Sunday, August 23, 2009

Alan Waddell's Book

For several years, I followed Alan Waddell's website Walk Sydney Streets
his family has now completed the book he'd been compiling, and there is ordering information for it Here
To Alan's family....your father's website was, and still is, one of the bright spots on the Internet. He was, and continues to be, an inspiration to many.....and he is missed.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

This is does the internet see You?

My brother-in-law sent me this, pretty cool :)

Personas is a component of the Metropath(ologies) exhibit, currently on display at the MIT Museum by the Sociable Media Group from the MIT Media Lab. It uses sophisticated natural language processing and the Internet to create a data portrait of one's aggregated online identity. In short, Personas shows you how the Internet sees you.

Enter your name, and Personas scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person - to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data. The computational process is visualized with each stage of the analysis, finally resulting in the presentation of a seemingly authoritative personal profile.In a world where fortunes are sought through data-mining vast information repositories, the computer is our indispensable but far from infallible assistant.Personas demonstrates the computer's uncanny insights and its inadvertent errors, such as the mischaracterizations caused by the inability to separate data from multiple owners of the same name. It is meant for the viewer to reflect on our current and future world, where digital histories are as important if not more important than oral histories, and computational methods of condensing our digital traces are opaque and socially ignorant.

Personas was created by Aaron Zinman, with help from Alex Dragulescu, Yannick Assogba and Judith Donath

Saturday, August 8, 2009

August 8......again

Well, it's August 8th again.....and, as usual, time for me to re-post about my own personal memory of President Nixon's resignation....I posted this last year
Down Memory Lane

and it's Still the same 'memory',lol, so I'll just re-post the link to my previous post (which I think links back to my previous-previous post? I'm going to get lost, I can already tell,LOL)

in other news? Tony bought April a car, and Kyle bought himself a new our driveway is full now :)

and we are off today to a Lavender farm, sounds RELAXING, which is about what speed I want to achieve this weekend.

Enjoy your weekend!