Archive for November, 2004

Translating Canadian

Friday, November 19th, 2004

The New Yorker has a somewhat amusing application form for disgruntled Democrats who want to move to Canada, which includes this question:Translate the following statement: "Cripes, grade thirteen! Here's a loonie — buy a Coffee Crisp, eh?"Geoff Pullum can't make heads or tails of it. But (having been a Canadian ...

Words and music

Monday, November 15th, 2004

I created a new Sacred Harp page: Words and Music.

[Boston] [cream pie] and [Boston cream] [doughnuts]

Saturday, November 13th, 2004

I remembered a post by Mark Liberman about disambiguation of complex nominals when I visited a doughnut shop today. The post points out that, when trying to determine automatically whether a phrase like "sickle cell anemia" is (say) sickle-type cell anemia or an anemia of sickle cells -- i.e., whether ...

Election 2004 mini-analysis

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

Michigan went for Gore in 2000, and for Kerry in 2004, by relatively small amounts: Gore got 51.3% of the vote in 2000 (with 2.6% going to 3rd parties). Kerry got 51.1% of the vote in 2004 (with 1% going to third parties).Voting was up 13.7% over 2000. Most interesting ...

So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast

Wednesday, November 3rd, 2004

I was wrong about Florida and Colorado, and apparently about Ohio. I was very wrong about margins. Zogby was wrong (although not about Bush winning the popular vote); Breslin was wrong. (moves to corner; licks wounds).

The final vote projected:

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

My projections: Kerry: 320, Bush: 218 electoral votes. Also, although there might be some question about some states' final votes, I predict the differences will be large enough that we'll know pretty well by tomorrow morning.See also Breslin's final regular Newsday column.

How my vote went

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004

I voted in Kalamazoo, Michigan; our district uses optical scanners. I arrived around 7:30 am. I vote at the school my daughter attends, and I walked her down. The line was quite long -- it was cool and a bit drizzly, but I didn't sense that people were leaving. I ...

One last pre-election essay

Monday, November 1st, 2004

I wanted to write a final essay on why you should vote for Kerry in the presidential election. But, as is often the case, Peter Norvig did it first.