Archive for January 19th, 2010

You Know You’ve Been Doing Too Much Analysis When…

I’ve been hard at work these last couple of weeks, doing a lot of annoying and kind of tedious retrospective analytical stuff. It’s not just year-end stuff, but decade-end stuff – “A Comparison of Commercial Sugarbeet Production in North and South Pastafazool, 2000-2009″, and so on. (Appendix A: Estimated Crop and Arable Land Losses Due to Conflicts in the Disputed Border Region of Shazam, 2004-2008; Appendix B: Regional Expenditures on Beet-Boring Beetle Eradication, 2000-2008; Appendix C: Estimated Domestic Sugarbeet Consumption in North and South Pastafazool, 2000-2009, by Ethnic Group…) 99% of the time this is really deathly boring, but every once in a while you stumble across some great and amazing insight, and it makes it all worthwhile… for a little bit, anyway. (“Huh, only 5% of sugarbeet farmers in the border region are oft-persecuted ethnic-minority Pastafarians, but they account for 95% of the reported post-conflict losses from landmines. Interesting…”)

Anyway, this means that I’ve been living, breathing, eating, and in some cases sleeping numbers and statistics and pattern analysis for a while, and I think it may be taking it’s toll…
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