@haunted said: log transforming your variable is a pretty standard way to make the data look more normal—and it is important that it roughly follows a normal distribution, since the assumptions a linear regression makes work on that type of distribution

thanks for the suggestion! I tried a few transforms of the dependent variable which is messing things up (points of 0-100, ~60% are at 100 and some smaller peaks around, with still 10% at 0). I did a log(x+1) and looked at residuals resulting from that and square rooting and squaring. I may try to recast it as a binary (pass vs fail) and do a logistic regression for a coarser analysis instead. I am not convinced that the scores are that meaningful themselves. 

Need to read up on this a bit more, I feel like I’m missing something.

my residuals are not normal. but supposedly that is mostly ok, as long as other conditions are met? but maybe not or it’s better to transform the dependent variable so that it’s normal / the residuals of the linear regression are normal?

i’m a bit in over my head. i thought this would be a simple matter of a few linear regressions or figuring out mixed effects models…

Quite sad that I never took advantage of things like this when in NY. ~and I’ll miss treasure island music festival, but that is to go to SE Asia which I guess more than makes up for things in terms of seeking experience.

We’re in a drought! (at The Exploratorium)

Kodama protect me as I ride home westward with a unilaterally dilated eye.

"attempt, analyze, adjust, attack, again, and again, and again"

A friend got this Nyanko-Sensei cell-phone charm from Japan that I’ve been using as a keychain. I just realized today that Nyanko-Sensei itself unscrewed itself from the hook. I am so ad that I’ve lost it.

A friend got this Nyanko-Sensei cell-phone charm from Japan that I’ve been using as a keychain. I just realized today that Nyanko-Sensei itself unscrewed itself from the hook. I am so ad that I’ve lost it.

TURN SOFT AND LOVELY ANY TIME YOU HAVE A CHANCE

I’ve been in a very media consuming frenzy the past few weeks. Though ostensibly what I’ve been reading/watching are good quality pieces:

Attack on Titan: manga arc that gets more complex with a sinister conspiracy that’s being revealed about the titans

Foundation Trilogy: Asimov classic that I really enjoyed, probably because he goes through the effort of revealing how the plans unfurl, instead of leaving you guessing. The second/third books reminded me of the Second Sons Trilogy in the plot machinations.

Childhood’s End: I was sort of dissatisfied after finishing, but I think given a couple of days, I like the story more and more. Given how old it is, it’s amazing that it subverts the trope of the next step of human evolution - what if it’s not the grand enlightenment we think it is, and instead this foreign and jarring transition?

Do Android Dream of Electric Sleep: Really not that closely related to Bladerunner in all the nuances. Though I really like the mood organ, and the weird obsession with live animals. The movie I think does a better job of posing the question about what it means to be human, which also hearkens back to Ghost in the Shell.

Klingsor’s Last Summer: I’m a huge Hesse fan but I think these three stories need to be appreciated after reading some of his other stuff. The last two: Klein and Wagner; and Klingsor’s Last Summer, really illustrate his almost artistic madness?

The Magician’s Land: Absolutely devoured this over a day and a night. Great ending to the trilogy, and I think his writing improved, which also reflected in a growth of the main characters. It was a nice tie up to the story, though the ending seemed a bit rushed.

I know these are horrible characterizations, but I’m on the lookout for more SF classics to go through. I just feel like I’m such a consumerist even though these are the type of things that would ‘expand your mind’. Probably because I just sit in bed and read now that I can’t run.

koryos:

CATS

let’s talk about housecats and how fucking weird they are evolutionarily/anthropologically

like who thought it was a good idea to have tiny malicious predators in our homes anyways????? (not us actually)

are they even domesticated????!!!?? (yes) do they even feel LOVE???????!!? (yes)

LET’S LEARN ABOUT CATS

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RICE. really hoping it’s just a small strain and nothing serious…but I can’t walk without pain near my heel right now. getting too old and easily hurt.

so I went to LA last week with friends who met up with their old friends and took this jumping photo at Santa Monica. It’s incredibly easy for me to get used to places - I think I can envision staying in SF a few years more granted I find affordable housing, but LA was just sprawl and traffic. I couldn’t tell where LA began and where it ended, which may be part of the poor design? There was a traffic on every freeway such that the 16 mile drive from North Hollywood to the (incredibly warm when it’s sunny) beach took an hour and a half. That was simply grueling. Otherwise, the food we had was quite good, if only because we went to the more expensive places. It was also way too hot, but I seriously enjoyed being in the water. For some reason though, I started shivering after a short while and could not understand it…everyone else was fine. Also I have yet to learn to tread water. 
I miss the ocean already.

so I went to LA last week with friends who met up with their old friends and took this jumping photo at Santa Monica. It’s incredibly easy for me to get used to places - I think I can envision staying in SF a few years more granted I find affordable housing, but LA was just sprawl and traffic. I couldn’t tell where LA began and where it ended, which may be part of the poor design? There was a traffic on every freeway such that the 16 mile drive from North Hollywood to the (incredibly warm when it’s sunny) beach took an hour and a half. That was simply grueling. Otherwise, the food we had was quite good, if only because we went to the more expensive places. It was also way too hot, but I seriously enjoyed being in the water. For some reason though, I started shivering after a short while and could not understand it…everyone else was fine. Also I have yet to learn to tread water. 

I miss the ocean already.

I can barely see… (at Twin Peaks Summit)