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  • …grayblog…- separating the wanted from the unwanted » 2012 » August

    Wednesday 29 August 2012

    Diigo links for 08/29/2012

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    Tuesday 28 August 2012

    Diigo links for 08/28/2012

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    Monday 13 August 2012

    Diigo links for 08/13/2012

    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.


    Sunday 12 August 2012

    On the Olympics medal table

    So, the Olympics are over and Team GB (that’s the team of sportsmen and sportswomen from the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland – Team UK would be so much better) has been placed third in the medal table according to the BBC (official broadcaster for the Olympics) – and I assume they get their information from the IOC.

    Rank Country Gold Silver Bronze Total
    1 United States 46 29 29 104
    2 China 38 27 22 87
    3 Great Britain & N. Ireland 29 17 19 65
    4 Russian Federation 24 25 33 82
    5 South Korea 13 8 7 28
    6 Germany 11 19 14 44
    7 France 11 11 12 34
    8 Italy 8 9 11 28
    9 Hungary 8 4 5 17
    10 Australia 7 16 12 35

     

    I feel uncomfortable with this. The tabulation is determined by the number of gold medals awarded. What happens if you order it by total number of medals awarded?

    Britain would move down to fourth, with the Russians taking their place at third. The Canadians, with 18 medals, would suddenly shift from 36th place to 13th. The top ten would look like this:

    104 medals – United States
    87 medals – China
    82 medals – Russian Federation
    65 medals – Team UK
    44 medals – Germany
    38 medals – Japan
    35 medals – Australia
    34 medals – France
    28 medals – Italy
    28 medals – South Korea

     

    Surely, the best system would be to give points, three for gold, two for silver and one for bronze. Then you would get this:

    225 points – United States
    190 points – China
    155 points – Russian Federation
    140 points – Team UK
    85 points – Germany
    67 points – France
    66 points – Japan
    65 points – Australia
    62 points – South Korea
    53 points – Italy

    Other idle thoughts:

    USSR – 47 golds, 44 silver, 73 bronze (302 points).*

    European Union – 92 golds, 104 silver, 107 bronze (591 points).**

     

    * – I’ve included Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus, Azerbaijan, Lithuania, Georgia, Uzbekistan, Latvia, Armenia, Estonia, Moldova and Tajikistan.

    ** – of the EU nations, only Austria, Luxembourg and Malta did not win any medal.

    Of course, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania couldn’t be in both Team EU and Team USSR. Between them, they won three golds, two bronze and four silver (19 points). But, however you look at it, Team EU scored more than Team USSR and Team USA put together.

     

    Oh yeah, this blog is still alive.


    Sunday 5 August 2012

    Diigo links for 08/05/2012

    Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.