Critical Thinking and Creativity: How Do We Get It?

Companies Want Critical Thinking and Creativity
"The value of universities to a capitalist society depends on their ability to resist capitalism, to carve out space for intellectual endeavors that don’t have obvious metrics or market value." New York Times, "The Misguided Drive to Measure Learning Outcomes", Molly Worthen, February 23, 2018 I was reading an article about learning and higher education when I read this phrase, and it resonat...
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I Need to Learn Statistics

I Need to Learn Statistics
The week before last week I had been going through a book on Excel simulations but then I got sick and work became busier, so I had to put the book aside.  The last set of simulations that I had been going through were centered on statistics. In going through these simulations, there were some things that were confusing me. First, there seems to be some interchangeable terms (?) such as confide...
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You Need to Include User Experience

User Experience
This week I had a request for help in designing a report for submission to owners. Previously, the managers have been pulling a bunch of reports and trying to manually produce the report, but on Thursday I got a cry for help. Understandably, they just got tired of doing it manually. And this request wasn't just solve the technical problem, although it was couched in those terms, but it also nee...
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Using Array Formula for the ACA Data Review

Array Formulas - A New Use
Since Saturday I’ve been working on reviewing data for the ACA forms (healthcare reporting for employees) which I just completed today. The forms are now in the process of being printed and put into envelopes for mailing. As part of my review I was looking at the internal logic of timelines for each employee to make sure there were no obvious red flags. One of my review was a search for employe...
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Blegh!

Blegh
Well, I’ve been sick the last few days. The first part of the week was focusing on the ACA data review and just when I was close to printing out forms, I came down sick. So this week I didn’t get any artwork done but I did do some self-education on Excel/statistics from a book. This post’s picture pretty much illustrates the lack of desire to do much of anything. My motivation is just blegh rig...
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Various Activities Going On

I can't believe I have not thought of this before
I am time crunched right now as I am working on the ACA, so I will stick to some quick notes on a couple of things. How come I haven’t thought of this before? Two or three weeks ago, I was reviewing some numbers, especially looking for things such as “#N/A” or “#VALUE!” or “#DIV/0!”. I either try to look for those errors using my eyes or use the filter method where I check to see if those error...
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