Archive for January, 2017

“A newton is about the force exerted by Earth’s gravity on an apple.”

January 31, 2017

This is one factoid I heard during my workout this morning.  I am sure anyone reading this already knew it . . .

“[Emile Zola bemoaned] the fact that British journalists wrote anonymously—still the practice in The Economist.”

January 28, 2017

A few years ago a colleague questioned the quality of The Economist, citing the fact that the authors of articles are not identified.

It turns out this is just a longstanding practice of British journalists?

” Mr Trump won 76% of Cracker Barrel counties and 22% of Whole Foods counties…”

January 28, 2017


Some years ago David Wasserman, an analyst with the Cook Political Report, spotted a way to predict the political leanings of any given county: check whether it is home to a Whole Foods supermarket, purveyor of heirloom tomatoes and gluten-free dog biscuits to the Subaru-owning classes; or to a Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, a restaurant chain that offers chicken and dumplings and other comfort foods to mostly rural, often southern customers. Mr Trump won 76% of Cracker Barrel counties and 22% of Whole Foods counties, the Cook Political Report calculates. That 54 percentage-point gap is the widest ever: when George W. Bush was elected in 2000 it was 31 points. Eight years later when Barack Obama took office, it was 43.

“On the Road: Ohio boy pays it forward with found fortune”

January 27, 2017

“Georgia orphan’s mission: Make others smile”

January 26, 2017