Recollections of home heating

Part of my renovation of my house was to replace the furnace with a modern furnace.   The old furnace was a gas furnace about 30 years old that replaced something even older.    I didn’t intend to replace it at first but during the middle of the major renovation (during the winter) a furnace…

My thoughts on divorce

In an earlier post, I wrote my thoughts about what I see as a possible transformation that occurs in marriage.  In particular, the marriage is a bond that strengthens the individuals in their resolve in interacting with the rest of the world.    I stated it as just my thoughts in a conversational manner. Recently,…

Stubborn Without a Cause

It is Friday again.   I am amazed that time seems to be going faster now than when I was working and it was fast then.   This week was no exception.   Last Friday was yesterday, a week is a day. I went clothes shopping today just to get something a little roomier for…

Living life backwards

During my stay in Blacksburg studying for my graduate degree, I had a favorite radio show that played new jazz or classical compositions at around bedtime.   I recall one time even the announcer being surprised at what just played wasn’t really music but was a story teller using some incidental music to go along…

How I would define data science

One of the more memorable quotes from an acquaintance came from someone who was managing a project involving science (wetlands preservation modeling, if I recall correctly).   His project was almost entirely about programming software simulations.   He explained that he expected his staff to know how to figure out software just like he expected…

Labor Participation: What’s the Job?

This post is continuing my earlier contemplation of what may be behind lower labor force participation rates, using my perspective on the outside of the participation fence.   But as with recent notes, I’m drawing on personal anecdotes rather than pretending to have some broader insight. Today’s topic is the apparent disconnect between getting through…

Data Science as a Performance Art

I’ve exhausted my piano practice for today.   At some point mind just said “enough”.   I may have felt a little fatigue in the hands as well.   Whatever the cause, it was enough for a day. I have not been timing how much time I spend on the piano.   I usually have…

Ice Circle metaphor of midlife

Today I remembered this story from last year showing a circular plate of ice rotating in a river bounded on one side by a shelf of ice with a socket to hold the circle in place and on the other side of freely flowing water to spin the plate.   It is a remarkable phenomena.…

Non-authoritative blogging

In my last post, I described that the term dark data has been used long before I started using it and that earlier use has a very different meaning that I’ve been using.   Although I rambled on describing my experience with both kinds of problems, I pretty much gave away my limited authority in…

Nothing Personal

In my previous post on diversity in the workplace, I described a difference of expectations for diversity.   My view of diversity is to foster exchange of ideas that are relevant to advancing the mission of the team. The contrary view is that diversity encourages people to replace old forms of identity with an new…