• What is Bayesian Statistics?

    In my study of the social sciences, statistics and statistical analyses come up frequently. These methods provide a way to make inferences based on observations. Most often in the social sciences, we want to observe a smaller group (a sample) in order to make inferences or predictions about a larger group (a population). As you […]

  • The Significance of Halloween

    The Significance of Halloween

    Most years I try to ignore Halloween. I’m not a big fan of dressing up in costumes, going to parties, or any of the other nonsense that comes with the modern secular version of this holiday. Not to mention my relatively new status as an outcast has particularly strong overtones with this holiday for some […]

  • Face Masks and the Color Red

    Face Masks and the Color Red

    Wayne State University Humanities Center Brown Bag Colloquium Series Presents Zachary Brewster and Kenneth Gourlay Wednesday, October 13, 2021, two members of the Sociology Department will be presenting results from two survey experiments they fielded last spring. Face Masks and the Color Red: Restaurant Tipping Behaviors During the Pandemic Poster used to advertise the event […]

  • My Canoe Needs a Paddle

    My Canoe Needs a Paddle

    After canoeing around for a couple seasons, I’ve gotten pretty good at piloting my little boat with a standard canoe paddle. However, the designer of my single-man canoe highly recommends a double-ended canoe paddle. I decided I might as well give this a try. I tried a kayak paddle once or twice. It never quite […]

  • Trim and Finishing My Canoe

    Trim and Finishing My Canoe

    Installing the trim on my canoe was probably the most rewarding part of the process. This is where I could really customize things and make it my own design. All the trim is cherry, sourced from a local purveyor of fine hardwoods. I almost was able to source the cherry from the backyard of my […]

  • My Favorite Calculator (HP 48G)

    I have been taking an advanced statistics course, and most of the number-related work is done in SPSS. However, we occasionally need to check answers or do simple calculations outside the software. My $5 four-function calculator is nice, but after a few taps it gets frustrating to me. And, oddly, I have been unable to […]