It’s science, I tell you

From the Department of funny-to-some-but-possibly-not-everyone comes the List of Famous Statistician Quotes:

Statisticians, like artists, have the bad habit of falling in love with their models.
– George Box

An approximate answer to the right problem is worth a good deal more than an exact answer to an approximate problem.
– John Tukey

To consult the statistician after an experiment is finished is often merely to ask him to conduct a post mortem examination. He can perhaps say what the experiment died of.
– John Fisher


Thou shall have Internet

We’ve requested an Internet connection with yousee in the middle of December – they told us we’d have one by January 8th (all that was required was a technician to switch a button) – so we were hoping for one on Tuesday. When we followed up with them on Wednesday, they said we’d have one Thursday, as they’d messed up their paperwork. I had a 5 minute call with an extremely apologetic employee WHO assured me we’d have Internet by Friday, latest. And behold, the seas have parted, the sky has opened up itself and the Internet descended upon us like a Blessing from above. So we’re back to normal (?), meaning I will be posting as usual. On the positive side, we have come to experience the values of slow living and concluded life is better with the Internet. Just in case you were wondering.

Changes, in many ways

I received these (“well done!”) French lilies from Kincsem the day I was offered a job – they blossomed just like I have upon the news. It does entail though yet another move, establishing a new home and routine for the children, along with our life in Odense being turned upside down. I am excited and apprehensive at the same time as I have never lived in the suburbs, with the exception of Korup, where we were penniless, restless and childless. Well, apart from the children, not much has changed. We are considering moving by the end of December to either inner Copenhagen or Valby, the place where I will be working. I am anxious and feel a little bit like a droplet of ink that has just been dribbled into a glass of water – it will take some time to stabilize the colour of both ink and water, but once the molecules have had the chance to mix, everything will settle, like things have a tendency to do in nature and life.

Köszönöm szépen, Kincsem!