September 28th, 2012


Electoral Map, 9-28-2012

As some of you know, I have been creating vote-adjusted electoral maps of the United States since the election of 2000.  You can see some of them at my other LJ, here:

I've decided to do it again this year, but on this LJ, where more people are following me these days.  The idea here is that electoral maps that use the actual geography of the US give more apparent importance to acreage than to population, which typically makes Republican candidates look stronger than they actually are.  These maps, in which each state's area corresponds to its electoral vote count, give a more realistic visual of the election.

The numbers here are the Nov. 6 projections from Nate Silver's blog,   Nate's data is good and his mathematics are impeccable; in 2008, when I was trying to do my own projections, Nate outclassed me in several states.  So I've given up trying to crunch the numbers myself, and simply given pretty pictorial form to results generated by the master.

Electoral Map 9-29-2012

If we take the green, yellow, and light orange states to be the only ones where there's any serious competition (as we should), then it's very clear where the candidates should focus their efforts.  Obama's current advantage is also clear, but so are his points of vulnerability.

Kitchen Gadgets Meme

This one was fun to do.

Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, full size salad spinners, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, jam funnels, meat thermometers, filleting knives, egg coddlers, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, coffee maker, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers (as in a stackable pot), pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, rotisserie grills, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners (actually it broke; I'd like a new one), sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, apple corers, meatloaf pans, cookie cutters and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.