“Among the most important sources of happiness are: a sense of security; a good outlook; autonomy or control over our lives; good relationships; and skilled and meaningful activity. If you are unhappy, there’s a good chance that it’s for want of something on this list.”—
tumblr keeps attaching this tag to my posts, even though i haven’t typed it, and then won’t let me take it off. so, it’s a sign. tumblr is trying to communicate this important message to us in the only way it knows how. spring is a myth and we will be trapped in eternal winter until the moment summer scorches down on us. be prepared.
Using data-mining techniques, the researchers studied 900,000 online restaurant reviews and discovered some interesting relationships between the reviews and their writers. As the headline on a Stanford News report boldly summarized: “Online Food Reviews Reveal The Inner Self.”
Quoting the Stanford News report, here were some of the main findings:
"Positive reviews of expensive restaurants tended to use metaphors of sex and sensual pleasure, such as ‘orgasmic pastry’ or ‘seductively seared foie gras.’" “Positive reviews of cheap restaurants and foods often employed metaphors of drugs or addiction — ‘these cupcakes are like crack.’” “Women were more likely than men to use drug metaphors to describe their attitudes toward food.” “The foods most likely to be described using drug metaphors were pizza, burgers, sweets and sushi.” In tweeting that you need a hit of chocolate, are you inadvertently communicating something about your socioeconomic status? Or your gender?
I mention this study as a lighthearted illustration of a much more general point: that with the rise of big data and powerful methods for data analysis, those with access and know-how will increasingly be able to identify subtle associations between public bits of information and their individual human producers. And that, in turn, can support reliable inferences about those individuals from public information.
When — if at all — do such efforts cross the line from merely socially inappropriate and embarrassing, in a Dr. House or “Holmesy” sort of way, to worrisome violations of privacy? Or do they just feel that way? And if so, why?
”Revenues derived from college athletics is greater than the aggregate revenues of the NBA and the NHL,” said Marc Edelman, an associate professor at City University of New York who specializes in sports and antitrust law. He also noted that Alabama’s athletic revenues last year, which totaled $143 million, exceeded those of all 30 NHL teams and 25 of the 30 NBA teams. Texas is the largest athletic department, earning more than $165 million last year in revenue — with $109 million coming from football, according to Education Department data. The university netted $27 million after expenses. Other major programs such as Florida ($129 million), Ohio State ($123 million), Michigan ($122 million), Southern California ($97 million) and Oregon ($81 million) also are grossing massive dollars. Those numbers of course are not counting the fundraising value of collegiate athletics.
Your ex-husband, the rapper Nas, put your wedding dress on his album cover. Why did he still have the dress?It’s not even the dress. The joke behind that is that it’s the slip to the petticoat to my dress. I think when I moved out I just left it. That’s all he had, poor thing.
oh my god this whole interview is so condescending and gross and kelis is so great and so fucking done in her responses and this is why you don’t get a Political Reporter from the WSJ to interview Kelis.
test interrater reliability of reactions to lady gaga outfits - which ones make you think? which ones are gut reaction awful? which are interesting? - by sitting people down and showing them pictures of lady gaga in different outfits and measuring responses through skin conductance, affective response, explicit utterances, coding facial expressions, etc.
“In an attempt to control his unruly class, a Belgian teacher began revealing Game of Thrones plot twists each time his pupils acted up. “I’ve read all the books,” he warned. “I will write the names of the dead on the board.” After a few major spoilers, a student reports, the class now maintains a “religious silence.””—The US Weekly I am reading right now
During Murray’s talk, a woman got up and asked him about a 2005 piece he wrote arguing that women are, as a group, innately less capable of abstract thought than men. She specifically asked him about his statement that “no woman has been a significant original thinker in any of the world’s great philosophical traditions.” In answering, Murray dithered condescendingly for a bit but eventually coughed up the money quote, saying, “Until somebody gives me evidence to the contrary, yeah, I’ll stick with that statement.”
Of course, Murray did set a trap for anyone who actually thinks it would be useful to counter him with a list of female philosophers by saying that they have to be “original” thinkers. If you know how the game is played, you’ll know that if you start listing philosophers, Murray or any of his defenders will just muse about whether their work is wholly “original,” since said women likely have read other philosophers—most of whom are male by virtue of women being squeezed out of educational opportunities and platforms to express their thoughts throughout most of history.
“The initial classification [of the U.S. Census] was implicit in two civi status distinctions: free or slave, taxed or untaxed. Applying these distinctions in the census generated a count of three ancestry groups (European, African, and [untaxed] Native American), which set the foundation for all racial classifications to come. Across two centuries, particular categories have come and gone in response to an ever-shifting mix of political, scientific, and demographic considerations.”—Prewitt, K. (2005). Racial classification in America: where do we go from here?.Daedalus, 134(1), 5-17.
"The point of politics is policy. And most people don’t experience policy as a political argument. They experience it as a tax bill, or a health insurance card, or a deployment. And, ultimately, there’s no spin effective enough to persuade Americans to ignore a cratering economy, or skyrocketing health-care costs, or a failing war. A political movement that fools itself into crafting national policy based on bad evidence is a political movement that will, sooner or later, face a reckoning at the polls."
The point of politics is not policy. The point of politics is power. This is blindingly obvious. I know that there is a subset of Beltway pundit types who really wish that politics was about policy. They want to talk about policy and wonkish details. They don’t want to talk about building social movements. But that is a severe misreading of what politics actually are about. The civil rights movement or the conservative movement did not succeed because of policy debates. They succeeded because they were able to marshal power. The environmental movement faded in part because it did begin to believe that politics was about policy and deemphasized its base expressing power.
i just realized i have to teach odds ratios tomorrow and i can understand an odds ratio while i’m thinking about it or while i’m reading about it or while someone is explaining it to me and then it flies right out of my head again. i hope this is not a big ol mess.
Carmel O’Shannessy, a linguist at the University of Michigan, has been studying the young people’s speech for more than a decade and has concluded that they speak neither a dialect nor the mixture of languages called a creole, but a new language with unique grammatical rules. The language, called Warlpiri rampaku, or Light Warlpiri, is spoken only by people under 35 in Lajamanu, an isolated village of about 700 people in Australia’s Northern Territory. In all, about 350 people speak the language as their native tongue. Dr. O’Shannessy has published several studies of Light Warlpiri, the most recent in the June issue of Language. “Many of the first speakers of this language are still alive,” said Mary Laughren, a research fellow in linguistics at the University of Queensland in Australia, who was not involved in the studies. One reason Dr. O’Shannessy’s research is so significant, she said, “is that she has been able to record and document a ‘new’ language in the very early period of its existence.”
I’ve recently been let go from my bills-paying day job due to some extremely unexpected organisational restructuring and I’m actively looking for work — so if you know of publications or organisations seeking talented, efficient, super-awesome writers and editors, I would deeply appreciate it if…
I received no emails, good news or otherwise, from the people I was hoping would send good news emails. This means the possibility of good news still exists but that I will have to keep waiting.
I had a meeting with a professor that I was expecting to be a “this is a mess, what are you doing” meeting but turned out to be a “this is a really interesting idea and I really like your thinking, here’s some helpful suggestions for further progress” meeting.
I walked over 4 miles.
I’m going to go eat the largest pile of barbecued meat the world has ever seen.
Which version of Windows are you most comfortable using? Also, what do you think of the Green Party?
honestly - none of them. i’ve always been a mac person but switched to PC for law school because the exam software only worked on PCs and i had so much trouble with it and it kept crashing catastrophically, including, memorably, a few days before i was going to take the bar exam on it. so i went straight back to macs afterwards and have been happy there ever since. i’ve heard tales of windows 8 and stuff but have no actual experience with it.
re the green party - i’m torn between wanting real reform to the two party system and being annoyed that the practical effect is usually to take votes away from democrats. so, meh.
i listened to a comedy bang bang with a would you rather that included a choice about killing someone every time you sneezed. your sneeze would travel forward in a straight line, passing through walls and objects, until it killed the first person it encountered on its linear path.
now every time i sneeze, i look around to see who i’ve murdered. sometimes it is deeply satisfying, sometime it’s a mystery. it’s certainly made sneezing more enjoyable. i recommend it.
i have unreasonable love for this band. they sound bleak and barren and windswept, like scottish heaths. like you’re going on a walk with your cloak whipping around you, your face chapped, trying so hard to stay upright that all thoughts are blown clean from your mind.