Month: September 2010

Quicklink: OKCupid’s ‘statistical distinctness’ analysis

“We selected 526,000 OkCupid users at random and divided them into groups by their (self-stated) race. We then took all these people’s profile essays (280 million words in total!) and isolated the words and phrases that made each racial group’s essays statistically distinct from the others’.”

Endangered Sunday: North American Bumble Bee

I’ve never seen a Bumble Bee in nature. I’ve seen plenty of imported European honey bees (some of them in the wild), and plenty of Australian native bees (which are mostly solitary, so no hives for them – our few social species are stingless, which is nice).

But we don’t have Bumble Bees here, so I’ve missed out…

Otterday! And Open Thread.

Courtesy of napalmnacey, today’s otter is following a little girl around in the window at the Philadelphia zoo. Who is having more fun? Please feel free to use this thread to natter about anything your heart desires. Is there anything… Read More ›

Thursday Cheezburger: Grifters and Cons, and Delurking Day

Today’s Thursday Cheezburger highlights those sneaky LOLcats running scams … join in! Also – it’s Delurking Day! If you’ve been reading along, give us a shout and let us know you’re there. You’re welcome to say hi, introduce yourself, or tell us what’s impressed or disappointed you lately.

Did you see this?

No, me neither. Until Crikey. As Bob Gosford points out, when hundreds of Aboriginal men get together we’re just not interested in reporting on them unless they’re doing something bad.