Everything Still Looks Like A Graph (but graphs look like maps)

Last October I posted a writeup of some experiments that illustrate item-to-item similarities from Apache Mahout using Gephi for visualization. This was under a heading that quotes Ben Fry, “Everything looks like a graph” (but almost nothing should ever be drawn as one). There was also some followup discussion on the Gephi project blog. I’ve […]

Problem statement

A Pew Research Center survey released a few days ago found that only half of Americans correctly know that Mr. Obama is a Christian. Meanwhile, 13 percent of registered voters say that he is a Muslim, compared with 12 percent in June and 10 percent in March. More ominously, a rising share — now 16 […]

Apparently the UK government are revisiting the idea of net censorship, in the context of anti-terrorism. UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith as reported in the “Guardian, Government targets extremist websites“: Speaking to the BBC’s Radio 4 Today programme before her speech, Smith said there were specific examples of websites that “clearly fall under the category […]

“The World is now closed”

Facebook in many ways is pretty open for a ‘social networking’ site. It gives extension apps a good amount of access to both data and UI. But the closed world language employed in their UI betrays the immodest assumption “Facebook knows all”. Eric Childress and Stuart Weibel are now friends with Charles McCathienevile. John Doe […]

IM/RSS bot – BBC Persian News Flash

OK this is old news, but pretty cool so I’m happy to write it up belatedly. I just logged into MSN chat, and was greeted by Mario Menti’s IM bot, which provides a text-chat UI for navigating the BBC’s news feeds from their Persian service. I’m pasting the output here, hoping it’ll display reasonably. I […]

British Board of Film Classification RSS feeds and Movie metadata

The BBFC have several RSS feeds on their site, carrying information about their judgements on various cinematic works for a UK audience. Recent film decisions, recent adult (sex) videos and films, etc. Each entry in the feed points to a descriptive page and summarises a BBFC judgement in a simple textual description, eg. “The BFC […]

“Beyond blocking — U.S. and open source censorship slims the Net”, – Newsforge (May 2004)

“ Beyond blocking — U.S. and open source censorship slims the Net“, fairly interesting piece, but mostly entertaining because of the Google Ads for filtering technology that show up (at least now) while reading it. “Easily block Internet content with this new-generation content filter”, “Netmop projects families from pron. Parents too! Works with any ISP”, […]