Category: poll

Amazing art or ugly map?

[UPDATE April 24, 2014] This “ugly” map bears a striking visual resemblance to the . So yeah.


As a map geek I have been looking at all kinds of maps for 20 years. No map can surprise me, or so I thought until today. I just saw the amazingest map ever, reproduced below with permission ().

Imagine my shock when I found out that this map was the winner of an “Ugliest map” contest, conducted by at the University of Minnesota. Do you agree? Do you think this is an ugly map, or amazing art? Vote in the poll below the map.

[UPDATE April 01, 2014 (no joke)] The map creator is Daniel Taylor — “a very successful undergrad” at the University of Minnesota (via Prof. Hecht).

Amazing art or ugly map?
Amazing art or ugly map?


Poll: Who is at fault in the Snapchat – Google standoff?

A mobile app I had been using for a while (Snapchat) began crashing after an operating system upgrade (Android 4.2 to 4.3). Not only does the app crash, but it takes down and reboots the device. To me this clearly points to an operating system vulnerability, and the app maker went on the record to say so.

Nothing unusual so far. What happens next is unusual. Firstly, the OS maker (Google) keeps mum for 227 days and counting. Secondly, Google does nothing to fix the problem for 227 days and counting. And thirdly, people on social media blame the app for the crashes.

That last one is the reason for this poll. Do you think an app maker should be responsible for the OS’s stability?

[UPDATE April 30, 2014] I was just made aware that WhatsApp and Skype also crash an Android device identical to mine after the OS update. So this is CLEARLY not Snapchat’s fault.

Poll: How often do you check your voicemail?

I hate voicemail (and the telephone in general). I suspect that I am not alone. Help me find out by responding to this totally anonymous and totally unscientific poll.

How often do you check your voicemail?

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