Saturday, August 30, 2008
Friday, August 29, 2008
FOB Salerno in the crosshairs
Olympic Medal Analysis
To that end, they did a great job.
I've been curious about the Olympics and the medal count that was shown everywhere. As Americans, we've grown accustomed and expect to lead the medal race. There was something odd though. The Chinese actually had more golds (after the very first medals awarded on the first day to the US Women's Fencing team who swept the medals there).
So, I got to thinking. China had more gold, but the US had more overall medals. Do you count only gold (the gold is, after all, given to the actual winner), do you count total medals? Surely, gold are worth more. What if you weighted the total medal count to give more credit for doing better?
If you're going that far, why not factor in the population of the country? The top three medal winners, no matter how you count them were the most populated countries. What about proportion? What about rich countries? Can you "buy" more medals?
If you were curious too, then I have the break down for you.
First, I start with the raw data of the top eleven countries (I meant to do the top ten, but I miss counted) as ranked by the official Olympic site. Then I include the population in millions, then the Per Capita GDP based on the IMF report (references sited below).
I move the decimal point around a bit to show more clearly the breakdown. The number of gold medals by population, for instance, is in the ten millionths (or only one in ten million for the low end). Since I move the decimal, the same amount for each country there should be no problem.
I sorted by the numbers in the first column of each table, but I highlighted the winners of the other categories in each table as well.
So here are the results. The winners were: China, US, Australia and Ukraine (I know it looks fuzzy, but if you click on the charts they will pop up big and clear)
Thursday, August 28, 2008
A couple of realizations
On a lesser note - one thing you don't want to hear around here is the dreaded phrase, "tiger team". Really, you don't.
Dangar, Will Robinson!
Monday, August 25, 2008
Random Iraq Photo
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Too Much Time On Their Hands
The Men's rest rooms (both of them) in the building I work have been covered in stickers - I think they are one of those Groovy Girls or Bratz or whatever the younger set likes.
Probably one of the odder pranks I've seen to date.
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
In Xanadu, er...Baghdad
The shadow of the cement dome of semi-pleasure
Floated midway on the waves ;
Where was heard the honking measure
A traffic circle blocked by a truck of ice!
A burkha with a dulcimer
Monday, August 11, 2008
Shadows of a Soviet Past...
The question now is......What will the world do. Georgia has been trying to join NATO for the last few years. Russia is making her move, and the world seems not to care about civilian dead and unilateral aggression all of a sudden. Good luck Ukraine, you may be next. Georgian troops are now leaving Iraq to defend there homes
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Wednesday, August 06, 2008
Deja ... Building?
Was it here?
Ah, I cannot remember where, but I am pretty sure I saw that building take a hit or two on TV during the initial invasion. Now I am walking by and see the thing... go figure.
Monday, August 04, 2008
Posing, with weapons
This Jock offered to trade his rifle for mine, on the spot. His was much heavier. He wasn't even fazed when I told him that ours jammed more frequently than theirs.
These Iraqi Army 14th Division mechanics were enjoying themselves quite a bit.
Er, I may have actually done this m'self, way back when, to be fair about it.