Rabbit Hole – Episode 1 : Tideglusib
So, a while ago I tweeted out asking for podcast ideas. Didn’t really think I’d get anything too interesting back, but David Hess had a great suggestion: I go to a random wikipedia page and then just see where it goes. I think this is a brilliant idea, and I’m stealing it for myself. I’m calling this “Rabbit Hole” and it will be broadcast live on Twitch. It’s perfect for me because it takes absolutely no planning and I can just do it whenever. I did it for the first time last night. (Full video is here). Here is a recap of last nights episode.
We started here: Tideglusib
Tideglusib is a GSK-3 inhibitor. Which apparently has something to do with Bipolar disorder. This made me looks up why they changed the name from “manic depression” to “bipolar disorder”
That page led me to…..the Animaniacs.
Where I watched the 50 state capitals video and the Nations of the World video. In that second video they sing the lyric “both Yemens”. Apparently from 1967 to 1990 there were two Yemens! I had no idea!
Note: Animaniacs aired from 1993 to 1998. So the song was WRONG.
I then wondered who did the voice of Yakko. It’s a guy named Rob Paulsen. He was also the voice of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Raphael! He also the guy from this classic “Got Milk” commercial! (He was a Hamilton fan before it was cool……)
Then this picture happened and I needed to look up Anthrocon.
Here is the Fursuit parade from Anthrocon 2019. It’s…..something.
So then I started reading about furries, as one does…..and apparently, there is some actual academic work being done studying furry culture. I found and started reading this paper from the journal Animals and Society. Which led me here when I was trying to figure out the difference between pan-sexual and omni-sexual.
In that furry study, they were doing some statistical tests to see if there were differences in proportions of gay, straight, and bisexual people who are involved in furry culture. What they tested was if all the proportions were the same. I didn’t think that made sense and it would have been better to compare to the proportions in the general population. So I went and looked up what the proportions are in the general population. Interestingly, Americans tend to over estimate the size of the U.S. gay population. (Guess what it is an see how close you are. I wasn’t too far off, but I did over estimate it).
This led me to thinking about how you estimate the size of hard to reach populations and I remembered seeing work done in the past about leveraging social networks to estimate population size. Here is some work by Tyler McCormick on this exact topic: Network-Based Methods for Accessing Hard-to-Reach Populations Using Standard Surveys.
Then the baby started crying. I’m definitely doing this again. I had a lot of fun doing it. I don’t even care if you watch. But I’d prefer if you did.