April 18th, 2003

beartato phd

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Got some work done today on both the projects. Pretty awesome.

Now I am watching Now and Then, Here and There, since adam started watching it with ellen. It is much better than I remembered it being when I saw an ep or four at vermillion. It's so effectively creepy.
beartato phd

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Okay, that was kind of weird, but fun. Had lunch with this Diana Weichert person. Esperanto is hard. Good to get some real speaking practice at least. Though speaking is still hard, listening and understanding was surprisingly easier than I expected. In person, at least. Over the phone was kind of tough. Over lunch I learned that akĉento (accent = dialect) is a word distinct from akcento (accented syllable). And... she had a 1924 copy of the Krestmatio that was kind of cool to see. Ĉiuj esperantistoj amas librojn, ŝajne... And... amusing stories about her daughter. Strangely, her husband is in fact working in pgh because of the steel industry somehow. I thought the city had all but withdrawn itself from it, but I guess not.

However, I ate too much or something, and now I feel sick and really weird and spacing out and dizzy. Maybe I'm sick. That would suck.
beartato phd

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Will people never stop conflating correlation and causality?

Imagine the folloving theory: some people experience more severe memory loss than others due to alcohol. Given X amount of alcohol, these people are also more likely to black out. Doesn't this adequately (and even naturally) explain the data described in the article, without any causal relationship between drinking enough to black out and future memory impairment? I'm not saying that I think the conclusion is all that improbable, just that the methodology sucks.