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   Nate Silver tries to statistically determine what the best burrito is

12 Nov 2012 05:43 PM   |   14255 clicks   |   Chicago Magazine
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Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
Tijuana Flats Megajuana with blackened chicken, wet with queso

12 Nov 2012 05:47 PM
lennavan     
A lot of journalism wants to have what they call objectivity without them having a commitment to pursuing the truth, but that doesn't work. Objectivity requires belief in and a commitment toward pursuing the truth-having an object outside of our personal point of view.

Holy fark I love Nate Silver even more.

12 Nov 2012 05:47 PM
loonatic112358     
He's more mexican then the English Major

12 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     
Also, Jews aren't really the best arbiters of Mexican food. Or any food, really.

12 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
FunkOut    [TotalFark]  
Much like genitals, the one in your hand.

12 Nov 2012 05:48 PM
demaL-demaL-yeH     
FTFA:
Did you ever figure out the best burrito?
No, I never finished. Even I managed to get a little sick of Mexican food eating it basically every day for a month in row.



Stone the infidel!

12 Nov 2012 05:49 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     
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12 Nov 2012 05:50 PM
demaL-demaL-yeH     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Also, Jews aren't really the best arbiters of Mexican food. Or any food, really.


Shut your whore mouth.

12 Nov 2012 05:50 PM
MrEricSir     
If you're looking for the best burrito, your first step should be to get the hell out of Chicago.

12 Nov 2012 05:52 PM
Smingleigh     
The best burrito is 80% Obama.

12 Nov 2012 05:52 PM
Mr_Fabulous     
Panchero's grilled chicken with cheese, cilantro rice, pico de gallo, black beans and hot sauce. The fresh-pressed tortilla makes all the difference.

12 Nov 2012 05:52 PM
StopLurkListen     
That's funny. And true! The best kind of funny.

I thought you were joking, subby. I apologize for my lack of faith in your headline.

12 Nov 2012 05:53 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

Smingleigh: The best burrito is 80% Obama.


You like the mole, eh?

12 Nov 2012 05:53 PM
RoyBatty     
My only issue with many of the polls, and Nate Silver's since his are so wonderfully accurate, is the Heisenberg effect, self-fulfilling prophecies, and being around FARK and knowing how many idiots are out there that vote/retweet/support whatever is popular without bothering to think critically about it on their own.

Reminds me of the Asimov story, Franchise.

12 Nov 2012 05:53 PM
halfof33     
Big Star.

he picked the single most hipster intensive farking place for 1000 miles in every direction.

Christ.

12 Nov 2012 05:54 PM
Cymbal     
Actually subby, that was a long time ago, and he gave up on trying to find out what the best burrito is. Nice try on making me give a fark though.

12 Nov 2012 05:55 PM
StopLurkListen     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Also, Jews aren't really the best arbiters of Mexican food. Or any food, really.


Pastrami burritoez, you must has it

12 Nov 2012 05:56 PM
gunther_bumpass     
Best burrito in Chicago? Please.. That's like trying to find the best pizza in Pakistan.

You can probably find one, but it's still garbage.

12 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
Phantom_Spaceman     

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Tijuana Flats Megajuana with blackened chicken, wet with queso


Tijuana Flats is almost always disappointing. It's just never quite as tasty as I'm expecting.

12 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
WeenerGord     
About tree fiddy

12 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
WeenerGord     

Jon iz teh kewl: [www.ramendays.com image 600x360]


Ey yi yiyi
I am the Frito Burrito

12 Nov 2012 05:58 PM
the-meter-man     
The best burriitos are the ones that make grease drip from your elbows.

12 Nov 2012 06:00 PM
starlost     
the only way to win is not to play. who would farking want to eat those liquid shiate makers.

12 Nov 2012 06:00 PM
vegasj     
Chipotle'.

yes.

12 Nov 2012 06:00 PM
hulk hogan meat shoes     
The left is still clinging to this guy? He was right. Get over it. He's a sabermetrician at best and a pundit at worst.

12 Nov 2012 06:01 PM
Omnivorous     
You can go and take your traditional journalist, and many of them are fantastically good reporters, very good writers, certainly The New York Times, and try to train them more in some math and probability and statistics. Or you can hire people who come from that background, where maybe now some papers are going to hire economics majors and math majors, fields that you wouldn't typically enter if you want to go into journalism. But I would think-I guess I would predict-you'll see more data-driven analysts or reporters.

Maybe journalism schools could start pushing accounting and statistics courses aggressively. You'd be shocked at how few Wall Street Journal reporters can compute a percentage when it comes time to do earnings reports.

12 Nov 2012 06:01 PM
Overfiend     
I wonder if he can predict if Chicago will ever elect a non criminal Congressman?

How did Jesse Jackson Jr get reelected?

My vote is for burrito.

/threadjack burrito

12 Nov 2012 06:01 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     
WHERES MY BURRITO. WHERES MY BURRITO. WHERES MY BURRITO
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12 Nov 2012 06:02 PM
D_Evans45     

Jon iz teh kewl: [www.ramendays.com image 600x360]



That looks terrible, who in the hell thought it would be a good idea to start making Mexican dishes with Dorito and "Flamin Hot Frito" snack chips?

The best burritos arent at some expensive hipster chain, they exist in the kitchens of those who cook fresh food at home. Pass me the just-grilled carne asada and steaming tortilla off the range, I just cut up some fresh lettuce and tomato I need to mix this into. Dont skimp on the sour cream or guacamole, or god forbid, the farking cheese. Doctor with salsa to perfection; roll it tight and dont eat too many.

12 Nov 2012 06:04 PM
Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom     

Phantom_Spaceman: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Tijuana Flats Megajuana with blackened chicken, wet with queso

Tijuana Flats is almost always disappointing. It's just never quite as tasty as I'm expecting.


Do you partake in the hot sauce bar? That's about 75% of the reason I love the place.

12 Nov 2012 06:05 PM
wedun     

MrEricSir: If you're looking for the best burrito, your first step should be to get the hell out of Chicago.


This

12 Nov 2012 06:06 PM
Super Chronic     
Wait, everybody at the U of C -- and I mean everybody -- understands that the best burrito in Chicago is at Maravillas. How did Nate miss that?

12 Nov 2012 06:06 PM
vegasj     

D_Evans45: Pass me the just-grilled carne asada and steaming tortilla off the range, I just cut up some fresh lettuce and tomato I need to mix this into. Dont skimp on the sour cream or guacamole, or god forbid, the farking cheese. Doctor with salsa to perfection; roll it tight and dont eat too many.



Thanks asshole. Now I want homemade burritos. :(


12 Nov 2012 06:06 PM
Captain James T. Smirk    [TotalFark]  
The Dean Chambers article linked in TFA is doubly hilarious in retrospect.

Nate Silver is pretty awesome.

12 Nov 2012 06:07 PM
Jon iz teh kewl     

D_Evans45: Jon iz teh kewl: [www.ramendays.com image 600x360]


That looks terrible, who in the hell thought it would be a good idea to start making Mexican dishes with Dorito and "Flamin Hot Frito" snack chips?

The best burritos arent at some expensive hipster chain, they exist in the kitchens of those who cook fresh food at home. Pass me the just-grilled carne asada and steaming tortilla off the range, I just cut up some fresh lettuce and tomato I need to mix this into. Dont skimp on the sour cream or guacamole, or god forbid, the farking cheese. Doctor with salsa to perfection; roll it tight and dont eat too many.


boring. it's not a taco unless it has chips on it. like a burrito
bingo fritos spicy hot with taco chisp on a burrito!!

12 Nov 2012 06:07 PM
hulk hogan meat shoes     

wedun: MrEricSir: If you're looking for the best burrito, your first step should be to get the hell out of Chicago.

This


Yeah, it's not like there's a large, vibrant Hispanic community in Chicago. There's a complete dearth of neighborhoods where all of the billboards are in Spanish. The Latin Kings? A total non-entity in the city.

12 Nov 2012 06:08 PM
Jument     
Qdoba. Yeah, I'm a white dude.

12 Nov 2012 06:09 PM
halfof33     

gunther_bumpass: Best burrito in Chicago? Please.. That's like trying to find the best pizza in Pakistan.

You can probably find one, but it's still garbage.


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"You sound like you know all about Mexican food.... you can tell me more about it when I get back from cleaning my Top Chef Masters' award."

12 Nov 2012 06:10 PM
gunther_bumpass     

halfof33: Big Star.

he picked the single most hipster intensive farking place for 1000 miles in every direction.

Christ.


Relax, kiddo. It's not like he's out clogging up your favorite fancy hot-dog place with flannel-wearing,
ironically mustachioed twentysomethings. Your precious lips and assholes are safe.

..

for now.

12 Nov 2012 06:11 PM
Rent Party     
It just went to show how deluded people can be-having an emotional reaction to the data they don't like and not really a rational reaction.

And that sums up the entire right wing, right there.

Silver is a farking genius.

12 Nov 2012 06:12 PM
CapeFearCadaver    [TotalFark]  
I think people like those types of stories because-Moneyball is a part of it, right? And I think we have so much information now, we have so much data. We need better practices, strategies, techniques, to make better use of it.

This needs to begin occurring across the farking board.

Across. The. F*cking. Board.

12 Nov 2012 06:13 PM
Skirl Hutsenreiter     

Omnivorous: You can go and take your traditional journalist, and many of them are fantastically good reporters, very good writers, certainly The New York Times, and try to train them more in some math and probability and statistics. Or you can hire people who come from that background, where maybe now some papers are going to hire economics majors and math majors, fields that you wouldn't typically enter if you want to go into journalism. But I would think-I guess I would predict-you'll see more data-driven analysts or reporters.

Maybe journalism schools could start pushing accounting and statistics courses aggressively. You'd be shocked at how few Wall Street Journal reporters can compute a percentage when it comes time to do earnings reports.


This is why I think it was actually kinda smart for CU to ditch their journalism major. You can still get grad degrees in it, but as an undergrad there's only a minor program. The theory is that future finance journalists then actually major in economics, science journalists in a science, etc.

12 Nov 2012 06:14 PM
swankywanky     

Phantom_Spaceman: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: Tijuana Flats Megajuana with blackened chicken, wet with queso

Tijuana Flats is almost always disappointing. It's just never quite as tasty as I'm expecting.


CSB --? When I lived in Winter Park my brother came to visit and he got all hot-sauce-tough-guy and went big with the Spank My Ass and Call Me Sally. Literally, and I mean literally, we saw beads of sweat pop out of his forehead. The drinking the rest of the night took care of him but the next day he was in a whole bucket full of misery.

12 Nov 2012 06:15 PM
SacriliciousBeerSwiller     

D_Evans45: The best burritos arent at some expensive hipster chain, they exist in the kitchens of those who cook fresh food at home. Pass me the just-grilled carne asada and steaming tortilla off the range, I just cut up some fresh lettuce and tomato I need to mix this into. Dont skimp on the sour cream or guacamole, or god forbid, the farking cheese. Doctor with salsa to perfection; roll it tight and dont eat too many.


YOU SHUT YOUR WHORE MOUTH.

Eat until you can't eat anymore, wash down with 3 or 4 beers, chase those with 2 strong margaritas, then sleep for 15 hours.

That's how you do it.

12 Nov 2012 06:15 PM
Super Chronic     

D_Evans45: Jon iz teh kewl: [www.ramendays.com image 600x360]


That looks terrible, who in the hell thought it would be a good idea to start making Mexican dishes with Dorito and "Flamin Hot Frito" snack chips?

The best burritos arent at some expensive hipster chain, they exist in the kitchens of those who cook fresh food at home. Pass me the just-grilled carne asada and steaming tortilla off the range, I just cut up some fresh lettuce and tomato I need to mix this into. Dont skimp on the sour cream or guacamole, or god forbid, the farking cheese. Doctor with salsa to perfection; roll it tight and dont eat too many.


I picture you speaking in the voice and accent of that lady in the Taco Bell commercials. "Shunks of awocado in your wacamoley!"

12 Nov 2012 06:17 PM
redmond24     
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12 Nov 2012 06:20 PM
CygnusDarius     

MrEricSir: If you're looking for the best burrito, your first step should be to get the hell out of Chicago.


Are there Mexicans in Chicago? If the answer is yes, chances are you'll find Mexican food decent enough.

12 Nov 2012 06:20 PM
halfof33     

D_Evans45: Dont skimp on the sour cream


10/10!

You'll get some bites.

/You should have said you season your steak with A-1. That would have been a historic troll.

12 Nov 2012 06:20 PM
PullmyHair     

Super Chronic: D_Evans45: Jon iz teh kewl: [www.ramendays.com image 600x360]


That looks terrible, who in the hell thought it would be a good idea to start making Mexican dishes with Dorito and "Flamin Hot Frito" snack chips?

The best burritos arent at some expensive hipster chain, they exist in the kitchens of those who cook fresh food at home. Pass me the just-grilled carne asada and steaming tortilla off the range, I just cut up some fresh lettuce and tomato I need to mix this into. Dont skimp on the sour cream or guacamole, or god forbid, the farking cheese. Doctor with salsa to perfection; roll it tight and dont eat too many.

I picture you speaking in the voice and accent of that lady in the Taco Bell commercials. "Shunks of awocado in your wacamoley!"


Doritos Tacos Master Chef Supreme!

12 Nov 2012 06:22 PM
CygnusDarius     
I really wish that, with the notoriety of Nate Silver, at least a small amount of interest in math springs out. We need to view our intellectuals as saviors and heroes, not demonize them or ridicule them.

Also, FTA:

'm trying to maintain some form of detachment from it, almost like it's happening to another person or another character. But it's weird, and goes to show you what can happen in the Internet age, where things can take off really, really fast.

I think this is the best way to confront internet fame, unless you're involved in something highly illegal.

12 Nov 2012 06:22 PM
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