Category: Data

Note to Self: The Corona Summer of Your Discontent; How versus When

We’re asking the wrong questions; we’re having the wrong conversations. It’s not when the lock down will end; it’s not when to relax social distancing. The question is how. This is not a weather disaster that subsides and clean up starts. The “models” discussed are when the outbreak will peak, who will be impacted and…

The Black List: Shootings, Blood Pressure and Six Degrees of Separation

“Are you sure?”  You know you’re in trouble when your blood pressure aps questions your entry of 167/90¹. I’m a little over 5’6”, I weigh 118 pounds, I walk over 20 miles a week and spend about 6 hours in that same week doing yoga. Why so high? I’ve been black most of my life.…

Smoke and Errors

My T-shirt caught fire and burned in the microwave.¹ There probably wouldn’t have been a fire if I’d removed the shirt when the timer went off, but, I was working in another room. Sure, I smelled smoke,  the air has been smokey for 2 days because of the wildfires. Losing the shirt was not upsetting. Neither was the fact I could…

Facial Recognition: Congress, the Judicial System and Demographics

The tech headlines in June were all about the inaccuracy of facial recognition software, if you’re not a white male.¹ For white males, facial recognition for gender was accurate 99% of the time; the accuracy of facial recognition for gender of dark skinned females was 65%. Why is this happening in 2018? We know how, the…

The Privacy Issue

You are being watched. It’s not a person looking at you, speaking into a headset, it’s not an overhead motion activated camera tracking with a flashing red recording light. No, it’s none of that cool looking stuff you see in movies. If you use a computer for work, your employee can install or may have…

Data? Scientific Study Versus Belief

“Do you fall through out the day?” “Yes.” “How many times? “Depends, anywhere from 10 to 15 times a day.” It was then I noticed the receptionist in radiology looked absolutely horrified.  Which made me nervous, so I mumbled out, “Why do you ask?” “We’re trying to determine if you need assistance walking to the…