Organizing by themes IX: The random bits

This site benefits/suffers/both from consisting of posts about a wide range of topics, all linked under the amorphous heading “data-driven storytelling.”

In an attempt to impose some coherent structure, I am organizing related posts both chronologically and thematically.

Having run through the primary themes of this blog…

…all that remains are a few personal odds and ends which defy easy characterization, although the first two have been referenced obliquely in a few of the preceding organizational posts.

–An attempt to find the good news from the year 2016

–A literal collection of “odds and ends” from July 2017

–How difficult it can be to separate the art from the artist who produced it.

–Some thoughts on St. Valentine’s Day (spoiler alert: thumb down) followed by some absurd and funny bits.

–A sampling of my taste in fiction, based upon a Facebook challenge (show one book a day for seven straight days with no explanations):

Detective Fiction

Oscar Wilde/George Bernard Shaw

–Random facts about me

Questions asked…and answered

For my 100th post…100 random facts

–Moving experiences

Moving memories

Moving serendipity

–My struggles with the unnecessary fictionalization of history

And that is about it.

Well, not quite…a post about random blog posts should be accompanied by a random photograph of random things:

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Until next time…

Published by Matt Berger

I am a data geek, writer, investigator and film noir devotee with academic training in political science (Yale BA, Harvard MA), biostatistics (Boston University SPH MA) and epidemiology (Boston University SPH PhD). In January 2021, I finished writing Interrogating Memory: Film Noir Spurs a Deep Dive Into My Family History...and My Own for which I seek a publisher. In Chapter 6: So...What Is Film Noir, Again?, I analyze my film noir database, which contains 4,825 titles. My musical holy trinity is Genesis, Miles Davis and Stan Ridgway. I am a liberal Democrat who understands a thriving democracy requires at least two mature political parties. I grew up just outside Philadelphia, and I live just outside Boston, where my wife and daughters keep me happy, sane and grounded. Please ask me anything else you want to know.

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