Daily Archives: November 24, 2008

I have been gender analysed…

Thanks to Legal Eagle, who recently gave birth, for this one. She was a touch amazed:

[her] site has an 82% likelihood of being written by a man. Whereas Tim Blair’s site has a 72% chance of being written by a female. Hmm. I’m thinking the text classifier needs a little work.

So naturally I checked, and this blog “is written by a man (68%).” Ninglun’s Specials “is written by a woman (54%), however it’s quite gender neutral.” Well, what about that? My feminine side obviously comes out there! I am at my most butch or macho on English/ESL it appears, with an 87% masculinity score there.

After that I was curious about a few of my regulars. Marcellous: 72% male; Thomas: 71% male; Jim Belshaw: also 71% male; Denys: 65% male. Bruce is 83% male, while AV is 82%. Kanani Fong’s blog “is written by a woman (54%), however it’s quite gender neutral.” I really am starting to wonder about Tim Blair!

It is a bit surprising though that Lisa (Aluminium) is 89% male. Perhaps because she swears from time to time?

See Gender Analyser. Have fun. 🙂


Posted by on November 24, 2008 in blogging, diversions


My “Looking for Jacob” series

You may have noticed I have been spending some time over the last week constructing a new series of posts on Ninglun’s Specials: Looking for Jacob. In that series I walk around the area where my convict ancestor apparently lived in the mid 1830s and early 1840s. He had arrived in 1822.

Just for comparison, consider what Hyde Park was like in 1836, just a short walk from the locations I have been visiting.


Image from Barani, Sydney City Council.

1836 is the year my great-grandfather was born. I don’t think the family would have approved of the “Catholic Chapel” on their horizon… I am not sure what they would have made of the Eora people either…


Conrad Martens: a Darlinghurst scene 1840 (National Gallery of Australia)

But let’s say my ancestors went fishing. Perhaps they walked over to Darlinghurst…  Not exactly like that now. Yes, it is more than a bit Italianate in feel, that painting – but it is also rather good, I think, and gives a fair idea what the area may have been like.

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Posted by on November 24, 2008 in Australia, Australia and Australian, History, nostalgia, site news