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« on: February 25, 2008, 08:36:41 PM »

Silly question just out of curiosity:  In what countries are you, our beloved listeners, presiding other than USA, Canada, UK, and Australia?
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2008, 09:25:34 PM »



Because what's the point of a serious question if we can't be seriously cheeky about answering it?
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2008, 09:42:37 AM »

Dornstadt, Germany.

Yeah, I moved 3 times in the last 2.5 years. Sue me.
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« Reply #3 on: February 26, 2008, 01:48:35 PM »

I can't let Heradel be a wiseass without throwing something of my own out there.

I am an American living in Berlin Germany and this is one of the reasons:



I'm going to catch so much s**t for that one.
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« Reply #4 on: February 27, 2008, 02:51:27 PM »

yer gonna have to catch the American chick's s**t for that one

i'm residing in Florida so i'm not a real addition to this thread i guess... Sad
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2008, 07:49:52 PM »

From his POV, I'd say he was in the perfect position to catch some s**t.  Wink

I'm from Minnesota, BTW.
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2008, 01:58:59 AM »

Chicagoland (home) and Cincinnati, previously Schenectady, NY (school).
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2008, 08:02:36 AM »

We're in Baltimore (Maryland), but I'm from the Phoenix, AZ area, originally.  My son was born in the UK, though (so that's my claim to "fitting" the actual topic). 

And my oldest was born on California, which everyone knows is another planet.

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« Reply #8 on: March 02, 2008, 06:03:53 PM »

I live in Colac. Physically it's located in Victoria, Australia, so on that score it doesn't count for the poll. Everyone in Australia knows, though, that if you don't live in Sydney or Melbourne (or, failing that, within 5km of the beach) you don't count for anything.

UK readers might be interested to know that the Timmins family (that family of loveable larrikins on Neighbours) come from Colac.

I said might be.
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« Reply #9 on: March 02, 2008, 06:58:41 PM »

We're in Baltimore (Maryland), but I'm from the Phoenix, AZ area, originally.  My son was born in the UK, though (so that's my claim to "fitting" the actual topic). 

And my oldest was born on California, which everyone knows is another planet.

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Hey, I'm from Bmore too!  And so now I'm piggybacking to your claim of legitimacy for posting in this thread.
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« Reply #10 on: March 03, 2008, 12:28:43 PM »

/points at palm of open right hand
Right here...oh, sorry...it's a Michigan thing. 

Again, not really in line with the thread since it's in the USA.
I used to live in Flint, who has the claim to fame of being the topic of Michael Moore's documentary "Roger and Me".  He claims it's his hometown, but he's actually from Flushing, a nice suburb of Flint.  I lived in downtown flint.  It was a hole.  The best thing they could do to that town is burn it down and start over.  But I digress....the point: I'm from Michigan.

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« Reply #11 on: March 03, 2008, 12:38:31 PM »

OK, I used to live abroad: Okinawa, Japan.
I also used to live near Baltimore (Clarksville, MD).
So there.  Double-dubiousness.
Is dubiousness increased or decreased through multiplication?  Is it like multiplying fractions?  More dubious claims only serve to make me more sketch, rather than less?
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« Reply #12 on: March 03, 2008, 02:04:35 PM »

I guess I should add that I'm originally from DC.
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« Reply #13 on: March 03, 2008, 08:40:02 PM »

Alright, then... do we need a separate thread so the response from the Greater Bal-Wash area doesn't drown out the people from more distant lands?  Cheesy
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« Reply #14 on: March 03, 2008, 08:58:29 PM »

Alright, then... do we need a separate thread so the response from the Greater Bal-Wash area doesn't drown out the people from more distant lands?  Cheesy

Ahem. Wash-Bal.

Edit: Also — wouldn't this work better in Gallimaufry/Meta? It's been a while since we've done a census.
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« Reply #15 on: March 04, 2008, 08:34:28 PM »

Edit: Also — wouldn't this work better in Gallimaufry/Meta? It's been a while since we've done a census.

Probably.
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« Reply #16 on: March 04, 2008, 08:40:39 PM »

Alright, then... do we need a separate thread so the response from the Greater Bal-Wash area doesn't drown out the people from more distant lands?  Cheesy

Ahem. Wash-Bal.


If it makes you feel any better, I wear Nats and Diamondbacks t-shirts just to rile up the locals.  (And they have very little to say about it, considering how bad the O's have been, and how evil Peter Angelos is.)  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2008, 12:04:25 AM »

Omaha, Nebraska.

I can't let Heradel be a wiseass without throwing something of my own out there.

I am an American living in Berlin Germany and this is one of the reasons:



I'm going to catch so much s**t for that one.

Congratulations. I almost sprayed my laptop when I saw that. Thanks. Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2008, 12:09:02 AM »

In reply:

Odd how they used Blue for Ok, Red for bad.

Anyway, us Northerners don't have that much to worry about, though Wash-Bal falls into the red, but probably just because of the rest of the states they're in.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2008, 03:09:43 AM »

They didn't, they used grey for good, blue for bad, and red for worse. This map is a classic case of how statistics can be deceiving - the "blue" states are in pretty bad shape (more than 20% obesity is still very much an epidemic; imagine these were AIDS or cancer figures), but the mapmakers made a big difference in color between 24% and 25% and a small difference in color between 15% and 20% to make it look like there is a big difference between middle America and the NE/SW. Note that the map also obscures differences within the red states - are all of them around the 25% mark, or is the percentage in some of them quite higher?

I'm guessing the reason is that the current color division made sense for the earlier years, but it's really not a good way to explain the 2006 situation.

Note that there's only one state in the US (Colorado) with a less than 20% obesity level.

(Now, that said, I don't know what the stats are in Europe, but here in England the media at least implies that the situation is not that different, maybe just a few years behind. Obesity is not an exclusively American problem)
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« Reply #20 on: March 10, 2008, 02:45:57 PM »

I gotta say how much I hate that they use the BMI to figure out if folks are obese or not.  Arnold Schwarzennegger won the Mr. Universe title 5 times (or 6 I forget) with a BMI of 32.5.  That is considered obese. 

I especially hate it, because I always worked out for muscle mass.  When my movers just bitched at me that some of my book boxes were too heavy, I called them a bunch of girls and carried out the boxes two at a time on my own.  That shut the wimps up.
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« Reply #21 on: March 10, 2008, 03:07:15 PM »

I gotta say how much I hate that they use the BMI to figure out if folks are obese or not.  Arnold Schwarzennegger won the Mr. Universe title 5 times (or 6 I forget) with a BMI of 32.5.  That is considered obese. 

I especially hate it, because I always worked out for muscle mass.  When my movers just bitched at me that some of my book boxes were too heavy, I called them a bunch of girls and carried out the boxes two at a time on my own.  That shut the wimps up.

Girly men!  They need to pump up!

Yeah, BMI can be misleading.  I took one of my lads in to the doc for Strep last week and while they were weighing and measuring him I took notice of the BMI chart posted above the scale.   According to that damn thing I'm borderline obese at 5'9" / 200.  I hit the weights at least once a week and am not a big fat guy. 
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« Reply #22 on: March 10, 2008, 03:30:27 PM »

I gotta say how much I hate that they use the BMI to figure out if folks are obese or not.

Now that this thread is completely derailed I have to second RN's thoughts on BMI.  BMI is a crappy way to calculate obesity.  All it uses is height and weight.  An actual measure of body fat would be a much more accurate indicator of obesity.

I, personally, am right on the edge of normal and overweight at a BMI of 25.1 (5'11", 180lb).  However, I work out twice a week and eat sort of okay (I do like my pie and like fast food, but when I eat at home it's organic and lots of greens). 

I love how Eytanz pointed out the tricky statistics of that map.  Fantastic.  I like to do the same thing with presentations to upper management.  Throw in a couple histograms and you may as well have blinded the entire audience.  They may have no idea what they are looking at, but they sure aren't going to ask because they don't want to look stupid.  Awesome.
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« Reply #23 on: March 10, 2008, 06:20:05 PM »

If you torture statistics long enough, you can get them to say anything you want.   Grin
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« Reply #24 on: March 10, 2008, 10:32:24 PM »

If you torture statistics long enough, you can get them to say anything you want.   Grin


You can get the same results if you take them out to dinner and a movie, then slip them a little sump'n-sump'n in the beverage...

Oh, wait... you said statistics?  NM.....
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« Reply #25 on: March 18, 2008, 06:15:23 AM »

68% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
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« Reply #26 on: March 18, 2008, 06:17:31 AM »

68% of all statistics are made up on the spot.
70% of people who like to use statistics know that statistic.

Edited to add a quick descriptive statistic I made up:
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« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2008, 01:26:44 AM »

Sorry to change the subject  Wink but I'm from Oregon, USA.

I'm a big fan of Lovecraftian type horror, because it was really the first stuff I ever read in the horror genre, and I dislike bloody gory stuff, but I am liking Pseudopod so far (working my way to current). I prefer more subtle terror and things unseen than to 'see' it. It's like the spiders under the house when I was running network cables around. I didn't mind the ones I saw, it was the ones I had seen but were not unseen that unnerved me.
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« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2008, 08:19:52 AM »

So, yeah... great question, but too bad we can't keep the thread on-track long enough for the non-US/UK/AUS folken to fess up!

Maybe what we need is one of those cool MySpace-widget thingies; like the My World Map Generator (be sure to have your pop-up blocker running if you follow that link, though).
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« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2008, 04:58:16 PM »

I dunno if it's still around, but I think there are other sites like Frappor(?) and Google that do the same thing, and aren't as annoying as myspace.
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« Reply #30 on: April 01, 2008, 02:28:00 PM »

http://www.frappr.com/

just in case anyone's interested
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« Reply #31 on: April 01, 2008, 04:34:21 PM »

http://www.frappr.com/

just in case anyone's interested


So, moderators, any idea if it's possible/desirable to put one of these nifty map o' meters on the forum somewhere, to see whence our visitors hail?
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« Reply #32 on: April 01, 2008, 04:40:05 PM »

http://www.frappr.com/

just in case anyone's interested


So, moderators, any idea if it's possible/desirable to put one of these nifty map o' meters on the forum somewhere, to see whence our visitors hail?

I'll get it. Give me a minute.  (Confused? See sig).

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« Reply #33 on: April 01, 2008, 04:47:26 PM »

So, moderators, any idea if it's possible/desirable to put one of these nifty map o' meters on the forum somewhere, to see whence our visitors hail?

I'll get it. Give me a minute.  (Confused? See sig).

I think this should work: http://www.frappr.com/?a=constellation_map&mapid=137440464359 , but let me know.

Edit: I think it's working now, but you guys need to go over and test it. Make sure to put your handle in there so it's not just random names.

Edit the Second: Palimpsest, whose name I finally began being able to spell in one go just after she switched, kindly tested it for me, so everything looks ready, y'all just need to add yourselves.
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« Reply #34 on: April 01, 2008, 08:10:42 PM »

Woo-hoo!  I'm in!
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« Reply #35 on: April 01, 2008, 09:53:17 PM »

Woo-hoo!  I'm in!

Mwuhahaha.  I see Chodon.

I'm in, too. 
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« Reply #36 on: April 02, 2008, 12:30:24 AM »

Now, this seems to recognise me when I first open the map, but then it only cycles through the other denizens of the, um, world. Is this the proper behaviour?
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« Reply #37 on: April 02, 2008, 12:33:49 AM »

Now, this seems to recognise me when I first open the map, but then it only cycles through the other denizens of the, um, world. Is this the proper behaviour?

I think so. There's a button just to the side of the upper left corner of the map that'll pause it though.
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« Reply #38 on: April 02, 2008, 05:18:30 AM »

Now, this seems to recognise me when I first open the map, but then it only cycles through the other denizens of the, um, world. Is this the proper behaviour?

Same thing happened to me.  I see Cammo.  Anyone see me?
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« Reply #39 on: April 02, 2008, 05:25:20 AM »

Same thing happened to me.  I see Cammo.  Anyone see me?
Yep, I see you.  Looks like you're BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN!
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« Reply #40 on: April 02, 2008, 05:50:58 AM »

Same thing happened to me.  I see Cammo.  Anyone see me?
Yep, I see you.  Looks like you're BEHIND THE IRON CURTAIN!

I'm in West Berlin.  In the day it was called the West Pole, because every direction you went was East Germany.
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« Reply #41 on: April 02, 2008, 07:05:49 AM »

I'm in West Berlin.  In the day it was called the West Pole, because every direction you went was East Germany.
Is there a lot of evidence of the wall and the division of Berlin there?  That is so crazy to think about a town divided like that for so many years.  It's crazy to think next year it'll be 20 years since the wall came down.
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« Reply #42 on: April 02, 2008, 08:16:15 AM »

Unfortunately, it seems to just put the dots on for one continent at a time.
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« Reply #43 on: April 02, 2008, 11:15:06 AM »

Alright, does anyone know how to delete and reload the pics that come up with?  I tried clearing all the fields, but the same one is still there. Roll Eyes
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« Reply #44 on: April 02, 2008, 11:51:59 AM »

Unfortunately, it seems to just put the dots on for one continent at a time.

You can zoom in or out.  The buttons are on the right towards the bottom.
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« Reply #45 on: April 02, 2008, 12:22:51 PM »

Alright, does anyone know how to delete and reload the pics that come up with?  I tried clearing all the fields, but the same one is still there. Roll Eyes

I think you need to create a login and then go to settings but I'm not sure.

Unfortunately, it seems to just put the dots on for one continent at a time.
You can zoom in or out.  The buttons are on the right towards the bottom.

Ah, yes, when I was looking no one in Europe had done it yet so I was looking for Cammo by going to the left of the Americas, the dots only work for the earth image bounded by the Americas on the left and Australia/Asia on the right, so I missed it.
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« Reply #46 on: April 02, 2008, 05:07:22 PM »

I'm also in Berlin, originally from just around the corner from Cammo. Really. In fact I drove to Colac last time I was home just for the hell of it. Left it kinda quickly again, but I did grab a decent meat pie.
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« Reply #47 on: April 03, 2008, 11:23:26 AM »

Born and bred in South London, but now living near Cincinnati, where the neighbours' chickens kep coming into our yard...
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« Reply #48 on: April 03, 2008, 11:39:13 AM »

Whops, totally forgot to add that I posted the Frapper map into Gallifrey for everybody that doesn't visit this corner of the forums.
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« Reply #49 on: April 03, 2008, 06:36:43 PM »

Born in Washington State.

Lived in a few different states.

Now my family and I live in the small high desert town of Mojave, Ca. Full of wind, churches, drunks, and the first privately owned spaceport. What a combo.

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« Reply #50 on: April 13, 2008, 06:48:39 PM »

I'm in Melbourne, Australia.

I just started listening to this podcast.  I love it!

Well done.
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