Missing The Texas Two-Step
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I'm a big Texas two-step fan, but I won't be able to participate in the political version during tomorrow's Texas presidential primaries -- not the caucusing part, anyhow.
Instead, I'll be watching the returns ensconced in my hotel room in Orlando, Florida, wondering to myself how much the Internets has impacted this particular election season.
According to the Spartan Internet Political Performance (SIPP) Index, which positions itself as the first quantitative metric to measure the Internet-wide performance of each 2008 Presidential candidate, Barack Obama has taken the Internet lead at 32.73% (compared with Hilary Clinton's 19.77%).
Note that the Index is comprised of over 650 quantitative factors measuring the level of support and how well each candidate is connecting iwth individuals across the Internet.
A more simplistic view is to conduct a quick Google Advanced search to see how many linkbacks there are for each candidates' campaign Web site. The results:
Hillary Clinton: 6,600
Barack Obama: 11,400
That's nearly a 60% linkback advantage for Obama.
But of course, the only real math that matters now is how the voters of Texas and Ohio end up pulling those levers (electronic and otherwise) tomorrow, and as to how the caucusers band together -- all the polls I've seen suggest it continues to be a very, very, too-close-to-call kind of race.
Meanwhile, back at the Apple ranch, there's the "too-thin-to-see" category, whereby I finally had the opportunity to see one of the new MacBook Air notebooks live and in person.
The TV spots just don't do the thing justice. It's crazy slim and ridiculously lightweight.
But upon further reflection, I realize the Air is way underpowered for a Turbo user like myself, and so I have rapidly repositioned it in my mind as a great "second" computer (actually, it would be more like 5th, but whose counting).
I just have a need for speed that no amount of Air can accommodate.