Saturday, December 13, 2014

Who Pays For What in a Wedding

Here's the rundown. Very clear explaination of everything.

Who Pays For What in a Wedding

Friday, November 21, 2014

Focusing on Money Leads to Unethical Behaviors

Much of our decision making involves consideration of both the human, social factors in addition to numerical calculations. These researchers looked at several experiments, and found that people with a calculative mindset as a result of number-crunching were more likely to analyze non-numerical social problems without taking into consideration the social, moral or interpersonal factors. Excessively focusing on money, number-crunching, and mathematical calculations appears to lead to unethical behavior that is indifferent to social interactions and morality.

The social and ethical consequences of a calculative mindset. Decision Processes, 2014; 125 (1): 39

Sunday, November 2, 2014

The Most Controversial Math Problems - Benford's Law

Want to know if someone is forging data? Like a rigged election? Use Benford's Law

This law states that for many, but not all "real world" numbers, about a third of them start with a "1". The frequency then diminishes gradually to where about 5% of real world numbers will start with a "9".

This result has been found to apply to a wide variety of real world data, including electricity bills, street addresses, stock prices, population
numbers, death rates, lengths of rivers, and processes described by power laws.

For more mathematical oddities, see: The Most Controversial Math Problems

Monday, April 22, 2013

Staying Organized

My Simple Reader can help you keep your online news organized and simple.

Staying organized can save you alot of time, money and headaches.  Forbes magazine reviewed 5 organizational apps to help you stay on top of your digital life.


Many of these apps have one time or monthly fees.  At My Simple Reader we always like to explore free solutions first.  But even reading about the various apps that are out there and available to help us get organized can help us think about what it is that we need to stay organized.  The first step is knowing where to start and so thinking about these apps can be helpful.

When in doubt you can always remember the age old saying "Divide and Conquer".  Break down your job into manageable sizes.  The main thing is to take action and DO something.  Don't let an overwhelming task stop you in your tracks.

Get Organized and Simplify Your Life!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

My Simple Reader

My Simple Reader came about due to the need for a simple solution to the retiring of Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Not only is My Simple Reader publicly available, for free, it also has no requirement of user registration, login, or attachment of a Twitter, Facebook, or Google account. Here's what My Simple Reader does:
  • It combines up to 5 feeds into one single feed. This makes it convenient to stay up with all of the important news and information that interests you.
  • It regularly randomizes the items in the feed. My feeds, like most news and information feeds, don't rapidly change over an hour or two (you can use Twitter for fast moving news). Randomizing the order of the items every hour or two ensures that you see and read everything regularly, not just the "top" news or just the very latest news; you see all of it.
  • It has a simple and clean interface.
  • Your privacy is protected and you do not need to submit any personal information or even an email address in order to use the program.
Here's what it does not do, and some alternatives:
  • It does NOT require you to register on this site. You don't need to submit your name or email address. You do NOT have to login via Twitter or Facebook.
  • It does NOT require you to login or give us any personal information. My Simple Reader does NOT collect any personal information. We only track website traffic anonymously using Google Analytics.
  • You do NOT need to attach your Twitter, Facebook, or Google accounts to use My Simple Reader.
  • It does not sort feeds by source, category, or date. You will need to use a different feed reader for these functions. My Simple Reader is by design simple. Random sorting is better since it makes it less likely you will miss something important.
  • It does not work with all feeds, in particular, Google News feeds, however, there is an easy solution to this. First, burn your feed with Feedburner and then use this burned feed in My Simple Reader. It helps to go to the "Optimize" tab in Feedburner, and activate "SmartFeed." Then, make sure the feed ends with "?format=xml" which you can select on the feed page.
General Terms of Use
  • Pornography feeds or feeds promoting illegal activity are not allowed.
  • Use at your own risk.

Staying up-to-date with the important news in your area of interest will make you better at what you do, and My Simple Reader can help. Any Suggestions or requested features? Please leave your comments below.