"Texas tacos are better than cali’s without a doubt"
(Take note of the capitalization of Texas and subsequent non-capitalization of Cali typical of the geographic-inferiority-complex-afflicted Texan).
Like all other Californians, I’m a pretty laid back kind of guy — but this sort of blatant libel against the great state I call home (and the great tacos contained within) simply will not stand. So I present to you a simple, objective, mathematical analysis of the plausibility of the above statement:
2006 % of California’s & Texas’ population of Mexican descent
Total legal Mexicans in California
36,756,666 * 0.25 = 9,189,167
Total legal Mexicans in Texas
24,236,974 * 0.25 = 6,059,244
Estimated illegal immigrant population of California (2006)
Estimated illegal immigrant population of Texas (2006)
Estimated % of illegal immigrants (in all states) from Mexico (2006)
Total illegal Mexicans in California
2,830,000 * 0.57 = 1,613,100
Total illegal Mexicans in Texas
1,640,000 * 0.57 = 934,800
Total Mexicans in California
9,189,167 + 1,613,100 = 10,802,267
Total Mexicans in Texas
6,059,244 + 934,800 = 6,994,044
Total Mexicans in California and Texas
10,802,267 + 6,994,044 = 17,796,311
Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in California
17,796,311 * 100 = 60.7%
Percentage of total Mexicans in California and Texas living in Texas
17,796,311 * 100 = 39.3%
Delta in percentage of total Mexicans living in California versus percentage of total Mexicans living in
60.7% – 39.3% = 21.4%
The fact is: California has a 21.4% chance of having better tacos than Texas by virtue of a 21.4% greater population of people who make tacos.
In every day terms, that means that for every 5 tacos you eat in California that are fantastic, slightly less than 4 would have been fantastic were you in Texas. As someone who eats 3-6 tacos per day on average I can safely say that the above constitutes mathematical proof that California is, in fact, the best place in the world.
So I finally decided to join the cool kids and get an iphone. Why? Because the sweet new 3Gs is out? Heck no, I got it because they knocked the price of a regular old 8-GB 3G iphone to 100 bones. That makes me: 1) cheap, 2) the definition of a “late adopter.” The reasoning is akin to someone deciding in 1984: “I’m not spending a fortune to go see Air Supply Live in Hawaii, I’ll wait for a later, cheaper, more local show.” It’s like, yeah, you still get to see Air Supply, but your buddies totally already saw Air Supply first and were the first to try all the sweet Air Supply Applications.
I’m a poor analogizer. But I’m not here to talk about Air Supply anyway. (Ed. Note: Yes he is.) I’m here to talk about the iphone, specifically about a new application that caught my eye.
Always fun, although I have a couple of issues with the rules:
Rule Zero: No Paradoxes, because, according to the author, no true paradoxes can exist in the real world, only as concepts. Someone tell that to the pre-observationally equally alive and dead Shrodinger’s Cat. (dealt with later in Rule 9: Parallel Universes…but I still think quantum superposition negates this rule)
Rule Five: Black Holes ≠ Time Machines, but wormholes could be. (Correct) Unfortunately no one knows how to make negative energy to keep them open (Incorrect). We can’t manufacture Negative energy in sufficient quantities to make working wormholes…but we can make tiny amounts through the Casimireffect)
The article is still fun though. If you like “Lost” you’ll recognize Rule 6: Whatever happened, happened (note: read that in the whispery nerd voice of Daniel Faraday)
Hey Gang! Your trusty science correspondent Dr. Snerpus, here, with an exciting new development in science: The discovery of a 47 million year old, remarkably well-preserved primate fossil that is possibly the precursor to everything from lemurs to humans. (Synopsis here. Full Scientific Paper here)
An artist's rendering of the "Missing Link" creature based on scientific evidence
It should be noted that the study appears flawed in a few respects. The fossil is probably only about 3,500 years old, and it didn’t “evolve” into men, it died out for worshipping false idols.
Hey did I mention how I liked the new Star Trek movie? I did? Repeatedly? Oh. Well, I also really like the shows, especially ‘Star Trek: The Next Generation.’ You know what else I like? Drinking alcohol.
I encourage you to read the entire article, it’s pretty interesting. A quick synopsis: Using “evolutionary reverse engineering” which sounds suspiciously like “lazy pseudo-science” (Men like sports because they used to hunt! Women like to shop because they used to gather!) scientists at SUNY Albany have determined why the human penis is shaped, uh, well like a penis, I guess: Sperm Warfare.