This pretty much explains my approach to #programming . #fortunecookie (Taken with Instagram at Mary Chung Restaurant)
I made a programming Sir from scratch on Khan Academy… during a tepidly interesting lecture…
Decent results for only having lines, ellipses, and rectangles at disposal.
Dicho y hecho.
What the hell is the big steering wheel for?
Bob Taylor (internet visionary) talks at UT Austin
Bob Taylor was the first project manager and person most responsible for the creation of the first national network — the ARPAnet — which is universally regarded as the precursor to today’s Internet. John Markoff, technology writer for The New York Times, talks with alumnus Taylor about computing, the Internet and its impact on communications and our society.The 1910 Society Lecture Series kicks off the Graduate School’s 100-year celebration and is co-sponsored by the Dell Distinguished Lecture Series and the Department of Computer Science.
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Jack Dongarra and Francis Sullivan published a list of “The Top Ten Algorithms of the Century.”
This is now on my To-Do List, along with a couple other projects, as a matter of fact my GIS project is sucking so much of my time, I’ve started constructive side projects to distract me from my main project, each offering…
These are some notes on a talk by Francis Steen on news as a way to create space for us to intervene in the course of history.
Francis Steen of UCLA about causal reasoning in TV news at the MIT Media Lab (Taken with Instagram at MIT Media Lab (E-14))
The UCLA Communications Archive has 200,000 hours of programming, searchable via regular expressions (that is, full text and you can use special search expressions to find variations on words). When you search, it will not only bring up corresponding videos but cues you to the right location available. Steen claims that nothing else exists like it, even commercially, for the range of programs they capture.
They also have many campaign ads from 2012 US presidential candidates, searchable by where/when broadcast.
Visual/montage browsing shows you hundreds of thumbnails in time sequence to get you to the place you want to be.
It looks like most of the channels captured are LA area channels, but it also includes CNN, MSNBC, FOX etc.
"Why does news exist at all? It exists to change the course of history." (Photo)
Steen shows the kind of images TV news broadcasts use to establish the scene and how they “zoom in” — first an aerial shot with the words “Lone Gunman Opens Fire,” then to a witness POV with a gurney going by, then even closer. It gives me a distinctly creepy feeling, and reminds me just how creepy most TV news reports of violence really are. Many remind me of the shots in horror movies that put us in the POV of the killer.
"Typically, interviewees are not allowed to have eye contact with the audience; they’re looking a little to the side." (Newscasters, of course, look directly at the camera, thus having ‘eye contact’ with the audience).
"It’s not sufficient for the news to be about what happens — just the evidence." It needs to have emotional connection that creates a kind of potential to deal with the events that are being presented. "Presentation of evidence is a really small part of what the news is about. And part of the question is, why is that not enough? Why can’t they just tell us what happened? But there’s more to it than that — they have to create a narrative. And it’s that narrative that gives us a way to interact with the events. Narrative is the way we take control of events." [ Rough paraphrase, he’s speaking very quickly]
"TV is public consciousness."
The “Terrible News” paradigm: Initially, people have no idea what really happened.
(Gruesome detail: the Norway spree killer had issued his own press kit. And in fact, the photos he released himself in his press kit which contained his own explanations of why he did it were used for weeks after the attack…so it worked. )
Despite the fact that his photos were used, his explanations and manifesto were not accepted as a legitimate explanation of why he did what he did. The media started to create a narrative, along with a “tick tock” (a timeline) of the killer’s actions and used this to try to explain the process by which the killer eventually decided that shooting people was the thing to do.
"One of the reasons that his explanation was not accepted is that if your goal is to change Norwegian society, going to a gathering and shooting a lot of people doesn’t work — it’s crazy."
Next slide: From sorrow to anger: “The explanation attempts to reconstruct what happened — to create a causal diagram.”
But that’s not enough, Steen says. He says that the people who are allowed to speak are there in part to voice the opinion that the facts “aren’t good enough.” That “we don’t want to live in a society where these are the facts — this is unacceptable, outrageous, must change.”
"The intensity of the anger provides the drive for the next stage: ‘causal surgery’." That indentifies windows of possible intervention — things we could have done to prevent the event, or could do in the future to prevent it from happening again. (Kind of like 9/11 created new security procedures at US airports).
However, the “causal surgery” involves assignment of blame — “You could have done things differently” — and often the people or organizations being blamed reject the idea that they could have prevented the tragic event from happening. How much power a particular news story has creates leverage — without that leverage, the people who are being blamed can reject the narrative and keep doing what they were doing before the event.
"News has a deeply embedded assumption — that it’s not a deterministic universe, that we can intervene and change events."
(Maybe that’s why some people “tune out” from the news. They don’t buy that assumption: they’re discouraged, they assume there’s nothing they can do to change things — so why bother watching the news? If you can’t change anything, why watch this depressing litany?
If that’s true, does FOX do a better job at encouraging a sense (true or false sense) of agency in viewers? Do FOX viewers feel like they can do something about what they see (even if it’s just signing a petition on Facebook) and thus tune in more regularly?
Steen: “That’s why the counterfactuals often used in disaster reporting make sense: if we could have changed what happens, that means we can go in and change the future.”
Steen uses the term “deontic,” which I’d never heard before. Wikipedia:
Deontic logic is the field of logic that is concerned with obligation, permission, and related concepts. bit.ly/Q7ONa8
EG, “You should have paid attention/found out”, etc is part of many post-disaster news narratives.
"the possible is routinely treated as a more fundamental aspect of actuality than the factual. The fact is merely a contingent outcome in the field of the possible. Human information processing routinely results in effective interventions in the course of events.
A questioner, Diane, points out that we have repeated mass shootings in the US with “failed news” — they produce no changes, and thus no effective interventions to prevent further mass shootings.
All this reminds me of Jay Rosen’s “Church of the Savvy.” Rosen’s analysis of the US political press is that they have a brand of realism that makes out anyone who believes in changing the system to be a kind of chump.
Is the “Church of the Savvy” essentially a press corps that has given up on the idea of creating opportunities for intervening when things go wrong?
Hazing is not education. The idea that a computer science grad program should “break people down” to “make way for a new person” is a little creepy.
A Nice Way to Show the Linux Filesystem Hierarchy
Coding is Magic
Commission for http://magic3w.deviantart.com/
for his website project http://www.magic3w.com/es/home
there’s been a lot of interest in the cabspotting remix from a while back, so i decided to throw up a couple more. i’m planning on doing a run of prints/posters with this dataset and probably a few more from this site, so if you’d like one, either contact me via twitter (@mtahani) or leave your contact info, and let me know what you’re interested in.
Introducing the first Profound Programmer HD Collection! This is the result of our effort to bring the older images up to date in preparation for poster printing, as well as providing high-resolution images for you to use as wallpaper, backgrounds, toilet paper or whatever. You can get the larger images below: