July 10th, 2001

2016, fenris + phoenix

gerald may not be dead

I got a call today from an interested party (interested in making some money off of me by way of providing gerald with a new front end, and even putting it ON for me!)

The more interesting piece of information (we've actually been in on-again off-again touch) is that he spied some folks trying to make off with my bike! A pair of hoodlums (biker-types, my oh my, one with a pony-tail) with an old truck trying to make off with my bike! They gave up for the moment but they may be back (he was actually calling to see if they'd been there on my behest or not).

Wheels within wheels. I'm reading some fairly intricate politicking in a book and my mind is running in all sorts of multidimensional circles. Frankly, it kinda hurts. I don't like doublethink. La.

I hope everything comes out well in the end. They stole my sideplates. Not necessary to the bike, but they *were* custom painted. Bleah.


Can you put out an APB for a bike that hasn't yet been stolen?
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2016, fenris + phoenix

The gentle goodness of Human Nature?

I found some statistics that surprised the hell out of me. I somewhat suspected them, but not as strongly as such, and only in a "potential" sort of way.

In specific, I'm referring to the votes on poemranker, so if you're tired of hearing about the site, you might not want to read further, but I find this immensely interesting.

I set a scale from 0-10 inclusive, 10 being stunningly good, 0 being horrificly bad.

The site has received a little over a thousand votes. Not a huge amount, but statistically worth looking at. Graphically, you can see the results at http://poemranker.com/site-stats.jsp

There is a gentle bell curve, centered between 6 and 7. Already, people are voting higher on average than average. ;)

But above that there are three anomalies.

The first, smallest, is that the rank "0" goes outside the bell curve with a slight spike. It is perhaps double the size it ought to be, at half a percent or so.

Going up the scale, there is a spike at 6 -- five times what it ought to be. People like "6" as an "average" -- it's "your poem wasn't horrible and while it wasn't great, it was okay."

Above that is a spike at 10 -- triple what it ought to be, the second highest voted score, which being near the trailing end of a bell curve is rather amazing. If someone's trying to choose between an 8, a 9, or a 10... it's likely they're going to give it a 10... because if they had to choose it was probably worth it, and gee, isn't it nice to give something a 10?

Okay. Just had to put that out. :)
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