Ok, I'll be the first one to admit that it's not very scientific. That being said - seeing Obama ahead 8375 to 15 in a "global electoral college" (McCain is winning the country of Georgia) makes you stop and think about how the rest of the world views that "shining city on the hill" and who's best positioned to lead it into the next decade.
And to top it all off, this is being done via The Economist - hardly a left leaning/liberal publication!
At the RNC Palin stood up and said that the parents of special needs kids would have "a friend in the White House"....I guess they just didn't have one @ the governors mansion in Alaska when she cut Special Olympics funding??
It's also a great example of stats being skewed via self-selection. Take a look at how Obama "polls" via Twitter users - it's a LANDSLIDE!! I don't know how much better Electoral-vote.com and Hubdub.com work around the self-selection bias but at least it looks a bit more reasonable.
In addition, it's a great lesson in the oddities of the electoral college system. Obama and McCain could be a dead-heat percentage wise but as long as Obama carries the big states he's can walk away with it...hence the ever present discussion of battleground states.
Here's the keys to the article: UF welcomes back player that beat up then shot at another student....with an AK-47!?!?!? FSU welcomes back a player that was caught with a gun and weed Penn State has had 46 players arrested since 2002 and says "I can't control what they do off field" Georgia had 8 players arrested this off season
AND THEY STILL CALL MIAMI THUG U!
Every single REAL Canes fan needs to get behind Randy Shannon and support him 110% - no questions asked.
Here's one way to auto-magically do it (one way, probably not the right way but one way)
- Under the "More Actions" drop down is an option "sort by size"
- Gmail automatically scans all email attachments and creates a rank order by size.
- Gmail then automatically creates three buckets of small/medium/large. These buckets would be calculated based on a pre-set percentage - the 25% that are the largest are "large" - 50% in the middle are "medium" and the 25% that are the smallest are "small"
- The presentation would appear to the user much like the "settings" tab with "large" being the default that you always see first and set to the left (in the same fashion as Settings > General) and then medium (Settings > Account) and small (Settings > Label) following in order to the right.
- The emails themselves would be presented in a manner similar to the main Inbox view but with the file name, type and size shown an…
Ok, up till now I have to admit that I just laughed at most of what came out of Cheney's mouth but this is so ridiculous that I'm actually stunned....and I'm terrified that someone out there might believe him.
Question 1 - Regardless of what the Shia and Sunni "may" do to al Qaeda the real question is what in the world would they (al Qaeda) DO with the oil? Does he really think that people would be lining up to buy oil from a known terrorist organization? Where would these phantom revenues come from?
Question 2 - Does the Dark Lord think that Saudi, Iran, Syria and...for that matter...the rest of the world would sit idly by and let al Qaeda take control of Iraq's oil? Being the master historian that he is, doesn't he remember Gulf War 1 when we kicked Hussein out of Kuwait over oil - and that time did it with global support by the way...ah, good old days before an imperial presidency :-)
Traffic shaping, network management - it doesn't matter what you call it because there are parties on both sides of the argument that are bound and determined to shout and be heard above the opposition.
The worst part? I see and feel for both sides of the discussion. On the one hand you have people using their connection for perfectly legitimate reasons (but come on...we all "know" that the vast majority of bit torrent traffic is illegal downloads!! blind denial of this simply makes the rest of your arguments carry less weight!) who have signed up for "X" amount of bandwidth to use (for the most part) however they please. They simply expect their connectivity to work, no matter what. For the most part, I can't disagree with that stance.
On the other side you have the service provider/carrier that has been making investments over time and is adding customers to their network as fast as possible. They have a mission to make every customer as happy as the other.
This article is a virtual must read if you are at all interested in seeing what can be done to push the boundaries of what we can do to break the chain of dependence (addiction) on oil....more importantly pushing petro-dollars to the Middle East.
Here's some thoughts on McCain and the people he chooses to surround himself with from the former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell...and I have a certain amount of confidence in the kind of people Powell picks to surround himself with.
CBS steamed 50x more video content then Fox?!? I don't know what's more impressive, that number or the fact that NBC says that watching online video content increases brand recall while finding online video ads less disruptive....
That note, increased brand recall, really catches my attention. I wonder what could be done to boost that even higher? The converged/multimedia aspects of online video make the possiblities endless - from the fact that you can dynamically provide more relevant advertising in a very focused manner (i.e. if you are watching a travel show about the Caribbean you could get one ad if you are a man living in NYC vs. a woman living in the Midwest) as well as providing focused ancillary content, maybe blog posts or Wikipedia articles about the topic....providing a richer, more robust experience.
I hope someone tells this croc that "life is like a box of chocolates" sometimes you just don't know what you're going to get when you bite in......I'm guessing this guy is happy that he won't be winning the Darwin Award this year :-)
here's one of the reasons that an increase in taxes is, in my mind, inevitable. that doesn't mean that EVERYONE will have to pay more taxes, it's just that we're going to need to both decrease spending (getting us out of Iraq will be a huge help here!!) and increase revenue. i'm a bit more likely to trust the guys at goldman and nobel winning economists then the white house on issues like this.
What a fascinating piece of research....yeah...it's only working on mice now but still. We are so early in our potential for scientific discovery and it's leaps of the imagination like this that need to be applied to things like alternative energy and other critical issues for our growing world - urban planning, agriculture.
Once we stop and think about the power of this and new tools like Blist, the opportunities to create applications that truly add value are going to be exploding over the next few years. Zombies, Vampire Bites and other silly "Web 2.0" applications are going to fade into the same recesses of our mind as the Pets.com sock puppet.....
It feels incredible that in this day and age a lone trader can move a market so far and generate so much news globally as this guy did in making oil cross that magical $100/barrel mark. The crazy thing is that it's just psychological - there's no REAL value in that trade yet it created a big buzz around the world. Guess he was able to do what he set out to do and get a little famous....thanks Mr. Warhol