Learning WebGL on your iPhone: Radial Blur in GLSL

A misleading title perhaps, since WebGL isn’t generally available to iOS platform developers. Hacks aside, if you’re learning WebGL and have an iPhone it is still a very educational environment. WebGL essentially wraps OpenGL ES in a modern Web browser environment. You can feed data in and out as textures associated with browser canvas areas, […]

A Penny for your thoughts: New Year wishes from mechanical turkers

I wanted to learn more about Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service (wikipedia), and perhaps also figure out how I feel about it. Named after a historical faked chess-playing machine, it uses the Web to allow people around the world to work on short low-pay ‘micro-tasks’. It’s a disturbing capitalist fantasy come true, echoing Frederick Taylor’s ‘Scientific […]

Easier in RDFa: multiple types and the influence of syntax on semantics

RDF is defined as an abstract data model, plus a collection of practical notations for exchanging RDF descriptions (eg. RDF/XML, RDFa, Turtle/N3). In theory, your data modelling activities are conducted in splendid isolation from the sleazy details of each syntax. RDF vocabularies define classes of thing, and various types of property/relationship that link those things. […]

Archive.org TV metadata howto

The  following is composed from answers kindly supplied by Hank Bromley, Karen Coyle, George Oates, and Alexis Rossi from the archive.org team. I have mixed together various helpful replies and retro-fitted them to a howto/faq style summary. I asked about APIs and data access for descriptions of the many and varied videos in Archive.org. This guide should […]

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 […]

YouAndYouAndYouTube: Viacom, Privacy and the Social Graph API

From Wired via Thomas Roessler: Google will have to turn over every record of every video watched by YouTube users, including users’ names and IP addresses, to Viacom, which is suing Google for allowing clips of its copyright videos to appear on YouTube, a judge ruled Wednesday. I hope nobody thought their behaviour on youtube.com […]

Obama Web jobs in Boston

How could this not be a fun way to spend 6 months? Obama for America is looking for exceptionally talented web developers who want to play a key role in a historic political campaign and help elect Barack Obama as the next President of the United States. This six-month opportunity will allow you to: Create […]

OAuth support in Google Accounts and Contacts API

From Wei on the oauth list: We are happy to announce that the Google Contacts Data API now supports OAuth. This is our first step towards OAuth enabling all Google Data APIs. Please note that this is an alpha release and we may make changes to the protocol before the official release. See announcement thread […]

Journals of Negative Results

Via the INDUCTIVE mailing list, I learned of the Journal of Interesting Negative Results in Natural Language Processing and Machine Learning It is becoming more and more obvious that the research community in general, and those who work NLP and ML in particular, are biased towards publishing successful ideas and experiments. Insofar as both our […]

WHY MIGHT CONNECTING WITH ZANDER JULES BE A GOOD IDEA?

Or: towards evidence-based ‘add a contact’ filtering… This just in from LinkedIn: Have a question? Zander Jules’s network will probably have an answer You can use LinkedIn Answers to distribute your professional questions to Zander Jules and your extended network. You can get high-quality answers from experienced professionals. Zander Jules requested to add you as […]

Nokiana: the one about the CIA, Syria, and the N95

Matt Kane resurfaced on Bristol‘s underscore mailing list  with this intriguing snippet, after some travels around the middle-east: ” … discovered N95s (not mine) cannot be taken into Syria”. I asked for the backstory, which goes like this: Quite a palaver. Got the train from Istanbul to Syria (amazing trip!). At the border they didn’t […]