New News Part 2

October 6, 2008

Jeff Jarvis has an interesting point here about the article no longer being the building block of news information. He believes topics could dethrone articles. On topics:

“…I want a page, a site, a thing that is created, curated, edited, and discussed. It’s a blog that treats a topic as an ongoing and cumulative process of learning, digging, correcting, asking, answering. It’s also a wiki that keeps a snapshot of the latest knowledge and background. It’s an aggregator that provides annotated links to experts, coverage, opinion, perspective, source material. It’s a discussion that doesn’t just blather but that tries to accomplish something”

I agree- It could operate as a sort of google search in reverse. Rather than a clean slate search, publishers find an issue and see where they can build outward, evolve the topic or point of view. The bigger idea is a story is never told and concluded, it changes and grows based on the interest of the reader. After all we know things are changing.


They call me the Levinator…

August 27, 2008

This was really cool, EA posted a video response to a game glitch in Tiger Woods 2009. What an awesome way to build on user generated content.

Article Here

Mohorovicic Discontinuity:

August 26, 2008

The Mohorovicic Discontinuity, or “Moho”, is the boundary between the earth’s crust and the mantle.

The Mohorovicic Discontinuity was discovered in 1909 by Andrija Mohorovicic , a Croatian seismologist. Mohorovicic realized that the velocity of a seismic wave is related to the density of the material that it is moving through. He interpreted the acceleration of seismic waves observed within Earth’s outer shell as a compositional change within the earth. The acceleration must be caused by a higher density material being present at depth.

A self-descending, radiogenic heat powered tungsten capsule has been proposed to explore the “Moho.”

PS3 Wipeout Fails Epilepsy Test

July 24, 2008

Ha, I never thought I’d see the day. Sony’s new game has to be re-engineered because it has been failing the Epilepsy test. I wonder if they use real epileptics in testing…

Wired Story

To test you epileptic receptivity (game video)


June 30, 2008

Throwing a HUGE amount of information into a computer and letting it figure out all possible problems and solutions. By plotting and analyzing points, computers can find correlations that no human could ever discover. Sounds big brother-like but I was surprised to find out that this is how Google’s translator works:

Google uses the same philosophy of learning via massive data for their translation programs. They can translate from English to French, or German to Chinese by matching up huge datasets of humanly translated material. For instance, Google trained their French/English translation engine by feeding it Canadian documents which are often released in both English and French versions. The Googlers have no theory of language, especially of French, no AI translator. Instead they have zillions of datapoints which in aggregate link “this to that” from one language to another.

~Kevin Kelly

Facebook, last one

June 23, 2008

While I’m on the subject, it’d be nice if they could use all that juicy personal information to hit me with ads based on more than just my relationship status.

Old folks and Facebook

June 23, 2008

NPR has a pretty lame story this weekend discussing online etiquette and the proper way to excuse ones self from a friend request on facebook: “Don’t be a jerk about it, be polite and decline politely…”

How could you possibly be a jerk about it? Could you actually offend someone by denying their friend request? Making online “friends” isn’t about cataloging or validating your friendships. Facebook is a way to explore information. The threshold is “yeah, i’m cool with this person learning more about me.”

however, i do think that facebook would be more well rounded with a bitch slap button.


June 20, 2008

The ultimate level of officiality. An event or relationship really only counts if it has been posted to facebook, for all the world to see.

Nerf sales up 300%

June 20, 2008


June 19, 2008

“Communication, like water follows the path of least resistance.” ~Diane Krajicek