Rank your own livable cities, H-town vs. Dallas, randy Rice, and moreSome smaller items this week followed by some amusing rankings analysis:
- If you're as annoyed by some of the "most livable cities" rankings as I am, there's a new web site out there called Pikimal that agrees with us and allows you to rank cities by your own criteria. You can add your own ratings to Houston here.
- Aaron Renn the Urbanophile over at New Geography looks at the data and concludes Rick Perry's Texas story is real.
- A pretty insightful take on that fellow Texas city that seems to win all the awards: Austin's Not That Weird.
- After reading "Big D-vide" in Texas Monthly about racial politics and corruption in Dallas, it makes you appreciate the more amicable race relations in Houston. Or at least that's my perception. I'm curious to hear others' opinions on Dallas vs. Houston race relations in the comments. I'd also like to think we don't have the same corruption problems, but that might be a harder case to make.
And concluding with a little amusing news, Newsweek ranked Rice #3 in the nation for both Happiest (nightlife, dining, housing, weather, indebtedness) and Horniest students. Do those things seem mutually incompatible to anyone else? Turns out the problem is their definition for the horniest schools: "Schools with high marks for student looks and low marks for campus strictness." Assuming horny = frustrated, kind of the opposite of horniest, right? "Horniest" would mean hot students and *high* campus strictness (see "Animal House"). Sounds like they really meant "randy", "hornless" (?) or "sexually satisfied" - which certainly seems like it would boost the Happiness ranking too ;-) And, yes, upon taking a second look, 4 of the 5 schools overlap on those two Top 5 lists. Wesleyan is horny without being happy, and Harvard is happy without being horny. I'll let you draw your own conclusions about what that means for their campus cultures...