think on this.

Apr 16

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Apr 15

“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.” —

Happiness and Its Discontents - NYTimes.com - NYTimes.com

hahaha let’s all lie down on the floor how do we get any of these things hahaha futility and despair

“I finally feel like my art degree relates to my job.” — coffee shop barista preparing to illustrate a chalkboard with a drawing of iced tea and the words “chill out!”

'spring is a myth'

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.

Yes, We Do Know What You're Thinking -

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?

Alabama Texas fact of the day -

”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.

Apr 14

i’m just going to go to bed and hope that someone takes a picture of the blood moon thing that will appear on the internet tomorrow.

this new medication

effects experienced so far:

effects not experienced so far:

“I don’t know what Paul Newman’s situation is, but I make sauce.” —

Kelis, in the NYT having no time for the interviewer. (via glossylalia)

Hearts in my eyes.

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.

(via sexartandpolitics)

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.

(via boundtothewater)

a) yes to all of this

b) kelis for president

(via boundtothewater)

new research plan

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.

Apr 13

yesterday it was 70 degrees. today it is snowing. it won’t last and won’t mess up the roads - the primary effect is just to break my spirit.

Apr 12

“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

Apr 11

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A View from the Zone Image Credit & Copyright: Jack Fusco (via APOD: 2014 March 7 - A View from the Zone)

A View from the Zone Image Credit & Copyright: Jack Fusco (via APOD: 2014 March 7 - A View from the Zone)

By Cai Guo-Qiang, from the Falling Back to Earth exhibition at GOMA. 99 life-sized wolves attempt to leap over a glass wall, then pick themselves up to try again. (via Daily Photo: Head On | Beckie and Jeremy Take on the World!)

By Cai Guo-Qiang, from the Falling Back to Earth exhibition at GOMA. 99 life-sized wolves attempt to leap over a glass wall, then pick themselves up to try again. (via Daily Photo: Head On | Beckie and Jeremy Take on the World!)