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Joe Dunlavy
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University in Canada becoming entirely energy self sufficient generating money for the university in the process.

Blow winds blow!!
Wind turbines are popping up near Cape Breton University off the highway between Sydney and Glace Bay, part of the school's efforts to generate power and make some money doing it.
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Really cool. May the winds be with you!
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Running to Play Eyewire

Who is this little guy?  He's part of a neuron running play the Eyewire game, a game to map neurons for science!  Anyone can do it.

#science  
#sciencesunday  
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Canada Cuts Rates for second time in 2015

Signs are that Canada entered a recession in the first half of 2015.  Four straight months of GDP decline followed by a balooning trade deficit in the later half of the second quarter do not look good.  Crashing oil prices  have hurt economic data and projections.  

(I was going to post this under 'ageing' because I got a few more grey hairs after seeing this)
Canada's central bank lowers its benchmark interest rate to 0.5 per cent from 0.75, the second time this year it has dropped the rate to stimulate the economy, after holding it steady for about four years.
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Apple Watch is Doomed

90% sales drop in apple watch?  Uh oh!! If you havn't read the Macalope on Macworld, his articles are lots of fun.  He attacks stupid tech 'journalism'.  
Reports of Apple Watch sales should be taken with a salt lick's worth of salt.
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Health Data Backup MUST be Encrypted

Bought a new iPhone. Backed up my old one on my computer.  Did not have the '_Encrypt iPhone backup_' box checked.  Months of health data all lost.  This isn't catastrophic for me, and kudos to apple for the extra security, but if you back up to itunes, and want to keep your health data, make sure that box is checked.
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+Alexander Kaymak I believe if you backup to the cloud it encrypts it for you, not sure though.

+Thomas Unterstenhoefer I'm aware this was my fault. I just wanted to help make others aware in case they proceeded as I did and loose their data. 
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Denominator Neglect and Good Data Analysis

In my experience, economists are often guilty of selectively interpreting data to support a pre-determined conclusion.  (I'm just as guilty as anyone).  Here's a great article enlightening us on one issue we can run into when interpreting data.  

Who hasn't seen the media do this?  Shark attack, anyone?
Jo Wood November 2013 saw an exceptional number of people killed while riding a bicycle on London's roads. In the space of two weeks, six people were killed in incidents involving coaches, buses or trucks. This unusual concentration of tragedy prompted inevitable media attention and calls for action ranging from banning HGVs from peak time travel to compulsory helmets and high-vis clothing to segregation of bicycle and motorised tr...
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Sheldon Runs for Prime Minister!

Getting his campaign off the ground for the 2015 election.  You can vote for him here:

http://moderndogmagazine.com/stardog/entry/sheldon-0

#cdnpoli   #canada  

Vote early, vote often!  
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Voting on October 19th

Add your own watermark at:
www.votenation.ca

#canada  
#canadaphotography  
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#vote  
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Not Donald Trump

Also not a cat

#TrumpYourCat  
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Poor Sheldon!
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Canada Day Parade in Halifax

Happy Canada Day!  Some highlights from the parade in Halifax.

#canadaday   #canadaday2015  

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Black Bolt's Crotch Goes Berserk

This is an actual screen capture from Marvel's twitter that I couldn't resist posting.  The full photo is pretty cool once you expand it, but the shorter version turned out to be quite unfortunate.  The Invisible Woman's placement is perfect.  

#marvel  
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  • St. Francis Xavier University
    1996 - 2000
  • Dalhousie University
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Economist who loves good data. It can tell us many things if we choose to listen.
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I've worked as an economist for over a decade now and enjoy it a lot.  Looking at datasets to get a better understanding of what society has done and what it continues to do is a remartkable thing.  It's remarkable because a good data set has no rhetoric influencing it, there is no ulterior motive to good data, just fact.  Every dataset i've looked at has left me with more questions than answers, but the answers and questions are always fun.

I've seen bad data, too.  Data produced WITH ulterior motives in mind.  That has and will always be my first question when presented with new data.  What was the motive in producing it?  Who produced it and why?  Statistics are not 'damn lies', but when they are used to lie, it is a damnable offense.  People can trust an innocent number and it is very time consuming to prove as a lie, all the while the 'evil doer' can perpetuate the lie contained therein.  

The first clue is the openess of the data.  IF those who produce it give no back up information, then you should immediately have mistrust and be wary...
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Recently stayed at the Montague on the Gardens while visiting London for the first time (Summer, 2014). Thoroughly enjoyed the stay! Located in a great part of the city next to the British Museum (which contains the Rosetta Stone). Picadelly Circus, Trafalgar Square, and the Thames are all within walking distance, or if you prefer, there is an Underground station very near by. The rooms are air conditioned and very comfortable and clean. There is a restaurant and Bar on site. The staff were very friendly and helpful taking our bags to our room and helping us t get a cab when one was needed. A friend recommended we stay there during our visit and it was a recommendation well made.
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