Pretty fun idea, worth checking out (ending soon). Off the Stall

“It began with a curiosity about why the ten most common verbs in the English language are irregular, even though the vast majority of verbs are regular. Their discovery, arrived at through data-mining several centuries’ worth of texts, amounts to a sort of linguistic natural selection: the more frequently an irregular verb is used, the less likely it is to be regularized over time. It was the Ngram Viewer, and access to Google’s vast library of digitized books, that enabled this discovery.”

Mark O’Connell reads “Uncharted: Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture,” a new book by the scientists Erez Aiden and Jean-Baptiste Michel, founders of the field they call “culturomics”: http://nyr.kr/OBr9bg (via newyorker)

Also:

As striking as these infographics are in their encapsulations of historical truths, they don’t typically tell us anything that we didn’t already know. And this is true of the book as a whole. The data on censorship, for instance, is embedded deep in a luxuriance of padding. We get stuff about how Helen Keller was “a hero to millions, a symbol of the triumph of the human spirit over adversity” and how “Marcel Proust became famous for writing good books,” which is one of those facts so incontrovertibly true that stating it sounds a mysteriously false note. And a data-mining examination of the history of fame, whereby we learn that Adolf Hitler is the most famous person born in the past two centuries (i.e., mentioned in the most books), leads to the insight that “darkness, too, lurks among the n-grams, and no secret darker than this: Nothing creates fame more efficiently than acts of extreme evil. We live in a world in which the surest route to fame is killing people, and we owe it to one another to think about what that means.” After a while, you begin to suspect that this sort of wan reflection might be compensating for the fact that the data itself reveal little that is new.
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But don’t the emperor’s clothes look lovely?

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prweek:

Guinness pulled its sponsorship of New York City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade because of organizers’ longstanding ban against gay and lesbian groups marching openly. Heineken also dropped its sponsorship due to the dispute, and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the parade.  In Boston, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday because of a similar ban against LGBT marchers, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh declined to participate.

When you’ve lost the beer companies, clearly you’re doing something wrong.


It seems silly, but this feels like such a big step. How can you afford to discriminate if no one will help you pay for it?

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prweek:

Guinness pulled its sponsorship of New York City’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade because of organizers’ longstanding ban against gay and lesbian groups marching openly. Heineken also dropped its sponsorship due to the dispute, and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio will become the first mayor in decades to sit out the parade.

In Boston, Sam Adams pulled its sponsorship of the city’s St. Patrick’s Day parade on Sunday because of a similar ban against LGBT marchers, and Boston Mayor Martin Walsh declined to participate.

When you’ve lost the beer companies, clearly you’re doing something wrong.

It seems silly, but this feels like such a big step. How can you afford to discriminate if no one will help you pay for it?

futurejournalismproject:

Juoksentelisinkohan

An important question to pose oneself from time to time.

Lynda Barry is the coolest. (New cover for On Wisconsin.)

Found this while cleaning out files from a previous coworker. Proof that “millennial” is just a synonym for “new generation of young people”?

This kickstarter project looks pretty sweet. Check it out: Wicked Cool Tools

Watch your back. #streetart #pixels (at Overture Center For The Arts)

theatlantic:

When You Fall in Love, This is What Facebook Sees

Facebook might understand your romantic prospects better than you do.

In a blog post published yesterday, the company’s team of data scientists announced that statistical evidence hints at budding relationships before the relationships start.

As couples become couples, Facebook data scientist Carlos Diuk writes, the two people enter a period of courtship, during which timeline posts increase. After the couple makes it official, their posts on each others’ walls decrease—presumably because the happy two are spending more time together.

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It’s so interesting how they can pick up on these tells. Last week I gave a presentation on SEO and discussed how we send out beacons in our searches that indicate where we are (physically, but also mentally) that can create a proxy image of what’s going on for us.

These services can build a surprisingly accurate picture of who we are, even without explicitly giving personal data.

uwmadisonls:

We couldn’t help ourselves …

We put together a series of liberal-arts-themed Valentine’s cards representative of our majors and disciplines. You can save the images by right clicking and choosing ‘Save image as’ and then send them to your special someone.

Do you have a favorite? (We’re partial…

Adorable.

Aesthetically it’s probably my best-looking loaf of brown soda bread. It’s a recipe from americastestkitchen that’s super easy and delicious.

Discussing “design cocaine” and making at Ignite Madison.

I really like the kickstarter app, especially to check out stuff beyond Staff Picks. Even if I have no intention of backing, it’s fun to see the projects and incentives people come up with.

The rewards seem to be the biggest factor too. This one seems to have everything going for it (neat art, polished storytelling, facial-haired-man in video), but the rewards just aren’t very compelling. It has 8 days left to raise a lot of money.

stanleychowillustration:

Roberto Carlos illustration for Golaço Umro campaign

I remember watching, and rewatching, this goal on a video I downloaded from Kazaa.