… he lived 'way back a long time ago:
You may have heard that actual scientists have determined
that there was some hanky panky between Homo sapiens and
Homo neanderthalensis a few dozen millennia ago, evidenced by
genomes lurking in our DNA today. Without resorting to expensive genetic
Lore Sjöberg provides
a helpful quiz: How Neanderthal are you? Sample Q:
When presented with a salad, is your first instinct to hide behind it
with a spear and wait for a bison to wander by?
- When presented with a salad, is your first instinct to hide behind it with a spear and wait for a bison to wander by?
A very new stadium, the most home wins in either league, and the New York Mets
can't enthuse their fans:
After 22 home games, attendance at Citi Field is down 6,852 fans a game, the largest decline by number in Major League Baseball. That translates to an average of 31,892 fans at games this season compared with 38,744 last season.As a guy from that other team observed: "If the fans don't come out to the ball park, you can't stop them."
(The Red Sox are averaging 37,496 at home this year, despite a smaller stadium and a—so far—mediocre season.)
Hiring new faculty is a tough job. Steve
Landsburg mentions a timesaving step:
An anonymous math department chairman reports on his own strategy for cutting down on the workload. He believes that one of the most important determinants of a successful career is luck. So each year, he randomly rejects half the applicants without even reading their folders. That way, he eliminates the unlucky ones.Brilliant!
An (abridged) dirty UNIX joke
in the New York Times. Now there's
a string of words I never expected to type.