Posts with mood giddy (3)
still happy about Iowa
Music: Radiohead - "(Nice Dream)"
Posted on 2009-04-06 14:04:00
Tags: gay politics
Yep, I'm still happy about Iowa! Supreme courts in Maryland, New York, and Washington have all ruled against gay marriage in the past 3 years And it provides a beautiful spot of green on an otherwise somewhat dreary map.
Nate Silver does a regression on states voting on gay marriage and concludes that, if a gay marriage ban in Iowa makes it to the ballot in 2012, the vote will probably be extremely close. I'm not sure if having same-sex marriage performed in the state for 3 years will help or hurt the cause. (it seems to have helped in Massachusetts?) Using the same model, he predicts Texas would vote down a ban on gay marriage in 2018, which is sooner than I would have thought.
Also up this week - the governor of Vermont is expected to veto the same-sex marriage bill today (after the Senate approves the House version), then override votes should be tomorrow.
 - See this article for a broader picture. (return)
folks, this could actually happen!
Music: happy happy happy music
Posted on 2008-10-06 12:37:00
My go-to source fivethirtyeight.com has Obama at 87.4% to win. (and some more good polls came out today, +13 and +10 for Obama in Virginia) McCain is planning an all-out negative offensive, talking about Ayers and other things from Obama's past. Why it probably won't work (look at that graph of favorability!) and why it won't work.
Excited about the debate tomorrow night - I can't tell you what a joy it is to have a candidate to really cheer for as opposed to one I merely like better than the alternative! (see Kerry, John)
I love data
Posted on 2007-04-25 16:05:00
Tags: programming ngrams
Thanks to Peter Norvig's (he wrote my AI textbook! and is director of research at Google!!) article about writing a spelling corrector, I was reminded that Google released a giiiiant list of n-grams found on the web. Unfortunately, it's only for noncommercial use unless you join and pay thousands of dollars (noncommercial is OK) and costs $180(!) to buy and ship. On the other hand, it's 6 DVDs of compressed data (24 GBs of gzipped files). This is soooo tempting.
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