How do YOU Physically Measure Up to Canadians?

I just created an interactive dashboard with distributions of the Canadian population physical health measurements like standing and sitting height, weight, BMI, waist, hip and waist hip ratio, by gender and age group demographics, as measured and released by the Canadian Health Measures Survey (CHMS). More than just averages, there are percentile distributions of 5, 10, 25, 50 (median), 75, 90 and 95, so you can see roughly what portions of the populations are more or less than you in those measurements. More details are in the post with the link because I can’t post the dashboard here with JavaScript not being allowed on WordPress.

See how you stack up, or put in average values from different jurisdictions, like country, state, country bloc, etc. and see how they compare to Canadians!

Die Young Memorably or Old Peacefully?

In the movies, legends, lore and so on, heroes and villains often die “memorable” deaths. These could be dramatic, heroic, tragic, traumatic and/or other “memorable” adjectives that move audiences. However, those characters usually die “before their time”. They rarely die a boring death in old age, like of natural causes, at home, at a hospital, possibly due to some disease. Those types of deaths are tragic as well, of course, but lots of people die that way.

Pretty much all of us admire some such fictional character that die before their time. Many people admire them very much. But enough to want to die the same way? That’s what I want to know with the Meth of Death Survey below.

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Analysis of a Sample Favourite Characters Correlation Survey, Part 1

A few weeks ago, I shared a fun short survey with regards to people’s favourite fictional characters to see if there were demographic trends. It was for me to learn the capabilities of Google Forms, with a survey that would have some meaning to hopefully generate interest for doing something on a larger scale in the future. Most of those who answered would have been associated with Halifax (Nova Scotia) based Facebook groups of geek/nerd interest like Hal-Con (our local “comic-con”), Anime-at-Large and Jules Verne Phantastical Society (JVPS, steampunk), but they were definitely not the only ones. Thanks to all those who did it, and shared it, including Michael McCluskey (aka Fat Apollo).

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