Government and Poverty in Kenya


Some facts about Kenya:

  • Kenya is smaller than the state of Texas.
  • Interest rates are 18 percent, sales tax is 16 percent, and some pay up to 60 percent in income tax.
  • There are more than 250 members of parliament in Kenya and they make over $150000 a year, and they don’t pay taxes.
  • 57 percent of Kenya lives in poverty, which means they make less than $40 a month in capital city Nairobi, and less than $20 a month in the rural areas.

Analyze U.S. State of the Union Speeches


Via Neatorama:

Brad Borevitz created this neat little program to analyze the State of the Union addresses given by US Presidents from 1790 to 2006:

SOTU allows you to explore how specific words gain and lose prominence over time, and to link to information on the historical context for their use. SOTU focuses on the relationship between individual addresses as compared to the entire collection of addresses, highlighting what is different about the selected document. You are invited to try and understand from this information the connection between politics and language-between the state we are in, and the language which names it and calls it into being.

For each State of the Union Address, the analyzer also measures the Flesch-Kincaid score, a controversial yet popularreadabilityy index to suggest at which grade level in an American school for which the text is appropriate. The lowest score (grade level 7.1) was George W. Bush’s State of the Union address on February 27, 2001.

Barcodes


Neatorama has a cool post about Scott Blake, an artist who uses barcodes as the foundation of his art. While viewing his art, I also got some information about barcodes. Like Scott, I’m fascinated by barcodes. While I’m perhaps not as obsessed as Scott, the information he’s provided about barcodes is quite informative and I’d like to share it here.

What is a barcode composed of and what do all those lines and numbers mean? Find out here.

Order your own customized barcode tattoos here!

View or purchase Scott’s barcode art. Some exhibits that his artwork has been in.

Other links about barcodes.

Government and Poverty in Kenya


Some facts about Kenya:

  • Kenya is smaller than the state of Texas.
  • Interest rates are 18 percent, sales tax is 16 percent, and some pay up to 60 percent in income tax.
  • There are more than 250 members of parliament in Kenya and they make over $150000 a year, and they don’t pay taxes.
  • 57 percent of Kenya lives in poverty, which means they make less than $40 a month in capital city Nairobi, and less than $20 a month in the rural areas.

Analyze U.S. State of the Union Speeches


Via Neatorama:

Brad Borevitz created this neat little program to analyze the State of the Union addresses given by US Presidents from 1790 to 2006:

SOTU allows you to explore how specific words gain and lose prominence over time, and to link to information on the historical context for their use. SOTU focuses on the relationship between individual addresses as compared to the entire collection of addresses, highlighting what is different about the selected document. You are invited to try and understand from this information the connection between politics and language-between the state we are in, and the language which names it and calls it into being.

For each State of the Union Address, the analyzer also measures the Flesch-Kincaid score, a controversial yet popularreadabilityy index to suggest at which grade level in an American school for which the text is appropriate. The lowest score (grade level 7.1) was George W. Bush’s State of the Union address on February 27, 2001.