“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’.”
Month: September 2010
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 ›
Blogiversary! and Gratuitous Benedict Cumberbatch blogging
This post has been sitting in my drafts folder for the last fortnight hoping for a stroke of brilliance to strike so that I could post something suitably amusing and symbolic of the last 5 years of blogging. Thanks so… 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.
EU bans experiments on great apes
After two years of heated debate on how to protect animal welfare without scuppering scientific research…
A little lesson in undermining women in power
This lesson comes courtesy of the Courier Mail. Four political stories about four different federal politicians and all of them use the politician’s last name in the title of the story, except one. Which story was it?
APODtastic – Space Shuttle Tribute Poster: Endeavour
The poster shows the link between Captain James Cook’s HMS Endeavour and the shuttle that commemorates its voyages. This is only one in a series of new posters showing the Shuttles and the missions they have flown.
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.
The Australian media throwing a collective tanty at prospect of an Abbott-less Lodge
A disgraceful sight it is too. A left-wing media is it? Only to someone wearing blinkers. Thank goodness for bloggers!