October 24, 2006

What, Me, Unique?

Hardly, as the box below shows. But ..

LogoThere are:
people with my name
in the U.S.A.

How many have your name?

... just the same none of those others have
  • Fathered my son (hi, Simon!)
  • Chaired three PyCons
  • Written a book about Python
  • Taught almost 3,500 students about networking and security topics
  • Helped comp.lang.python readers to use Python
So there are lots of things that distinguish me from the doubtless equally worthy 47 others. It's always interesting to see the uses to which the web will put information. Twenty years ago HowManyOfMe.com would only have been imaginable as an online application. Now it just merits a raised eyebrow and a passing "good idea". Who knows what tomorrow's kids will take for granted assuming the preceding generations don't destroy the world.

Oh well, that's enough cheerful for today.


Duncan McGreggor said...

Oh dear,

There are Zero of me. Am I now getting transluscent?

Maybe I shouldn't have checked the site...

Martina said...

It claims that there are 0 people in the U.S. with my last name, which is definitely wrong.

Steve said...

Well it does use statistical methods. If your last name is *almost* unique it may well report zero because the census data excluded names with few representatives to avoid publishing traceable personal data.