I’ve followed Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog since 2008 when he began making predictions on that year’s political races. 

In 2010 and 2012, I was again a frequent reader, so of course I read Silver’s book in 2013, which came on the heels of his new-found popularity.

Today, Silver & Co. have taken a big step and re-launched the FiveThirtyEight website. There are now twenty full-time writers (it used to be just two) covering a broader set of topics through the lens of “data journalism”. Their hope is to make journalism more rigorous and evidence-based; a worthy goal.

I’ve followed Nate Silver and his FiveThirtyEight blog since 2008 when he began making predictions on that year’s political races.

In 2010 and 2012, I was again a frequent reader, so of course I read Silver’s book in 2013, which came on the heels of his new-found popularity.

Today, Silver & Co. have taken a big step and re-launched the FiveThirtyEight website. There are now twenty full-time writers (it used to be just two) covering a broader set of topics through the lens of “data journalism”. Their hope is to make journalism more rigorous and evidence-based; a worthy goal.

2013, In Numbers

2013 was fun. Here is my year in numbers.



This video from World Vision is a little cheesy, but it’s a great overview of the devastating effects of undernutrition in a child’s first 1,000 days.

Mulu Asafa is showing off the spices she sells in an Addis Ababa market. She was formerly unemployed and unable to provide for her family, but she is a participant in @convoyofhope’s Women’s Empowerment program where she received business skills training and the seed capital required to start this business. After her first month in business, she is already turning a profit, putting money in savings, and putting food on the table on a daily basis. And like any good entrepreneur, she has plans for expansion. (at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

Mulu Asafa is showing off the spices she sells in an Addis Ababa market. She was formerly unemployed and unable to provide for her family, but she is a participant in @convoyofhope’s Women’s Empowerment program where she received business skills training and the seed capital required to start this business. After her first month in business, she is already turning a profit, putting money in savings, and putting food on the table on a daily basis. And like any good entrepreneur, she has plans for expansion. (at Addis Ababa, Ethiopia)

San Francisco

Another great product that blends innovative hardware with an app, similar to Nest and Square.

Congrats to the Red Sox. I hate seeing the Cardinals lose, but it makes it easier when it’s to a great team like Boston. And I got to be a part of something that hasn’t happened in 95 years at this historic park. (at Fenway Park)

Congrats to the Red Sox. I hate seeing the Cardinals lose, but it makes it easier when it’s to a great team like Boston. And I got to be a part of something that hasn’t happened in 95 years at this historic park. (at Fenway Park)

The recently-restored boardwalk in Long Beach, Long Island on the anniversary of Sandy. (at Long Beach)

The recently-restored boardwalk in Long Beach, Long Island on the anniversary of Sandy. (at Long Beach)

However, there is one overriding conclusion that has been carefully examined and analyzed. It is that the beneficial impacts attributable to school feeding are highly limited if one attempts to extract school feeding from the larger context of how learning, health, and livelihood outcomes are achieved. School feeding without the appropriate learning environment and family/community support is a weak intervention and its impacts are mostly restricted to food security outcomes. It follows, therefore, that a school feeding programme which does not systematically incorporate other strategic programmatic interventions that reduce the economic, social, and cultural constraints to health and learning will not generate the stated goals and objectives that substantiate and justify school feeding investments, such as the WFP Country Programme.

— from Impact Evaluation of WFP School Feeding Programmes in Kenya (1999-2008): A Mixed-Methods Approach

You are still young, free… Do yourself a favor. Before it’s too late, without thinking too much about it first, pack a pillow and a blanket and see as much of the world as you can. You will not regret it. One day it will be too late.

― Jhumpa Lahiri, The Namesake