Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Music Monday YouTube Trip: Edmunds Lowe Costello

Here is another YouTube trip. Remember, that each subsequent tune has to be in the Suggestions list for the previous song.

Dave Edmunds
Some of the best of the 80's.

Nick Lowe
If you look carefully at this video and the previous, you will notice that Dave Edmunds is in Nick Lowe's band and vice versa.

Elvis Costello
(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace Love and Understanding
He's so young! I need to get glasses like those. Only problem is, I would end up looking like an old Urkel.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Statistics: Healthcare Revisited

When Obama's healthcare reform was being sculpted, I characterized it as insurance reform. It results in more people being covered, but didn't do anything about the price side of things. It didn't do nearly enough to pull back costs.

I went looking for data about the number of doctor visits and found something terrific at National Geographic of all places. The Other Health Care Debate: Lines vs. Scatterplot has a really nice graphic that shows what I wanted to see.

In that graphic, I see that we in the U.S. don't go to the doctor often, but we still pay through the nose for healthcare. Really good statistical graphics can tell a vivid story.

Gapminder.com is absolutely fabulous. Professor Rosling is a world health specialist who has also become a statistical evangelist. He does a nice job of infusing interest and energy into his discussions. His recent video The Joy of Stats should be the opening salvo for any statistics course.

As Florence Nightingale said:
To understand God's thoughts we must study statistics, for these are the measure of His purpose.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Education and Business: A Tough Combo

Achival's Blog brings us Why Education Startups Don't Succeed. It's an interesting read, especially for anyone who has been involved in the online education business over the past decade or so. The entire piece is worthwhile, but I particularly liked the bulleted list of don'ts at the end.