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Thoughts on Change and Self

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  Plumbing the depths of the twitterstream and keeping our feet dry.  

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Change is inevitable—except from a vending machine.

Make sure your daughters know how to change a tire. — @SaintBoogie

[The new year is] the best time to change all your passwords. — @TweetSmarter

Mixed jihadi metaphor: “All regimes are standing in a vacuum and on the edge of a collapsing cliff closer to experiencing winds of change.” — @DaveedGR

“When you’re finished changing, you’re finished.”—Ben Franklin — @WarrenWhitlock

“A small group of thoughtful people could change the world. Indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”—Margaret Mead — @Epic_Women

Ingesting small doses of ink over an extended period of time will change your eye color slightly. — @WhatTheFFacts

@tomwaits ...Small change is still getting rained on!! Keep it coming Tom!! — @mikehallart

It’s hard to watch people change.... especially when they have the blinds closed. — @MrJChrist

@ClimateCentral features @NASA’s breathtaking video showing over a century of climate change in 26 seconds. — @ClimateReality

#cc12 Sec Donovan: “Change is a returning sailor sharing a first kiss with her girlfriend.” — @GLADLaw

You cannot change the past unless you have a DeLorean. — @ChorePush

It looks like I’ll be going to RSA this year. It’s been years. — @kevinmitnick

Good to Know

An excuse to use my favorite Angelina Jolie quote (NSFW).

Rational beliefs behave well under tensor products. — @ProbFact

Before picking up the litter box to clean it, make sure there isn’t a cat in it. — @spiderwebwoman

According to #Benford’s law, the #probability P that a number in lists of numbers starts with digit D is P=log(1 + 1/D) — @giancarlodurso

Why Twinkies are cheaper than carrots.… — @RichLouv

Snedecor’s F distribution is usually just called the F distribution, though “F” is hard to search on by itself. — @ProbFact


If you don’t google yourself regularly, how do you know who you are?

Geek vs. Nerd: The Infographic… <- I’m def a geek although I like the “nerd” movies more. — @sarahcuda says the first 3 words I looked up definitions of this Winter were: Fungible, arrears, & veltschmertz. Hat tip @karlastarr — @marshallk

You might be a probabilist if you notice you say “given” (as in conditional probability) often in ordinary conversation. — @ProbFact

Who Are Those Guys?

Well, Kevin Mitnik is this guy. And as for the rest, they’re not all guys. Also, we have to confess that we cleaned up their punctuation and stuff a little. OK, who they are: Chore Push, Jesus Christ, Climate Reality, Giancarlo D'Urso, Epic Women, D. Gartenstein-Ross, GLAD, Mike Hall, Marshall Kirkpatrick, Sarah Lacy, Richard Louv, Kevin Mitnick, Probability Fact, Tai SaintBoogie, spiderwebwoman, TweetSmarter, What The F Facts, and Warren Whitlock. You can follow us at

“I put a dollar in one of those change machines. Nothing changed.”—George Carlin.