“She’s not just a computer.”
OSCARS WEEK: Day 4
“She’s not just a computer.”
OSCARS WEEK: Day 4
#gpoy #gpoy so hard
"I was always made to feel like I’d be successful because I always did my homework. I wish I’d spent more time putting energy into things that came from myself."
The Pew Research Center, working with the Social Media Research Foundation and using a special software tool, analyzed and mapped millions of public tweets, retweets, hashtags and replies that form the backbone of Twitter chatter.
Here are the other five types of conversations:
- People who talk about well-known brands on Twitter tend to be disconnected from one another, focusing only on the topic at hand and not really interacting with each other. The study calls these “brand clusters.” One graph, that looked at mentions of Apple, found that users didn’t follow, reply to or mention any other person who also tweeted about the company.
- People who tweet from a social media conference, or about another highly specialized topic tend to form tight crowds of people who are connected to one another as followers. There are only a few users who are not connected to at least a few others in the group.
- “Community clusters” happen when several, evenly sized Twitter groups are connected to each other. In a sense, these can be compared “to people clustering in different stalls at a bazaar.” The conversations in this group share a common broader topic, whether that’s Michelle Obama or a tech conference, but each cluster takes a different focus.
- “Broadcast networks” are often media outlets or prominent social media figures with a lot of followers who repeat the messages such outlets send out.
- A Twitter “support network,” is the last major conversation type. These conversations usually involve a large company, such as a bank or airline, that listens and replies to consumer complaints. When mapped, the interactions in these groups tend to look like a bicycle wheel hub with many spokes.Some of this maps to our own observations on Twitter conversation, the rest of it not so much.
(via kenyatta)#social media #network theory #sociology
I’ve been going to an introductory improv class for the last two months. It’s given me insight into narratives, characters, and the natural rhythms of conversation. It might be opening me up in a subtle way, but eight weeks is a short period of time to see any major changes in my personality.
I’ve been bonding deeply with my classmates, though. Improv is intimacy. I’ll take the next level course, if only to keep hanging out with these good people.
One person has called me “a natural,” and another person correctly diagnosed me as “quiet, but [doesn’t] exude shyness.” It made me feel good when they said that about me. I think it’s healthy to acknowledge this. But maybe not too healthy to be this.
I’ve also picked up meditation again, and that’s helping me with participating better in improv scenes (as well as responding more naturally in real-life conversations). I recommend it. Breathe manually as much as you can throughout the day, you’ll see changes in your clarity pretty quickly.#introversion #socializing #improv #ramblings of a god damn madman
#true detective #rape
Wowowow let’s talk about gender
(True Detective spoilers)
— Angus Wall, Creative Director of Elastic (the people who made the True Detective and Game of Thrones title sequences)#game of thrones #art of the title #categorization #individuals vs. systems
#true detective #abuse
0alanna0 replied to your post “True Detective spoilers under cut— [[MOR] For some reason no one…”That quite bothered me too, ok scenes with Audrey seem apparently just functional for Martin family background, but from a show so details focused, these scream loud “plot-device linked to the YKing”. I even wonder if the abuser is actually Martin…
I tend to not think it’s Martin, just because he seems so genuinely surprised and disturbed by much of what’s happening, but that doesn’t rule him out.
Something struck me, though: in a larger sense, I think the theme of abuse relates to Cohle’s comments about the horror of circularity, and in turn to the King in Yellow references. (Shortly after I had this thought, I saw this post, which I think is working on a similar theme.)
"The King in Yellow," in Chambers’ book, is a play that drives everyone who reads it insane, because of the horrifying truths that it reveals. “Carcosa” is a lost and haunted city in the play: dim, strange, and full of shadows. In this episode, Ledoux tells Cohle that he is now “in Carcosa,” with Ledoux himself. I wonder if Hart, too, is “in Carcosa;” I’m tempted to put the moment of his entering it at his opening of the door, and the revelation of the children. (For a moment, I thought the camera was not going to show us the “it” that was behind the door, the sight that seemed to be the ultimate horror for Hart, so bad that he could not let its creator live.)
More like me being this way made me right for the job.
About a year ago, I was at a baby shower at a relative’s house. They had just bought the house, and they asked if I wanted a tour. Without thinking, I politely refused.
Later, I realized this was incredibly rude.
I then found out that my relative’s commentary on this was “Yeah, a lot of programmers get that way. It’s from spending hours in isolation every day.” That’s not entirely true. Most of my work actually involves talking to people and mentoring new hires these days. But as an introverted child, you become drawn to things that make sense to you, that accept you regardless of what you’re like. In my case, it was television (or more generally speaking, fiction) and Internet.
A big part of software development is investigation and detective work. For example, many of my days are spent debugging a small piece of a larger system, and I have a specific set of tools and skills that I use. Some of it is procedural and tedious, but the most important parts involve hunches and pivots in perception of the problem. As you gain more experience, you more easily make connections to previous issues you’ve worked on, and your hunches become increasingly accurate. I see a lot of this in fiction involving criminal investigations.
It makes the 7-year-old in me feel giddy that I’m doing detective stuff in a way.#software development #true detective