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Ellie Kesselman
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There is only one LinkedIn group that I have derived any benefit from in my 10 long years of sporadic user activity. While most LinkedIn groups have 10,000 to 100,000 members, The Big Data Contrarians took forever to reach 1000. I doubt that will change anytime soon. I don't know why I like it so much. Maybe I do: they tend toward critical inquiry (even when it might not be warranted) and are amused by the results. I took a screen shot of the most recent discussions that were sent by email, in digest form. Isn't this great?!
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I'm not crazy about the idea of naming companies by deliberately misspelling a word, see below for a short list of companies with misspelled names. The names were selected from a sample of startups that have received $200,000 or more in funding during the past two years. There were other oddities in the Crunchbase blog entry, "The Bizarre Naming Trends That Modern Startups Follow", that is the source for this list, e.g. tech startups that choose foods as company names. It worked for Apple. But why "Cheddar"? (Cheddar is an online financial news network that supposedly received a $19 million investment last week.)

Crunchbase interviewed the founder of a corporate naming consultancy as background for writing the post. He is quoted saying how easy it is to make up company names that sound like they should be in the dictionary but aren't. The same could almost be said about his own name: Athol Foden.







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Hello pangolin!

via @CityTaxUnit on Twitter

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VCA yes yes yes

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Political Theatre
This is quite fascinating, via Ann Althouse: "Using text and gestures and tone from the 2016 debates, actors play the 2 candidates, with the gender flipped. The audience is surveyed before and after, and pretty much everyone is stunned to discover that gender bias did not work at all as they thought it did. The male Hillary was rather repulsive, and Trump's approach to communication was quite successful coming from a woman."

Trump's rhetoric was effective regardless of who delivered it, a man or a woman. In contrast, Hillary Clinton's message was ineffective because of the content, not just because she was the messenger...

The video clip from MSNBC has a portion of the play and then some discussion by the two actors and the NYU professor who is the producer. This is an off-Broadway play that I would really like to see!

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So sweet!

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I didn't expect a MOAB to be this affordable.

"I've gotten more hate Tweets about the MOAB cost data I reported from @usairforce than anything. Here's the email from USAF public affairs:"

https://twitter.com/ValerieInsinna/status/853375384821411845

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Here's another an example of the problems that are caused by using Excel spreadsheets in different countries. It isn't very user-friendly for anyone who wants to travel!

"Surving the roundtrip from the U.S. to Germany: How to stop Excel from renaming worksheet functions at different locales"
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/19518644/how-to-stop-excel-at-different-locales-from-renaming-worksheet-functions


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Yes, Excel internationalises function names, resulting in all sorts of problems depending on where you are. That turned out to be the answer to this mysterious number sequencing question https://superuser.com/questions/1196354/can-excel-produce-a-strange-but-logical-sequence-of-numbers?stw=2
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