Blogging History: Cartoon Intro to Stats; RIP Compuserve; Direct-quoting Dick Cheney’s “Fuck”

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One year ago today

Cartoon Introduction to Statistics: perfect way to get excited about stats: The Cartoon Introduction to Statistics is a new book by Grady Klein and Alan Dabney that is a top-notch introductory grounding in statistical concepts told through a series of witty, funny cartoons that relate stats to everything from fish populations to alien opinion surveys.

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If you read Boing Boing, the NSA considers you a target for deep surveillance

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America’s National Security Agency gathers unfathomable mountains of Internet communications from fiber optic taps and other means, but it says it only retains and searches the communications of “targeted” individuals who’ve done something suspicious. Guess what? If you read Boing Boing, you’ve been targeted. Cory Doctorow digs into Xkeyscore and the NSA’s deep packet inspection rules.

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Mitch O’Connell and Dr. Monkey’s Retro Scans

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This week in Gweek Dean and I spoke with artist Mitch O’Connell about his vast photo collection of old Chicago movie theaters, delightfully dirty old Times Square, and his backyard tower of impaled baby dolls. Dean also shares a recent web find, and Mark recommends a condensed self-help book app. Brought to you by Random House Audio (click here for free downloads!)
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