Playing with numbers

15 Apr 2003|Christoper Ireland

I can spend hours listening to people talk about their lives. I have spent entire days following people around and watching how they live. That’s probably not a surprise to most who know me. What would surprise them is my longterm love affair with numbers. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not the least bit impressed by big decks of data or colorful graphs that say 75% of Americans are in favor of the war. It’s relative child’s play to get those numbers and make them do what you want. For example, you want a conservative bias to a randomly sampled US population? Call in the afternoon, preferably around 4PM. The numbers I love are the adventurous ones–the ones that take on a life of their own and speak a language that the data gatherer did not control. Here’s my latest heart-throb–follow the links for The Secret Lives of Numbers on Golan Levin’s cool site www.flong.com.

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