Tag Archives | Statistics

…It’s Website Wednesday: Baseball Boss?

Baseball Boss

Baseball Boss is like a Fantasy Baseballer’s dream come true.

Designed to be the ultimate interactive baseball game, users can create teams using real major league players from 1907 or 2007, and then test and tweak those teams until they’re the best that they can be.

Once a team has been assembled, players can then challenge other players in real games, and using a combination of chance and statistics, a computer determines the winner.

New features are constantly being added, and it’s made by Challenge Games, who also developed Duels, so you know it’s going to have some great support behind it.

Are you ready to step up to the plate?

[Baseball Boss]

…The subway is not a dangerous place?

New York Subway

Lenore Skenazy of The New York Sun left her 9-year-old son at Bloomingdale’s with “a subway map, a MetroCard, a $20 bill, and several quarters, just in case he had to make a call.”

Several hours later…he turned up at home, safe and sound.


Half the people she told that story to were, but for what reason? Have we come to distrust our fellow man so much that we feel the need to keep children under lock and key so that they have no chance to foster any type of independence? I think we have, and Lenore would agree.

The problem is not that we aren’t aware of the risks, and haven’t heard stories of what can happen, it’s that “we all know that story — and the one about the Mormon girl in Utah and the one about the little girl in Spain — and because we do, we all run those tapes in our heads when we think of leaving our kids on their own.”

Except, instead of making them safer, locking them up just makes them dependent and afraid of the world.

    The statistics show that this is an incredibly rare event, and you can’t protect people from very rare events. It would be like trying to create a shield against being struck by lightning.

So perhaps it’s time for everyone to just relax a little bit, trust a little bit, and give a little bit, because otherwise, what kind of world have we created for ourselves?

[The New York Sun – Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride The Subway Alone]

…Chris Jordan runs numbers?

Running The Numbers

Chris Jordan’s latest work, Running The Numbers, An American Self-Portrait, “looks at contemporary American culture through the austere lens of statistics”. By visualizing the numbers that are used daily in articles and books, Chris wants to help you connect with, and make meaning of, the “vast and bizarre measures of our society”. Pieces include Plastic Bottles, a depiction of two million plastic beverage bottles (the number used in the US every five minutes), and Cell Phones, a depiction of 426,000 cell phones (the number of cell phones retired in the US every day). Powerful stuff.

[Chris Jordan – Running The Numbers, An American Self-Portrait]

[Via: Gizmodo]

…There are 503 people named George Bush?

Logo There are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

Turns out, though there are 107,989 people in the United States with my first name, and 116,988 people in the United States with my last name, only 42 other people combine it the way I do. Chances are good that if you add in my middle name, I’m the only one lucky enough to be named as I am, and that makes me feel pretty special (not really). How Many Of Me can make you feel special too (unless your name is John Smith, all 49,535 of you) by telling you approximately how many people share your name, as well as a few interesting facts about both your first and last. Sadly, information is still scarce about the 295 John Does roaming the countryside.

[How Many Of Me]

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