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Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« on: November 06, 2012, 06:02:42 AM »
*looks around*

Where shall we put the blender for the margaritas?

 :D

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2012, 07:25:28 AM »
*looks around*

Where shall we put the blender for the margaritas?

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Awesome! I didn't know it was THAT kind of club house, or I would have started a book club years ago! :) But tonight it will be a bottle of Chianti, if things go as I hope (and that is the extent of my political commentary on KB today :) )

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2012, 07:45:29 AM »
*looks around*

Where shall we put the blender for the margaritas?

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just hand it to the cabana boys, they know how to arrange klubhouses....

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2012, 11:40:56 AM »
Cabana boys? This is getting better and better...

Anyway, I figured I should copy and paste my proposed schedule here. The plan is that I (or someone else if they want to co-lead with me) will start a thread each Monday morning (except for Christmas week where I think we should put it off 'til the day after Christmas) to discuss the 2 "assigned" chapters. Feel free to post in previous weeks' threads if you're running behind - I'm sure people will be willing to debate earlier chapters, and it's not like a novel where there are spoilers.

NOTE: There are some political topics in the book (and some non-political ones like chess computers). Lets keep things civil and bipartisan.

Proposed Schedule:
  • Week 1: Intro and Chapter 1 ("A Catastrophic Failure of Prediction" - the housing bubble and economic crisis). Discussion starts the morning of Monday Nov. 12.
  • Week 2: Chapters 2 & 3 - "Are You Smarter than a Television Pundit" (political pundits' election predictions) & "All I Care About is W's and L's" (baseball, player performance predictions). Discussion begins Nov. 19
  • Week 3: Chapters 4 & 5 - "For Years You've been Telling Us that Rain is Green" (weather predictions) & "Desperately Seeking Signal" (earthquake prediction). Discussion begins Nov. 26 (Monday after Thanksgiving)
  • Week 4: Chapters 6 & 7 - "How to Drown in Three Feet of Water" (communicating uncertainty, economy, correlations without causation) & "Role Models" (Flu, AIDS, Autism, and other disease outbreaks; CDC). Discussion begins Dec. 3.
  • Week 5: Chapters 8 & 9 - "Less and Less Wrong" (sports betting/gambling, mentions god & nature, Bayes's Theorem, False Positives) & "Rage Against the Machines" (Artificial Intelligence, Chess, computers & computer prediction). Discussion begins Dec. 10.
  • Week 6: Chapters 10 & 11 - "The Poker Bubble" (Poker, how to be unpredictable) & "If You Can't Beat 'em..." (stocks; mentions Bayes's Theorem again, so Ch 8 may be a prerequisite). Discussion begins Dec. 17.
  • Week 7: Chapters 12 & 13 & Conclusion - "A Climate of Healthy Skepticism" (climate change) & "What You Don't Know Can Hurt You" (Pearl Harbor, 9/11, Terrorism). Discussion begins Wed. Dec. 26.

I've never run a book club before, so don't hesitate to jump in with suggestions and guidance.

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« Reply #4 on: November 08, 2012, 03:59:29 AM »

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #5 on: November 08, 2012, 08:31:29 PM »
Aaargh....I was waiting for a gift card to come to buy the book with...and it did today, as scheduled.  Rushed over to get it and it's currently not available.

Ann, did you get it already?

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #6 on: November 08, 2012, 08:54:16 PM »
Rushed over to get it and it's currently not available.
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So, I don't want to hi-jack this thread, but I see that this book is published by Penguin. NONE of their books are currently available in Kindle format. Does anyone know what's going on about that? I've been trying to peruse all of the KB threads to see whether anyone has commented about this but haven't found anything yet.
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« Reply #7 on: November 08, 2012, 09:22:10 PM »
There's a discussion in the Writers' Caf but I'm not sure there's one in the Book Corner....we should start one!

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« Reply #8 on: November 08, 2012, 09:30:26 PM »
Thanks Betsy, looks like no one really knows what's going on.
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« Reply #9 on: November 08, 2012, 09:33:40 PM »
There is a discussion in the Book Corner now...

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #10 on: November 09, 2012, 05:14:06 AM »
Whew!  it's back, and I have my book, going to be reading this weekend.

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Re: Yay, we have a klubhouse!!!
« Reply #11 on: October 19, 2017, 07:44:55 PM »
Sometimes when you can't sleep, the only thing left to do is to resurrect a zombie thread.

I'd like directions to the Klubhouse, please.