There are some great observations about data in Why the Pandemic Experts Failed that apply in any context.

I won’t spoil the list, other than to say that I strongly agree with the first one: All data are created; data never simply exist. We rarely put enough thought or effort into planning how data will be generated, and then have to make up for this in the modelling phase.

Our models are always dependent on the quality of data we put into them. And, yet, we often spend much more time refining and testing our models than we do with our input data and the production process that generates them.

Life Is About What We Can Do For Each Other -

All of this is a way of dodging the reality of the choice in front of us: Can you subjugate your own interests—if only temporarily—for the sake of someone else? Countless someone else’s. Most of whom you will never know or even meet. Can you serve them? Can you sacrifice for any of them? Can you hear what they’re saying? Can you care? 

I’m looking forward to starting Math Without Numbers by Milo Beckman 📚

Happy Easter from Lucy

Currently reading: Limitless by Jim Kwik 📚

I’ve reached the F barre chord stage of my guitar lessons. A tough spot! 🎸

Thanks @jean! Stickers arrived

Currently reading: Stillness Is the Key by Ryan Holiday 📚

Humble Pi by Matt Parker is a very entertaining book about math errors. His irreverent personality really comes through and the stories make the important point about how essential math is to our everyday lives. 📚


Lucy with her dog-walking friends

Currently reading: Humble Pi by Matt Parker 📚

I’ve enjoyed listening to one of David Whyte’s poems each night before bed in the Waking Up Contemplative Action track. A good way to clear out my head

The Light of All That Falls by James Islington is a great end to The Licanius Trilogy. I was in the mood for an immersive fantasy series and these delivered, each book weighing in at close to a thousand pages. Interesting mix of fantasy, politics, time travel & free will 📚

Lucy gave up before we even started our One Academy Everest class

Wow, S2E3 of For All Mankind has a really powerful scene about parenthood. Very well done

Night skiing

Currently reading: The Light of All That Falls by James Islington 📚

The long way to a small, angry planet by Becky Chambers is great. I really enjoyed the characters and the sense of family on the Wayfarer. Definitely a nice change of pace from some more typical hard sci-fi stories that are more focused on the physics📚

Frustrating how everything goes haywire when updating AppleID passwords. HomePods become unresponsive, messages can’t be delivered, and other subtle errors arise. All this and it isn’t clear where you need to sign in again (having already done the obvious in AppleID settings)

I can relate to Lucy’s perspective on the day

Great day for skiing!

Wore out the kids by the end. They’ve been inside too much recently 😀

Fantastic to have season 2 of For All Mankind out. I really enjoyed season 1 and this new season looks promising

Currently reading: The long way to a small, angry planet by Becky Chambers 📚

Super exciting that Perseverance landed safely on Mars. We need more of this kind of good news and human achievement.