# misc

## Anime worth watching: Silver Spoon and school on the farm

Continuing my intermittent series of recommendation posts, today we’ll put aside more intellectual topics and focus on entertainment, albeit with a bit of a ...

## A new way to blog

As you’ll know if you read my last post, I decided to stop blogging for a while to save wear and tear on my shoulder. However as it happened I got a phone ca...

## Calculating growth rates (for Howard County or otherwise), part 5

In part 4 of this series I discussed the general problem of estimating growth rates for periods less than a year, and using Howard County’s population in the...

## Calculating growth rates (for Howard County or otherwise), part 4

In part 3 of this series I recapped the method derived in part 2 for estimating growth rates (using Howard County’s population in the 21st century as an exam...

## Calculating growth rates (for Howard County or otherwise), part 3

In part 2 of this series I discussed a more correct approach to the problem of estimating growth rates, using Howard County’s population in the 21st century ...

## Calculating growth rates (for Howard County or otherwise), part 2

In my last post I introduced the problem of estimating growth rates, using Howard County’s population in the 21st century as an example. I took a simpleminde...

## Calculating growth rates (for Howard County or otherwise), part 1

[I’m interrupting my series of “weekend reading” posts to bring you an actual blog post.]

## Weekend reading: Family ties from the Shipleys to Sasquatch

This week my theme is the search for one’s ancestors and the surprising places it can take us: The founders of Anne Arundel and Howard Counties, Maryland...

## Weekend reading: Dense Democrats, supercharged cities, and rural reaction then and now

This week my theme is the urban-rural divide in U.S. politics, both present and past:

## Weekend reading: Whither the GOP, after the world gets eaten, and science reading and writing

I’m going to try to post more frequently, and one good way to do that is with link posts. The first of this week’s themes is the future of the Republican par...

Here are more recent links from hecker.tumblr.com. This week (actually, more like two weeks) was somewhat random, to say the least.

## Test posts with quotes

This post is for the WordPress.com support staff, to try to demonstrate a problem with their new Minileven theme for mobile devices; everyone else can ignore...

## Changing my (blog) name, plus Plus

For those following this blog, note that I’ve changed the canonical site name from blog.hecker.org to frankhecker.com. Any links and feed URLs referencing th...

For some time now I’ve been posting links I find interesting at hecker.tumblr.com. This is mainly for personal reference, but I thought it might be useful to...

## Weight loss update, month 5

It’s now been five months since I started the Newt Gingrich weight loss program,  and I’m overdue for another report. (I forgot and didn’t post the month 4 u...

## A personal milestone in math blogging

A continuation of my history of Howard County Council redistricting series is coming soon (I promise! really!), but after an evening at the HoCo Blogtail par...

## Weight loss update, month 3

I’m now at the three month mark in the Newt Gingrich weight loss program, and it’s time for another progress report. Just as Newt feels liberated by the resi...

## Weight loss update, month 2

It’s now two months since I started the Newt Gingrich weight loss program, and time for another progress report. The stakes are higher now that Gingrich has ...

## My tumblr

I’ve been meaning to post this for a while, so here it is: If for some odd reason you want to read more from me than my occasional blog posts, note that I do...

## Last chance to give the FDA your views on consumer genetic testing services

Some time ago I complained about Maryland restrictions on direct-to-consumer genetic testing. The FDA is currently deliberating about whether to impose simil...

## Weight loss update, month 1

Today is one month since I started the Newt Gingrich weight loss program, and it’s time for a progress report. As you’ll recall, my initial weight as announc...

## Blog on ice

just a quick note for those of you wondering what’s happened to the blog: Due to being very busy with both home and work stuff, I haven’t had time to do any ...