October 19, 2006

Another Profound "Quick Vote"

CNN's Quick Vote for the day was this:

What would you prefer your child to be?

1. Happy but bad at math
2. Unhappy but good at math

I think it is safe to say that this poll is, excuse the term, retarded. Although, I should say that as of 2:51 p.m. Eastern, 19% voted that they would rather have their child be good at math. I'm guessing, or desperately hoping, that at least 15% of these people were just screwing around with the poll.

There seems to be a illness going around which I'd like to call "badpollitis". Everyone from Fox News to CBS seem to have trouble coming up with polls that contain any sense of logic or fairness. Whatever happened to easy polls like, "Do you like me? Yes or No" or what about leaving a blank so people can actually type in the answer that means something to them?

Equally annoying are the vast numbers of biased discussions of poll results. For example, a poll will ask which of the following is most important to them right now, the economy, Iraq or North Korea. When the results are discussed, commentators will say things like, "45% of Americans said that the economy was their number 1 concern." What they leave out is that these Americans were not given the option of answering something other than the three choices and that the multiple choice results are just relative to one another.
I love it when they add, "these results are not scientific". Well, that's funny. They're portraying the answers to the polls like they're the word of God.

What would you prefer your child to be?
1. a child that doesn't answer polls
2. a child that answers the polls incorrectly to mess with the results

October 04, 2006

Hunt for Cat October

He's ferocious. He's stalking. He's balancing on a log. Don't be intimidated by his sleek and gianormous muscles.

October 02, 2006

Dog with Mushrooms

There's not a lot to caption on this one. Luckily, Gigi says it all.