October 14th, 2004

Lab coat

Thursday already? *blink,blink*

You ever half wake up and dream you do things like get up and dressed, or check the clock or something normal for the morning, only to realize you simply dreamed it? Maybe even repeat the cycle a few times? Well, I woke just enough to wonder what time it was and dreamed I looked at the clock. I knew it was a dream when it said 1:30. :P
I roll over and REALLY look at the clock and see I have about 3 minutes until the alarm goes off.
I close my eyes and settle in to enjoy my last few cozy minutes.
I think I hear my son say 'Mommy'.
I am pretty sure it's a dream, but I listen for a repeat.
What I hear is 'THAT'S not a mammal!" in some unidentified adult male voice (my son is afraid of most insects) then the distinctive sound of my son's panic sob. THAT rolled me out of bed quick!
I, of course, found him sleeping peacefully. But, hey, I was AWAKE. And so my day began.
Lab coat

Pet peeve that just got stepped on.

Saying 'correlation coefficient (R2)' DOES NOT MAKE R^2 THE CORRELATION COEFFICIENT!!!!!!! No matter HOW HARD YOU TRY OR HOW OFTEN YOU REPEAT IT!


R is the correlation coefficient.
R^2 has a much longer (and more difficult to remember....) title!!!!!!!!

Why does this piss me off? Because I have had MULTIPLE instances of methods or protocols asking for the 'correlation coefficient' to be calculated and compared to a criteria... and strangely enough, I calculate the correlation coefficient and get told to recalculate it later, because, of course, these people really wanted R^2. Worse yet, if the correlation coefficient is actually NEGATIVE, I have trouble comparing it to a critera that really wanted R^2 (a positive number)

When they ask for 'correlation coefficient (R2)' I am left wondering which one they REALLY wanted.....
LadyHawke

I nearly hurt myself laughing over the caption.

Which Extremity of the World Are You?
YOU ARE THE ALAKAI SWAMP ON MOUNT WAI'ALE'ALE, HAWAII

A stupendously rainy volcanic crater, you hold the dubious honour of being the wettest place on Earth, which may surprise some Scots. You receive 486 inches of precipitation a year, or forty and a half feet - the height of 6.89 typical Belgians. For comparison, that's over ten times the rainfall of New York, twelve times that of Glasgow and five hundred times that of Timbuktu. If you took a cube of water a third of a mile along each edge, you would then have how much water falls on the mountain every year. You would also have a fine spot to keep whales and shrimp, assuming, of course, as you would have this water in a suitable place from which to drop it mericlessly on a soggy yet unsuspecting part of Kauai, that they were flying whales. And shrimp.
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