Escher in 2003!
October 8, 2003 2:02 PM   Subscribe

The results are in! the MeFi guesses weren't too far off, and Escher wins the domokun, while ook wins the booby prize.
posted by mathowie (18 comments total)
I know circular threads (pointing to old posts) aren't the norm, but then the contest was a little bit special and deserved its own spot.
posted by mathowie at 2:04 PM on October 8, 2003

My first reaction was to be satisfied with finishing in the middle of the pack, since I hated the result. But then I realized that ook didn't win the booby prize, the residents of this formery-fine state did and I became sad.
posted by billsaysthis at 2:14 PM on October 8, 2003

Heh, I was just going to question whether this thread should be on MeFi instead of, say, MeTa, but I didn't see who started the thread. Oh well, at least I'm #8!
posted by gyc at 2:14 PM on October 8, 2003

I had this weird dream last night that Arnold Schwarzenegger was the governor of California. I told my wife and she laughed until milk came out of her nose. The whole thing seems so Lyotardian.
posted by mecran01 at 2:18 PM on October 8, 2003

yay #4 :) ...but I wished I was wrong...well *loads potatorailgun* I'll be back !
posted by elpapacito at 2:21 PM on October 8, 2003

so, uh, metafilter, what sort of stocks do you see doing well?

*grabs pen*
posted by th3ph17 at 2:29 PM on October 8, 2003

Just out of curiosity, is the result official yet? I thought the election had issues with all the absentee ballots and stuff. Not trying to be bitter about it, hell I'm probably second behind ook with worst guess, but is the 56%/44% certified?
posted by XQUZYPHYR at 2:31 PM on October 8, 2003

Wow, third place! Unfortunately, I can't in good conscience take credit for the show - my prediction was actually for Gray to NOT be recalled, 52% to 48%, but I stupidly reversed the order from what everyone else was doing so that it looked more like 52% - yes, 48% - no.

Since there's no prize for third-place anyway, I don't think the results need to be changed, but I wanted to set the record straight.

I did nail the Sox-A's score, though
posted by yhbc at 2:36 PM on October 8, 2003

Hey, I finished 10th. Cool.

I underestimated Arnold and overestimated the fringe candidates. Damn.
posted by nath at 3:32 PM on October 8, 2003

I would like to point out, though, that I was the only one to call 55-45 in favor of the recall, and finished first there. Holla back.
posted by nath at 3:33 PM on October 8, 2003

As I proudly accept this booby prize, I'd like to thank my parents, for teaching me to trust in the abilities of the American people to choose wise, qualified leaders; my fifth-grade history teacher, for giving me such a deep understanding of this best of all possible governments, the democratic process; and God, for filling me with boundless optimism and the faith that everything always turns out for the best in the end. Thanks, everyone! I couldn't have done this without you!

::hefts trophy, accidentally poking self in eye::
posted by ook at 4:01 PM on October 8, 2003

It sounds like ook is getting the feeling (Quicktime.)
posted by homunculus at 4:26 PM on October 8, 2003

I demand a recount.
posted by modofo at 4:49 PM on October 8, 2003

One for Martin, two for Martin. Would you like another?
posted by nath at 5:02 PM on October 8, 2003

Just out of curiosity, is the result official yet?

No: "The results of the voting in the election will most likely not become official until Saturday, November 15. The election could be certified before that date, but it's unlikely, given the complexity of the ballot and vote count."

With the wisdom of hindsight, I regret that I didn't vote for Georgy. According to CNN's recall page, she only got 1,946 votes (so far.) If she runs again when Schwarzenegger gets recalled, next time I'll vote for her.
posted by homunculus at 5:12 PM on October 8, 2003

wow! I was only 0.1% in the prediction of the vote for Arnold.
posted by jasonspaceman at 4:40 AM on October 9, 2003

A respectable top third performance, although I can't help but feel that many of the people who called the recall failing at 45% or less yes were engaged more in wishful thinking than honest prognostication.

I was far, far off on Arnold's winning margin, as was nearly everyone. Clinton really lowered the bar on the sex scandals -- it now appears that nothing short of a rape conviction will cost a politician votes on the grounds of being too much of an alpha male.

The most important result was the conclusion that the average was better than any individual proposal. This validates the efficient market hypothesis...
posted by MattD at 6:58 AM on October 9, 2003

#6! Thanks rcade and all. That was fun ... *tears ticket into little squares and wistfully watches them flutter into the rubbish bin*
posted by carter at 7:51 AM on October 9, 2003

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