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Entries from January 25th, 2009

Amazing Inauguration photo – 1.5 gigapixels

January 25th, 2009, 11:00am by Sam Wang

Taken by David Bergman. Check it out here.

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The brains of southpaw presidents

January 24th, 2009, 12:52pm by Sam Wang

Tomorrow I’ll be on Good Morning America Weekend, talking with David Wright about the mysterious abundance of left-handed presidents. (watch it here) Barack Obama is left-handed – as were Bill Clinton, the first President Bush, Ronald Reagan (maybe), Gerald Ford, and Harry Truman. What’s going on?

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Forbes’s top 25 “liberals”

January 23rd, 2009, 11:22pm by Sam Wang

Forbes has an article on the “25 most influential liberals in the U.S. media.” It’s unintentionally amusing.

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The end for Coleman?

January 23rd, 2009, 9:27am by Sam Wang

Two recent events suggest that Coleman’s contest of the Minnesota Senate election result is nearing an end.

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Satellite view of the inauguration

January 21st, 2009, 11:56am by Sam Wang

Taken by Geosys and visible with 0.5-meter resolution here, at Popular Science. Thanks to Marc Ambinder and Andrew Sullivan at The Atlantic. Now, how to estimate the crowd from this image? Update: an interactive version via the Washington Post is here.

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“We will restore science to its rightful place”

January 20th, 2009, 3:06pm by Sam Wang

Today people gathered in halls all around campus to watch the Inauguration. It’s finals week, so classrooms were available. I watched it at the Center for Human Values with colleagues and friends. President Obama’s address was solid and to the point. He pulled no punches about the problems ahead. Three quotes from led to outbursts [...]

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Thoughts on Inauguration Eve

January 20th, 2009, 1:56am by Sam Wang

First – for a list of ways to watch tomorrow’s festivities, go here. Online (C-SPAN, Hulu) as well as via MSNBC in a Starbucks near you. Now then… For a look back at 2008, Pollster.com has an excellent roundup. Did you know that 30% of all votes were cast early? That more than ever, the [...]

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We interrupt this blog…(The Today Show)

January 14th, 2009, 1:33am by Sam Wang

Something not related to polling at all: my book Welcome To Your Brain will be featured on the Today Show this morning, a few minutes after 8:00am. Dr. Nancy Snyderman is doing a segment on the book.

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All your electoral votes are belong to us

January 9th, 2009, 3:12pm by Sam Wang

For most of you the headline of this post is indecipherable. But this nerdy joke might make sense to Barack Obama…

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On the unreasonable success of Congressional polls

January 7th, 2009, 3:29pm by Sam Wang

As regular readers know, the meta-analysis is a hobby. I’ve only asked for support via ActBlue (nearly $45,000) or the NRSC. But now, a prize from Kevin Drum, who notes that my polling averages were extremely close to the final results. In addition to the 364 EV prediction (a bit seat-of-the-pants at the time, but [...]

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