A new comprehensive 3-year study by the National Enneagram Council has confirmed something that anyone who reads message boards or comments to articles already knows.
Loud, outspoken people are idiots.
“Yes, it’s true,” said Dr. Ricardo Hoffman of the NECo. “And we now have the data to back it up.”
The data includes:
- 92.3% of self-professed Trekkies (fans of Star Trek) hate the new Star Trek movie
- 86.9% of baseball statheads think Brian Cashman was right to not want to give a set-up man like Kerry Wood a $10 million contract
- 98.2% of all Rush Limbaugh dittoheads believe Osama bin Laden was just a figurehead who had zero influence on terrorist acts post-9/11
So, how does this data prove outspoken people are idiots?
“It’s quite simple. Take the 2009 Star Trek movie. It’s easily the most popular of all the Star Trek movies, having outperformed all the rest in Box Office, DVD, and Blue-Ray sales. And yet, the vast majority of comments and threads from Star Trek message boards indicate an almost universal hate for the movie. How is this possible, that a movie that is accepted by the public is hated by loyal Trekkies?
“Well, clearly, the vast majority of people who watched and enjoyed the movie are not on the message boards. So, the Trekkies that are posting comments do not represent the masses around the world that think the 2009 Star Trek movie is great, as indicated by sales (which is the only true indicator of preference). With this knowledge in hand, we used Blippy crowdsourcing metrics to determine that the people watching and purchasing the Star Trek movie are, in fact, more intelligent and wealthy than the people spending time on various message boards, criticizing JJ Abrams, Orci and Kurtzmann, and cast members like Christopher Pine.”
“In one instance, we focused on the subject of accounting,” explained Dr. Hoffman from his Myrtle Beach villa. “Whenever talk radio hosts like Rush Limbaugh and Thom Hartmann talked specifically about taxes or GAAP, we sent the audio to Certified Public Accounts who agreed to be part of the research study. It turned out that 98.7% of the time these two talk show hosts, from different political persuasions, were completely inaccurate when explaining an accounting principle. The only difference was one host, Hartmann, was more likely to acknowledge a mistake when pointed out to him by a caller.”
- how the Android experience reminds him of Linux, for better and for worse. Vahl had to mount a drive (negative), and was able to name stars and constellations in the sky (positive). Vahl didn’t mention this, but he also loves Swype!
– You can do anything in Linux, but you have to know how to do it
– Mounting a drive on the Mac — talk about a Flashback to 1994 University computer labs! Blackberry is actually better at this than the Samsung Captivate.
– Memory on the Android isn’t that much better than Blackberry
– Like KDE Linux of five years ago, Android really isn’t for casual users right now
– You can do pretty much anything on an iPhone, but you have to do it Apple’s way.
– He also talked about how his daughter was able to play an entire song on the Android Robotic Guitar app, and how his son loves Google Goggles.
– Games, games, and more games. Gotta love the Mario knock-offs!
Here’s the Super Mario World music Vahl referred to:
We got a couple of voicemails I got today from the DailySkew hotline (716-791-SKEW). The first was someone claiming to be Russell Martin:
I guess Russell Martin wasn’t enough to sway Cliff Lee? Sure sounds like Martin loves playing Pac-Man and Super Mario Bros. I’m amazed he took the time to record his voice and replay it as he played through level one, stomping on Koopas.
Anyway, here’s voicemail number two, this time from Russell Martin’s wife:
She requested that I punch a one-way ticket to H-E-L-L while she played Outrun at the local Dave and Busters. I bet she was about to hop on to Spy Hunter after the call.
I can understand Russell Martin’s frustrations. As Damian pointed out to me on Twitter earlier, we would all be frustrated after spending half the season on the DL and only hitting .248.
Hey, he’s 27 years old, and who knows, right? He might bounce back and have another 19 home run season. WOOOOOOOoooooooh!
On today’s DailySkew Mobile Podcast, Tony Vahl talks about:
- Damian’s theory that the Julian Assange sex charges are “totally fabricated.”
- How playing sim games reveals our desire to “game the system to our perceived advantage.”
In addition, Vahl gets into some baseball:
- Damian pointed out that Cashman slipped when he recently restated that Jorge Posada will be the full-time DH. What happened to this year’s faux Spring Training competition for the starting catcher position? I guess it’s down to Jesus Montero and Francisco Cervelli? Yeah, right. Vahl hopes more players will confront Cashman on his pronouncements, like Jorge did.
- Jeff Francoeur has such a tough decision ahead of him. Should he sign with the Royals and be a a full-time player, or sign with the Phillies and platoon? ”While you’re standing in line with your food stamps, just think of Jeff Francoeur and his tough decision.”
I thought I would comment on some Drudge headlines today, in a random attempt to make sense of today’s snapshot of MSM reality:
WHITE HOUSE BLOCKS CHEF TWEETS? Okay, this is today’s lead headline. I heard Laura Ingraham mention it, too. From what I understand, a Chicago chef was brought in to cater the State Dinner tonight with the Mexican President. I guess the dude thought he was free to do whatever, and decided to send out a tweet. Whoops!
I wonder how the White House or Secret Service found out he sent a tweet? Were they monitoring his Twitter feed, or did they detect the tweet when he sent it from his phone? That’s kinda creepy, either way, but when it comes to National Security, it makes sense … I guess.
My other question: was the chef’s Twitter location turned on? If so, then the National Security implications might be pretty serious. He might reveal the GPS location of the White House Kitchen!
UPDATE: German prosecutors investigating GOOGLE... Yawn … Google Streetview invades privacy. What a shock, but the beat goes on. I’ve accepted the loss of privacy as some form of mass lunacy. I can do my part, but Google Streetview and other services will be out there, snapping photos and video shooting us 24/7. “It is what it is.” It’s funny that Europe, not the U.S., cares deeply about privacy. That doesn’t fit the Rush Limbaugh template. Ha ha ha.
'IDOL's Ellen Pick For Bowersox: Love Song - To a Woman!MSNBC MADDOW ON PRIMARIES: 'VIBRATING OFF MY SEAT'... The mainstream MSM is exposing gay morality and sensibilities to the public — a woman singing as a man, and off-hand references to sex toys is acceptable conversation for the G and PG crowd. Previous conventions of morality are being rejected, just as those conventions rejected homosexuality in the religious texts they are based. As a parent who supports freedom of sexual orientation but doesn’t want my children exposed to crude language, it’s my job to control what’s displayed on our multimedia TV and computer screens.
On today’s DailySkew Radio Podcast, Damian Hospital and Tony Vahl discussed:
- The Oscars (2 min)
– The Hurt Locker (2 min)
— Female directors, Terra Obscura movies that win Oscars (it’s like a Coral Springs local wrestler no one ever heard of named the best wrestler of the year)
– Inglorious Bastards Best Supporting Actor winner Christoph Waltz (7 min)
— Damian predicted Christoph Waltz would win the award on his blog
– Sandra Bullock facelift? Botox? Weight loss? (10 min)
— That photo on Damian’s blog was revealing!
— “Talk about a movie I never heard of!”
– Monique Best Actress in a Supporting Role (14 min)
— “When [Damian] blesses a nominee, they win.”
— Monique plays an Enneagram Type 8 mother — “Shatters your conceptions of Hollywood.”
— Tapped into reality
– Avatar and Star Trek wins for Best Art Direction or whatever (16 min)
– Dwayne and Vicki’s Tamarac comic book shop — what was it called? (36 min)
– Batman & Robin (37 min)
— Turns out the Bruce Wayne thrown into the Lazarus pit was actually an evil clone made by Darkseid
— Okay issue: “5 to 7″ out of 10
— Grant Morrison not living up to expectations yet
– Batman 826 (38 min)
— Serial killer stalking Batman’s friend
— Okay issue: “Like an episode of Law and Order.” 5 out of 10 stars
— Tough to judge comic until storyline completes
- WordPress impressions (40 min)
– Damian’s rule of thumb when it comes to dealing with moderating comments
– Damian’s got a message for all the spammers from Mother Russia
– A dangerous WordPress default setting that spammers exploit (46 min)
– WordPress appears to attract more comments than Blogger did
– The left and right wing like to attack dailyskew.com
– A message to [CENSORED DAILYSKEW] Indonesian spammers
– WordPress tag system is superior to Blogger’s label system
– Vahl struck gold with Redddit, thanks to his Beck vs. Malkin post. “Heel vs. Heel.”
- Baseball (53 min)
– Cashman, Girardi, and Dave Eiland all claim that five pitchers are all competing equally for the fifth spot in the rotation this Spring
– Vahl says Phil Hughes is the logical guy for the 5th spot
– Not enough bullpen spots for Mitre and Gaudin; the losers have to start in the minors
– This is not a video game. You can’t start guys after they’ve been in the bullpen; stamina ratings don’t work for the Yankees
– Tony and Damian have issues with managers who promise something and then when you have the lowest ERA you don’t get the job; that’s a problem for the Yanks, since they’re probably hoping Joba proves himself as a starter this Spring
– Management says “No one is leading the pack because Sergio Mitre is leading the pack.”
– Will Jamie Hoffman make the team? (63 min)
– Yes Network Spring Training interviews give a sketch of each player’s personality
– Hoffman is not good on the mic; Marcus Thames is
– Will we have five outfielders?
– Girardi talked up Marcus Thames during Spring Training WFAN interview
– Vahl predicts Randy Winn and Jamie Hoffman will make the team
– Damian reminds the baseball world that Jamie Hoffman has to be on the 25-man roster because he’s a rule-5 draft pick; otherwise, the Brian Bruney deal was a waste
– Thames may join the Yanks June 1st if Hoffman doesn’t work out
– Damian apologizes to Ramiro Pena
– “Great good luck charm”
– Pena will make the team
– Jerry Hairston is like a 2nd shift guy who values comfort
– 2nd shift is the “Land of Enneagram Type 9′s.”
- Damian’s 2009 DMB (Diamond Mind Baseball) results (71 min)
– C.C. Sabathia went 27-1
– Yanks rivaled the 1998 team in their division
– Damian soured on Joba; he SUCKED in DMB
– Jose Molina did great as a back-up; OBP of .345
– Francisco Cervelli is injury prone
– Phil Hughes was a brilliant setup guy
– Wasn’t a perfect year: A-Rod hurt, Posada injured
– Wang imploded early in the year
– Brett Gardner was super; kills lefties (77 min)
– Vahl not excited about Randy Winn; Damian apologizes to Randy
– Brett Butler is a borderline HoFer
– Brett Gardner has “an understated cockiness … tired of [Brett] being discriminated against because he doesn’t hit homers!”
– Will Brett Gardner lead off at some point this season? Is it possible?
– Damian bats him near the top of the order in DMB; “He just needs to play every day to get some confidence!”
– Phil Rizzuto would have loved Brett Gardner — “He just needs to bunt more.”
– If Gardner fails, LF could turn into a nightmare scenario
– Melky to Atlanta (83 min)
- Note from Warren concerning Chien-Ming Wang (84 min)
– Has alternative viewpoints; true die-hard Yankees fan
– Cashman whould have resigned Wang, as a Starter and back-up plan for Pettitte in 2011
– Comparison to Jon Lieber — how he was signed and allowed to rehab for a year before pitching the following season
– Wang had a great history with the Yanks prior to the injury in Houston
– Warren implied that it was illogical for Cashman to lose patience with Wang
– Cashman has been publicly cocky this offseason
– Damian breaks down what went wrong with Wang at his baseball blog
– Yanks dropped the ball when it came to communicating with Wang
– Vahl thinks Cashman believes the statheads; the statheads, who thought his 19-win seasons were a fluke, look at Wang as a prophecy-fulfilled, and Cashman buys it
– Vahl and Hospital rooting for Wang
- Ducks need rights! (97 min)
– “They’re like the aliens in District 9!”
Here are some completely random thoughts that ran through my mind today:
- while walking back to the hospital today, I was thinking about a discussion my nephew and I had about the 2010 Yanks yesterday. I told him about Johnny Damon signing with the Tigers.
He exclaimed, “Dang! Well, why didn’t they sign Matsui? I thought they were letting Matsui go so that Damon could be the DH! Now they lost both Matsui and his replacement!”
This was the unofficial Yankees sales pitch that was broadcast on WFAN after the 2009 Yankees World Series victory.
Thinking about this, it occurred to me:
– If Nick Johnson has a slow start or pulls a Carl Pavano, he will wish he never came back to NYC to don pinstripes
– If the 2010 Yanks fail to get past the 1st round of the playoffs (the new standard for a free pass in NYC), Cashman could be in big trouble. Let’s face it — he let the World Series MVP Matsui and ALCS hero Damon both GO. He has staked his reputation on Curtis Granderson (which is reasonable) and Nick Johnson (who I like, but he is injury PRONE) … not to mention Javier Vasquez.
If the Yanks don’t get to the ALCS, at the very least, it’ll be very easy for fans to point at the decision to not bring back Damon or Matsui as HUGE.
Oh, and heaven forbid if the Yanks don’t run away with the division this year. People are fully expecting 100 wins in a division where three teams (Yankees, Red Sox, and Rays) are playoff contenders.
Cashman may have dug his own grave with these moves … I’ll be rooting for Nick and Curtis to do great, but those expectations are dialed up at MAX this year and are going to be tough to meet.
- while listening to TWIG’s (This Week In Google) host Leo LaPorte complain about how companies like eHow are diluting the web with articles and videos that are keyword rich for purposes of generating ad revenue, some classic DailySkew thoughts occurred to me:
– Writing is an easier medium to produce content than audio, and audio is easier than video, and video is easier than HD video
– So, written blogs will always outnumber Podcasts, low-quality production video will always outnumber high-quality productions, etc.
– As the market expands, websites that can generate content across multiple media (lower case — not the big MSM MEDIA) and monetize their efforts will survive (I know — Newsflash! If you make money on the web, you’ll last longer)
– Successful writers on the web (bloggers, etc.) better have another medium going to reach out to their audience and attract new readers; for example, they talked about Kevin Smith having a Podcast and Twitter account, where he complained loudly about Southwest kicking him off a flight, which led to Southwest issuing an apology to Smith after his fans flooded the airline’s website or whatever; ironically, he directed a movie that’s coming out this Friday called Cop Out … seriously, the movie is called Cop Out … I hope Kevin Smith fans will unite in solidarity and flock to the theaters this weekend, and give him the Avatar treatment … actually, I’m hoping this was a brilliant publicity stunt that succeeds
– Next generation search engines (whatever that will be or even be called or how it will work) will have to be able to search audio and video the way we search text now … I suppose transcribing video with automated dictation software and indexing it is the only way that’s ever happening; I’m sure Dr. Google can handle that
– photos may be worth a thousand words, but on the web they are entirely dependent on tags and the page they reside. I suppose recognition software can turn images into relevant search words (a picture of a tree would automatically get a tree tag, type of tree, time of day, etc.) … of course, privacy could become an issue if a random person gets snapped in a photo who doesn’t want to be recognized by Bing or whoever (Dr. Google happily blurs people out of Street View — will he do the same for every random image on the web?) … it’s funny and sad at the same time, but the lack of words make photos more problematic and dependent on keywords than the other mediums I mentioned.