Random Thoughts: Nate Silver, Farmers, and Jaws

Posted on March 27, 2014 9:00 am

Was wondering if Nate Silver was developing some hubris leading to a face-plant, but I’ve really liked most of what I’ve seen of 538 so far.

New horror movie pitch: Murder Zoo

Was out of cone filters for the coffee maker, so I shaped a paper towel into a cone and used that instead. I’m basically MacGyver.

Stupid farmers. Why can’t they provide something of use to society like lawyers?

I’m afraid that like with Skynet, when President Obama becomes self-aware he’ll freak out and start nuking everyone.

Maybe now the Democrats will run someone in Florida who hates seniors and someone in California who hates putting avocado on everything.

Alias’s rejected boyfriend might be Indiana Jones? Don’t know if that’s Ben Affleck as Batman bad, but still…

When people say not to worry about the national debt, they remind me of that mayor from Jaws.

So far I’ve thought the new 538 site has been pretty good, but that’s just commentary and I don’t have any statistics to bad that up.

Admittedly, Nate Silver does need a bit more rigorous data study to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that Paul Krugman is a giant hack. Still, this is a fun article.

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9 Responses to “Random Thoughts: Nate Silver, Farmers, and Jaws”

  1. AwesometificAmerican says:

    83% of all satistics are made up on the spot.

  2. GrandLarsenE says:

    I’ve used the paper towel trick before. Works just as well.

  3. GrandLarsenE says:

    Oh, yeah, I forgot…When I was 21 or 22 I worked with a guy that used to tell me I looked like McGuyver. He looked like Richard Pryor.

  4. DamnCat says:

    [movie trailer narrator voice] Murder Zoo…welcome to the jungle.

  5. NO_MO_BAMA says:

    I hope the coffee filter lobby doesn’t read this, it could lead to warning labels on paper towels:WARNING You could be injured of killed if boiling water comes in contact with this product.

    If you use bounty, the quicker picker upper sucks up all your coffee, so don’t bother.

  6. Burt says:

    Before you further attack Nobel Laureate Krugman, you really should recall that in 1999 he received $50,000 in consulting fees from Enron. No word on whether the check was signed by Kenneth Lay personally, but I’m pretty sure he was one of the “Smartest People in the Room”.

  7. Iowa Jim says:

    Was wondering if Nate Silver was developing some hubris leading to a face-plant, but I’ve really liked most of what I’ve seen of 538 so far.

    I feel the same way. He gives his reasons for his conclusions, assigns probabilities, and is remarkably calm and objective. No wonder he left the New York Times. Judging by what Krugman has written about 538 since Silver left the NYT, I’d guess that Silver administered an atomic wedgie to him on the way out the door.

  8. Steve H says:

    We just need a bigger boat.

  9. Dohtimes says:

    Manliest cup of coffee ever? YouTube: Lew Harper – Spasm – Little Willie – John, it’s the opening and credits for the movie, Harper.

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