Former City lawyer who claims she had one-night stand with MP accused of enjoying ‘lust’

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A FORMER City lawyer who claims she had a one-night stand with a married Tory MP was accused today of enjoying being “lusted after”.
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Letter From the Middle East: A Forceful Voice in Defense of Israel’s Image Abroad

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There is an official colour called International Orange, you know. I just learned this. I read it on the internets so it must be true. It is a colour used to set things apart from their surroundings such as test parts, safety equipment, NASA space suits, and the Golden Gate Bridge, though why the latter needs to be set apart from its surroundings when it is (i) bloody huge and (ii) not really going to be confused with anything beyond another bloody great bridge painted the same colour escapes me.

Safety orange is soooooo last week.

Gilad Erdan, a rising star in the conservative Likud Party, has a lot on his mind, much of it concerned with waning international support for Israel.
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American Express looks to grow small business loan revenue

(Reuters) – American Express Co wants to grow small-business lending to make up for revenue it expects to lose after its credit card partnership with Costco Wholesale Corp ends this year. Last week, American Express said it will pay an undisclosed amount to feature its charge cards on Fundera, an online marketplace. AmEx hopes small-business owners will compare loan terms and rates and choose its cards over traditional loans. The company is bracing for the end

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Lafayette Louisiana ~ The Lafayette Hardware Store ~ As it looked in 1996

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Buchanan and West Vermilion stands a building that is also a museum quality artifact unto itself. The Lafayette Hardware Store (c. 1890) is one of Lafayette’s oldest commercial buildings and is a two story, false front, frame Italianate structure located in the downtown area.

Designed and built by Mr. & Mrs. George Hopkins, it is a full-blown, two story frame Italianate commercial building. As such, it is the city’s only remaining example of a type which was once the standard large commercial building in small and large towns across the state. It is one of the city’s oldest commercial buildings, as it dates from c. 1890, while almost all of Lafayette’s fifty or so other older commercial buildings date from the post-1900 period

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Olympic Fencer, a Muslim, Settled on a ‘Sport Without Alteration’

Ibtihaj Muhammad of Maplewood, N.J., who will compete at the Rio Games, played a lot of sports growing up, but only one had a uniform that allowed her to be totally covered.

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Big changes are coming to payments this week; here’s what you need to know

It’s the biggest week in payment technology since Apple Pay was introduced last year, and the changes could have a long-term impact on how you buy goods and services in stores.

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U.S. health official: Widespread Zika vaccine not likely to be available for years

(Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Monday that a widespread vaccine to combat the Zika virus will likely not be available for years.

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Michel Tournier RIP


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Michel Tournier, who died on January 18 aged ninety-one, twice failed his agrégation in philosophy. This put paid to a career in France’s higher education establishment. He was wont to say that had he passed the exam he would never have written his novels. Three cheers for failure!

In his autobiography Le Lièvre de Patagonie (2009; The Patagonian Hare, translated by Frank Wynne), the filmmaker Claude Lanzmann talks of how, in 1946, Tournier persuaded him to join him in studying philosophy at the University of Tübingen in the French occupied zone of Germany. Tournier writes in his own intellectual autobiography Le Vent Paraclet (1977; The Wind Spirit) of how the small university town was, miraculously, completely spared the destruction wrought by the war (having gone there for three weeks, Tournier stayed for four years; Lanzmann, meanwhile, moved on to Berlin, where he was to teach at the Freie Universität, which he described as a “den of Nazis” at the time). In Tübingen, French students were entitled to a grant and sixty meals per month in the Maison de France, as well as accommodation. As Lanzmann writes, “Germany was for [Tournier], as it was for us, the country of philosophy and we never envisaged its banishment” from the community of nations.

Lanzmann goes on: “But it was with the future author of Vendredi ou les limbes du Pacifique [Friday, or the Other Island], Le Roi des aulnes [The Erl-King] and Les Météores [Gemini] that I spent most of my free time. Tournier was from a family of German scholars, spoke the language fluently and, as a child, had spent time in Hitler’s Germany. He rode and encouraged me to go with him. There was a military riding school in Tübingen run by a Colonel Whitechurch. I joined up, and, under the tutelage of a former Wehrmacht instructor continually barking insults and orders, I learned to perform riding figures, to ride bareback, to dismount a horse at full gallop . . . ".

Tournier, a Germanophile, boasted that he was probably the “only French person to possess the complete works of Kant in German”, which he had bought in Paris during the Occupation. He translated Erich Maria Remarque, among other German authors.

We learn from Lanzmann that there were two sides to the essentially private Tournier:  he had “a jovial, hail-fellow-well-met, barrack-room buddy side; he was succinct and clear-thinking, but would suddenly, without warning, become absent, swallowed up by who knew what abyss. This was a different Tournier, one prey to bouts of bleak isolation that could last for hours or days, though it was probably in this crucible that the malign reversals of the dark, dizzying masterpieces he would write one day were forged”. 

The first of those “dizzying masterpieces”, Vendredi (1967), appeared when the author was forty-three. His output wasn’t vast – there were nine novels (arguably two of them masterpieces), a handful of stories and a few essays. But he was involved in other activities: as a judge for the Goncourt prize for many years; co-running a photography gallery in Arles; travelling widely. Having successfully reworked Vendredi as a book for a young readership, he also spent a lot of time visiting schools and preaching the wonder of fiction.

I commented in an earlier post that I sensed Tournier hadn’t really had his due in Britain. Slightly confirming my suspicions is the fact that no obituary (apart from one online in the Guardian) has appeared here yet. This strikes me as an oversight.

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Formula for Normal Distribution,

Actual is not normal (a tribute to Edward Tufte)
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A macro of a graph in Edward Tufte’s "The Visual Display of Quantitative Information", a classic on graphic design of data displays. This particular graph shows the weather of NYC over a year, and this particular data is the actual and average amount of precipitation in a month (not sure which one).

One of Tufte’s principles is to maximize the information to ink ratio–only use ink to portray what the data needs. In this case, a two-category bar graph alone has rather poor information to ink ratio–all that ink to portray two numbers! However, this image is only about 1/50th or less of the total image, so its tininess makes it tolerable.

If you’re looking for a last minute book gift, this is one of the most stunning coffee table books I have, AND it’s got wonderful insight for anyone who works with data and visualization.


Formula for Normal Distribution,

Formula for Normal Distribution,Central Limit Theorem:Normal Distribution

In many natural processes, random variation can be done due to a particular probability distribution known as the normal distribution, which can observed commonly in probability distribution. Mathematicians de Moivre and Laplace used this type of distribution in the 1700’s. Before 1800’s, German mathematician and physicist Karl Gauss used this distribution to analyze astronomical data, and it consequently became known as the Gaussian distribution among the scientific community.

The shape of the normal distribution reassembled that of a bell, so it sometimes is referred to as the “bell curve

Formula for Normal Distribution

F(x) = 1/(σ ‘sqrt(2pi)’) e^-1/2((x-µ)/σ)^2

on the domain . The statisticians and mathematicians can uniformly used the term such as “normal distribution” for this distribution, physicists sometimes call it a Gaussian distribution and, because of its curved flaring shape, social scientists refer to it as the “bell curve.” Feller (1968) uses the symbol φ(x)for p(x) in the above equation, but then switches to n(x)in Feller (1971).

De Moivre developed the normal distribution instead of the binomial distribution, and it was subsequently used by Laplace in 1783 to study measurement errors and by Gauss in 1809 in the analysis of astronomical data the normal distribution is implemented in mathematical as normal distribution

Therefore the “standard normal distribution” is given by taking µ=0 and σ^2=1in a general normal distribution. Then the arbitrary normal distribution can be converted into a standard normal distribution by changing variables to z = (x -µ)/σ, so dz = dx / σ, yielding
Central Limit Theorem: Normal Distribution

The Normal distributions has many properties to determination, so random varieties with unknown distributions are often assumed to be normal, especially in physics and astronomy. Although the assumption will be a dangerous, it is often a good approximation due to a surprising result known as the central limit theorem In This theorem the mean of any set of variates with any distribution having a finite mean and variance ends to the normal distribution. Many common attributes such as test scores, height, etc., we can follow roughly this distribution, with few members at the low and high ends and many in the middle.

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Berlin: GSP Studios Seizes 'Mad to Be Normal,' Starring David Tennant
BERLIN — GSP Studios, the U.K. production and sales company, has taken international sales rights to “Mad to Be Normal,” starring David Tennant, Elisabeth Moss, Michael Gambon and Gabriel Byrne. Sales on the R.D. Laing biopic will kick off Thursday at …