March 15th, 2005


userinfo senji
2005/03/15 18:57:00 - Honest Question
My apologies if this sounds racist to anyone, since it isn't meant to be and is actually just as advertised an honest question.

Recently I've had more incidents of noticing black people in Cambridge. Is this likely to be because:

There actually are more black people in Cambridge than there used to be (last year, five years ago...)
5(35.7%)
My subconsious has been noticing them more, after recent discussions about racism
6(42.9%)

Current Mood: [mood icon] curious
Entry Tags: cambridge, poll, question

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userinfo atreic
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2005/03/15 19:14:38
Hmmm. Why do people tick both boxes if they're contradictory? I do it because it lets me see the poll trivially without skewing the answers when I don't even have a random opinion on the question, but is this why everyone does it?
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userinfo enismirdal
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2005/03/15 19:19:33
Are they necessarily mutually exclusive? Surely there could be more black people around and senji is noticing them more. (Which I guess would make it seem like an even larger increase in numbers...)
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userinfo senji
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2005/03/15 19:26:25
That was my thinking for not making them radiobuttons.
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userinfo yrieithydd
2005/03/15 23:02:09
That was my thinking in ticking both boxes (though I admit that I thought it, but didn't submit until reading the comments here!).
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userinfo senji
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2005/03/15 19:26:06
You can select no boxes and press the submit button for this effect :).
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userinfo womble2
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2005/03/15 21:09:47
Or even click the "Poll #n" link and then "View Poll Results" to avoid being counted at all.
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userinfo antinomy
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2005/03/15 19:47:42
You can always just click submit without ticking any boxes, surely, for the same effect?
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userinfo foreverdirt
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2005/03/15 20:11:00
But it does skew the answers - a four person difference between one option and another looks a lot more significant when there are only ten people answering the poll than it does when there are twenty doing so.
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userinfo enismirdal
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2005/03/15 19:16:56
I would say it's a good and happy thing if there are more black people around. *likes cosmopolitan-ness, diversity and general bouncing* Presumably means (if they are members of the University) that the schools are finally sorting themselves out and giving kids a half-decent education regardless of the melanin expression of their epidermal cells. (I wonder if it also means that in previous years admissions tutors were still die-hard racists and actively selecting against black applicants? *wouldn't really know enough to say for sure either way*)
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(Anonymous)
2005/03/18 04:49:53
There are more black people in Cambridge.

This was pointed out to me by a young Nigerian woman that
I was close to last summer.
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userinfo ceb
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2005/03/18 17:14:45
Is it just that what with it being all springy an' all I'm just today noticing all the cherry blossom, or have all the cherry trees bloomed overnight?
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