How Not to Get Your Ass Fired: Part 3

It has been a while since I wrote on this topic, which, as I explained initially, was going to be a blog category called “Mama AnnMaria’s Advice on Not Getting Your Ass Fired” but it turned out out that doesn’t fit in the sidebar. It was suggested to me this week by a couple of my less technical readers, “You should write more posts that I actually know what you are talking about, like that 55 things you learned in 55 years.” So, just for you, here is How Not to Get Your Ass Fired: Part 3 – Realize you are NOT smarter than everybody Padding your hours isn’t fooling anyone. You might think you’re getting away with something but if your boss and co-workers aren’t particularly dumb, they know about how long it takes to create an SQL database, enter data or write a report ....more

Donors' Lawyers File Complaint Against USA Judo

Thought this was interesting ......more

North Dakota Music Awards

NOTE: This is my second try of blogging on blogspot using evrybit - an app for covering events live. It includes the ability to have audio and video in your post, so I thought it would be helpful for the North Dakota Music Awards where I was a presenter last night. I'm still kind of getting the hang of evrybit ' ing ....more

The complicated answer to “How long do I have to live?”

Physicians say that once a patient hears the word “cancer”, their brain shuts down and they don’t hear anything else. To be fair to the patients, understanding survival statistics isn’t always simple. Let’s take just one example: The three-year survival rate is different from the third-year survival rate ....more

Make the best of a bad situation, but only temporarily

It is unnecessarily cold at 6 a.m. in Minneapolis in the middle of February, just in case you were wondering. If you know me at all, you know that two of the things I hate most in this world are getting up early and cold weather. Despite that, I’m pretty satisfied this morning ....more

Mama AnnMaria's Guide to Valentine's Day

ADVICE TO WOMEN1. If you are over 18 years old, here is what your man wants for Valentine's Day:Sex.That's it. Show up naked.Done.You're welcome.A nice dinner, a romantic movie, a back massage, all of that is nice but only if it ends up with sex.If you don't like him enough to have sex with him, then don't ....more

Judo and Start-ups: I could write a book

I just came up with the name of my non-existent reality show: Start-up Judo(An acquaintance of ours noted that reality shows about little people are popular, e.g., The Little Couple and suggested we could have a show called "Little Start-up". Said acquaintance made sure to convey the suggestion through text message and safely out of punching range. Hmph.)The longer I work on 7 Generation Games, the more it becomes clear to me how much judo and start-ups have in common ....more

Computing Kappa is a Piece of Cake

Kappa is a useful measure of agreement between two raters. Say you have two radiologists looking at X-rays, rating them as normal or abnormal and you want to get a quantitative measure of how well they agree. Kappa is your go-to coefficient ....more

Life of a Lie

Sometimes, I'm a slow learner, but I do learn.I know people who have fake black belts. Yes, they do have a certificate, but it was given because they donated a large amount of money to some organization or signed up all of their students as members. They aren't any better at arm bars than my granddaughter's fish, Nemo, and he doesn't even have arms ....more