Monday, August 24, 2009

Using statistics to learn about myself

I'm often at a loss when people ask me what kind of music I like. I listen to a lot of music, and I get all befuddled trying to answer. If I were to let my itunes statistics speak, this is what they'd say:

Artists most played:
Smashing Pumpkins
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Alkaline Trio
Architecture In Helsinki
Maurizio Pollini (Chopin)
The White Stripes
Regina Spektor
Yo-Yo Ma (Bach)
(Rachmaninov and Prokofiev should also be up here, but since they have relatively few peices, they don't make the top ten in terms of song frequency)

Top ten albums by playcount:
Chopin: Etudes Opp. 10 & 25
Joshua Bell: Violin Works By Prokofiev & Shostakovich
Bach: The Cello Suites
Begin to Hope (Bonus Track Version)
Siamese Dream
Show Your Bones
Fingers Crossed
Fever to Tell
Vampire Weekend

Insurance Costs

I commented on Steve Peterson's blog that I opposed heath care reform in principal, on the grounds that no designed system can produce equivalent output to the spontaneous competitive order.

This is a little rash; there are aspects of health care that can be legitimately reformed to remove the influence of planning, and that would potentially have great effect. This article discusses what seems obvious: legalizing the selling of insurance across state borders. I was, frankly, unaware that the restriction existed. But now that I know, it seems a pretty compelling alternative suggestion for lowering costs.