Dunning-Kruger effect: The Flipside with Michael Loftus

You might have head that the Dunning-Kruger effect was “stupid people aren’t smart enough to realize that they are stupid”. But in fact, the paper was titled Unskilled and Unaware of it: How difficulties in recognizing one’s own incompetence lead to inflated self assessments.

The first example was …humor. The clueless amateurs thought that they were just as funny as established comedians.

I was reminded of that when I saw a clip of a right wing attempt to mimic The Daily Show. The attempt is called The Flipside with Michael Loftus. Judge for yourself. :-)

October 16, 2014 Posted by | humor, political humor, republicans | | 2 Comments

Math/Science humor

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October 12, 2014 Posted by | humor, mathematics, physics | , , | Leave a comment

One (of many) reasons I was never successful with the ladies


September 28, 2014 Posted by | human sexuality, humor, relationships | | Leave a comment

My take on Birthdays


Now, if there is some omnipotent deity that knows when you will die, this is correct. But as someone else points out: we die via a “bathtub curve” function.


That is, given our current age, say x , we have an “expected time left to live l(x) and as we age, the quantity x + l(x) increases, even though, after the risk of early death is over, l(x) is a decreasing function of x .

Of course, l(x) is changed if there is a war, famine, pestilence, etc.

September 16, 2014 Posted by | humor, mathematics, statistics | , , , | Leave a comment

Snarky quips: US Senate race, Pearls Before Swine, etc.

The US Senate races: Paul Krugman doesn’t know and neither do I. Polling isn’t nearly the quality or quantity as it was for a Presidential race. So, based on…well, not much, I’d have to favor the R’s as Nate Silver’s model does. Too much has to go right for the D’s to maintain control; my 95 percent confidence interval for Democratic (caucus) seats ranges [47, 51]; I’d be delighted with 50 seats.

Pearls Before Swine

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September 5, 2014 Posted by | 2014 midterm, humor, politics | , | Leave a comment

Calculus gets dissed by Burl….

Note: if you haven’t followed Julie Larson’s comic strip Dinette Set, Burl is, well, not the world’s most intellectually minded character. Neither are Timmy’s grandparents. :-)


Ironically, I see such attitudes displayed by people…posting their thoughts on the internet via a computer or smart phone. The irony doesn’t even occur to them.

August 25, 2014 Posted by | humor, mathematics, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Comedy: John Oliver on Ferguson (Police militarization)

This is some of the best commentary that I’ve seen.

August 19, 2014 Posted by | humor, racism, social/political | , | Leave a comment

Now that is a dumb question (in an ad)

The ad asks: “why go to the gym?” and posts this?

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Question answered.

August 11, 2014 Posted by | humor, social/political, spandex | , | Leave a comment

I sure HOPE that this is true (Larry David Award)

You don’t know how much that I want this to be true:

Kids are annoying no matter how you slice it, but if they are crying their heads off and yelling “I want fucking pie!” when you’re in line at a Burger King, the only natural recourse is to then buy every single pie in sight so that the kid just has to fucking deal. One man, a Gawker hero, claims on Reddit to have done just that.

In a Reddit thread labeled “offmychest,” one user spins a compelling tale of buying 23 Burger King apple pies when he heard a young crybaby behind him yelling at his mother about wanting some fucking pie. What happens next will surprise and gratify you!!!!!!

From his Reddit confession:

It turns out it was so slow because they had 1 trainee on cash during the lunch hour rush. All I can think of is how the people behind me ruined my splurge and gave me this headache. I then decide to ruin their day. I order every pie they have left in addition to my burgers. Turned out to be 23 pies in total, I take my order and walk towards the exit. Moments later I hear the woman yelling, what do you mean you don’t have any pies left, who bought them all? I turn around and see the cashier pointing me out with the woman shooting me a death glare. I stand there and pull out a pie and slowly start eating eat as I stare back at her. She starts running towards me but can’t get to me because of other lineups in the food court. I turn and slowly walk away.

This is something Larry David would do. I sure hope that it true, but it sure “smells like” fantasy.

August 6, 2014 Posted by | humor, social/political | , | Leave a comment

It isn’t “j” it is “i”!

If you get the comment/joke at 30:30 to 31:05, you are probably my kind of person. :-)

August 6, 2014 Posted by | education, humor, mathematics | , , , | Leave a comment


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