So I was looking for more information on We Feel Fine and I stumbled upon this amazing website called Infosthetics that has an amazing library of online visualization projects. I think there are about 100 pages of archives and I looked at about 20, so there's much more for us to explore.

the wiki


i know we're all busy with our final projects, but we should definitely not forget about the wiki. we have a lot of good content i think. who put up the andrew marvell poem? i love that poem. i was talking to devin, and he was saying that we need to focus on making the pages link between each other more. right now, it's really easy to get stuck on a page, with no way to get anywhere else. and a lot of the pages, even the really long ones, have only one or two hyperlinks.

Wikipedia ban

Here's a piece on wikipedia censuring.

Only an OK article. The article that inspired it is probably worse. I do think both are indicative of a culture that just doesn't get it.

we feel fine?

i just realized that you can view emotions by city and that they have quite a few from claremont. soon after that, i realized that you can follow an entry to the blog whence it came. so you have access to most blogs written by people in claremont (i can't imagine that our blogs contribute). it's a little odd. it's refreshing to read sentiments rarely expressed IRL here, but it also feels creepy to think that i could know the people writing. i actually did stumble on a blog written by someone i sort of know who graduated last year. i stopped browsing after that.

Generative fairytales

This is pretty cool

I think it is ultimately unsuccessful at creating compelling stories, but is an interesting example of what the most basic themes of a fairy tale are, and how they can be created and mixed.

I think it is meaningful to compare multiple generations of the same themes, particularly with their presets, compared to the original. Seemed pertinent to a couple of your projects.

OLPC update

Here is a pretty comprehensive update on what we talked briefly on in class today.

Unbridled cutthroat competition. I like how understated it is at the end about future plans to use intel chips. Really the program just got beat into the ground in the name of corporate interests.

comments on my project

i'd appreciate any feedback you have to offer here.

tomorrow's discussion


Thanks for the suggestions you left in the comments on the post below; I think we've got enough material for a couple of weeks of interesting discussions. Why don't we start tomorrow by talking about the Kindle and other such e-book projects (I'm interested both in the projects themselves and in the critical response to them around the blogosphere), and then move on on Wednesday to consider some of the collaborative projects you've posted?

(see previous entry) Who performs better on the test?

New Yorker
0% (0 votes)
100% (2 votes)
Total votes: 2

Gotta two part this poll the question is too long

Two fourteen year olds. One New York, One from Zambia. Both have identical natural aptitudes. The New Yorker is middle class, and grew up on dukenukem, and simcity. The Zambian has had avery stable life, with perfectly equal educational experience, except it has had no digital or even electronic component. They enroll in an identical class (ignoring language differences) that teaches only from a book. Will the Zambian learn better because he hasn't instantiated digital logic. Will the New Yorker do better, because digital literacy has provided him with a richer experience?

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