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Book Recommendation:


The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up


by Marie Kondo


We all have our own associations with the word, “tidy.” My associations are actions. I fly though my home, straightening pillows on the couch, sliding dishes into the washer, and shunt (my wife’s) shoes into the cubby near the front door. This is NOT what Marie Kondo’s book is about.

About 75% of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, is about throwing things away. A slim 25% covers a mix of organizing items in the home, and truly understanding the deep emotional attachments that prevent us from throwing things away. I recommend reading (or listening) to this book to get the practical, step by step instruction that Kondo provides for “tidying.” As a matter of fact, I’ve already applied the advice  in my own home. Rather than detail each of Kondo’s methods, I’ll cover the two big messages I got from the book.


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Job Superpowers


A couple of months ago, I had the opportunity to speak in front of new audience.

It was part of a high school education day to introduce the young women and men to the tantalizing possibilities of what awaits them in job roles and career paths. Being a statistician, I wanted to gather post presentation survey data on how the audience felt I did. One survey question was, “Was there anything you would have liked to hear more about in the presentation?” Reading this response caught my eye,

…does knowing more about stats help you in everyday life?

Are you more satisfied with things you by because of your ability to analyze things?


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Book Review: The Lady Tasting Tea by David Salsburg

subtitle: ‘How Statistics Revolutionized Science in the Twentieth Century’




  • Who should read this book?

Someone wanting to know the backstory for how the daily statistical techniques we use to make decisions were developed. This should be on the bookshelf of any statistician. It can also be considered a generally interesting book for a lover of history.

  • Time to Read

I read this book over the course of several months. It’s essentially a history and philosophy book  delivered through a set of stories. I would usually read a few chapters, set it down for a month, then pick it up again. For me it was leisurely sort of read.

  • Pages & Highlights

340 pages. There were about 70 sections that I noted or highlighted- about two or three ideas per chapter. Mostly I found something interesting about how techniques were generated, and occasionally my interest was piqued about a philosophical area of statistics.


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