Tag Archives: LSU

4th Year

One of the more common questions I’ve been asked since starting the PhD program is: How long does it take? 4 years (at LSU). Some programs are 5.   I couldn’t have made it this far without Mark. His support … Continue reading

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Asymptotically Normal

When I first came to LSU (last millennium) we used 3 separate machines to print, fax and copy, had dial up 4200 baud modems, and only the POTUS and other mobsters had satellite phones. Technology has changed so much and … Continue reading

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Spring Loaded

An┬ánon-random, completely lacking construct validity┬áinformal study of my colleagues who are also finishing their 3rd year of a PhD program indicates that Easter baskets came with the requisite chocolate, 5 lb weight gain, and a bonus side order of a … Continue reading

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There Ain’t No Such Thing as a Power Nap

We’re all familiar (or should be) with TANSTAAFL, aka There Ain’t No Such Thing As A Free Lunch. I’ve coined a complementary term: TANSTAAPN. Nothing’s free. Not lunch, not gas station car washes, and most certainly not naps in the … Continue reading

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Mean Reversion

There’s this theory called mean reversion and it more or less boils down this: things move to the middle. It’s an old idea– what goes up must come down. Yesterday LSU fired Les Miles. As much as his rote play-calling … Continue reading

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The Day After

No, I didn’t take a pill in Ibiza. Or drink too much Abita. But the day ain’t over, yet. Not by a long shot. So this didn’t happen while I waited in line for 30 minutes at the LSU bookstore … Continue reading

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Take It to the Limit

I really like my Math for Economists teacher, even though he says the most ridiculous things like, “If you’ll recall.” Yesterday he said, “If you have a modest recollection of basic algebra,” so I think he may be catching on…. … Continue reading

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