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Sat Dec 27, 2008 16:57 (UTC -5)

RSS is a great way to keep track of your favorite web sites, but a lot of people (probably the majority) don’t know what it is or don’t want to get a feed reader. In fact, I bet most of you just go to the main page of this site every once in a while and read the last few posts there. If that’s you, this question is not for you. This is for the bloggers.

I’m looking for a good RSS-to-e-mail service that readers of this site can use. Here are the features I have to have, in no particular order:

  • E-mails can be sent shortly after items are posted.
  • Users don’t have to create an account.
  • Good privacy policy.
  • No ads in the e-mails.
  • Free.

FeedBurner, while popular, fails on the first point; it only sends a “daily digest” during a two-hour window that you specify. Also, I assume the feed link in each e-mail is to their special FeedBurner feed. I would want to keep things simple and publicize only my official WordPress-generated feeds. RSSFWD fails on the second and third points; the privacy policy link is a 404. Other services I’ve found have similar problems or whatever. Any help, anyone?

[Edit Sat Dec 27, 2008 22:05 EST (UTC -5): There's this WordPress plugin called Subscribe2 that looks pretty amazing (Joshua apparently uses it), but it requires setting up a WordPress page for the subscription form. I want to have the form on the sidebar, i.e., on every page of the site. Plus, this whole site isn't generated by WordPress, so a plugin is out.]

I’m still following electoral-vote.com because the 2008 elections aren’t over. The Senate race between Norm Coleman and Al Franken was so close that it’s still being decided. But anyway, the Votemaster has published a spreadsheet of state-by-state election results (available on his Data Galore) page. As a statistics junkie, I was especially interested in seeing how much of the vote each candidate got in each state. (For the purposes of presidential elections, the District of Columbia is a state.)

States that went the most for Obama:

  1. District of Columbia (92.46%)
  2. Hawaii (71.85%)
  3. Vermont (67.46%)
  4. Rhode Island (63.13%)
  5. New York (62.80%)

States that went the most for McCain:

  1. Oklahoma (65.65%)
  2. Wyoming (64.78%)
  3. Utah (62.58%)
  4. Idaho (61.53%)
  5. Alabama (60.32%)

States that went the most for Nader:

  1. Maine (1.45%)
  2. North Dakota (1.32%)
  3. Arkansas (1.19%)
  4. Connecticut (1.16%)
  5. Alaska (1.16%)

States that went the most for Barr:

  1. Indiana (1.06%)
  2. Georgia (0.73%)
  3. Utah (0.73%)
  4. Idaho (0.72%)
  5. Texas (0.69%)

States that went the most for Baldwin:

  1. Utah (1.26%)
  2. Idaho (0.56%)
  3. Alaska (0.51%)
  4. South Dakota (0.50%)
  5. Wyoming (0.47%)

States that went the most for McKinney:

  1. Louisiana (0.47%)
  2. Maine (0.40%)
  3. West Virginia (0.33%)
  4. Arkansas (0.32%)
  5. California (0.29%)

States that went the most for others:

  1. Montana (2.17%)
  2. Oregon (0.74%)
  3. Nevada (0.65%)
  4. Wyoming (0.60%)
  5. Vermont (0.59%)

These figures don’t include states where the candidates weren’t on the ballot. For example, Chuck Baldwin and Cynthia McKinney weren’t on the ballot in Montana but were eligible as write-in candidates there, which probably accounts for the high percentage of “other” votes there. Obama and McCain were the only candidates on the ballot in every state, so the statistics for the other candidates might be kind of meaningless as some of their votes inevitably fall in “other.” Aww.

Here are 10 Fascinating Last Pictures Taken of or by certain people. They’re pretty fascinating. The subjects are familiar, but the photos aren’t commonly seen.

Here’s a case for the textbooks: a woman can’t recognize people’s voices except for Sean Connery’s.

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