Tuesday, March 31, 2009


Linux Mint is the by far the best Linux distro I have ever tried. It is based on Ubuntu but much polished. After trying Mint, I don't think I will come back to Ubuntu.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Linux text editors

I finally realized that I need only two text editors under Linux: Emacs for writing LaTeX and programming and MadEdit for anything else.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Looking forward to Jaunty

After several distro upgrades, my Ubuntu installation looks a little unstable. Now, one month away from the release of Januty, my Ubuntu suddenly sopped working on my laptop. This makes it easy for me to decide between "fresh install" and "upgrade" this time.

Monday, March 23, 2009

Differential mortality

differential mortality, methodological issues and biosocial factors

Thursday, March 19, 2009


The new version of LatentGold provides a command line interface. I found the syntax is quite intuitive and easy to learn. The fact that it also has a data viewer/editor is also an advantage, compared to Mplus.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Useful Ubuntu tools


Tuesday, March 17, 2009

JAGS guide


Monday, March 16, 2009


Looks interesting: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Osborne_Wilson

Sunday, March 15, 2009


I ordered a new thinkpad about a month ago and I leave LA for Beijing next week. I have to cancel the order if I cannot get it before I leave. That is a lose-lose situation for both Lenovo and myself.

Thursday, March 12, 2009

NoteExpress, again

The NoteExpress developer graciously offered me a free license in exchange for suggestions for further improvements. I will prepare a rather detailed report of the kind of problems I encountered in the process preparing my latest manuscript.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


A good bibliography software. As far as I can tell, it has all the functions of Endnote with only a fraction of its price: http://www.reflib.org/

It still has some rough edges (the journal templates do not work as expected, for example), but looks promising.

Data Analysis Using Regression and Multilevel/Hierarchical Models

Very good book: http://www.cambridge.org/us/catalogue/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521867061