He started out as a baseball statistician, predicting the careers of Major League Baseball players. In 2007, he began running statistical analysis on the 2008 election, and he very accurately predicted the outcomes of that election year.

I bring him up today to share an article he wrote which uses statistics the way I use them in my daily life (and in the way I suspect you'd like to use them in yours). Check out "How to Beat the Salad Bar"--his first article in a series sharing ways to use statistics to your advantage in your day-to-day life.