this week i

joined a pack.

celebrated easter with the crowd.

have seen you somewhere.

live in a weird town.  good food, though.

snapped the pieces together.  $70 for a wifi-enabled machine that plugs into any lcd monitor, byo wireless keyboard and mouse.

read hemingway's dangerous summer.

pamplona is no place to bring your wife.  the odds are all in favor of her getting ill, hurt or wounded or at least jostled and wine squirted over her, or of losing her; maybe all three.  if anybody could do pamplona successfully it would be carmen and antonio but antonio would not bring her.  it's a man's fiesta and women at it make trouble, never intentionally of course, but they nearly always make or have trouble.  i wrote a book on this once.  of course if she can talk spanish so she knows she is being joked with and not insulted, if she can drink wine all day and all night and dance with any groups of strangers who invite her, if she adores continual noise and music and loves fireworks, especially those that fall close to her or burn her clothes, if she thinks it is sound and logical to see how close you can come to being killed by bulls for fun and for free, if she doesn't catch cold when she is rained on and appreciates dust, likes disorder and irregular meals and never needs to sleep and still keeps clean and neat without running water; then bring her.  you'll probably lose her to a better man than you.

it was the closeness and the slowness that carved the figure and made each pass seem permanent

only the expensive side of the ring applauded

a bullfighter can never see the work of art that he is making.  he has no chance to correct it as a painter or a writer has.  he cannot hear it as a musician can.  he can only feel it and hear the crowd's reaction to it.  when he feels it and knows that it is great it takes hold of him so that nothing else in the world matters


this week i

sent version 0.2.0 of our income inequality software to cran.  djalma and guilherme have written much of the textbook as well.

moved into a house in the mountains.

live as an american until death do us part.
i will be forever grateful

watched africa's great civilizations.  henry louis gates jr. spent too much time covering north african and ethiopian achievements that westerners identify with.  instead of tallying the art and architecture relateable to indoor humans, he should have welcomed to the jungle.  given enough time, anyone can carve churches into stone.  only a great society could coexist with man-eating cats.  the discovery of madagascar on par with the moon landings, not mentioned at all.  and west african rhythms, the seed of all enjoyed music composed after the baroque era, silent.  pre-modern discoveries are almost uniformly born of a civilization's local environment, camel domestication to cross the sahara the only mentioned example.  if you want to highlight africa's success, you'll need to admit that history and anthropology are the same discipline.

the great pyramid would remain the tallest building on earth for nearly four thousand years


this week i

watched emmylou harris sing evangeline in the last waltz in my father's living room then flew across the big river.

concentrate to comprehend spanish, probably the same way ford prefect needed to focus to notice sarcasm.  betelgeuse has none.

sped past an ambulance on the carretera.  the paint where the lane ends and the shoulder begins more of a suggestion.

bought a sim card.  "tiene un segundo appellido?" the cashier asked me.  "no, solo tres nombres." when a salesperson says, "diez minutitos" it never is.
ate the good stuff.

attribute a non-trivial part of trump's offensiveness to mexico being, in fact, wonderful.

started using aeropress.  david made me an instructional video.

read cbo director elmendorf's post on communicating uncertainty.  missing discussion of how badly journalists want one number.

read the ten rules for version control.

when developing different features in parallel, there is a risk of applying incompatible changes in different branches/forks; these are said to become out of sync.  branches are just short-term departures from master.  if you pull frequently, you will keep your copy of the repository up to date and you will have the opportunity to merge your changed code with others' contributors, ideally without requiring you to manually address conflicts to bring the branches in sync again.

rang the doorbell to a new home.

bitch, fleas.


this week i

wore my xkcd correlation not causation t-shirt.  my father read it then said, "that's really dumb."

went to the cardiologist and medical illustrator.

coaxed him out of the house for some red snapper.  god forbid.