For years, the Eurovision Song Contest has been decided through a popular vote.
However, this year they decided to give half of the voting power to professional juries in each country.
But what was the consequence of this?
They have now revealed what the result would have been if all power had been with the juries, but for some reason they haven’t done the same for the popular vote.
Could this be because the winner of the popular vote was Azerbaijan?
I’ve put the popular and jury votes into a table and subtracted one from the other:
Of course, the right-hand column does not show exactly what people voted, only how much they diverged from the juries, so perhaps Norway would still have won.
But I think it’s beyond doubt that Azerbaijan would have been very close to winning, and that the UK and especially France would have been huge disasters had they not introduced juries.
Ever since reading The Time Traveler’s Wife, I’ve been intrigued by the blackened turkey they were eating for Christmas in it.
Having bought a big turkey recently, I decided to find the recipe.
I’m pretty sure it must be this one.
Sadly, however, it looks like a lot of work for an ordinary Sunday roast, so I don’t think I’ll be making it this time round.
But it’s definitely on my to-do list for whenever there’s a suitable occasion.
Preferably one without my mum, because she sounded absolutely horrified when I told her the recipe: “Can’t you eat the skin? But that’s the best bit of the bird!” she cried.
Sometimes there are technologies that you know have been invented but that for some reason never make it although you think they would be very popular.
One such example is electronic cheques.
Using standard cryptographic software, it should be easy enough to create a system that would allow Alice to create an electronic cheque and email it to Bob, who would then forward it to his bank which would use the information contained in it to initiate an electronic money transfer from Alice’s bank account to Bob’s account.
I even believe a Danish company wrote some software that did exactly this ten years ago, but I’ve never seen it used in real life.
Perhaps the reader would argue that electronic bank transfers are easy, so there is no need, but it means that Alice needs to request Bob’s account details, which is a hassle and a potential security hazard.
With electronic cheques, Alice wouldn’t need to know this. She might need Bob’s public key, but that could be in a public location without any risk to Bob, and Bob could choose himself which of his bank accounts the money should be paid to.
It looks like a no-brainer to me. Am I missing something?