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Dr. Bob

Recovering academic now in public safety. You'll find me kibitzing on brains (my academic expertise) to critical infrastructure and resilience (current worklife). Also hockey, games, music just because.

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When a movie hero dies.
  • I have no idea who this is and I am pushing retirement myself.

    eta: she was the shop girl in Christmas Vacation when Chevy Chase went to buy lingerie. Also in NYPD Blue and Boxing Helena which I think was talked about more than it was ever viewed.

  • Beautiful but worrying 🌍
  • There are layers of variability there that can't be captured with a line plot. The data density is too high to even capture the decanal progression in a useful way, forget about monthly and annual variability . So no.

  • Beautiful but worrying 🌍
  • This is a really interesting visualization. I love the density of the data and the way it captures the year over year variability by month while allowing the annual variability to plainly stand out. This is really good.

  • Emigration from Canada to the U.S. hits a 10-year high as tens of thousands head south
  • I moved to the US over twenty years ago. I became friends with a member of the consulate staff who told me that a lot of Canadians make a move to the U.S., and 70% will return to Canada within 7 years. Not me though! It took me 8 1/2 before I moved back.

    I loved it there, but it was... different in ways that would take a long and personal comment to elucidate. If you last 12 years there you are probably not coming back.

  • So my wife thinks we're getting shelled tonight.

    She doesn't really watch hockey so I don't know what her opinion is worth. But she wanted to do Leafs Lucky Guess with me this morning. Evidently we are going to lose 16-1 or something.


    Do audits actually matter?

    The US 2nd circuit has ruled that auditors opinions aren't relevant in cases of investor fraud because the statements are too vague for people to rely on. Whut?

    Wall Street Journal article here for those who have access.

    Here is a professor's blog entry for a barrier free commentary on the importance of the case.


    What is the biggest corporate heel turn that you know?

    I was thinking about this after listening to Marc Andreassen blather on about how he doesn't trust government as a repository of trusted keys and other functions. He advocates for private companies to perform critical functions. Standard libertarian stuff in many respects.

    The problem of course is that corporations lack accountability. They can shift terms and conditions or corporate purpose and there is little meaningful recourse except to stop using them. I can think of small examples that don't widely resonate (Mountain Equipment Co-op I'm thinking of you 🤬) but are there big examples that I'm missing?


    Recommendations for lightweight WSYWIG page editor?

    I am finally going to join the '90s and set up a blog. The audience is mostly students to show how the academic stuff blends with real world professional practice. I'm an adjunct so I have a foot in both worlds.

    I have my domain names (parked for years) and free webhosting through my university - but the university doesn't provide any development tools. All of the recommended tools I've run across (weebly, wix, webflow etc.) either want to host the page, manage the domain name, or require a fee to link the page to my host. I'm simply looking for a low cost site builder where I can edit my files and move them to my webspace.

    Any recommendations for a WSYWIG style editor? I'd be happy to not have to learn any actual coding, but will if I have to.

    The last time I did any of this I was manually tagging static pages in notepad (lol).