Random thoughts

It’s time for the MySpace fad to be replaced by something else.

Real college professors get fooled by fake reality show. I’ve seen one episode of the show and it doesn’t seem that good.

Another Video Blog. I like them better than podcasts.

The most vapid article on in quite a while is Tattoo nation — the U.S. is getting inked.

The results suggest that 24 percent of Americans between 18 and 50 are tattooed; that’s almost one in four. Two surveys from 2003 suggested just 15 percent to 16 percent of U.S. adults had a tattoo.

“Really, nowadays, the people who don’t have them are becoming the unique ones,” said Chris Keaton, a tattoo artist and president of the Baltimore Tattoo Museum.

They quote contradictory surveys; then assure us that 24% is close to 25%. Later they have the stats on the survey, which is

The telephone survey on tattoos included 253 women and 247 men and was conducted in 2004. It has a margin of error of 4.5 percentage points.

Which seems to make it a weak basis for drawing strong conclusions.

The photos from last night will be up soon.

One Comment

  • Nick

    I generally think Tatoos look really stupid. I don’t think we should go back to them being illegal, but my reasons for that are democratic, I’d rather that they were still so in most places.

    The stories that qualify as “offbeat” get huge clicks. News sites do a little click-whoreing now and again. They might not be spending as much time with the fact-checking on these over there. Can you really blame them?