Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Cartesian Coordinate Systems

Thanks, René Descartes, for inventing this nifty tool.  Political Compass has an interesting survey that tries to guess your political ideology based on two issue dimensions.  It doesn't really make much sense, because people have preferences on many, many dimensions (economics, environment, foreign policy, etc.), but it's still fun.

New York Magazine probably has the best Cartesian coordinate system out right now, called The Approval Matrix.  It's sort of like a modern-age Harper's Index, and apparently it holds Godlike authority.

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