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My Favourite Blog Right Now

April 5, 2011 Leave a comment

It is election time in Canada (again), which means a plethora of poll data is just waiting to be analyzed by journalists, pundits and, well me.

So since I like numbers and statistics, my favourite blog for the rest of the month will be TheeHundredEight.com

ThreeHundredEight.com

This site amalgamates poll data and gives a projection of the next parliament. It is also updated every day so you can obsess over stats every single morning!

Now, I know Canadian politics does not have the animosity, craziness, stupidity or entertainment value of American politics, but that is something we Canadians should be proud of; even if its less fun to watch on TV.

While this site may only be interesting to my readers who occupy the intersection of this Venn diagram:

which should be what? Like, 8 people? 12? Meh, whatever. The site also gives poll data by province and even by riding, so even if you don’t like stats you may be interested in seeing which way the wind is blowing in your area.

Since I live in Alberta, and I am a bleeding heart left-wing hippy (which is how conservatives try to paint anyone who is not conservative), my vote will pretty much be useless. But I will still vote for poops and giggles.

Actually, The Globe and Mail also has a nice summary of the party platforms on its website. It is being continually updated as well, so keep an eye on that if you want a nice summary of the different platforms.

Hurray for democracy! And statistics!

SURVEY SAYS… More Female Star Trek Fans Than Male

March 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Image via Wikimedia

A blog called Subspace Communique took an online poll of Star Trek fans in preparation for publishing a book called ‘The Anthropology of Star Trek’. The poll garnered 5041 participants and focused on how Star Trek fans view themselves and how  much they participate in Star Trek fan culture.

Most of the results were not surprising; 67% said they would be more involved in Star Trek culture if they had the money; 82% felt that their involvment in Star Trek fandom was “average to below average”; 43% said they refer to themselves as a “trekkie”.

But the most surprising result? 57% of the fans were female! I know, right!?

Now, the skeptic inside me wants to say things like, “Probably just more females were willing to take the survey”. But I’m going to tell that part of me to shut-up for now, and try to imagine how much different high school would have been if more girls were into Star Trek back then.

While I enjoy that fantasy, you can watch this video of a girl clearly OK with her Star Trek obsession. Enjoy!