Week No. 2 – Walking at Work
A few photographs from my walk to and from work during week two. Farther down are some shots of Hollywood Cemetery in Richmond– someplace I’ve always meant to go. I managed to forget my charger at work this weekend and it turns out the cemetery is only a few blocks away. We’ll consider it a fortuitous accident.
Walking at Work
Jon Wirsing was kind enough to share a couple of baby rat snakes the didn’t want around his house (and his wife Karen was even kinder to deliver them). For some reason we rarely run into snakes despite quite a bit of time in the woods. I think we’re just too loud. The kids were clearly incredibly excited. Two snakes and four kids led to some sharing issues which are always interesting when live animals are concerned. Five or six frogs (escapes required new captures) helped fill in as did a grasshopper and a roly-poly.Which I now know is a crustacean and a South Korean pop hit. I believe these kinds of experiences are invaluable. Because of my role, many people who don’t know me that well assume that I find technology a seamless substitute for virtually anything. I’m pretty sure they picture me in a basement somewhere avoiding physical contact with things. I can give these experience to my own children. I can take the risk or make the extra effort. There is no doubt in my mind these moments will stay with them creating memories that will be built upon and which will result in more learning and more interest in the world around them. We talked about poisonous and non-poisonous snakes and how the shape of the […]
Statistics Reducing a player’s worth to a single number can be contemptible, says John Thorn, a seminal sabermetric writer and the author of the 1984 book The Hidden Game of Baseball. That book introduced the Linear Weights System, which attaches a value in runs to every offensive event. (For instance, a single when the book was released was worth 0.47 of a run.) Linear Weights System provides the mathematical basis for WAR’s offensive components. Thorn, while supportive of WAR, criticizes the way it is often deployed to end an argument. “The current lowest common denominator of statistical writing is the fixation on comparing Player A with Player B, which seems to me not only worthless but serves to obscure the larger story of baseball,” Thorn says. “Enjoyment of baseball is like enjoyment of art. If you decide it has to have a utilitarian function & you make it seem like work. It’s supposed to be play.” –ESPN Given there aren’t many baseball players, they are already filmed and analyzed from virtually every angleTake a look at the coaches per individual skill and compare to how we try to in a game that’s relatively simple compared to something like, say, teaching, I don’t have a lot of hope for the assessment of teacher quality working out well. Roger Shank doesn’t make […]
Despicable? I looked at rate my teacher and rate my professor. Certainly some stupid stuff but it’s just an element in a larger picture. I don’t know why you wouldn’t look. Even bad reviews might cause me to think positively about someone. I found these responses strangely emotional. Image vs Text Inspired by Alan Levine’s foray into random manipulation of images through text, I opened up this round’s #giffight image and replaced all the $ signs with ¢ symbols. I am now an ordained oracle of some sort. Fury vs Furry I keep seeing a maniacal gleam in that dog’s eye now. Clearly a minor typo but one that is fun and a good contribution to further “how little does it take to turn a sentence inside out” ideas. Personal Planes and Devices That Talk Back