Political Math is written by an individual with far too much free time on his hands. This blog is primarily a suppliment to the YouTube channel 10000Pennies, which shows data visualizations on political topics.
The problem with the videos is that, if every tiny calculation were shown in the videos, they would be boring. However, I don’t want it to look like I’m trying to hide the data. The beauty of what I do is that the data is free for anyone to look at… the only problem is that only a few people really look at it and even fewer people understand it. So this blog is in place to get into the details for those who are either curious or skeptical.
As for me (this is an “About” page, after all), my name is Matthias Shapiro. After I posted my first video on a lark (seen here) I became a minor celebrity, visiting Washington DC, meeting with Senators, speaking at think tanks and conventions. This condition was thankfully temporary.
My normal job is as a software UX designer/developer (I try to keep up with Silverlight technology over at Designer Silverlight) and I have no desire to work in politics or media in any capacity. This is strictly a fun hobby for me.
If you’d like to contact me, you can e-mail me at matthias (dot) shapiro+100pennies (at) gmail (dot) com. I’m open to speaking engagements (I LOVE to talk to groups and individuals about videos and data and information visualization and a little about policy, although the latter isn’t my expertise), but I will not do custom videos. Please don’t ask.
I’m not looking for fame or a fight. I just know that we live in a world filled with numbers and I want to help people understand what those numbers mean.