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The Stupid Filter

From the Ideas Whose Time Have Come department:

A team of American scientists are developing the “StupidFilter” – an open-source filter software that will be able to detect “rampant stupidity” of web-content in written English. Similarly to the way spam recognizing software detects suspicious e-mails, the “StupidFilter” will look for pre-fed words or sign combinations that characterize stupidity, assigning particular tokens with different weights based on how often they occur in hand-picked examples of idiotic comments. The developers are using weighted Bayesian analysis along with some rules-based processing, similar to spam detection engines, in order to efficiently distinguish unacceptable messages among the submitted texts.

Their website is here, and no, this is not a joke. It is, however, just about the form of the content, and not the meaning of it. As the FAQ says, it’s entirely blind to irony. It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it.

Aren’t you just trying to eliminate comments and discourse that you consider to be stupid?

As much as that might be nice, no. The StupidFilter does not understand, in a meaningful sense, the text that it parses, and our graders select comments that are formally stupid — that is, their diction, not their content, marks them as stupid. It is not our intent to eliminate debate or disagreement, but rather to programmatically enforce a certain quality of expression. Put another way: The StupidFilter will cheerfully approve an eloquent, properly-capitalized defense of mandatory, state-subsidized rocket-launcher ownership for all schoolchildren.

So you’ll still have to deal with that kind of stupidity on your own, though I daresay there’s a decent correlation between the type of content this thing will catch and actual pain-inducing stupidity. In other words, it still represents progress, and I intend to hunt down a Movable Type plugin for this when it’s ready. Thanks to John for the link.

Death of Facebook predicted: Film at 11

Via Dwight, Cory Doctorow says Facebook is doomed.

Having watched the rise and fall of SixDegrees, Friendster, and the many other proto-hominids that make up the evolutionary chain leading to Facebook, MySpace, et al, I’m inclined to think that these systems are subject to a Brook’s-law parallel: “Adding more users to a social network increases the probability that it will put you in an awkward social circumstance.” Perhaps we can call this “boyd’s Law” for danah boyd, the social scientist who has studied many of these networks from the inside as a keen-eyed net-anthropologist and who has described the many ways in which social software does violence to sociability in a series of sharp papers.

Here’s one of boyd’s examples, a true story: a young woman, an elementary school teacher, joins Friendster after some of her Burning Man buddies send her an invite. All is well until her students sign up and notice that all the friends in her profile are sunburnt, drug-addled techno-pagans whose own profiles are adorned with digital photos of their painted genitals flapping over the Playa. The teacher inveigles her friends to clean up their profiles, and all is well again until her boss, the school principal, signs up to the service and demands to be added to her friends list. The fact that she doesn’t like her boss doesn’t really matter: in the social world of Friendster and its progeny, it’s perfectly valid to demand to be “friended” in an explicit fashion that most of us left behind in the fourth grade. Now that her boss is on her friends list, our teacher-friend’s buddies naturally assume that she is one of the tribe and begin to send her lascivious Friendster-grams, inviting her to all sorts of dirty funtimes.

In the real world, we don’t articulate our social networks. Imagine how creepy it would be to wander into a co-worker’s cubicle and discover the wall covered with tiny photos of everyone in the office, ranked by “friend” and “foe,” with the top eight friends elevated to a small shrine decorated with Post-It roses and hearts. And yet, there’s an undeniable attraction to corralling all your friends and friendly acquaintances, charting them and their relationship to you. Maybe it’s evolutionary, some quirk of the neocortex dating from our evolution into social animals who gained advantage by dividing up the work of survival but acquired the tricky job of watching all the other monkeys so as to be sure that everyone was pulling their weight and not napping in the treetops instead of watching for predators, emerging only to eat the fruit the rest of us have foraged.

Keeping track of our social relationships is a serious piece of work that runs a heavy cognitive load. It’s natural to seek out some neural prosthesis for assistance in this chore. My fiancee once proposed a “social scheduling” application that would watch your phone and email and IM to figure out who your pals were and give you a little alert if too much time passed without your reaching out to say hello and keep the coals of your relationship aglow. By the time you’ve reached your forties, chances are you’re out-of-touch with more friends than you’re in-touch with: Old summer-camp chums, high-school mates, ex-spouses and their families, former co-workers, college roomies, dot-com veterans… Getting all those people back into your life is a full-time job and then some.

You’d think that Facebook would be the perfect tool for handling all this. It’s not. For every long-lost chum who reaches out to me on Facebook, there’s a guy who beat me up on a weekly basis through the whole seventh grade but now wants to be my buddy; or the crazy person who was fun in college but is now kind of sad; or the creepy ex-co-worker who I’d cross the street to avoid but who now wants to know, “Am I your friend?” yes or no, this instant, please.

I use Facebook more as a lark than anything else, and I can’t say I’ve experienced anything Doctorow describes. Besides, after nearly six years of blogging, it’s not like I’m anonymous any more. What do you think about this?

Now, Facebook being bad about privacy, that I could see killing it. Fortunately, they seem to have gotten the message. More or less.

Facebook and Plaxo spam

So recently I got a friend invite from this “person” on Facebook. In case you can’t see it, the page (one “Page Peel”, har har har) is a dot com site, looking suspiciously like the sort of thing I’d flag as junk in Movable Type if it were attached to a blog comment. I suppose it was just a matter of time before this sort of thing infected the soc-net sites.

And as if to prove that it ain’t just Facebook, shortly after I got that “friend” invitation, I received a pair of requests for connection on Plaxo Pulse from people I’m sure I don’t know. I’ve responded to requests from people I do know who use Plaxo as their contact manager, but this is a different animal entirely. I’m not a Plaxo user myself, and I need another login/password to remember like I need a hole in the head, so I can’t tell more about these odd invitations. I just hope they’re an aberration and not a trend.

Is this happening to anyone else out there? Or am I just the lucky one?

Finally, on a tangential note, my Facebook friend (whom I do know in real life) Sarah Lindner of the Statesman has a nice article on Facebook for old farts those of us who are over thirty. Check it out.

Those four little letters

Okay, is there anyone out there who really doesn’t know what NSFW means? Right, then. Please put the Internet down, and slowly back away.

So it seems only right to ask: What is and isn’t “NSFW” anymore?

“We’re not trying to arbitrarily post work-sensitive material,” said [Alex Blagg, the managing editor of VH1’s Best Week Ever blog], who oversees the 15 to 17 entries that end up on BestWeekEver.tv each weekday. “We’re doing it because it’s funny, and we hope the readers take upon themselves the responsibility to know what is and isn’t safe for their own offices.”

My criteria is simple: If it’s something that would have been zapped by our fairly sensitive corporate net.nanny software, it’s NSFW as far as I’m concerned. That, or if it features loud audio, out of respect for my cubicle and open-floor-plan-dwelling brethren and sistren (now there’s an opportunity for the gender-neutral pronoun folks). Better to err on the side of caution. People can always follow the link at home.

(And if you really want to be a mensch, consider adding a brief description of what the link delivers, so people can be better informed in the cases where your idea of NSFW and theirs do not overlap.)

“She maketh me to drive down concrete pastures”

The 23rd Psalm, as written for Allen Parkway. That’s all you need to know. Check it out.

Suffering Sappho!

As someone who grew up reading my uncle’s old superhero comics of the 1950s and 60s at my grandmother’s house, I have to say that this is simultaneously the most awesome and the most horrifying thing I’ve ever seen. Be warned, it’s a serious time-waster, but it’s worth it. Link via the comments at Crooked Timber.

Bad baby names

It’s probably a good thing I didn’t come across this before we decided on Audrey’s name. Not because there’d have been any danger of us adopting any of the wonderfully weird baby names contained therein, but because I’d have been in danger of being murdered by Tiffany for saying “Hey, how about…” one time too many. Prepare to waste a little too much time reading through this site. You have been warned.

As always, Merry Christmas, Mel Torme

As has been a tradition around here, every year at this time I link to my favorite Christmas story, featuring Mel Torme and Mark Evanier. I do it every year because every year it’s worth reading again. Click through and see for yourself. And Merry Christmas, Mel Torme, wherever you may be.

Two last voting opportunities

Voting closes tonight at midnight for the Capitol Annex Reader’s Choice Awards. This time, there are finalists to select. Go help Vince pick out the best and worst of 2006. The actual vote link is here.

And for the really really last election of 2006, you have until December 31 to help Stephanie Stradley win the contest for Ultimate Texans Fan, for which she is kind enough to provide the Unofficial Weird History of said event. After this week’s stinker by the locals, she could use the moral support. Vote for her here.

Stuyvesant in Wikipedia

As I’ve received several emails about my high school being the featured article in Wikipedia today, I figure I better post something about it. Reading the full entry was a nice trip down memory lane. Among other things, I realized that the original drummer for the Beastie Boys, Kate Schellenbach, might have been in my graduating class. Alas, a quick check of my yearbook failed to confirm this. Lucy Liu was two years after me, but as far as I know our paths never crossed. Though I suppose she might have been in a SING! production, of which I took part all four of my years there. And if you’ve read this site for any length of time, you know that I had Frank McCourt as my English teacher for junior year.

So there you have it. Thanks to everyone who pointed it out to me.

Turn that thing off!

I agree 100% with Dwight. Websites that play music or other sounds when you start them whether you want them to or not are crimes against nature, and my instant reaction is to kill whatever it is that’s making the noise; if that means closing the browser page, even before I’ve seen what I went there to see, then so be it. I avoid some sites altogether because of this sort of thing.

And let me add one more reason to avoid adding default sound to a webpage: I work in an open cubicle. If I click on a page that has sound, everyone around me knows about it. I’d just as soon not call attention to myself in that fashion, thankyouverymuch.

OneWebDay

I got an email yesterday about an effort called OneWebDay, which is scheduled for September 22, that sounds interesting. Here’s a description.

The Web is worth celebrating.

OneWebDay is one day a year when we all – everyone around the physical globe – can celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities.

As with Earth Day – an inspiration and model for OneWebDay – it’s up to the celebrants to decide how to celebrate. We encourage all celebrations! Collaboration, connection, creativity, freedom.

By the end of the day, the Web should be just a little bit better than it was before, and we’ll be able to see our connection to it more clearly.

I like to think that I celebrate the web every day, but if this tickles your creative side, follow the link to the OneWebDay site and find a way to express it. They can help if you’ve got something collaborative in mind, and they’ll link back to your project since that’s what this is all about. Check it out.

Once again, Merry Christmas, Mel Torme

Every year around this time, I link to my favorite Christmas story, featuring Mark Evanier and Mel Torme. I do it because every year it’s worth reading again. Check it out and see for yourself why.

More in-depth reviews of the new Chron.com

Check out Fixing Chron.com for some in-depth critiques of the look and usability of the new Houston Chronicle website. Dwight, I’d be very interested to know what you think of this fellow’s ideas. His alternate front page and search suggestions are particularly interesting.

Laurence, of course, spots something that the rest of us overlooked. For what it’s worth, the feedback to James Campbell is strongly negative. Some of that is to be expected with any change, but this is pretty vehement. I doubt that the pleas to “change it back!” will be taken up, but I daresay we’ll see some tweaks resulting from all this in the coming days.

One thing I just noticed today is that the Op-Eds index page now has a “Blog Watch” section, in which there are links to a posts on a variety of (I presume) local blogs. I’d love to know who’s in charge of that feature.

New look at Chron.com

I see that the Houston Chronicle has rolled out the new look for its online site. I had a sneak preview of it awhile back and thought it looked pretty snazzy, and I still do. Too early for me to say what I think of the interface in terms of ease-of-use, but right now what’s got me excited is the changes to the archive search, which (to be blunt) used to suck on many levels. I’ve heard that archived stories will now be available in linkable form – I’ll have to test that, because that would be excellent.

They’ve got (naturally enough) a blog to discuss some of the new features. Dwight will be taking a well-earned break now that this sucker is launched. Give the new site a try and see what you think.

UPDATE: Greg is not impressed.

What’s on your utility belt?

Jay Lee lists his Top Ten Indispensible Computer Utilities. It’s a rather sad statement on current affairs that the first five are anti-virus and spyware tools, but there you have it. I need to check a few of these things out. Take a look and see what you might need for yourself.

A little weekend humor

Remember that “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a dog” cartoon? I think we’ve found its spiritual heir for the current era. Thanks much to Matt for pointing this out to me.

Surely you’ve always wanted to know about the inner workings of the famous Sausage Races that the Milwaukee Brewers have every game, right? Of course you have. Well, here you go.

He-Man sings 4 Non Blondes. Need I say more? Via Pete.

What we’re doing online

I may not know why we’re not buying DVDs any more, but I can tell you how Americans spend their time online. Not too surprisingly, gambling and naughty pictures are huge growth industries. If only the Lege could figure out how to tax them, Texas might finally have a revenue source that kept up with population growth.

That probably also explains this

U.S. workers say they squander over two hours a day at the workplace, with surfing the Web, socializing with co-workers and simply “spacing out” among the top time-wasting activities, according to a survey released today.

[…]

Of 10,044 employee respondents, 33 percent said they engaged in time-wasting activities because they didn’t have enough work to do. Nearly a quarter of those surveyed said they squandered their work hours because they were underpaid.

Men and women wasted an equal amount of time at work, but older workers were significantly more attentive than younger workers, the survey showed. Workers over 55 years old wasted an average of just 30 minutes a day, according to the survey.

That would be because most of them never wanted to learn how to use those damned computers in the first place, right?

Bill Coleman, senior vice president at Salary.com, said some time-wasting activities — such as personal use of the Internet — can be positive, resulting in new business ideas or a happier work environment.

“There is such a thing as creative waste,” said Coleman. “Not all wasted time is bad.”

Yeah, that’s my story, too, and I’m sticking to it.

All Eyes On the Gulf 2005: The Fun is Just Beginning

This year’s hurricane season has already set a record, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Cindy is expected to be more wet than windy and Dennis is not yet a serious menace to anyone, but together the two tropical storms churning the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean are making history.

Along with Tropical Storm Arlene, which blew across the Florida Panhandle in mid-June and short-lived Tropical Storm Bret, which soaked eastern Mexico in late June, the 2005 hurricane season — thanks to warmer-than-usual Gulf waters and favorable atmospheric circulation — has begun with an unprecedented flurry of activity.

Lee Frasier, captain of the charter boat Vamoose, secures the vessel with extra mooring lines in Biloxi, Miss., on Tuesday as Tropical Storm Cindy advanced toward the Gulf Coast. Barely a month into hurricane season, there have already been four named storms.

“This is the earliest date ever to have had four tropical cyclones in the Atlantic basin,” National Hurricane Center forecaster Richard Pasch said Tuesday. Hurricane activity usually peaks in September and October.

The good news is that so far the first four named storms of the season have been relatively weak ones, a common characteristic of early season weather systems that arise in the Gulf or the Caribbean Sea.

The bad news is that the worst may be yet to come. Although early season activity is no statistical harbinger of the future, forecasters have been expecting the 2005 hurricane season, which lasts until Nov. 30, to spawn 15 named storms, including at least eight hurricanes.

They also say there is a 77 percent chance that at least one intense hurricane will strike the U.S. coast, most likely in Florida, which is still recovering from a record four hurricanes last year.

Meanwhile, as the whirl churns, the global-warming soap opera continues, with some scientists claiming that global warming may increase hurricane intensity, and others downplaying the threat. All told, most scientists seemt to agree the number of storms is probably not directly related to climate change.

I’ll take US Geography for $400, Alex

Take this test and see how well you can do placing states on a blank map. Pretty cool. I got 92%, average error 11 miles, and 268 seconds to complete, but I think I got an easy draw. I’ll try again another time and see. Via Ginger.

Go placidly

Remember “Desiderata”? If you grew up in the 70s, you surely knew someone who had that poem hanging on their wall. Those of you who know what I’m talking about will especially enjoy this Flash animation of the National Lampoon parody “Deteriorata”, narrated by the late, great Norman Rose, whose obituary is brought to us by Mark Evanier. Even if you have no idea what I’m talking about, click the link for a good laugh.

“Staten Island?”

Michael thinks I’d enjoy this comic because it pokes fun at Staten Island, my hometown. He’s right. Thanks, Michael!

Google blog

Well, what do you know – Google has a blog, with the first post written by Blogger author Evan Williams. The most recent entry points to this explanation of why Googling the word “Jew” had given a hate site as its first result. As the Technology Review blog (from whom I found this) says, blogging is a bit of a departure for Google. This ought to be interesting to watch. And yes, they have an RSS feed – three of them, in fact, all Atom feeds. Check it out.

New frontiers in wireless technology

Were you looking for just the right excuse to get a Blackberry or video-enabled cellphone? Wait no more.

Naked News anchors have already stripped down to bring news in the buff to the Internet and the television in more than 172 nations; now Naked News producers are looking to conquer the world of wireless.

The Naked Broadcasting Network, which offers daily news read by all-nude female broadcasters, already has its broadcast beamed to more than 1.4 million hotel rooms in North America, the Caribbean and Europe and on passenger cruise ships. The network has struck its first wireless deal. A partnership with Icemobile BV in the Netherlands calls for the delivery of Naked News content to wireless phones and handhelds.

“Wireless is the next great frontier,” says Naked News executive producer David Warga. “Our product is perfect for this medium because it provides short clips of relevant information in a most entertaining package.”

Naked News says it is in discussions with other wireless companies to distribute its content, but further details were skimpy.

No pun intended, I’m sure. Here’s their press release. Via the Dave Barry blog.

DriveDemocracy

I got email from Nathan Wilcox yesterday about a new site he’s been working on called DriveDemocracy, which got some startup help from MoveOn. Their first task is to advocate for a school finance reform plan that actually puts the interests of Texas’ schoolchildren first. Check it out, and sign their petition while you’re there.

Happy Birthday, Jack!

Happy Birthday to Jack Cluth, Lord High Executioner and Chief Bottle Washer of the People’s Republic of Seabrook. Have an age-appropriate amount of fun today, dude.

A little weekend surfing

A few good things for you to read this weekend:

Matt Stoller says Release the blogs! and I’m inclined to agree.

Mark Evanier foresees a day when regular TV viewers will have more choices about when to watch a given program.

You want to talk about plagiarism in newspaper punditry? Julia finds an egregious case in Austin. I guess “fraud” is a more accurate term, but however you slice it, signing your name to someone else’s work is just plain wrong.

Slacktivist has some good thoughts on Income Tax Day.

One of the points Matt Stoller made in his piece linked above is that progressives would do well to get some newer, sharper voices out onto the editorial pages, citing William “I’ve never listened to Air America and I feel very strongly about it” Raspberry and Nick “I’ve never used Google so as far as I can tell feminists have never said anything about the Third World” Kristof as prime candidates for substitution. Let me be the first to nominate Jesse and Ezra of Pandagon as their replacements. They’ve both been on fire lately, with these two pieces being evidence in favor.

And while you’re at it, add Dwight to that list of Op-Ed Writers I’d Much Rather Be Reading.

Juanita, proprietress of the World’s Most Dangerous Beauty Salon, slaps around Tom DeLay as only she can. Via Blah3.

Hope finds a nice article on blogs.

Sue just says no to pet cloning.

Kevin rates our local Happy Talk News programs on Attractiveness versus Intelligence.

Beware, New Orleans. The Fat Guy is coming to town.

Steve Bates sings about hacking Microsoft.

Pete has some thoughts on beer bongs and the Lingerie Football League. I can’t comment on the latter, but would you believe I’ve been contacted by two reporters, one from Austin and one from Fort Worth, to comment on the Beer Bong Ban story? Apparently, they found my original post on the subject, thought it was funny, and hoped I might offer some local color. I thanked them for the compliment but told them I was in Houston. They told me that the New Braunfels City Council is going ahead with this boneheaded idea. I’ll check around for new stories on the subject.

Antinome says that the State of Virginia is attempting to ban showers at kids’ camps, or something like that.

Mark Cuban smacks around Donald Trump.

Finally, you want a real tinfoil hat conspiracy theory? Try this on for size. Now imagine, as Atrios did, that the allegation in question had been levelled against President Bush.

A couple of sites of interest

It’s a bit late in the game for this, but Rock the Vote is sponsoring a contest aimed at registering people to vote. They’ve got some good prizes, and it’s certainly a worthy cause, so check it out. The contest ends on October 31, so don’t dawdle.

Also new on the radar screen is American Choices by E The People, which aims to help people understand foreign policy debates. The design is cool, and they appear to have some useful stuff, so click over and take a look.

A little blogwatching

Just a few things of interest I’ve come across lately, all worth your time to click and read.

Michael finds FireWire Dino, a four port hub shaped like Godzilla. You know you want one.

StoutDem says that men are doomed. Well, that’s rather cast a pall over the evening.

I had sent Ginger a link to this column about illegal immigration in hopes that she would blog about it, but she notes that Colorado Luis has already done a bang-up job of it.

Also via Ginger comes this post, which is all you need to know about Arnold Schwarzeneggar and the Traditional Values Coalition.

Tom Spencer is not about to take David Ignatius’ advice, and neither am I.

Scott Chaffin rips Jonah Goldberg a new one for his whiny insistence that rules are for others.

San Diego Soliloquies notes a fact about the California recall election that’s likely to be underreported, if not outright unnoticed, in the mainstream press. (It’s the August 20 entry if the permalink is bloggered.)

TAPPED understands the appeal of the Dean blog. Others may well imitate the form, but I think very few will capture the essence.

Amy Sullivan says Tom Daschle is just as he is on his blog, highlights the tax battle in Alabama, and confesses to her abnormal adolescence.

Pete explains why something other than text messaging is the real reason why bad movies aren’t making money.

Greg has the best campaign ad Gray Davis could ask for.

Happy reading!

Some fair and balanced blogwatching

I’m not feeling so fair this morning, so maybe a little balanced blogwatching will help.

The Agitator does lunch with Ann Coulter. Hilarity ensues. Skip the comments, which are fairly bogged down by unbalanced trolls. Via Barney Gumble.

Speaking of Coulter, did you know that she tried to run for Congress on the Libertarian Party ticket, but the LP rejected her? I had not known that. Pretty darned amusing.

Mark Evanier reports that Don Novello, a/k/a Father Guido Sarducci, will not be on the recall ballot in California. Mark also has some background info on Novello, including his authorship of The Lazlo Letters, still one of the funniest books you’ll ever read.

Scott Chaffin proposes BloggerCon – TFG Style (I kinda like Pete‘s suggestion to call it Three Blog Night). I confess that I’m one of those pencil-necked geeks who doesn’t like camping (a fact which drives Tiffany to despair), but I may have to get over it for this.

Speaking of Pete, he has an important bakery domain/pr0n story and a few words about Blender Magazine’s 50 Worst Bands list.

Ginger points to an interesting NYT story about suburban areas trying to keep kids out.

Wyeth Ruthven fact checks Don Rumsfeld. Via Greg Greene.

Finally, (belated) happy First Blogiversary to UggaBugga.

That Winona Ryder sure knows a lot of bloggers

OK, this is pretty funny. Go here and read a little bit to get the flavor of it, then go here for an amusing variation on the theme. Standard beverage warning applies. Via Brian Linse.

Being Insane

I’m fairly sure that this is a weblog unlike any other you’re used to reading. It’s by a college classmate of mine, Arthur Diggins, who is…well, I’ll let him explain it:

OK, to be totally honest, I’m not technically Schizophrenic and I don’t live in a Mental Asylum. I am Schizoeffective, which is like being Schizophrenic – delusional, paranoid, subject to The Voices – but with the added bonus of making me vulnerable to the symptoms of any number of other mental illnesses: Manic-Depressive Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, Avoidant Personality Disorder, etc.

As to the Mental Asylum part, my home is actually a half-way house for people recently discharged from a Psych Ward or from jail. As you may read about in the General category, it is filled with a constantly changing pirate’s crew of psychos; I am one of the longer term residents here, being possibly the most acute psycho of all the residents combined. I have frequent sobbing spells, fits of unprovoked rage … in general, I am totally unstable and can never count on going to bed in any place other than the Quiet Room of a Psych Ward on any given day. This last year has been good, though: I have been hospitalized only twice for two days each time. You can read about the residents of the house in the General category, and about the experience in being in a Psych Ward for a day separately.

[…]

It is my hope that this weblog will not only provide a few cheap thrills, but will also educate people on the experience of being mentally ill, and the treatment of the mentally ill. See the Insane Poetry category for my insider’s musings on these subjects.

Arthur’s condition is the result of a meth addiction. He has a BA in English and an MA in Cinema and Television (Screenwriting) from USC, so his musings will surely be worth reading. Take a moment and check it out.

That presidential picker thingy

Question: Has any Democrat who’s taken this poll wound up with a preference other than Kucinich or an unnamed Green candidate? Here are my results:

1. Kucinich, Cong. Dennis, OH – Democrat (100%) Click here for info
2. Kerry, Senator John, MA – Democrat (82%) Click here for info
3. Gephardt, Cong. Dick, MO – Democrat (79%) Click here for info
4. Edwards, Senator John, NC – Democrat (78%) Click here for info
5. Dean, Gov. Howard, VT – Democrat (78%) Click here for info
6. Sharpton, Reverend Al – Democrat (74%) Click here for info
7. Lieberman Senator Joe CT – Democrat (72%) Click here for info
8. Graham, Senator Bob, FL – Democrat (63%) Click here for info
9. Moseley-Braun, Former Senator Carol IL – Democrat (55%) Click here for info
10. Bush, George W. – US President (15%) Click here for info

Honestly, I couldn’t answer some of their questions because they were a bit too skewed for me. It’s a cute exercise and all, but it means about as much as one of those “Which Star Trek Character Are You?” quizzes.

(In-joke that approximately eight of my readers will get: This quiz says that my ideal Presidential candidate is Tyrone Power!)

UPDATE: Here’s one: Greg Wythe, Texas’ biggest supporter of Joe Lieberman, got his man in the #1 slot. At least now we know it’s capable of ranking a Democrat higher than Kucinich.

Mark your calendars

Thursday, June 26, is Appropriate Michael Savage’s Name For Your Own Purposes Day. I overslept and thus missed out on National Make Fun of the Cheneys Day (scroll down from here for beaucoup de tasteless fun), but I’m ready for my closeup this time.