Wednesday News: ebook fonts, statistics in politics, shaming Megyn Kelly, and most stolen books
The Best Fonts for Ebook Readers, According to Book and Typeface Designers – You know, the actual fonts chosen may not be a surprise – Baskerville, Georgia, and Palatino – but I hadn’t really thought about issues beyond eye strain and readability on multiple devices. But yeah, personality is definitely a factor (says the woman who has spent hours looking for just the right font for any number of documents).
Picking the right font for your Kindle or Nook can enhance your reading experience. Some fonts are easy on the eyes, some have a ton of personality, and some tell stories of their own. Here are some fonts the experts suggest for your devices. – Lifehacker
Are Statistics Still Useful in Politics? – This U.S. presidential election season definitely seems to have challenged existing predictive models, as Nate Silver’s ‘2% for Trump’ prediction turned out. A new paper has analyzed Silver’s methods, but more importantly, takes a look at how statistical prediction is still important, especially to the candidates themselves (even Trump, who uses the same models that Obama did), who are looking to identify and motivate voters. But it’s hardly simple or easy:
But Silver’s choice of six stages (not seven, not four) was purely arbitrary. And even if they were the right ones, his assumption about the probabilities was flawed. Just because an event has two possible outcomes does not necessarily mean that the two outcomes each has a 50 percent probability (unless you’re doing something like flipping coins). Finally, Silver erroneously assumed that the stages were independent of one another. In a political campaign, success at one stage can improve the odds of success at the next stage—or diminish them. The probability of success at any stage is dependent on prior outcomes. By the time the campaign got to the “Endgame” stage, for example the probability that Trump’s nomination could be stopped by party leaders was drastically less than 50 percent. Silver wasn’t doing statistical modeling, he was doing back-of-the-envelope calculations. – Scientific American
No, Megyn Kelly Should Not Have Worn That Dress – Speaking of politics – sexual politics, that is – Megyn Kelly is taking all sorts to heat for wearing spaghetti straps during the Republican National Convention. Because OMG HOW DARE SHE SHOW BARE SHOULDERS DURING SUCH AN IMPORTANT POLITICAL EVENT. Or something. Even women like Inc.’s Suzanne Lucas are defending the backlash, not because of sexism, of course, but because it’s an issue of “dress code.” Because a male reporter wearing a Hawaiian shirt, to use her example, would have gotten the very same level of criticism. Right? Because it’s all about dress code.
It’s not about women being held to a different standard, and it’s not about sexism. It’s about societal norms. If her male co-host had shown up in a tuxedo or a Hawaiian shirt, that would have been equally inappropriate. This challenging of societal norms doesn’t justify people calling her names or insulting her. Saying “That dress wasn’t appropriate for a reporter” is one thing. Saying “she’s a horrible person because she wore spaghetti straps on the air” is quite another. I firmly believe in pushing back against the new societal norm that says it’s OK to be rude to people as long as it’s on the internet. – Inc.
What Are the Most Stolen Books? Bookstore Lists Feature Works by Murakami, Bukowski, Burroughs, Vonnegut, Kerouac & Palahniuk – One of my favorite things about Open Culture is that they often answer questions I hadn’t necessarily thought to ask. Like what books are most frequently stolen from bookstores? And guess what – it’s not books like Twilight or Fifty Shades. It’s books like On the Road and Fight Club. In the U.S., at least. Harry Potter is high on the British stolen books list.
When it comes to books stolen from libraries, on the other hand, Huber points out this dynamic: “library theft leans more toward the practical than the popular, whereas bookstore theft leans toward the popular.” The top seven here include expensive art books, The Bible, The Guinness Book of World Records, textbooks/reference books/exam prep books, and, naturally, books on university reading lists. Also, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition and “other racy books/magazines”—many stolen, perhaps, to avoid the embarrassment of prying librarian eyes. – Open Culture