, where things on the far end of a weekend feel more removed, then three deaths in a work week, or in a single weekend, could be perceived as a clump even if the boundary between the first and the one previous to it is less than the boundary between the first and the third, just because the one before the work week 'feels significantly longer ago' - Kevin Fox
Victor, the raw data is available. (See links above.) There are 1,422 deaths over 5,669 days. So you expect the average death to be about 4 days apart, which in fact is what the data shows. The null hypothesis you propose in fact has strong significance in the data. - Stephen Mack
So there you have it. Proof that celebrities don't die in clumps but actually die at regular intervals. :D - Victor Ganata
Thank you, sir! *shakes hands with Victor* - Stephen Mack
Still like this thread. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Thanks, Micah. (In reviewing the above: I miss Chieze, and I'm still mad at Davis F. for deleting his account.) - Stephen Mack
Bumping from April 8, 2013 to today. - Stephen Mack
Bumping posts always comes in threes. - Louis Gray
Just completed a 4.50 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6trxah #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.50 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6trxah #RunKeeper
My favorite movie sequence of all time is this bit from The Fisher King. #saturdayff http://www.youtube.com/watch...
My favorite movie sequence of all time is this bit from The Fisher King. #saturdayff http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lASPrnWf6cA
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(The Fisher King, 1991, directed by Terry Gilliam, starring Robin Williams, Amanda Plummer and Jeff Bridges. http://www.imdb.com/title...) - Stephen Mack
I think I may have posted this before, come to think of it. - Stephen Mack
They had to film that at like 3 am. - Akiva
Shit. RIP, Robin. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
I wanted to love this again. - Julian
"I like New York in June..." - Kevin (aka ThreadKilla)
Just completed a 4.25 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6swrv1 #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.25 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6swrv1 #RunKeeper
Let me tell you about the worst allergic reaction I've ever had in my life. #saturdayff
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Growing up, from my earliest memories, I always knew I was allergic to nuts -- particularly walnuts, pecans, and cashews. (But not so much for almonds or pine nuts, and not at all for chestnuts and coconuts.) - Stephen Mack
And while I never liked peanuts or peanut butter, I was never allergic to them. - Stephen Mack
When I tried to say I was allergic to peanuts, my dad would be the first to correct me. - Stephen Mack
"Peanuts are legumes, not nuts," he'd point out. - Stephen Mack
I have a vivid memory as a schoolboy on some field trip to a Roman ruin somewhere, my mother had packed a peanut butter sandwich for me for my lunch. And I didn't like the taste, the smell, the texture, or the way it stuck to the roof of my mouth. But I never had any allergic reactions to it. - Stephen Mack
So I had to admit my dad was right. - Stephen Mack
I was hypersensitive to nuts being in foods. Even a small amount would cause my mouth and lips to itch, my stomach to be upset, and the insides of my ears to itch. - Stephen Mack
My brother Phil thought it was psychosomatic, and would sometimes try to sneak in nuts in foods. But I could always tell. - Stephen Mack
In college, someone made me some packaged ravioli once, and in one half-bite I could tell there were nuts. It turned out there were pecans, listed as the very last ingredient. - Stephen Mack
During high school, I remember at a weekend church social, I had a slice of cake and was immediately miserable. Hazelnuts were to blame. - Stephen Mack
So. I avoided peanuts, learned to ask for ingredients, and went on with my life. - Stephen Mack
Senior year of college, I was with my friends John and Ruth, and we stopped for lunch at some food trucks off Telegraph. There was a Chinese place, and I liked the look of the Kung Pao chicken. At that time, I didn't know that Kung Pao chicken was made with peanuts. - Stephen Mack
I asked the food truck vendor if there were any nuts, and he emphatically said there were not. So I ordered it. - Stephen Mack
When it was ready, I was dismayed when I saw the peanuts, but I just ate around them. - Stephen Mack
Today, I would have returned it, or given it away, or just ordered another meal. But I was a hungry college student, with a limited budget, so I didn't feel I had a choice. Eating out was relatively rare -- mostly I made a lot of ramen. - Stephen Mack
About five minutes after we finished, Ruth, John and I were walking off somewhere, and I started itching. - Stephen Mack
I started scratching myself, not even consciously. - Stephen Mack
Ruth, who was pre-med, noticed. She pointed out that my color had changed, and that I was scratching my arms, back, legs more and more. - Stephen Mack
I pulled up one of my pant legs. There were nickel-sized hives all over. - Stephen Mack
A few minutes later, the insides of my ears started itched, the worst it's ever felt. And my lips started swelling up. - Stephen Mack
Ruth advised me to go to the student health building. - Stephen Mack
It was clear on the other side of campus. So I headed off. - Stephen Mack
As I walked, I felt my breathing become more labored. - Stephen Mack
Today, I would have called 911. Back then, a dumb college kid, I just started running. - Stephen Mack
By the time I got to Cowell Student Hospital, the itching all over my body was unbearable. My whole face was swollen as well. But fortunately it hadn't become any harder to breathe. - Stephen Mack
After a surprisingly long wait (during which time I could hear a doctor discussing things with a student behind the curtain next to me, and overheard the doctor say the word "gangrene," which freaked me out), they ended up giving me an epinephrine shot. My heart raced faster than I've ever felt, before or since, but I could feel the itching stop almost immediately. - Stephen Mack
Before too long, I was back to normal. I raced off to rejoin John and Ruth. And to this day, I avoid peanuts. - Stephen Mack
But it's not just that -- the smell of peanuts is horrific to me. If you're eating peanut butter, or a Reese's, I may have to leave the room. - Stephen Mack
our youngest has this allergy as well. always carrying a pair of epipens. - Big Joe Silence
In contrast to me having acquired the allergy in my teens, both of my kids were born allergic to peanut butter. But their symptoms are different from mine. If they eat any amount of peanuts, they just throw up. - Stephen Mack
Part 2 of this #saturdayff will continue off that theme next Saturday... Stay tuned! - Stephen Mack
--fin-- - Stephen Mack
That sounds crazy scary - also, gangrene? Sheesh. Way to totally freak you out when you're already having a pretty bad day. - Jennifer Dittrich
Joe, we carried epipens for a long while as well, but fortunately it doesn't seem required any longer. - Stephen Mack
Jennifer, I was so freaked out by that! And then afterwards I became super curious about what was going on with him, and wanted to peak in, but I didn't. - Stephen Mack
(Although now I think about it, it was probably hypothetical, the doctor may have been saying something like, "And if you don't take care of cleaning the wound regularly blah blah blah risk of developing gangrene.") - Stephen Mack
Great story and I feel you. My allergies have changed a lot over the years, but I'm a life-long sufferer of sooprize! hives. I also wake up with them almost every morning (on my face and neck). I look forward to reading your next installment! - Jenny H. from Android
Jenny, that must really upset Eivind. Especially since The Hives are Swedish. - Spidra Webster
Haha! I do enjoy their music. ;) - Jenny H. from Android
Ack, Jenny! I started getting menstrual hives a few cycles ago, and that was pretty freaky. I'm still trying to adjust. - Alix May from FFHound(roid)!
I'm pretty sure it's dust mites for me. :-/ - Jenny H. from Android
Wow Stephan, that is truly one of the worthy shares. - Janet
:-( Kung-pao chicken really is delicious. - Amit Patel
While my peanut allergy isn't as severe, I can relate. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I'm sorry you've had to go through all that, Stephen. I look forward to the next installment, though. - Spidra Webster
My food allergies have been getting worse and I never associated allergies with itchy ears, but now maybe I will! - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
That's nutty. - Louis Gray
Oh, the itchy ears will drive you crazy. I have been living with that problem for the last 30 years, and it gets really bad in summer. When it first started I ran to the doctor thinking I had a bug crawling around in my ear (only 1 ear was itching that time). As it was explained to me, the itching isn't really in the ears...it's all in your throat, and you only think it's your ears that are itching. Mine isn't caused by foods, though. It's all airborne allergens that end up in my throat, from breathing. - April Russo
Yeesh! I can't fathom the people in the hospital making you wait to get treated. Glad you're alive! :) - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Dan Munro's answer to Why do Americans seem to be so scared of a European/Canadian style of healthcare system? [Quora] - http://www.quora.com/Why-do-...
Dan Munro's answer to Why do Americans seem to be so scared of a European/Canadian style of healthcare system? [Quora]
This is a good answer, and the chart at the end (with 2009 data from the OECD) was startling to me. So I looked around for the source data. Found more details here at ipatient.com: http://ipatient.com/per-cap... - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Just completed a 4.37 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6s4euz #RunKeeper
Just completed a 4.37 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6s4euz #RunKeeper
Is it not like the middle of the night there? - Marina's Godmother :-)
I love midnight runs, Helen. :) - Stephen Mack
Running Drawing: "I'm Claire. I use Nike+ to draw pictures when I run." - http://runningdrawing.tumblr.com/
Running Drawing: "I'm Claire. I use Nike+ to draw pictures when I run."
Running Drawing: "I'm Claire. I use Nike+ to draw pictures when I run."
Running Drawing: "I'm Claire. I use Nike+ to draw pictures when I run."
Love this idea! Be warned that most of the rest of her run-draws are of penises. - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
Many of us runners actually do this. We just don't form Tumblrs about it. lol - Hookuh Tinypants
Ah, neat! Thanks, Hookuh. There is so much I don't know. - Stephen Mack
Helps alleviate the boredom of training. :) I plot stuff out ahead of time on runningmap and then see the fruits of my labor on RunKeeper when I'm finished. :D - Hookuh Tinypants
Google+, you do not know me AT ALL.
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OR... OR... the app knows you better than you know yourself. - Louis Gray
OR...OR... Louis is deluded. BURN! - Stephen Mack
Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains [NPR] - http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains [NPR]
Helping Children, Despite Death Threats: A Vaccinator Explains [NPR]
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From the NPR post: "Noor is a 42-year-old mother of three. She's also one of Pakistan's roughly 100,000 Lady Health Workers, who help provide basic health services to children in slums and remote rural areas of Pakistan. On this day, she and two other workers are immunizing kids for measles. The trio is explaining to a group of young mothers how their children will need to get measles booster shots in a year and a half. Being a front-line health worker usually isn't controversial. But in Pakistan, it can get you killed." - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "The Taliban went on an offensive against polio immunization in 2012 after it became clear the CIA used a fake hepatitis vaccination campaign to gather intelligence on Osama bin Laden." - Stephen Mack
Gah. The CIA's fake hep vaccine campaign was incredibly evil. - Stephen Mack
In so many ways. The damage they've done will last decades. - Jennifer Dittrich
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This capture mooved me. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
That's fair. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Hei, ku :) - Eivind from Android
Actually, Eivind, it's hei fer. :) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
So this was from the Santa Clara County Fair on Saturday. I was startled at how small and disorganized the fair has become since I went as a teen. - Stephen Mack
Home after five days at camp in the Mendocino Woodlands. We had a day trip to the tide pools, and enjoyed good food and the company of excellent friends. Hikes and swim holes. No cell service there (good electronics break). What did I miss?
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The camp was 82 and shady. The coast was 55 and foggy. The nearby towns were 97 and dry. Now the Bay Area is 78 and smoggy. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Sweet - Rodfather from Android
Not much. t-ra learned a new language. Ell Bee got a new desk. Marie may be a vampire. You know, the usual. - MoTO: Team Marina from Android
Jealous! Looks like y'all had a great time. :) - Jenny H. from Android
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link] - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki...
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
A compilation of the music videos for Weird Al Yankovic's new album, Mandatory Fun [Wiki link]
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From the Wiki article: "To help promote Mandatory Fun in social media circles, Yankovic produced eight music videos for the album; one was revealed each day starting on July 14, 2014, a day prior to the album's release. Yankovic commented that 'there is no more music television' as there was in the past, and that 'the Internet [...] is the new MTV' that operates continuously. He took the idea that promoting a new video for eight continuous days 'would make an impact because people would be talking about the album all week long.' [...] The music video aspect of Yankovic's songs had been a past part of his success, but for Mandatory Fun RCA Records opted not to fund production of any videos. Instead, Yankovic turned to various social media portals including Funny or Die and CollegeHumor which he had worked with in the past; these sites helped to cover the production costs to allow Yankovic to make the videos with Yankovic foregoing any ad revenue from the videos. Yankovic chose to... more... - Stephen Mack from Bookmarklet
More: "The first music video debuted on July 14, featuring the song "Tacky". Produced by Nerdist Industries, the one-shot video features Aisha Tyler, Margaret Cho, Eric Stonestreet, Kristen Schaal, Jack Black, and Yankovic dressed in tacky clothes and dancing purposely poorly while lip-synching to the song reflecting on the song's lyrics about a person who brags on about his obnoxious... more... - Stephen Mack
1. Monday, July 14, "Tacky" (Parody of Pharrell's "Happy") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from Nerdist) - Stephen Mack
Also: Thursday, July 17, "Tacky" (live on Conan) https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from Team Coco) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Word Crimes' features kinetic typography created by Jarrett Heather, reflecting the song's theme of proper grammar, spelling, and punctuation." - Stephen Mack
2. Tuesday, July 15, "Word Crimes" (Parody of Thicke's "Blurred Lines") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: " 'Foil''s video, produced in conjunction with CollegeHumor, shows Yankovic as a host of a cooking show obsessing on the use of aluminium foil, slowly descending into conspiracy theories; it also includes guest appearances by Patton Oswalt, Tom Lennon, and Robert Ben Garant. - Stephen Mack
3. Wednesday, July 16, "Foil" (Parody of Lorde's "Royals") https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from College Humor) - Stephen Mack
More: "'Handy' was released through Yahoo! Screen's 'Sketchy' channel, and is presented in the style of a late-night informercial with Yankovic performing as a residential general contractor; the video also includes Eddie Pepitone, Justin Giddings, and Ted Hollis." - Stephen Mack
4. Thursday, July 17, "Handy" (Parody of Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy") https://screen.yahoo.com/weird-a... (from Yahoo Sketchy) -- reposted by a random individual on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch... - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for 'Sports Song' plays to the song's theme, featuring Yankovic along with the Riverside City College Marching Tigers band performing a routine on a football field during the song; the video was directed by Yankovic with Andrew Bush and Brad Schulz and produced in conjunction with Funny or Die." - Stephen Mack
5. Friday, July 18: "Sports Song" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from FunnyOrDie) - Stephen Mack
More: "The video for "First World Problems" was directed by Liam Lynch, and shows Yankovic, posing as a 'pretentious jerk' wearing a 'douchey blonde wig,' over-reacting to minor annoyances of a well-off lifestyle." - Stephen Mack
6. Saturday, July 19: "First World Problems" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovicVEVO) - Stephen Mack
More: 'Lame Claim to Fame' is a stop-motion video directed by animator Tim Thompson, using a scrapbooking approach to show the protagonist's passing ties with various celebrities. Among the cut-outs of celebrities named in the song, the video includes pictures of Dr. Demento, the radio host that helped Yankovic's rise to popularity." - Stephen Mack
7. Sunday, July 20: "Lame Claim to Fame" https://www.youtube.com/watch... (from alyankovic) - Stephen Mack
More: "The final video released was for 'Mission Statement,' and was produced by TruScribe, featuring time-lapse drawings relating to the song's lyrics on a white board. The video took about 10 months to create." - Stephen Mack
"Handy" was July the 17th according to the wiki. Sports Song the 18th, and First World Problems the 19th. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki... - NOT THE CRICKET
8. Monday, July 21: "Mission Statement" (Parody of Graham Nash's "Suite: Judy Blue Eyes") http://blogs.wsj.com/speakea... (from WSJ via Vevo) [YouTube URL for Mission Statement forthcoming, I don't think it's been published there yet] - Stephen Mack
"Word Crimes" is definitely my favorite. - Stephen Mack
Thanks, Jimminy -- I corrected the dates above. - Stephen Mack
For me, it's a toss-up between "Word Crimes" and "Foil" :) - Brent Schaus
The co-branding I find fascinating. - Stephen Mack
And using a CSN melody for "Mission Statement"? Stroke of genius, imo. - Brent Schaus
I haven't watched that one yet. :) Tonight! - Stephen Mack
The big downside to his strategy of peppering his eight videos across different sites is that it's tough to find them all. Yesterday I was at a friend's house and we were searching YouTube (via the TiVo app) trying to watch them all, and missed half of them. It'll also be interesting to see if some of the better videos don't get as many views because of which account or site was used to post/promote, or if some of the more marginal videos get more views because of the traffic of the originating site. - Stephen Mack
labels (not just RCA) refusing to bankroll promotional stuff is a pretty common occurrence. has been for ages and ages. they sure want a cut of any profits made, tho! #LittleRedHen - Big Joe Silence
The album has hit #1 on Billboard: http://t.co/dVSO6q5KbL (via Andy Baio, http://friendfeed.com/waxpanc...) - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Controversy over a word used in Word Crimes: http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
The distribution strategy was because he wanted to see the videos made. http://adage.com/article... Edit: I Are Cannot Reed. - NOT THE CRICKET
A day at the Gilroy Garlic Festival.
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The kids had crawdads, kangaroo, frogs legs, and a lot of alligator. Sophie tried escargot as well. And garlic ice cream of course. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Your children are too darn cute! - Janet from FFHound!
My cousin was there and brought some food. Tried some garlic chips, garlic bread, and some stuffed mushrooms. So good. It must have been hot there. - Rodfather from Android
Rod, it was 93 mid-afternoon. We spent a lot of time in the shade and in the rain room. The mister bottle helped. I heard yesterday was 97. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It was around mid 90s in Willow Glen. I think it'll be cooler tomorrow. - Rodfather from Android
Great photos, Stephen, must have been fun (except for the heat). - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
Looks like a great time was had by all! :) - Jenny H. from Android
Dude, you are the coolest dad. - MoTO: Team Marina
Got a letter from water company today. Giving higher rebates for water-reducing things like landscaping, he washers, etc. - Yvonne Renee from FFHound!
That's a start but I feel we should be using both carrots and sticks. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Just completed a 2.15 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6lqasa #RunKeeper
Just completed a 2.15 mi run with @RunKeeper. Check it out! http://rnkpr.com/a6lqasa #RunKeeper
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