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    Just don't think italian restaurants do the best steaks.

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    Interesting. Must admit I've never had steak in an Italian restaurant.

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    Quote Originally Posted by _Ed_ View Post
    Interesting. Must admit I've never had steak in an Italian restaurant.
    awta. I hear they don't do good Chinese either.
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    I had a steak in an Italian restaurant earlier this year. Average at best.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wellAlbidarned View Post
    awta. I hear they don't do good Chinese either.
    You must have been to some **** Italian restuarants then, if their menu didn't extend to steak.

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    One of the best steaks I ever had was in an Italian restaurant but in general I think I agree
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    Quote Originally Posted by Burgey View Post
    You must have been to some **** Italian restuarants then, if their menu didn't extend to steak.
    Straight steak isn't exactly central Italian cuisine, a good Italian restaurant wouldn't really need to offer it IMO.

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    I'm thinking about the insight into the female mind living with my wife and our female flatmate is giving me at the moment.

    At some stage a couple of days ago my wife suggested to our flatmate that she might want to hide her spare car keys as she's going away for 3 weeks and we won't be here over Christmas...just in case someone breaks in. Fair enough. However, at some stage I would've though it'd be a good idea to tell us where they are just in case we needed to move it. But no.

    Cue conversation tonight with wife:

    Me: "I wonder where Emily's car keys are?"
    Her: "I told her to hide them just in case something happened while we were away"
    Me: "Ok...so where did she put them!?"
    Her: "...I don't know"
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    Last court date for the year. Time to flick the switch to vaudeville.

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    Currently reading a Ph.D thesis, a bloke on the R mailing list is doing statistical analyses of New Testament texts in the field of othography/paleography and needs some help with his R code and modelling, hence how I'm getting involved. Essentially the object is comprehension/organisation of the texts but also to provide some form of evidence base for events based on witness accounts, etc.

    This bloke's devoting around 10 years of his life to it. Strikes me as one of the most fascinating but thoroughly pointless pieces of work I've ever seen.
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    In an entirely genuine manner, could you explain what's fascinating about that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by PhoenixFire View Post
    In an entirely genuine manner, could you explain what's fascinating about that?
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    Keep in mind I'm new to the project.

    Well, aside from the multivariate analyses he wants to use (some clustering too), he had to get access to hand-written New Testament manuscripts from all over the world, all of which talk about the same sorts of events with revisions, different perspectives/interpretations, etc. and have access heavily guarded, etc. One output of his work is to track back to who said/saw what and paint a picture of the times being studied based on who saw and what happened because, from my understanding, the evolution () of the text over time makes it difficult to build a genuinely robust chronology of events so any interpretation is going to be heavily caveated. Can also, using the text, get info about where stuff went down geographically which, of course, impacts on interpretation.

    From what I gather, though, the primary point is to understand language evolution and the true meaning of the old documents. A lot of them aren't textual but symbolic so being able to track who said what changing the meaning too (or something). Transcriptions of biblical texts over time means there are errors of fact, omission, transposition, the transcibers putting their own spin on them, etc. There will be many new perspectives/interpretations generated from this work too. It's too multifaceted a piece of work for me to get the whole thing, tbh.

    The data analysis I'll be helping him with is a way of converting dense textual data into stuff which can be analysed numerically. The amount of info contained in textual documents can vastly outstrip those contained in structured data, even those which are collected scientifically. People who poo-poo textual data and cling to administrative datasets (even large ones) don't get this. Yes, the process of gathering stuff like cross-sectional data means the collection methodology can be easily verified/tested and assumptions for analysis built on that but with the right processes, can easily set up large textual data for the same sorts of analysis on richer data. An analysis of this nature of cricket texts would prove interesting, I reckon.
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