this week in unintentionally grim-sounding recruiting headlines
After the new changes to the board I had to make some adjustments to the Ultra-MGoBoard code. Things are back up and running for the new commenting style, so check it out at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/plgbhpppodkjceilgjeepcjbjdamknld or if you lose track of this post, the link is always in my signature.
Another new addition is the "Highlight User" button that appears under the "Hide User" button I implemented last time I updated. This will cause all posts by that user to be shown in yellow with blue text just like your own personal posts are now. To remove highlighting you'll have to go to the extension's options page and delete the user from the list.
You can still highlight with custom colors if you go to the options page and choose them manually.
As always, let me know if you have any suggestions.
So on September 18th of this year (the day after Michigan beats EMU to go 3-0 on the season) I am running the Philadelphia Half Marathon with some friends of mine for charity. So here is my shameless plug for said charity because it is an excellent charity, I am really proud to say I am running for it, and I hope there are some of you out there who are in a position to help! The donation link below is real simple to use, secure, all that good stuff.
(Hopefully this sort of off topic post is not against the rules)
The movie Gettysburg is on TCM now until 3am. I can't turn this movie off. IDK what is it, but I can't turn it off.
Because you can't make this stuff up.
Man ingests rodent poison, emits foul gas in hospital. Hazmat team called in, air purity tests being performed.
This is a response to the MGoBlog Survey Results diary posted about two weeks ago. I found some of the results surprising, specifically the respondents' reported demographics compared to YouTube Insight demographics of people who watch my uploads. The people who watch my videos are significantly older and more likely to be female than the people who took the survey. Since a large proportion of my views come from embeds on this site, I hypothesized at the time that the survey results were telling us more about the type of people who would take the time to fill out a survey than the blog's actual audience. Having no data to back that up, I replied with a wise crack about mgovideo stealing mgoblog's women and forgot about the subject for two weeks. Yesterday, I started using Quantcast for mgovideo and noticed that mgoblog does too. You can view mgoblog's site summary here: http://www.quantcast.com/mgoblog.com
The survey's first question was "What best describes your gender?" 96% of the survey's participants answered Male. The Quantcast data paints a radically different picture:
The survey's next question was "What best describes your age?" 53% answered 20-30 years. The Quantcast data on the other hand is enough for the blog's audience to be categorized as Older:
The next question was "What is your current state of residence." 50% answered Michigan. Quantcast says only 35.58% of the site's unique visitors are from Michigan.
The survey didn't ask about race but according to Quantcast, mgoblog has a significant number of African American visitors (12%) and almost no Asians (1%) or Hispanics (1%). Compared to U-M's undergraduate demographics (5.8% African American, 12.1% Asian American, 4.1% Hispanic American [source: Wikipedia]), this adds to the evidence already presented that mgoblog's visitors are not mostly current or recently graduated students.
The rest of the survey's questions are related to mgopoints which do not exist and are thus not tracked by Quantcast. The most interesting part of the Quantcast data to me personally was that only 5% of the site's visitors are responsible for 58% of the site's visits. In other words, on a typical day when mgoblog gets 30,000 visits, a core group of just 1,500 users that Quantcast appropriately refers to as addicts is responsible for almost 17,500 of those visits.
While it seems at times that everyone on the board is an addict (c'mon, you know 10 visits would be a light day for you), 95% of the blog's visitors are more casual users. I guess that's why the board is always unanimous about Haloscan being the glory days of mgocommenting and yet there have never been more than about 6 guys on the WLA's UniScorn thing.
I should say that I have no idea how valid Quantcast's data is (younger people may be more likely to block their script with an add-on/extension for example), but the data suggests that there may be some misconceptions about the blog and its audience.
I know this is quite OT, but I'm in the market for a haircut soon so I'm seeking board help on the best barber shop to go to. I usually just go home to my barber at home for a haircut, but its getting pretty un-manageable and I can't wait much longer. Some advice on good places and their prices would be great. Thanks.