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Some goals in life

I think the following are all attainable and reasonable:

  • Finish Ph.D. this year
  • Heal myself from damage endured during grad school
  • Write a book
  • Be a guest on Daily Show (not Colbert, he’ll kick my butt)
  • Receive MacArthur fellowship
  • Give a TED talk
  • Since time is short for a Fields medal, I will settle for a Nobel Prize
  • Pay off school loans
  • Get decent health insurance

I’m not sure about the last two, but I can dream right?

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September 29, 2009 at 9:55 am 1 comment

Math, stats, and racism

How data from the last election can be used to predict racism. Predicting is good because then you have a better understanding of the problem…

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