Quantcast

On Interview with Susan Murphy, Genius Grant-Winning Statistician

@whitty199 Yeah! Seconded. I branched off from math into CS but as a STEM lady, thank you for this post!

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 8:16 am 0

On Interview with Susan Murphy, Genius Grant-Winning Statistician

@RNL Hey that's ok! I was a math major and it didn't make sense to me until I was actually doing those problems. Ironically I think the abstract problems can be a lot simpler and better for younger groups (like she said about critical/logical thinking). But they're hard to explain...I guess the first abstract problem I had was like this: They gave us 4 made up rules about how lines could interact (like every line has to touch 2 other lines, etc.) and then they said draw 4 lines such that the picture meets all the criteria. Tada! That's an axiomatic system! You can do geometry proofs about that picture!

Posted on January 10, 2014 at 8:14 am 0

On Having Babies Is Hard

Well in light of this and the Angelina Jolie stuff here's a blog about being tested for "faulty" genes that cause colon rectal cancer and dealing with having those genes: http://www.ihavelynchsyndrome.com/

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 2:43 pm 0

On "It Was There, and It Was Gone"

@terrific Well you don't have to feel terrible because the threat isn't new to you! That's good and means you can be level headed in that situation and know how to react. Besides in KS you can see it coming for a while (yay for completely flat landscapes). But as a person not from the midwest who married a Kansan just know that we don't know what the hell is going on and what's an appropriate level of panic for these storm situations. So if the sirens DO go off, just make sure to be clear and informative and don't assume we know the drill.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 1:13 pm 2

On "It Was There, and It Was Gone"

@Smallison Well and also Moore is kinda of an area that is perfect for tornadoes and they get hit every year, so locals aren't surprised about WHERE this happened, just the magnitude of the devastation.

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 1:08 pm 2

On Thoughts Upon Receiving a Ludicrously Enormous Tip

@hollysh Ugh have you seen the terrible things online where people leave tips in upside down water glasses or start off with the tip on the table and then openly deduct as they are displeased. Srsly people? Did you have to be so obnoxious about your rudeness?

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:14 am 0

On Thoughts Upon Receiving a Ludicrously Enormous Tip

@Tragically Ludicrous Yeah it's true! My husband does because he spent so long in food service and he remembers how much a good tip to do for saving your sanity. Like he never tips below $5 even if we just bought a $2 drink and then he has some crazy math for more expensive purchases, but it always ends up generous.

Posted on May 14, 2013 at 10:04 am 0

On Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?

@par_parenthese YES! My NPR alter-ego is way cooler than I am.

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 5:26 am 0

On Why Do NPR Reporters Have Such Great Names?

@fondue with cheddar Mine's Hua Anderson-Husseini.

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 5:03 pm 0

On Bless Us, Every One

@Lily Rowan I don't understand offense at all really? Even Mrs. HusbandsFirstName HusbandsLastName. I'm married and that doesn't bug me when people do that. However I apparently have a forgettable face and have had people introduce them selves to me many times in a row (srsly, I went to the same summer camp for 10 years and some of the kids would introduce themselves to me EVERY YEAR...) so I guess I'm generally just relieved when people can correctly identify me in any way including as the spouse of someone else. Also I don't expect too much of the general public in terms of etiquette so there's not much that will disappoint me. Srsly, with weddings and other events of that type if you are genuinely excited for your guests to share your day with you, provide restrooms, and provide food if your event intersects meal times, then you've passed my test for wedding etiquette.

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 5:39 pm 0