For the hardest choices we make in life, our gut is not enough. We also need a chart with numbers in it.
People have lent money to family and friends since money was invented, and I have been doing it since I was a teenager. So why is the internet unanimous in saying that it's a terrible idea?
Putanumonit's simple and suboptimal guide to personal finance and investment.
An anecdote from investment banking shows how bad statistics hide in every industry, and what makes people learn to avoid them.
Using data analysis to decide what this post should be like (long and nerdy) and when to use p-values (never).
I calculate high-index roots in my head while waiting for a poke bowl.
Fighting the crusade against fake numbers, one utility van at a time.
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What makes people who hold an extreme opinion think that they represent the majority?
Protect yourself from p-hacking with precision, whether you're doing drugs or gambling.
Answering the weirdest search queries that have brought readers to Putanumonit.
"Of all the corrupters of moral sentiments, therefore, faction and fanaticism have always been by far the greatest." - Adam Smith
Changing my mind about the value of the FDA and the sanity of the stock market.
Today isn't strange, it's how the world is. It didn't become that way today, we just found out now. So let's deal with this.
America elected the person you hate most. What are you going to do about it?
Welcome to day 14 of Putanumonit's birthday week celebration! It's time to wrap up the year-in-review and get ready for a couple of serious writing projects. In Zero Agents and Plastic Men I tried to conjure up some new jargon, and it turned out kind of lame and confusing. My buddy Ryan and I came … Continue reading Year 1 Redux – Friends and Rationalists
Amy Cuddy won't let power posing go, so neither can I.
Putanumonit's birthday week continues, this is the second of my year 1 review posts. Smart students, stupid charts I stand behind everything I wrote in I Smell a Chart, at least until someone shares it with FiveThirtyEight's Leah Libresco who will politely explain why I'm an idiot. My post focused on the abuses of data and statistics in … Continue reading Year 1 Redux – Trump
A series revisiting year 1 of Putanumonit. Today: Serena Williams vs. Ivan the Terrible.
Happy birthday to Putanumonit! Come celebrate with me next Friday (10/28) at Zach Weinersmith's BAH Fest West. If you move fast you can grab one of the few remaining $10 tickets. I'm giving a talk on the dumbest idea ever to solve the global food crisis. For a taste, here's my performance from last year's BAH … Continue reading A Year of Putting a Numonit