Let me very strongly recommend all the other finalists; there's some great writing there, much of it by blogs I'd never seen.
But (since I can't be fed without biting a hand), I do want to contest Sean's claim that I have such a pathological aversion to visual interest that I "use a slightly gray font on a white background, presumably because black on white would come off as too florid". This is a cat* critiquing an expansion of a Hamiltonian/log-likelihood function:
Sean's argument is invalid.
*: Nimbus "Fog" Moore.
Update, 25 July: fixed some mangled sentences, added a link to Sterling's explanation of "attention conservation notice".
Posted by crshalizi at July 03, 2012 12:55 | permanent link