William M. Briggs

Statistician to the Stars!

Blog lines and thoughts

Welcome Matt Ridely fans. You’ve reached an old post because my site was recently hacked. Click on my name above. The post to which Ridely linked can be found here!

I apologize for the lack of activity on the blog. Because my time is getting sucked up at an increasing rate, I’ve decided to switch to a more regular format.

Two to three posts will appear during the week, Monday through Thursday, with perhaps a third or fourth sometime over the weekend. When I try to do more, the quality of the writing sinks even lower than its ordinary bargain basement level.

The good news is that they pay I get for producing this blog will remain the same. Actually, I’m expected it to double.

Fewer posts will allow me to attend more closely to your valuable comments. I’m sorry if I haven’t answered some in the past. I’ll try to do better in the future.

I know a lot of people would like to hear more about global warming, but it takes a long time to write something worth reading on that topic. Most material on the web is endlessly recycled and, truth is, it can be tedious. Plus, the fundamentals change only slowly. The politics are ever in flux—but keeping current with them takes a lot of time.

Please do keep your suggestions coming. I’m grateful for all the emails I get asking me to cover various topics.

Be sure to stop by on Monday when I’ll be offering a column you’ll want to clip and post on your refrigerators: fashion tips for men.

In the meantime, if you don’t hear from me before then, have a Happy Easter.


  1. You face a critical decision. When the quality of an artist’s work brings greater and greater attention to him (or her), he has to decide whether to compromise the quality for quantity. Your public is crying “more!…more!” but in truth we want more of the SAME. I will wait impatiently for each column, but I can wait. Keep up the GOOD work.

  2. Briggs

    April 10, 2009 at 1:51 pm


    Calling what I do “art” is stretching that word to its furthest possible limit.

    But I’m glad you’re here.


  3. Briggs,

    Uuh…what is this all about? Apologize for the lack of activity on your blog? Ah… I got it, I got it. Yesterday was Holy Thursday, so you did some blogging soul-searching. Well, whatever it is, I suppose you can be forgiven…if you serve beer in your comments section. :)

    *Cough*Cough* I think I once asked you a question and you never responded. That really hurt my feelings. On a scale from 1 to 10, with one being 1 teardrop and 10 being 10 teardrops, I would give it a 10. Yep, it hurt so.so.so bad.

    Overall, I think you are doing fine. Keep up the good work. Have a very Happy Easter.


  4. Briggs

    April 10, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    Free beer, JH. You know that. Anytime you’re in the city.

  5. Sir William the bloggerer,
    Your blog is the best. Whatever time you spare to write is a bonus.
    None have the right to complain when your generous teaching has cost them nothing, and I hope nothing I’ve said has offended. You know I am one of your biggest fans!
    Happy Easter bunny.

  6. Briggs

    April 10, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    You know we all love you, Joy.

  7. What inactivity? This is life we’re living. As the fathers of a newborns learn, “Spit happens”. What and when you post has been so superior to the run-of-the-mill output of others that your loyal subjects will wait – breathlessly, of course – or at least till July 14,* for whatever you deign to bestow upon us. Thanks, though, for caring. Now we’ll only hope that Galarraga brings his “stuff” tomorrow afternoon.

    [*check MLB schedule]

  8. Briggs

    April 10, 2009 at 5:40 pm

    Galarraga did it today. Tige’s won 15-2 in the home opener, thank the Lord. It was starting to feel like last year before today’s game.

  9. We’re you the victim of warmist attack?

  10. Briggs

    January 27, 2015 at 2:14 am


    Did you mean this comment to go to this old post?

  11. I meant this comment about your blog being hacked and finding a culprit.

    Global warming is the one subject where we agree

  12. Briggs

    January 27, 2015 at 12:20 pm


    No, I meant in what post are you placing this comment. It looks like you’ve meant it for a very old post, one years old. And not the newest post. True?

  13. Briggs,
    Are you unaware that links to this blog have been going to early posts circa 2006 for the last week or so? That may be what Sylvain is referring to.

  14. Dear Dr. Briggs:

    I know how you feel. My series for Linuxworld on Linux for the IBM mainframe back in 2002/3 ( see http://www.winface.com/collections) drew over 3,000 angry emails, a personal attack written on a major corporation’s CIO letterhead and delivered to my home by Fedex, multiple hack attacks on my home site (then on Solaris/SPARC and almost invulnerable), and the inclusion of my domain name on spammer, virus, and attack site lists distributed to wintel users worldwide.

    Still, I was right then and so are you now – so just remember that their anger and stupidity is theirs, not yours.

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