Happy New Year, everyone! I am back from fun in New York city. We barely missed the blizzard there. It was already snowing and our flight was delayed but fortunately not canceled. I think all later flights to Atlanta were canceled.

Hope 2011 is a good year for all of us and we have a much better and fun year than 2010. It’s also time to activate this blog again. So start visiting again for new content. There are several topics I have in mind but one important and fascinating topic is a result of discussion with Razib.


I have been busy doing other things (and spending too much time on Facebook), but it’s time to bring this blog back to life again. Well almost! First, I have to go enjoy my Christmas vacation.

As you can see, I have changed the blog theme to the default twentyten one. That needs some tweaking too so I can get the look I want.

I’ll be back posting here in the new year. In the meantime, Merry Christmas! And a Happy New Year!

Valentine Poems

Three days late, here are some poems in honor of Valentine’s Day.

I do not love you as if you were salt-rose, or topaz,
or the arrow of carnations the fire shoots off.
I love you as certain dark things are to be loved,
in secret, between the shadow and the soul.
I love you as the plant that never blooms
but carries in itself the light of hidden flowers;
thanks to your love a certain solid fragrance,
risen from the earth, lives darkly in my body.
I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where.
I love you straightforwardly, without complexities or pride;
so I love you because I know no other way
than this: where I does not exist, nor you,
so close that your hand on my chest is my hand,
so close that your eyes close as I fall asleep.

This was a poem by famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda.

And here’s love and statistics.

You are perfect; I’d make no substitutions
You remind me of my favorite distributions
With a shape and a scale that I find reliable
You’re as comforting as a two parameter Weibull
When I ask you a question and hope you answer truly
You speak as clearly as a draw from a Bernoulli
Your love of adventure is most influential
Just like the constant hazard of an exponential.
With so many moments, all full of fun,
You always integrate perfectly to one.

(hat tip: Andrew Gelman)

New Year

Happy New Year.

And thus ends 2007.

May 2008 be better than 2007!

Happy New Year, everyone.

Gary Farber Needs Help

Gary Farber of Amygdala needs some help. Please go to his blog and donate. Thanks!

Gary Farber, of the weblog Amygdala, has been blogging for almost 6 years and I think I have been reading him for almost as long. His blog, when he’s blogging, is indispensable. However, he hasn’t been well lately and thus hasn’t been blogging much.

Because of his medical problems, he needs our help. If you can, please give him some donations. What are you waiting for, go over to his blog and donate now!

Best of luck, Gary and please get that blog going again soon!

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone.

Sorry, Canadians, for being so late, but better late than never, eh!

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have to roast a turkey.

Are You a Feminist?

Another internet quiz. Find out how much of a feminist you are. I wasn’t surprised at my result.

Via Matthew Yglesias comes this quiz:

You Are 94% Feminist


You are a total feminist. This doesn’t mean you’re a man hater (in fact, you may be a man). You just think that men and women should be treated equally. It’s a simple idea but somehow complicated for the world to put into action.

Are You a Feminist?

Looks like I am more of a feminist than Matthew.