It’s election day, so it’s time to reflect on our electoral system
From the Encyclopedia Britannica:
Advantages of the plurality system are that it is easily understood by voters, provides a quick decision, and is more convenient and less costly to operate than other methods.
Because we want the foundation of our democracy to be based on a shoestring budget and a 30-second decision making process.
(Perhaps it’s time for American democracy to grow up and find a big kid electoral system.)
Are you guys obsessed with the University of Queensland Pitch Drop Experiment yet? It’s one of the longest-running experiments in the world, and you can get all the inside info about it here.
Anyway, the Queensland folks just launched an very, very snazzy new site where you can watch a live feed of the experiment (and maybe make a teeny, tiny mark on history if you’re logged in when the drip finally drops.)
Seriously, check it out. Get obsessed. All the cool kids are doing it.
It looks like the Antarctic research season will survive the shutdown.
From an Chronicle of Higher Education article on the effects of the shutdown on research:
Farther afield, in Antarctica, scientists whose work was suspended got word from the National Science Foundation that the summer research season was a go. James R. Collins, a student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology whose research was disrupted by the shutdown, reported in an e-mail that “everyone is running around setting up their labs” and would “move onto the ship this afternoon. We feel like we’ve been at the end of a very long yo-yo down here,” he wrote.
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(I am updating the previous post to reflect this new information.)