Stanford campus photo from above

1/31/2005

gates doodles.gif


gates doodles.gif, originally uploaded by eesley.

Originally attributed to Tony Blair, it turns out these doodles left behind after a debate at the World Economic Forum in Davos are the handywork of Bill Gates. They have been analyzed by teams of graphologists, etc.

There are some pretty amusing pictures of Gates as a kid on Flickr, check them out.

1/28/2005

Unintentional stalker

I just got back last night from a chilly trip to Philadelphia. The highlight was visiting/interviewing at the PhD program in management at the Wharton School.

But even more interesting than that has been my trip to Duke's Perkins Library today. Yes, I am just that exciting of a person. Libraries get me excited even more than grad schools.

So I have a list of 13 books I need to get and I start by looking at the guide to which call numbers are on which floors. A girl about two feet shorter than me needs to look at it also and says excuse me as she moves to get a closer look at it. I realize I need to head up to the 800's on the 4th floor and take the stairs. I grab a couple of books and as I'm headed out the door and down to the 600's (in the basement) I notice that she is following me out the door. However, I'm in a hurry so I fail to hold the door for her.

Down in the 600's picture a room bigger than a basketball court full of stacks of books. I'm looking for several in the 614's. Next thing I know, this girl is saying, "excuse me" as she needs a book in the 614's also. This is kind of weird I'm thinking. I grab my books and head back down the stairs to consult the map/guide again to see where the 300's are. She takes the elevator.

We meet again at the guide where we started. Ok, this is weird. I laugh and say, "you're not headed to the 300's are you?". She says yes. We must be looking at the same topic I say. She says she's doing her PhD thesis on hunger in Latin America. I am looking for books on epidemics. We ride the elevator up to the third floor and this time we are headed to different sections of the 300's so we wish each other luck . . . and that's it. So far.

1/22/2005

frontline: is wal-mart good for america?: interviews: gary gereffi | PBS

Listening to Nickel and Dimed has reinvigorated my loathing hatred for Wal-mart and inspired this post, taken from a recent PBS Frontline interview with a professor at Duke who was an advisor for me my senior year.


frontline: is wal-mart good for america?: interviews: gary gereffi | PBS: "But they say, 'Oh, we're just following consumer demand.' Is that right? Are they just following consumer demand, or [are] they also shaping it? Do they have a power of decision? I mean, everybody sort of says: 'It's the power of the market; it's the power of the consumers. All we're doing is responding. This process is inevitable.' Is that right?

The Wal-Mart model is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, Wal-Mart is probably the most efficient company in the history of American business. It's pushed a low-cost, global sourcing model to the nth degree. It's created suppliers that produce goods cheaper than they ever could before.

The flip side of that model is that this has come at the cost of U.S. jobs that are actually moving offshore, and even Wal-Mart's own suppliers are concerned that by pushing costs down so low, companies can no longer be profitable. So in a sense, it's like we have two models in the world economy. We have the efficiency model, which is based on low cost and global sourcing, and Wal-Mart is the best company of its kind in promoting efficiency, low-cost sourcing. But we also have an innovation model based on higher wages, new products, good benefits for U.S. workers.

And those two models are in conflict to some degree. Wal-Mart has actually been producing global efficiency, but it's as though the efficiency model doesn't have a floor.


So a race to the bottom?

Wal-Mart is one of the major companies that's been promoting a global race to the bottom. It's like we're on a bus with an accelerator pedal with no brakes. We're going in this global sourcing, global efficiency direction, and it's pushing everybody's costs down to the floor, but suppliers are complaining about this model because they can't make profits. They can't pass higher costs on to Wal-Mart, because Wal-Mart is so big, it holds the fate of any one of its suppliers in its hand. And workers are concerned that, even if you work for Wal-Mart or you work for one of Wal-Mart's suppliers, this efficiency, low-cost model drives your wages to a point where you feel you can't even consume the goods that you're selling or the goods that you're making."

phd011705s


phd011705s, originally uploaded by eesley.

This comes from a really funny website that has tons of these. I should probably forget I ever found it before I waste tons of time on it. :)

1/19/2005

Eric and Ali


Eric and Ali, originally uploaded by kimbalina.

Check it out! It's Eric and Ali at Google!

I haven't seen Ali since around Christmas at Eric's house probably 3 years ago.

Somewhere along the way since then she's turned a little blond.

1/16/2005

Martin Luther King Day

Are More Black Men In Jail Than College?
:


In August the Justice Policy Institute generated a lot of headlines and broadcast news college with a study claiming that there were more black men in prison than in college. But a close look at the numbers finds the study doesn't add up.

In a press release summarizing their findings, the Justice Policy Institute said,

Cellblocks or Classrooms? also reports that in 2000, there were an estimated 791,600 African American men in prison and jail, and 603,000 in higher education.

But as Iain Murray noted in a column for TechCentralStation.Com, the Justice Policy Institute's estimate of the number of African American men in college is too low. According to the Census Bureau, there were an estimated 804,000 African-American men in college in 2000. So, in 2000, there were (barely) more black men in college than in jail or prison.

Of course the comparison is of little use since people of all ages are sent to jail, whereas college students tend to be 18-24 year olds. Murray tracked down the respective figures for those age groups and found that for African American men 18-24, there were 480,000 in college and 180,000 in prison or jail. An young African American male is, in fact, two-and-a-half times as likely to be in college as prison or jail.

The figures are even more impressive when African American women are included. Murray notes that there were 747,000 African American women 18-24 in college as opposed to only 9,000 in prison or jail in 2000. So, in total, there were 1,216,000 young African Americans in college compared to 189,000 in jail or prison.

As Murray sums it up,

What is perhaps most annoying about the way the Justice Policy Institute chose to present its figures is that it helps perpetuate the stereotype that a young African American male is likely to be a troublemaker or jailbird. In fact, as a careful look at the figures shows, he is much more likely to be carrying books than a gun. Tremendous advances have been made in crime reduction in the African community . . . which should not be hidden by presentation of statistics that, however well intentioned, show that community in a negative light."

1/15/2005

dinner tonight

tofu with vegetables: "Ingredients


12 ounces tofu
1/4 to 1/3 cup finely chopped vegetables (shitaki mushrooms, lotus root, carrot, bamboo shoots, whatever you like)
1/2 teaspoon black sesame seeds, briefly dry-roasted in a small skillet
pinch of salt
2 teaspoons egg white
Vegetable oil for deep frying
Simmering stock:

2 cups dashi or mushroom soaking liquid or combination
2 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon sake"

1/14/2005

Buddy Guy in Durham!

Who's coming with me?

The Carolina Theatre of Durham | On Stage | Carolina Theatre Presents: "Grammy®-winner Buddy Guy is the greatest living exponent of classic Chicago electric blues. He is a thrillingly inventive guitarist, a passionately soulful singer and a peerless showman. To celebrate his 45-year professional career, Guy is a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee for 2005.  His earthy soul and gutsy performances rock audiences at their very foundation.  This intimate concert is not to be missed!
"

Loews Hotels | Philadelphia | Tour

Jan. 25-27th I'll be here for a schizophrenia study meeting.

Loews Hotels | Philadelphia | Tour

1/13/2005

Girl with iPod Shuffle


Girl with iPod Shuffle, originally uploaded by ldandersen.

I want one.

1/12/2005

Marietta Floods

Our high school class is currently collecting funds to donate to one of the community organizations in Marietta, OH to help the victims of two recent floods there. If you are interested in donating, contact me or send your check to:

Curtis Scribner
2119 Hudson Avenue, Unit 1
Cincinnati, OH 45212

In September:
-over a 1,000 people were displaced from their homes
- damage totals including public and private property were up to
$25,000,000.
-numerous local businesses shut down and will not reopen
-both Harmar and Phillips schools were damaged

*FEMA and the state did respond with aid*

Currently:
- damage to public property is over $1.5 million with more to come
- As of today, over 50 local residents were still displaced from
their homes.
-more local businesses will probably not reopen.

It looks like FEMA may not help this time.

As I said, the damages in Marietta and in Southeast Asia are not
comparable. However, when donating as a class, I feel it is more
appropriate to do so for the city which we graduated from.

OF COURSE, everyone should also feel obliged to help with the
tsunami disaster. There are so many organizations which are helping that I feel this can be done on an individual basis, as the person sees fit.

1/11/2005

Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata

Interesting . . . especially for those going into library science. (hint hint Aunt Maggie)

Folksonomies - Cooperative Classification and Communication Through Shared Metadata

Conclusion

A folksonomy represents simultaneously some of the best and worst in the organization of information. Its uncontrolled nature is fundamentally chaotic, suffers from problems of imprecision and ambiguity that well developed controlled vocabularies and name authorities effectively ameliorate. Conversely, systems employing free-?form tagging that are encouraging users to organize information in their own ways are supremely responsive to user needs and vocabularies, and involve the users of information actively in the organizational system. Overall, transforming the creation of explicit metadata for resources from an isolated, professional activity into a shared, communicative activity by users is an important development that should be explored and considered for future systems development.

1/08/2005

HRSA National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

HRSA National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program

Last week I received some data on the VICP program and I've been trying to come up with an interesting analysis using it. What I'd really like to do is an analysis of it's impact on vaccine innovation, but I'm told that measures of vaccine R&D are difficult to come by.

1/04/2005

Fair warning

Ok, this is fair warning to the one or two of you who use a feed reader to read my blog. I'm about to experiment with changing over to Feedburner. I will put a link on the side. I don't know what this'll do exactly but here goes . . .

1/03/2005

Tsunami

I came across a striking image of the devastation that the Tsunami inflicted on Indonesia. These are satellite images taken before and after.


before, originally uploaded by eesley.




after, originally uploaded by eesley.

PhD seminar

This is the phd course I'm taking this spring. Should be interesting.

Organization Seminar: A Micro Focus. Individual and small group
behavior in organizations. Theories of motivation, decision making,
interpersonal behavior, group processes, and leadership. A variety of
research approaches and methods includes presentation of behavioral
research by members of the School of Business and other researchers.