October 2016 Other

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My first carrot cake! I think it might have been too…carrot-y? But it was well-received by others, so maybe just a case of being too used to carrot cakes that are actually, like, nutmeg cakes.

Clothes acquired

Men’s sweater (Officina 36 via YOOX, now sold out)

Also an H&M men’s sweatshirt that appears to have disappeared from the internet, but just trust that it is cool.

And, somewhat to my embarrassment, one of these in black; embarrassing because it’s a lot of money for an impractical garment that I may end up being too embarrassed to wear in public, although I feel like I could rock it with skinny jeans, a tank top, and attitude? And would I have any doubts if it were the exact same garment with, like, a “Diesel” label in it? Anyway, it was necessary to fulfill the childhood dream of going to a Renaissance Faire as an adult with money and being able to actually buy the beautiful clothes on display, so.


Books acquired

  • Aspects of the Novel, E.M. Forster
  • My Policeman, Bethan Roberts
  • It’s Not Me, It’s You!, Jon Richardson


  • The Great British Bake-Off ended and that was a whole thing:



  • I went to a Dylan Moran show, and it was disappointing. To be fair, there was some Metro bullshit on the way that meant I was perhaps not in the best mood going in; still, I wonder if I’m maybe kind of over stand-up or if this was just not good stand-up? I really liked Black Books and the clips of Moran’s stand-up that I’ve seen on YouTube, but this just felt very stale. A lot of “getting old fucking sucks,” which was sort of funny and refreshingly honest at first, but not when it was basically just minor variations on the same bit for most of the time. Also too much “men think like this, women think like that” shit; I feel like comedians think they’re being progressive when it’s like “men are such dumb sex-obsessed idiots and women are so much more responsible and competent,” but ugh, that sort of gender essentialism still irks. And in general, I feel like the time leading up to the US election was bad for comedy; there was this weird obligatory thing where comedians either felt that they needed to address it or that the audience expected them to address it, but because the reality was already pretty absurd, there wasn’t that much room for comedians to add their own spin on it, maybe? Just a lot of “can you believe [insert outrageous thing that Trump said]? So outrageous! I’m so outraged!” Plus, this was a case where both candidates had been public figures for long enough to have already been parodied to death. Certainly by October 20, 2016 (the date of the Dylan Moran show), pretty much all of the jokes one could make about Trump and Clinton and the election had been made ad nauseam, and while you would think perhaps an Irish comedian might add a slightly different perspective, this was not really the case.
  • Learned some fun facts about Corrado Gini, namesake of the Gini coefficient, which we use a lot at work. Some Fascist ties, which: gross, but I guess not super unexpected for an Italian statistician/sociologist in the 1920s. However, the more crazy political shit (from Wikipedia):

On October 12, 1944, Gini joined with the Calabrian activist Santi Paladino, and fellow-statistician Ugo Damiani to found the Italian Unionist Movement, for which the emblem was the Stars and Stripes, the Italian flag and a world map. According to the three men, the Government of the United States should annex all free and democratic nations worldwide, thereby transforming itself into a world government, and allowing Washington DC to maintain Earth in a perpetual condition of peace. The party existed up to 1948 but had little success and its aims were not supported by the United States.

What the fuck? I think we’re at enough historical distance that we can acknowledge that that’s hilarious, right? Idk, it’s weird that this dude could have been into such insane political shit, but who cares, apparently, as long as he came up with this statistical measure that’s useful for quantifying the discriminatory power of various models in insurance, right?

(I mean, I don’t think that we should care; like, what if you found out that Gauss was super Problematic? Would you feel sort of gross every time you sampled from a Gaussian distribution? Or can we separate mathematicians from their work in a way that we can’t with artists/politicians/people in the humanities, because we feel like there’s no personal element in their results? But where do applied mathematicians/statisticians/economists fit into that? Blah blah blah.)


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