this week i

published on the implications of the us government negotiating drug prices

homemade my gif reply to marlene's beautiful photo of herself, moi-mรชme, voyant ta photo sur tinder, puis swipant trรจs violemment vers la droite

enjoyed hannes' inaugural lecture as full professor.  jeopardy taught me wall street originally a dutch construction to repel the invading british

 record keeping predates literature

still today we sit on chairs

hollerith is kind of the last time that intuitive understanding of data is possible

i love how dignified computing was at the time

the data centers dwarf the buildings that are for the humans

sorry i can't have a database talk without some performance numbers

tying ten hedgehogs together and hoping they overtake the rabbit

'm hungry, whatcha gonna do about it?  combed my hair first time in a decade. not sure changed much, but i enjoy the sensation.  drew ewe, ram fam


ate chicken hearts, chatted on icarai beach, ordered diagonally.  jessica gifted me a water ring game.  andrea: best part of niteroi? its views of rio


received a professorial scolding from bald bolsominion na proximo mesa for tying up my hair.  my beer foam mustache as pathetic as my regular one


admit glicerina best restaurant south of chiapas, linguinica not a word.  construction of great pyramid of giza: -2570, tutankhamun dies: -1323, cleopatra dies: -30, present day: 2023, cleopatra's death becomes closer in time to construction of great pyramid of giza than to present day, 2540




(1) consider the hummingbird

their lilliputian beauty

the mojave myth says that at the beginning of human life all people lived in darkness underground.  they dwelled in the earth until a hummingbird, released into the tunnels above them, navigated the narrow twisting passages and led them up into the bright of the day

the french, unflatteringly, called them 
oiseaux mouches, 'bird flies'; in brazil, the smallest were besourinhos, or 'little beetles', and in spanish picaflores, 'flower stingers'

a metabolic rate 77 times faster than our own


(2) a cage went in search of a bird

leopards break into the temple and drink the sacrificial vessels dry; this is repeated over and over; eventually it can be calculated in advance and becomes part of the ceremony

'but then he returned to his work as though nothing had happened.'  we are familiar with this kind of remark from any number of old tales, even though it may not be found in any of them

people often sing the praises of the overall progress of dogdom through the ages

we can't actually believe in what we already know

to avoid a verbal slip-up: anything that should be actively destroyed must first be held quite firmly; what crumbles, crumbles, but cannot be destroyed

kafka's language is extraordinarily plain and lucid - far more so than that of any other modern writer - but still full of mystery..his ascetic method is to leave us to it

 (3) she had one thing darwin didn't: a snorkel

the snorkel has done for coral reefs what the microscope did for bacteria

coral science is now no longer about conservation

skeletons accumulate upwards and outwards..reefs are, in part, the frozen exuberant bouquets of the past

in 1952, us military scientists drilled down through enewetak atoll in the marshall islands, they went through 1400 metres of coral before hitting the basalt base

the deloitte report goes on to employ its brand asset valuator methodology - used by ad agencies since 1992 to assess 'momentum, future potential and resonance' - to quantify the reef's 'total asset value' to australia.  the figure they came up with was us$42 billion.  as the deloitte authors put it, 'with great brand value comes great responsibility'.  in their framing, the reef is equivalent to twelve sydney opera houses


 (4) pakistan is home to over 7,200 glaciers, more than anywhere else outside of polar regions

the world's largest contiguous irrigation system

instead, eyeing greater economic growth for a burgeoning country and supported by international finance institutions such as the world bank and the asian development bank (adb), they built canals between the mountains and the river to coax water into semiarid regions west of the indus and make them forever green

according to the pakistan meteorological department, this august was the wettest on record in sindh and balochistan, with rainfall 726 percent and 590 percent above average, respectively

modern management of rivers - for instance, the vast canal irrigation system that exacerbated flooding in pakistan - has brought about the environmental equivalent of iatrogenic harm

there's a case to be made for ecocide in the hague


(5) every anglo-indian is haunted by a sense of guilt which he usually conceals as best he can

for hours, while the train jolted slowly through the pitch-black night, sitting up in our bunks with bottles of beer handy, we damned the british did us both good.  but we had been speaking forbidden things, and in the haggard morning light when the train crawled into mandalay, we parted as guiltily as any adulterous couple

winston churchill..refused to allow food imports to ease the 1943 bengal famine that killed some three million people

"what india was for england," said hitler, "the territories of russia will be for us"

again and again, people and techniques from one british imperial war were moved across the world to fight senior civil servant who oversaw the black and tans in ireland ended up as the highly repressive governor of bengal during the indian independence struggle


(6) it was the promise of strychnine that kept me glued

first he told people that jane had forced the decision, swayed by friends at the railroad companies in which she held shares.  then he retracted the story and went grovelling back to jane, telling her she was right about ross, who was 'at bottom just a dime novel villain'.  around the same time, as if taking careful aim at his own foot, he published a satire on spiritualist cults, inventing one that claimed to regrow its adherents' teeth - an obvious crack at jane, whose teeth were mostly missing


(7) amartya sen

starvation is the characteristic of some people not having enough food to eat.  it is not the characteristic of there being not enough food to eat


(8) the uncanny valley between life and death

whale eyeballs

arranged into baroque tableaux and fantastical still-life compositions

embalmed scorpions

"a living forest floor of vanishingly small vessels, capillaries, interconnecting tunnels and loops, a constant chemical seethe."  she connects this understanding to a dutch familiarity with fluid dynamics derived from constructing and maintaining canals, sluices, and locks

ruysch himself compared the most delicate stages of the process to working with cobwebs

both konst (art) and kennis (knowledge)

the inclusion of monstrosities was not prurient or sensationalist but a testament to the pluripotent creativity of divinely inspired nature

jan van neck's portrait the anatomy lesson of dr. frederik ruysch (1683) shows him manipulating a set of calipers to hold open the stomach of an infant cadaver on his operating table as an apprentice cradles a child's skeleton mounted on a wooden pedestal beside him

a combination of anatomically precise annotations and wistful memento mori epitaphs, seasoned with p.t. barnum levels of boosterism and denunciations of his rival anatomists


(9) roald dahl

the notion that a human being could be a brain kept alive in a vat of nutrient juices has been a staple of speculative fiction at least since the 1920s

matilda, who channels rage into telekinesis

he blows dreams through children's windows at night.  he saves sophie, the heroine, from being eaten and, with the aid of the queen (dahl very much wanted a knighthood, and also knew that american audiences would love a scene in which a giant farts in front of british royalty), captures all the nasty giants.  many helicopters are involved, because dahl thought all children love helicopters

(10) winslow homer

a commercial illustrator of the civil war

wavecrests are as sharp as sharks' fins

the outline of a ship can be glimpsed on the horizon, but the man is looking the other way and it doesn't seem likely it will save him

many of his late paintings put the viewer in the crosshairs.  in right and left, a red spot in the grey zone of the horizon turns out to be the flash from a hunter's double-barrelled shotgun aimed at the two massive ducks in mid-flight.  but we, too, are in the line of fire



this week i

finished a flowchart before artrio at glorious marina, with candied snails, isaiah zagar bindi, archimbolo'd frida, deep blue rhinoceri plus artmio



read robert frost's most famous.  alexander died before aristotle.  so here i am with the torch, now who wants it?  palace intrigue, unknown if real.  sarkozy: france belongs to those who wake at five.  strauss-kahn: family is your children and the woman you live with.  zhou enlai: it's too soon to know the impact of the french revolutionxi jinping: you people, you either eat and drink yourselves into the grave, or die between the sheets


read the three worlds of captain john smith: the worlds of a soldier, slave, and fugitive over the face of europe, a wise, patient, and energetic founder of the new world, an adventurer, home in england, to tell the truth about his other worlds by philip l. barbour.  peggy lee's inaccuracy

decorative moat

taking earthenware pots to the number of forty or fifty, and sufficient gunpowder, pitch, brimstone, and turpentine, smith fitted quartered musket-bullets to the pots with strong waxed cloth and inflammably impregnated woven hemp or cotton wick.  simple slings were then made, and when the time came the pots were ignited and lobbed over into the city.  it was midnight, and smith says that "it was a fearful sight to see the short flaming course of their flight in the air," and that when they had fallen "the lamentable noise of the miserable slaughtered turks was most wonderful to hear"

gentlemanly decollation

his bloodthirst slaked

captain john smith from that date henceforward "to design and impress upon his shield three turks' heads," in a token of his feat

"most of them were slain and taken prisoners," says john smith, meaning "or"

sir francis drake when he "singed the spanish king's beard"

consultant geographer

with the death of the old queen came a brief rest, while england waited to see what sort of a man king james i would be..the king was occupied with such things as the peace conference he called with spain, and the hampton court conference which led to the new translation of the bible

no map drawn by hudson survives, yet there are charts clearly based on sketches by him. these testify to the accuracy of his surveys of coastlines and so on.  no map drawn by john smith survives either, yet he supplied the detail for the map of virginia that bears his name.  it testifies to at least equally accurate surveying

hierro (or ferro), the westernmost of the canaries, had been used since ptolemy's day to establish 0° longitude.  an international congress established the zero meridian at greenwich in 1914

the chesepians lived one hundred and thirty miles north of roanoke

the werowance of paspahegh, wowinchopunk

as shapespeare had written not long before, "danger, like an ague, subtly taints"

died, of beriberi, it seems

without further garboil [hubbub]

hubris, polished insolence

out of patience, the indians bound cassen to a tree and began to hack his fingers and toes off with mussel shells and dried, sword-sharp reeds.  in agony, cassen screamed out that smith had gone up the river, but it was too late.  the indians had tasted blood, and would not stop now.  they lighted a fire, threw the severed pieces of george cassen into the flames, and began to flay him alive, starting with his scalp and continuing with his face and neck - then on down his body, ripping open the belly.  with that, they set fire to the tree, and soon george cassen, tree and all, formed a blazing torch around which the indians danced and whooped.  the six remaining englishmen meanwhile had escaped in the barge

they showed him a bag of gunpowder which they were keeping to plant the following spring - they wanted to know what kind of seed it was

john smith, diminutive warrior from the battlefields of turk and tatar, was admitted to the august presence of the autocrat of tidewater virginia

a mantle of raccoon skin drawn about him

 "north virginia" (new england)

the river was a musket shot broad*  600-800 feet

smith and scrivener divided the captive indians into two groups, and shortly afterwards had volleys of shot fired so that each group would "think that their fellows had been slain."  then, separately, they put all of them to a test to learn whether macanoe told the truth

these they christened smiths isles - collectively called smith island today

the werowance of the village, kiptopeke by name, entertained the englishmen with stories of a strange epidemic which had visited his indians not long before

john smith sailed past the flats where the washington monument now stands almost on the same day that samuel de champlain drove the first stakes in the ground to establish a permanent french settlement in canada - a fort called quebec

the barge..sailed down the potomac, around low, creek-laced smith point, and southward in the bay for twenty-five miles to the mouth of the tappahannock, now called rappahannock.  (the two are the same word, in different dialects.)  there the barge was caught by the ebb tide and grounded in the shallow water off the south shore.  while waiting for the returning high water to float them again, smith amused himself spearing fish with his sword.  the others copied him, and within an hour they had more than they could eat.  but smith the spearer was himself speared while taking a stringray off the blade.  the dying fish's poison tail stuck in his wrist, penetrating an inch and a half into his arm..before the tide returned, four hours later, his hand, arm, shoulder, and part of his body became so swollen that all hope was given up of saving his life, and smith personally chose a place to bury his tormented body.  doctor russel, however, had not been idle, and the oil he had applied to the wound at last proved an antidote for the poison.  before nightfall, smith was out of danger, and was able to eat his would-be assassin for supper.  solemnly they named smith's proposed burial place stingray isle, today known as stingray point


richard hakluyt, an eminent (though armchair) geographer, reasoned that some sort of passage ought to exist, just as gold ought to exist, and sir walter ralegh's colonists ought still to exist

a lucullan banquet (washed down with nothing but water)

punitive arson

merchant adventurers

perhaps in the vain home that if smith was alive he might indeed return to virginia, powhatan sent his "councilor," uttamatomakkin, to london to try to find him, and to learn if he were really dead.  at the same time, the wily despot wanted a report on the strength of the enemy - the english.  uttamatomakkin was instructed to take a long stick with him, and cut a notch in it for each person he saw in england.  the findings of this census-taking were to be reported back to powhatan

the great powhatan had died in the spring of 1618..that same year, in august, "a dutch man of war landed twenty negroes for sale," as robert beverley wrote - the first slaves in anglo-america

history is the memory of time, the life of the dead, and the happiness of the living

"history without that so much neglected study of geography is sick of a half dead palsy."  he had the copper plates for two maps already, virginia and new england

the beauteous lady tragabigzanda, when i was a slave to the turks, did all she could to secure me [from harm].  when i overcame the bashaw of nalbrits in tartaria, the charitable lady callamata supplied my necessities.  in the utmost of many extremities, that blessed pocahontas, the great king's daughter of virginia, oft saved my life.  when i escaped the cruelty of pirates and most furious storms, a long time alone in a small boat at sea, and driven ashore in france, the good lady madame chanoyes bountifully assisted me

an aristocratic goose-quill

my most gracious good lords, i desire to leave testimony to the world, how highly i honor as well the mitre as the lance



this week i

published on urban-rural differences in the privatized medicare market for elderly and disabled americans

count among admirers dvorรกk's humoresque in g-flat major, op. 101 #7, not only cuz anthony.  optometrist-ophthalmologist : psychologist-psychiatrist

have never been richer than rio de janeiro in winter, although bethesda also easy living.  surely spent five hundred hours honing my mediocrity

asked chatgpt evolutionary age of twenty five common species (only final two responses shown).  substitute "general knowledge" with stealing

without duplicating any species of animal, please guess at the twenty five most commonly used emoji animals

for each of these twenty five emojis, please re-write them the same way (as a list) next to the (probalby latin) species name of the animal

some of these species name are actually the genus or the order.  for example, testudines is not a species.  maybe the species for this is the common box turtle or Terrapene carolina.  could you please re-do this list but only use species?

right, for each could you please pick one common species name within the group of animals?

please include both their english names and their scientific/latin names

for each of these twenty five species, please add their first evolutionary date.  please re-write this list and include the age before present that they first existed.  for example, bos taurus was domesticated approximately 10,500 years ago while the tyrannosaurus rex lived approximately 68 million years ago

Certainly, here's a list of the 25 species, along with their first known evolutionary appearance (age before present) in Earth's history:

    ๐Ÿถ Golden Retriever (Canis lupus familiaris) - Approximately 15,000 years ago
    ๐Ÿฑ Domestic Cat (Felis catus) - Approximately 9,000 years ago
    ๐Ÿป Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) - Approximately 50,000 years ago
    ๐Ÿฐ European Rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus) - Approximately 1.1 million years ago
    ๐Ÿญ House Mouse (Mus musculus) - Approximately 500,000 years ago
    ๐Ÿน Syrian Hamster (Mesocricetus auratus) - Approximately 5 million years ago
    ๐ŸฆŠ Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) - Approximately 3.4 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฎ Holstein Cow (Bos taurus) - Approximately 10,500 years ago (domestication)
    ๐Ÿท Domestic Pig (Sus scrofa domesticus) - Approximately 10,000 years ago (domestication)
    ๐Ÿธ Common Frog (Rana temporaria) - Approximately 140 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฆ African Lion (Panthera leo) - Approximately 1.2 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฏ Bengal Tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) - Approximately 2 million years ago
    ๐Ÿจ Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) - Approximately 25 million years ago
    ๐Ÿผ Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) - Approximately 2-3 million years ago
    ๐Ÿ” Chicken (Gallus gallus domesticus) - Approximately 8,000 years ago (domestication)
    ๐Ÿฆ Common Sparrow (Passer domesticus) - Approximately 1 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฆ† Mallard Duck (Anas platyrhynchos domesticus) - Approximately 10,000 years ago (domestication)
    ๐Ÿฆ‰ Barn Owl (Tyto alba) - Approximately 20 million years ago
    ๐Ÿข Red-Eared Slider Turtle (Trachemys scripta elegans) - Approximately 20-40 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฆ‘ European Squid (Loligo vulgaris) - Approximately 150 million years ago
    ๐Ÿ™ Common Octopus (Octopus vulgaris) - Approximately 95 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฆ” European Hedgehog (Erinaceus europaeus) - Approximately 15-20 million years ago
    ๐ŸฆŽ Common Lizard (Lacerta vivipara) - Approximately 40 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฆ• Tyrannosaurus rex - Approximately 68-66 million years ago
    ๐Ÿฌ Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) - Approximately 5-10 million years ago

Please note that these dates are approximate and can vary based on different research findings.

could you please cite your sources for each of these?


I apologize for any confusion, but I don't have direct access to external sources or the internet to provide specific citations for the evolutionary dates. The information I provided is based on general knowledge up to my last training data in September 2021. These evolutionary dates are approximate estimations based on scientific research and knowledge available up to that point.

For accurate and up-to-date information along with specific citations, I recommend consulting reliable sources such as scientific journals, research papers, or authoritative websites related to paleontology and evolutionary biology for the most current and precise information on the evolutionary history of these species.


like my red wine like i like my tea: refrigerated.  brazilians spell western neighbor with a q.  barn owls cosmopolitan, here's hieronymus


re-read the complete prose of woody allen

"hope is the thing with feathers . . ."

-emily dickinson


"i jokingly suggested thou sacrifice isaac and thou immediately runs out to do it."

and abraham fell to his knees, "see, i never know when you're kidding."

and the lord thundered, "no sense of humor.  i can't believe it."

"but doth this not prove i love thee, that i was willing to donate mine only son on thy whim?"

and the lord said, "it proves that some men will follow any order no matter how asinine as long as it comes from a resonant, well-modulated voice."


the prettiest ones are almost always the most boring, and that is why some people feel there is no god


in his pocket there was some string, also an apple from 1904 and instructions on what to do if you wake up next to an armenian


he could not believe an army could be so stupid as to accept a gift from its enemy during wartime.  particularly when they got close to the wooden horse and heard giggling inside..throughout his entire life he examined every gift given to him very carefully, going so far as to shine a flashlight into a pair of shoes he received on his birthday and calling out, "anybody in there?"


dominick (the herpetologist) mione shot lucky lorenzo (so nicknamed when a bomb that went off in his hat failed to kill him) outside a bar in chicago


the capo di tutti capi, or boss of all bosses

identifying criminals is up to each of us.  usually they can be recognized by their large cufflinks and their failure to stop eating when the man sitting next to them is hit by a falling anvil

"there must be only one mustache among the leaders of the reich, and it shall be mine!" he cried..then, in january of 1945, a plot by several generals to shave hitler's mustache in his sleep and proclaim doenitz the new leader failed when von stauffenberg, in the darkness of hitler's bedroom, shaved off one of the fuhrer's eyebrows instead

not only is there no god, but try getting a plumber on weekends

yes, but can the steam engine do this?

1745: after four years of frenzied labor, he is convinced he is on the threshold of success.  he exhibits before his peers two slices of turkey with a slice of bread in the middle

the two men become friendly and begin a correspondence that is to end abruptly when voltaire runs out of stamps

death: i climbed up the drainpipe.  i was trying to make a dramatic entrance

smiling is bad form unless the composer has intended the music to be funny, as in till eulenspiegel, which abounds in musical jokes (although the trombone has the best lines)


chewing gum was originally a dish of his wife's that simply would not go down


he felt only in a system with no economic inequality could there be real freedom and cited as the model society an ant farm


it seemed the world was divided into good people and bad people.  the good ones slept better..while the bad ones seemed to enjoy the waking hours much more

a civilization in outer space that is more advanced than ours by approximately fifteen minutes. them a great advantage over us, since they needn't rush to get to appointments

and drink it all because a lot of times the poison's at the bottom

i'm sneaking around town, and emma and i have had it up to here with each other.  not to mention a hotel tab that reads like the defense budget

i was tickled by experts

love of a woman enables a man to overcome his fears of mortality if only for a while

lincoln: forget it!  can we forget it!  where's the bourbon?

mary: (withholding the bottle) no, abe.  you won't drink tonight!  i won't allow it

lincoln: mary, what's happened to us?  we used to have such fun.

mary: (tenderly) come here, abe.  there's a full moon tonight.  like the night we met.

lincoln: no, mary.  the night we met there was a waning moon.

mary: full.

lincoln: waning.

mary: full.

lincoln: i'll get the almanac.


if you would just fasten the seed packets to a little stick you'd know what you planted!


if you had asked me where i expected it to lead, i really couldn't have said.  i knew only as i drove through the cold, night, autumn air that somewhere freud, sophocles, and eugene o'neill were laughing


this week i

drink tea with pinky out emoji will be the end of me.  originally planned honey baked ham, this obviously named xerox buttocks with peach emoji

retweet just an ant pheromone trail.  when the race is run, when all is said and done, i'll pardon your laugh: a shower's more luxurious than a bath


sketched tony from messina's st jerome in his study, w loyal healed lion. a tiger would never do that. they'd be like, "thanks for the stitches, bitches"


rewrote revelation with wonka factory vocal warm up cautionarration (unitalics spoken).  piketty waited just seven score and seven years to fix marx

oompa loompa loompa dee do, christ · the · re · deem · er's · a · vol · can · o
oompa loompa loompa dee re, fi · er · y · reign · guan · a · bar · a · bay
oompa loompa loompa dee mi, ross · ice · shelf's · cal · ving · in · to · the · sea
oompa loompa loompa dee fa, phase · chan · ging · gla · ciers · kiss · them · au r · evoir
oompa loompa loompa dee sol, shrug · ging · your · shoul · ders · keep · bur · ning · coal
oompa loompa loompa dee la, bre · a · tar · pits · still · pow · er · your · car
oompa loompa loompa dee ti, scorch · ing · in · fer · no · tra · jec · tor · y
oompa loompa loompa dee do, do · do's · ex · tinct · you're next, amigo

slide a letter reading "i've enclosed my portfolio.  see you monday?" into an envelope addressed to the new yorker cartoon dept in my fucking dreams


read measuring poverty around the world by anthony b. atkinson.  the demands of the poorest among us are not unreasonable

the lis cross-national data center (formerly luxembourg income study), now covering more than 60 per cent of the world population

the excellent french practice of attaching to each table or graph a reading note that guides the reader through the material

poverty is one of the two great challenges facing the world as a whole today

robert mcnamara, to write in the forward to the first world development report in 1978 that "some 800 million individuals continue to be trapped in what i have termed absolute poverty: a condition of life so characterized by malnutrition, illiteracy, disease, squalid surroundings, high infant mortality, and low life expectancy as to be beneath any reasonable definition of human decency

 self-reported surveys tend to significantly underestimate the scale of the problem.  for example, the annual behavioral risk factor surveillance system telephone survey in the usa produced a self-reported estimate of the prevalence of obesity of 20% of adults in the same year that the national health and nutrition examination survey, using measurements obtained by trained personnel conducting a comprehensive examination, provided an estimate of 28% of men and 34% of women with a bmi ≥ 30

although our knowledge of poverty around the world is incomplete, we know enough to act

if we look at the calorie requirements underlying national poverty lines in different countries, then we find that in sri lanka they are 2,030, in south africa 2,261, in pakistan 2,550, and in uganda 3,000

the world bank concludes that "the ranking of countries by the gini coefficient is somewhat robust to whether consumption or income is used"

the economist's big mac index webpage solves the mystery: "india's maharaja mac is made of chicken"

while there is only limited truth to the adage that "two can live as cheaply as one," many scales give a greater weight to the first adult in the household, including the widely used "modified oecd scale," which is 1.0 for the first adult, 0.5 for each additional person aged fourteen or over, and 0.3 for each child under fourteen.  this is the scale used by eurostat in its calculations of monetary poverty for the eu.  the us official poverty line gives an even greater weight to the first adult, assuming larger economies of scale

in the subset of countries where male bmi is also recorded in the data, "we have shown that the extent of intra-household inequality entails that the bulk of underweight women and undernourished children are found in households where the male head appears to be adequately nourished"

the components of household income or consumption may differ across countries, a notable case being the inclusion of the imputed rent of owner-occupiers

it is easy for me, sitting comfortably in oxford, to criticize the data that are collected.  the hard work is done in statistical offices in the field, negotiating with many parties and training the staff who carry out the surveys or who collect administrative data and information on prices.  it is the interviewers who have to translate the ideal survey design into actual returns, working in conditions that are often difficult and sometimes dangerous.  the practical problems of carrying out a survey should not be underestimated.  sterling chadee, director of the trinidad and tobago central statistical office, when describing carrying out fieldwork, identified dogs and crime as two of the many problems faced

there may be good grounds for supposing that urban slum dwellers are which case this can be addressed by oversampling or by ex post stratification.  however, where a whole category - such as the institutionalized elderly or pastoralists - are missing from the survey, then it is not simply a question of multiplying up the observed frequencies

the collapse of communism in central and eastern europe saw a reduction in the willingness of households to participate in official surveys

if household respondents are illiterate, innumerate or unmotivated and require assistance from enumerators to complete the diary, a seven-day diary for example, may become a seven-day recall survey with all of the errors associated with recall design

from 1981 to 2012, the poverty rate in rural china fell, in round numbers, from 95 per cent to not much more than 10 per cent

the kuznets curve refers to the possibility that, as a result of structural change, income inequality first rises and then falls as the economy modernizes.  this generates an inverted-u-shaped curve for the degree of income inequality

the soviet statistical office, goskomstat

at 3°c or 4°c, most of the snows from the himalayas would be gone.  that would cause severe disruption to the main rivers of asia..much of bangladesh would be submerged



this week i

envy the audience member that yelled how the hell are ya, jerry? before rosa lee mcfall.  rosemarie: "angel hair eats up too much gravy"


name that animal, you get one guess

desenhou um helicoptero antes da decolagem

lay on floor after run, stare at couch cushion, drapes, turned off television, mostly feelings, daydreamy thoughts, what % of biomass underwater?

illustrated partition's folly

indus river cease to be
empire synecdoche
thanks to radcliffe's jesting hand
now it flows through pakistan

portrayed here as rembrandt's faust
cyril would not harm a mouse
yet one sweep of hammy fist:
hist'ry's worst exodusist


read charlie and the chocolate factory by roald dahl.  no slugworth bribe, veruca offed by squirrels not geese, like me she'd desire a bonsai baobab


in england, the famous scientist, professor foulbody, invented a machine which would tell you at once, without opening the wrapper of a candy bar, whether or not there was a golden ticket hidden underneath it.  the machine had a mechanical arm that shot out with tremendous force and grabbed hold of anything that had the slightest bit of gold inside it, and for a moment, it looked like the answer to everything.  but unfortunately, while the professor was showing off the machine to the public at the candy counter of a large department store, the mechanical arm shot out and made a grab for the gold filling in the back tooth of a duchess who was standing nearby.  there was an ugly scene, and the machine was smashed by the crowd

before i started chewing for the world record, i used to change my piece of gum once a day.  i used to do it in our elevator on the way home from school.  why the elevator?  because i liked sticking the gooey piece that i'd just finished with on to one of the elevator buttons

his trousers were bottle green

your grandfather?  delighted to meet you, sir!  overjoyed!  enraptured!  enchanted!  all right!  excellent!  is everybody in now?  five children?  yes!  good!  now will you please follow me!  our tour is about to begin

no other factory in the world mixes its chocolate by waterfall

nothing but thick jungles infested by the most dangerous beasts in the entire world - hornswogglers and snozzwangers and those terrible wicked whangdoodles


burp, you silly ass, burp, or you'll never come down again

"glorious stuff!"  said mr. wonka.  "the oompa-loompas all adore it.  it makes them tiddly.  listen!  you can hear them in there now, whooping it up"

what's it like down there, angina?

the only two vitamins it doesn't have in it are vitamin s, because it makes you sick, and vitamin h, because it makes you grow horns

p.s. regarding mike teavee,
we very much regret that we
shall simply have to wait and see
if we can get him back his height
but if we can't - it serves him right