I will be presenting my book Wuthering Depths in Johnstown: By the Numbers at the annual writers conference of the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia. It will be in Wheeling, WV on September 10-12 at Oglebay Park.
Saturday, June 19, 2021
I Will Be Presenting my Book at Classic Elements and the Writers Association of Northern Appalachia Conference
Friday, January 22, 2021
In This Together: Cambria was organized as a response to the skyrocketing case and death rate in the county. They have partnered with The Tribune-Democrat, the 1889 Foundation, Conemaugh Health System, and others. They have held online events to inform the public on COVID-19 and vaccines and a spiritual prayer service for the holidays.
- February 9: Mental Health
- February 23: Specialists Forum
- March 9: Local Leaders
- March 23: Economic Impact
- April 6: Education
Testing Rates are Higher in Johnstown but There Are More Cases of COVID-19 in the Rest of Cambria County
Thursday, September 24, 2020
My book is now out in local bookstores and can be ordered at Made in Somerset County, PA. It is now available to purchase at Classic Elements on Main Street, the Bottle Works in Cambria City, the Chameleon Bookstore next to Central Park in Johnstown, AT Merchant in the Galleria Mall, the Book Nook in Indiana, PA, and IUP's bookstore. I am working on getting it into more book stores. The book tells the story of Johnstown with numbers. It looks at trends in population, politics, health, education, social media, and in non-profits.
The book will not be available on Amazon or Barnes and Noble for order. Jeff Bezos has enough money. This blog already shows Amazon Books through their affiliate program.
In addition to my work on the book, the group Put People First will have its annual Medicaid March in Downtown Johnstown on September 29. The flyer is listed below. Next week will be the tenth anniversary post for this blog.
Saturday, August 29, 2020
It is a profile of the city of Johnstown as told by the numbers that are publicly available. Some of it began with posts from this blog that relate to the city of Johnstown (some of which are in the related posts below). The rest of it came from my sources such as the census bureau and other government sources and from other research projects. Its release should come close to the tenth anniversary of this blog which is next month. Further details to come.
Thanks to Eric Luden for the cover and back cover art, to The Johnstown Area Heritage Association, and to Nicholas Brisini, Michael Giazzoni, Jessica Maniccia Smith, and Lloyd Stires for their advice on editing.**Related Posts**
Tuesday, December 31, 2019
This post was on changes in enrollment and in those needing special education services in the Greater Johnstown, Westmont, and Richland School Districts. It was posted in November. Enrollment has decreased in all three districts while African-American enrollment has increased in Johnstown.
This post was made in November 2018 to introduce the poll for the greatest nonfiction book of all time. So far the Origin of Species is leading.
This post from May of this year presents a documentary on the migratin of African Americans to Johnstown.
This post from October looks at the propaganda campaign against the local candidate for Cambria County Commissioner, Jerry Carnicella. He lost.
This post is from May 2011 the oldest post on this list. It talks about how the conflict in the US is reflected in similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan.
This post is a follow up to the second ranked post on this list. It is from November and gives the results up to Nov 24 of this year.
For this list, two of the posts were made before 2019 and six of them were on the City of Johnstown and the surrounding area. Of the eight posts made this year, three were made in the first half of the year. This blog almost completely covers the 2010s. In September I will have the tenth anniversary post looking at it's all time most popular posts.
Saturday, December 15, 2018
|Lorenzo ora (Lorenzo Now)|
|Lorenzo quando ho incontrato lui|
Sunday, December 24, 2017
I should have more time to elaborate on these posts later this holiday. I'll leave you with this video I took at the Midnight Mass at the Cathedral in Salt Lake City, Utah in 2015.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Usually for my anniversary posts I look at the web traffic statistics for the site. This year I thought I would take stock of where the blog is and where it will go.
Seven years ago I began the blog by conducting data driven journalism before I had even heard of the term. This year I have been outsourcing my writing skills to the websites Data Driven Journalism, Kolabtree, and The Hill Talk. These opportunities are nice. However it takes a long time to put together data driven posts. Opinion pieces like this one are a lot less time consuming to write.
This blog was created to fulfill three purposes.
- To educate people on how statistics can help people to see patterns that aren't easy to see with the naked eye.
- To keep my statistical skills sharp.
- To showcase my skills when I am not working.
I have had more work this year (though most of it unpaid) and I have less time to post so I will have less time to post here at least until my city council campaign ends on November 7. II did get the above note placed under my windshield wiper recently that I had to share with you all.
Friday, May 20, 2016
Healthcare 4 All PA is an organization advocating for a Single Payer here in Pennsylvania. On Tuesday, May 24 at 7pm there will be an organizing meeting at the PRESS Bistro where we will learn about the organization and brainstorm about activities. Anyone in the area is welcome. For more information on the state organization see http://
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
25. Pennsylvania Medicaid Expansion and Legislature Polarization
Pennsylvania's last Governor dragged his feet on expanding medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. The new governor has reversed himself but a lot of other governors haven't.
24. Titanic Perspective
The 100th anniversary of that cursed ships sinking made me think of other disasters that have been forgotten.
23. Morality as a Mathematical Equation
The earliest post on this list was on a discussion of how morality can be evaluated like a mathematical equation.
22. Habemus Resegnum - We have a resignation
Pope Francis became the 266th successor of St. Peter after Benedict XVI abdicated. Here is a look at the Papacy.
21. The David Roberts Family Fund
Last year my friend from Hartford died from brain cancer. A site was set up for his family to cover medical expenses. I talked about how they shouldn't have to be begging for money for this purpose. You can still donate to their paypal account here.
20. An In Depth Look at a Mindfulness and Stress Study
An old classmate of mine from Hartford had an article in the Huffington post on how mindfulness can reduce stress. I discussed her study here.
19. Season's Shootings
A response to the terrible shootings that occurred about the same time as the Newtown Shootings.
18. Olympic Medal Counts Still Reflect National Power (or the Need for it)
As the title of this post says, a look at how Olympic medal counts reflect a nations power.
17. Ruth Institute - Making Marriage Cool (In the US but not Scandinavia)
A response to a question I asked about the effect of Scandinavian social programs on marriage.
16. A Statistical Profile of the Uninsured in Washington, DC, New Mexico, and Texas
How do uninsured rates relate to health outcomes for these three outlier states?
15. A Geographical Representation of the Mode and Ethnicity
A look at methods of displaying descriptive statistics in geographic form.
14. Controversy over the New Psychiatric Diagnostic and Statistical Manual
The American Psychiatric Assn caused controversy when they decided to remove Asperger's Syndrome from the DSM-V and place it on the Autism spectrum
13. The World Wars and Today's Wars
A look at how World Wars I & II relate to the current troubles in the Middle East.
12. Correlation with the Number of Hate Groups per Million, Poor Health Suggests More Hate
In a follow up to the post on the concentration of hate groups (seen further down on this list), I looked at the correlation between the concentration of hate groups in each state and their health outcomes.
11. Bullying & Society
In this post I argue that bullying in schools is merely a reflection of ills in the larger society.
10. Lance Armstrong's Doping Claim: A Probabilistic Calculation
When Lance Armstrong was still claiming innocence of blood doping I thought I would apply probability theory to his claim. This is the post with the longest average time per view.
9. 2013 Small Area Income and Poverty Estimates Are Out for School Districts and Counties in PA
A look at local poverty rates in my home state of Pennsylvania.
8. A Kinder, Gentler Looney Tunes
Warner Brothers tried to modernize the Looney Tunes characters. I thought it had promise but it didn't last.
7. Top 10 Worst Super Bowls of All Time
We are used to thrilling Super Bowls today but there was a time when the game rarely lived up to the hype.
6. Two Years Ago in Stanton Heights
In 2009, three policemen were killed by a right wing extremist about a mile from where I live. I gave a profile of the neighborhood where it happened.
5. Hitler, Napoleon, and Stalin: Outsider Despots
Hitler and Napoleon are often compared. I argue that there is also considerable overlap between those two and Josef Stalin.
4. The Civil War in a Larger International Historical Context
With the 150th anniversary of the Civil War these past 4 years I thought it would be helpful looking at in with similar conflicts in Italy, Germany and Japan which would have repercussions for later conflicts..
3. A Wave of Hate Groups in California? No in Washington, DC
A look at the concentration of hate groups in the US (adjusting for population).
2. Global Warming, Wikileaks, and Statistics: What Barry Sanders Can Teach Us
The second most popular post provides a sports metaphor (Barry Sanders' running statistics) for explaining global warming/climate change to denier of this science who also is a sports junkie (ie. Rush Limbaugh, James Inhofe, etc).
1. CSI Without Dead Bodies: Income and Life Expectancy. What does it Tell Us About US?
Thanks to this post being linked to on the BBC programme (British Spelling) web page for The Joy of Stats, this page has received over 3,000 hits (7% of total traffic). It covers the correlation between life expectancy and income.