What Was Learned in Kansas City: Part 1

We went to the Midwest Freestyle Judo Championships and it was another great experience. My Gompers Judo students learned a lot, including: You can try things that scare you, like flying on a plane for the first time, leaving your parents for the first time, competing in a judo tournament away from home for the first time, and surprise yourself by how well you handle it. People who look nothing like you and seemingly have very little in common can still turn out to be really nice ....more

Flickering screens, stalled machines and not working like it used to

One definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, expecting different results. One thing that can drive programmers insane is doing the same thing over again and GETTING different results. In a past life, working in tech support, I learned that whenever anyone calls and says, I did it exactly like your example and it didn’t work for me ....more

Matrix of plots with SAS

When I was running out to the airport, I said I would explain how to get a single plot of all of your scatter plots with SAS. Let’s see if I can get this posted before the plane lands. Not likely but you never know … It’s super simple proc sgscatter data=sashelp.heart ; matrix ageatdeath ageatstart agechddiag mrw / group= sex ; And there you go ....more

Websurfing multivariate statistics

My life is upside down. All day, as my job, I spent writing a program to get a little man to run around a maze, come out the other end and have a new screen come up with a math challenge question. Then, in the evening, I’m surfing the web for interesting bits to read on multivariate statistics ....more

SAS Studio – where and wow

I’m pretty certain I did not deliberately hide these folders. When I opened up my new and improved SAS Studio, it had tasks but my programs were missing. If this happens to you and you are full of sadness missing your programs, look to the top right of your screen where you see some horizontal lines ....more

Sticking a landing: Getting the most out of practice

I had the privilege today of working with a group of young people in a West Coast Judo Training Center practice held in Long Beach.We did a lot of matwork drills and one of the points I tried to make is that there is little benefit in rushing through your matwork moves in a half-ass fashion. If you're doing your drills at less than full speed or less than perfectly, you are missing the point. When I looked through this blog to find an example, I found a lot of them, which just goes to show that I practice what I preach ....more

Will it matter in 2026?

I doubt I'll ever do this but it's an interesting thought .... You hear about people writing letters to their younger selves giving advice, or finding a diary from 15 or 20 years ago and marveling about how much their lives have changed. I was thinking the next time I get really upset about something, I should write a letter to myself to be opened 12 years from now ....more

FINALLY we look like we know what we’re doing

Yes, I do realize that I’m probably far more excited about our new website coming on line that is normal. Several points here on a Friday night: I completely disagree with those entrepreneurs who say, “You sell the sizzle not the steak” when what they mean is that they really don’t have a good product but just a good story a.k.a. a line of bullshit. I think we have benefited from never hiring anyone in our company who has experience as a middle manager ....more

Virtual Machine vs SAS On-demand for Academics

I’ve been pretty pleased with SAS Studio (the product formerly known as SAS Web Editor), so when Jodi sent me an email with information about using a virtual machine for the multivariate statistics course, I was a bit skeptical. Every time I’ve had to use a remote desktop connection virtual machine for SAS it has been painfully slow. I’ve done it several times but it’s probably been like in 2001, 2003 and 2008 when I was at sites that tried, and generally failed, to use SAS on virtual machines ....more

You Reap What You Sow: Thoughts on Parenting

My friend stopped by to ask if our family was going to enter a team in the Didi Hirsch Alive and Running Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention. It's the sort of thing we would do, except that I'm in Kansas City that weekend with the kids from Gompers and Ronda is in Brazil right now so I don't know what her plans are. Maria is busy being pregnant ....more