Re: Self defense against what???
OI! Ian, Academia is not that bad. At least not where I am!
As for statistics, I've been delving into Bayesian statistics and found them much easier to understand and work with than the classical one. Peter Lee's book "Bayesian statistics, an introduction" is a good starting point. Of course, since his office is up a floor from mine, it's easy for me to pester him for more info. *grins evilly*
Yes, this was totally off topic!