Happy Birthday to me - and then this happened

Today is my 56th birthday and we had plans to have the whole family go to Jiraffe's, a very nice French restaurant in Santa Monica, reservations, dressing for dinner and the whole nine yards.I left at 2:20 to go pick up the lovely Julia De Mars at prep school 90 miles away. It took me about 2 1/2 hours in traffic and just as I turned off to the entrance to her school I got TWO flat tires.I should point out that beautiful as the campus is, it is smack in the middle of nowhere. No tow trucks ....more


Lately, I’ve been working on a report that uses eight datasets that all have the same problems with the usernames. In addition to needing to remove every username that contained the word “test” or “intern” we also needed to delete specific names of the classroom teachers who had played the game. We needed to correct names that were misspelled ....more

Jesse Jones - Semper Fi

I knew Jesse Jones for more than half of my life. We met when I was 23 years old and just moved to San Diego. He refereed my matches, coached my competitors and 25 years later when my children were competing, he was refereeing their matches and running national championships in which they competed.He was the tournament director for the first junior nationals Ronda ever won - she was 12 years old.If you never knew Jesse, you missed out ....more

These are a few of my favorite PROCs: I. Import

A few years ago, I was at the Western Uses of SAS Software conference...more

SAS Character Function Love

Finishing up my second paper for WUSS next month and I have been thinking about the usefulness of character functions in a world where it sometimes seems like everyone is just put on this earth to irritate the hell out of me. Take this problem, for example, In analyzing the data for our games, we have all sorts of...more

I Hate Fake People: Part 1

I just got back from a week in Kauai, so you'd think I'd be in a good mood - and I am, in general. I didn't particularly want to go on vacation. I LIKE working all of the time, and I did work about half the time on vacation ....more

There is no substitute for real data

The second time I taught statistics, I supplemented the textbook with assignments using real data, and I have been doing it in the twenty-eight years since. The benefits seem so obvious to me that it’s hard to believe that everyone doesn’t do the same. The only explanation I can imagine is that they are not very good instructors or not very confident ....more

My House is Dirty but my Conscience is Clean

Now that all of my kids are doing well, I get a lot of people asking me how I managed to have four children all turn out to be high-achieving, well-adjusted people. There are a few answers to that. One is purely by the grace of God, and I mean that ....more

What the Learn-to-Code movement misses

Hint: It’s math! My last post, I ranted about the need for math if you are going to learn to code. I was thinking about that again today ....more

I've decided to look my age