Archive for the ‘Clusterflock’ tag
I really like Mike Dresser’s idea.
Clay Shirky wrote this paper in 1997. His point is still sinking in:
The price of information has not only gone into free fall in the last few years, it is still in free fall now, it will continue to fall long before it hits bottom, and when it does whole categories of currently lucrative businesses will be either transfigured unrecognizably or completely wiped out, and there is nothing anyone can do about it.
(via Andrew Simone)
As Deron summarizes: Seeing attractive women in magazines makes men more self-conscious and less inclined to ask a woman out.
This is my new favorite graph. I feel it should be categorized as something like data naturalism — though that sounds less cool than it should.
One of the more interesting presentations of history I’ve seen. If I had one complaint, it would be that some of the references are too obscure for me to make sense of less than a year after they happened.
Via Clusterflock, Edward Merritt’s (presumably self-authored) obituary in the Dallas Morning News:
Merritt, Edward “Bruce” Born April 3, 1951 in North Carolina. He was one of eight children. His older sisters regularly beat him up, put him in dresses, and then forced him to walk to the drugstore to buy their Kotex and cigarettes. After graduation from high school he went on to lead a life of luxury in the United States Air Force. After excaping from the government he spent most of his life as a mechanic, husband, and father. Bruce Merritt never met a stranger, and in many ways was stranger than most. He is survived by one daughter, two grand- children, two ex-wives, unpaid taxes, and many loyal loving friends.
You’d have good reason to condemn this analysis as simplistic, silly, or absurd, but I think it’s just enough of all of those things to share. The real contrast: Obama’s site is written in PHP, McCain’s in ASP.
The psychologists said [taekwandoe] competitors wearing red were awarded an average of 13 percent more points and the points seemed to increase after the blue athlete was digitally transformed into a red athlete and decrease when the red competitor turned blue.
I remember something similar going around about red cars getting more traffic tickets, but Snopes claims that that was false.