Tuesday, November 28, 2006

If I were the Calgary Grit, here's how it happened

I really don’t want to make a big deal out of this since for most of you this is just substituting one Liberal you’ve never met for another, but I’ve decided to “come out” and write under my real name from now on. So, without further delay, say goodbye to Bart Ramson and say hello to...

Art Vandelay. OK, OK, for real this time:

(Drum roll please)

Calgary Grit is, in reality, Dan Arnold.

When I started blogging, I felt writing under a pseudonym would give me a bit more leeway to vent and be critical of the Liberal Party. But I don’t see any real reason to continue on with the charade and I figure being in the open allows me to recap events a bit better, do some media, and, besides all that, it’s not a huge secret anymore that there really is no Bart Ramson. I was at a Scott Brison event this spring and Scott came up to me, winked and said “slow night in the blogging world, eh?”(and we all know how good Scott is at keeping inside information secret…). So apologies to anyone I’ve deceived along the way.

For those wanting the 30 second bio, I’m currently President of the Alberta Young Liberals (slogan: “the best form of youthful rebellion in Alberta!”). For the past year, I’ve actually been living in Edmonton as I work on my Masters in Statistics at the U of A. I figure “Calgary Grit” sounds better than “Edmonton Grit”, so I’ll keep the blog name and I get back to Harpertown enough that I think I can still pass for a Calgary Liberal.

Like I said, no biggie. This shouldn’t change this blog around at all, except I may start talking a bit more about the Edmonton Liberal scene (which, at least federally, now bears a striking resemblance to Calgary…).

Tonight I fly to Montreal - I've still got my final thoughts on the final four posts saved as drafts so I'll try and get them up at some point as well as the updated Race for Stornoway section. And, hey, if you find yourself in Montreal feel free to track me down and say hello...

40 Comments:

  • Why would you choose to be George?

    If you, H.E Pennypacker and Kal Varnsen are in Montreal who is guarding the Saab factory?

    By Blogger Liberal Pebbles, at 4:56 PM  

  • See, when I was living in Edmonton I was thinking of signing my comments "Edmonton something", but like you said, it just doesn't sound good.

    Anyway. Pleased to meet you -- and this is yet another tick in favour of supporting the Liberals instead of the NDP next time around in Edmonton-Strathcona.

    By Blogger Mike Gillis, at 5:33 PM  

  • I must admit, I knew the secret all along except I kept quiet.

    It all began when you and I first started working on the blog strategy for the Kennedy campaign.

    Glad to see the 'coming out' party has begun Dan. Good luck in Montreal!

    By Blogger Vincent Riccio, at 5:45 PM  

  • A statistics masters student? Awesome. Your MA thesis has to be a primary election outcome projection model. I guess first ballot is about all you can predict, but its very doable.

    Though boy howdy do I wish I had the reams of polls the folks in my new American homeland get.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 6:03 PM  

  • hahahaha... I made the mistake of asking Dan and some other Alberta Young Liberals about "Bart Ramson" and then got let in on the "secret". People kept trying to out you Dan. I tried googling "Dan Arnold" and "Calgarygrit" and someone kept linking you on the comments of various blogs.

    By Blogger KC, at 6:11 PM  

  • You da man, Dan. Or whatever your name is. Funny that you're in Edmonton though. Hey, the HUB is cool, no?

    By Blogger Red Tory, at 6:21 PM  

  • Even though I knew your name wasn't Bart Ramson, I just liked the sound of it so much that I hoped this day would never come. Ah well - a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet (or something like that, my Shakespeare is rusty).

    I'm going without internet these days but have been really intrigued to see Kennedy go against the 'nation' motion. It's looked good on him, I think. Hard to believe this insanely long race is just about done - sure excited to see your commentary from the convention. Best of luck, Dan. (That feels weird to say...)

    By Blogger Jason Bo Green, at 6:25 PM  

  • At least where you're living now there's a real hockey team! ;)

    By Blogger Shawn, at 6:27 PM  

  • CG said;When I started blogging, I felt writing under a pseudonym would give me a bit more leeway to vent and be critical of the Liberal Party
    ....................................
    So I have to ask,why is criticism(liberal,or self) something the Liberal party has a problem with,or that one must be very careful(due to some who are not open to criticism).
    Anyway blogging in the open is much better.Nice to know who one is reading.Helps one to understand where a person is coming from.
    dirk(The Gimp Chronicles)

    By Blogger Dirk Buchholz, at 6:36 PM  

  • You'll always be Bart Ramson to me...

    By Blogger UWHabs, at 6:42 PM  

  • I was expecting a revelation of this nature on the eve of the convention.

    But I'd just assumed it would involve Iggy taking off the helmut and revealing his real name is Anakin Skywalker.

    By Blogger Reality Bites, at 6:44 PM  

  • Hey, welcome to Edmonton.

    And does "coming out" mean you'll be more willing to do things like the Bloggers' Hotstove? I hope so!

    By Blogger Idealistic Pragmatist, at 6:47 PM  

  • Crazy Liberals......

    By Blogger Andrew, at 7:09 PM  

  • As a currently pseudonymed blogger, let me say this: Dan Arnold? I freakin' love your band, dude!

    By Blogger Havril, at 8:02 PM  

  • Ooh, a fellow statistician! Of course, I'm only 95% confident that "Dan Arnold" is not, in fact, another pseudonym.

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 8:10 PM  

  • Josh,

    How about we take to confidence interval out of it:

    http://www.ylc-jlc.ca/executive_e.aspx?id=15159

    By Blogger KC, at 8:24 PM  

  • Quickly a Kramer's V or Chi-Square test is needed.

    By Blogger Zac, at 8:26 PM  

  • Masters in Stats... how are you at SAS?

    I'm hiring. :)

    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 8:29 PM  

  • Keep the name Calgary Grit. That's how I think of you, and I don't like change.

    By Blogger bigcitylib, at 8:49 PM  

  • Boo, Dan Arnold could never write as well as Bart Ramson, go back to being Bart. I hear your inspirational roommate is really the braintrust behind this great site anyway.....what is it that he is called again??

    Anyways, good luck Mr. Arnold, and I think you should pay homage to your roommate someday on this blog...for all he has done for you and society

    By Blogger thebraintrust, at 9:02 PM  

  • That works. :)

    And a double major in Stats and History? Oddly enough, I have two undergrads - in Poli Sci and Math/Stats!

    Weird, wild...

    Masters in Stats... how are you at SAS?

    Coincidentally, I was assisting at a SAS workshop this afternoon... and I was the invited speaker/instructor at an R workshop last week.

    Small world!

    By Blogger Josh Gould, at 9:04 PM  

  • CG,

    I like saying CG because then I picture a tree-trunk of a man with an enormous stetson and wild silver belt buckle getting all gushy over the inclusiveness of the term "fishers".

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:39 PM  

  • even smaller world - and perhaps damning confirmation of our collective and individual nerdiness:

    My company's primary analytic tool is SAS as well. Ha!

    By Blogger Chuckercanuck, at 9:40 PM  

  • "even smaller world - and perhaps damning confirmation of our collective and individual nerdiness"

    Haha.. well at least I didn't take Poli Sci too. :)

    By Blogger Toronto Tory, at 9:46 PM  

  • Bart, I knew you looked familiar...

    By Blogger daveberta, at 9:49 PM  

  • i mean Dan, I mean... I'm confused...

    By Blogger daveberta, at 9:49 PM  

  • Ahhh...you know how many websites have Bart Ramson written in them? This is going to take some major cleaning up. Should they be left as Bart?

    By Blogger Mr.Wizard, at 10:35 PM  

  • I know I'm too late for the stats jokes, but let me just say that you have a far better R-square than a certain Cherniak.

    By Blogger hosertohoosier, at 10:57 PM  

  • Joe Klein doesn't feel threatened.

    By Blogger The Anonymous Green, at 11:37 PM  

  • Sorry Dan

    The real question is...

    you still a Habs fan?

    cuz we all know that is way more important...

    By Blogger Antonio, at 1:52 AM  

  • Ha. Love it.

    By Blogger Savoy, at 4:12 AM  

  • I had guessed that "Bart Ramson" was probably an acronym for your real name. I never took the time to figure out what real name that might correspond to.

    By Blogger Crabgrass, at 9:11 AM  

  • Dan - nice to not have to pretend not to know who you are anymore :-)

    See you in Montreal!

    By Blogger Prairie Fire, at 9:38 AM  

  • This is one "coming out" that I can support. ;-)

    I'll actually be "coming out" myself in the next little while, I figure it's time too. Just registered my .ca in my own name, but I'm still keeping a low profile so I can blog with a little more impunity. (all thanks to the whole "scary right wing Christian CPC" garbage you Liberals have promoted! LOL)

    Nice to meet you Dan.

    By Blogger Christian Conservative, at 10:04 AM  

  • Congrats on the new, err, old new name.

    I've considered "outing" myself, but I did back in 1997, and it's just much cooler to be known as "the" Saskboy online. I'd have a much harder time getting account names and such for my real name, which is hardly a secret since it's appeared in print & online media with my blog address. (That's a cue for detectives to obsess about my real name and go hunting.)
    Oh and naturally Dan you know it anyway since we're "working" online together at PB.ca

    By Blogger Saskboy, at 10:38 AM  

  • Nothing wrong with a pen name I say, and I know the vast majority of folks reading my blog know who I am (at least in Manitoba).

    But at some point, it doesn't hurt to have your real name on your real work, and the quality of the blog is a credit to Dan Arnold.

    And Dan Arnold deserves that credit.

    Looking forward to reading the blog this weekend Dan.

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  • For those wanting the 30 second bio, I’m currently President of the Alberta Young Liberals (slogan: “the best form of youthful rebellion in Alberta!”). For the past year, I’ve actually been living in Edmonton as I work on my Masters in Statistics at the U of A. I figure “Calgary Grit” sounds better than “Edmonton Grit”, so I’ll keep the blog name and I get back to Harpertown enough that I think I can still pass for a Calgary Liberal.

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