Author Archives: Brandon Shollenberger

Don't Share This Without Permission

Hey guys. As you guys may be aware, I am working on a new eBook which is slated to be finished by the end of the month. I'm happy to say I am on schedule with it. Unfortunately, it is taking up quite a bit of time so I haven't been as active in posting as I would like. To show I haven't forgotten about this place, I thought I'd share something silly and amusing.

Unfortunately, I lost the letter I got about changes at the DMV. I was going to take a picture of the letter as an Easter joke because the letter instructed me on how I needed to provide proof if any of my information hs changed, such as my name, address, social security number or... date of birth. The joke was going to be, "If you are reborn, does that change your date of birth?"

I can't find that letter though so I found a different image for your amusement.
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How Not to Have a Discusssion

I can be a jerk. I get that. I don't pretend to be a nice person. Being nice isn't important to me. What is important to me is being reasonable. I may disagree with you quite violently, but I will listen to what you have to say and try to understand it befor I dismiss it as stupid. That's why you would never see me write a post with a title like:

The Dummy, Dishonest and Intolerant Left

Though an additional reason you would never see me write a post with such a title is I have a basic understanding of grammar. I'll get back to that in a second. First, I want to address how the author of the post with that title said:

By criticizing the Left in a very strong manner, I have thrown down the gauntlet. If I am wrong, those who disagree with me can blast away at my arguments. If no one can disprove or take down my arguments, I at least have a record of the Left’s dishonesty and stupidity that has not been rebutted.

Which is just stupid. Nobody on the "left" who reads a post with a title like that would ever have try ot have a discussion with its author. This would be like me saying people could challenge me when I say their mother was a hamster and their father smelt of elderberries. Nobody would. Anyone who saw me say that would just think, "That's stupid.. You're just being a dick. Why would I ever want to talk to you?"
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A New eBook, Coming Next Month

Hey guys. As you may have noticed, it's been a while since I published my last eBook. There are a variety of reasons for this which I won't go into, but I do want to discuss one reason.

You see, I had started an eBook last year and made quite a bit of progress on it before discarding it. I thought the subject matter didn't merit an eBook, thinking it was only personal grievances that made me want to write it. Today, I realized I was mistaken. I should have stuck with the eBook and published it a year ago. As such, I am happy to announce my next eBook will be finished next month.
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A Quick Reminder

My last couple posts have examined how it appears data used in two scientific papers, making up a significant portion of a PhD dissertation by Kirsti Jylha, has been tampered with. I don't want that issue to dominate the discussion though. While data tampering would obviously be a serious problem, I want to remind people this work was complete nonsense even without concerns of data tampering.
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Can You Explain This?

In my last post, I asked for help explaining correlations between Rater IDs for people who took a survey and the responses they gave to that survey. The order in which people take a survey should not affect how they respond to the survey, yet according to a data set I was examining, they do.

Today I'd like to go further and show even more inexplicable results. I don't like accusing people of fraud or tampering with data, but I can't come up with any other explanation. Perhaps someone else can help me come up with one.
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Please Help Me Find A Better Explanation

I do not like making accusations of dishonesty. I have done so plenty of times, but each time I did, I first put significant effort into trying to find an alternative explanation. Today's post is for that. I have encountered data with properties I cannot explain. I am hoping someone can find an explanation for me that isn't, "Someone fabricated data."
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Failing at Control

Hey guys. It's time to resume the series of posts I'm writing about a series of papers, and a PHD dissertation based on them which got halted because I've been playing too many games of Rock, Paper, Scissors (if you want to know why I've been playing that, see here). Today I will be discussing how not only are the results the authors published based upon a inappropriate methodology, but fail a basic sanity check.
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