Aggregating political polls

A colleague and I were talking about how fun it would be to be teaching a statistics class during this presidential election season—especially talking about the political polling process. Recently I came across Fivethirtyeight.com, an interesting website that takes published political polls, applies its own analysis to them, and puts out its own predictions. (It is named after the number of electors in…

They Might be Giants sing about polygons

Here is a fun video from They Might be Giants. It is from their children’s CD/DVD Here Come The 123s, the follow up to Here Come the ABCs. The song is called “Nonagon”. (I feel bad for Heptagon, who apparently wasn’t invited to the party.)

Learn the Greek alphabet

I’m a big fan of Sporcle, a website that has, as they describe it, “mentally stimulating diversions.” When I was in graduate school, one of my fellow graduate students had a terrible time learning the Greek letters.  He forgot the easy ones—he repeatedly called lambda, gamma and phi, psi.  His advisor joked (I think he…