Sets in the City While Network Theory has been all the rage in discussions of social media, it provides an imperfect model to describe the reality of social networks. The main shortcoming is that the connections between entities are more complex than simple “ties” – and they include a notion of time. I propose that the mathematical concept of Sets is another model that alongside Network Theory provides a more comprehensive view of networks. Consider this: each of us belongs to countless sets. There are some patterns here, however. AttributesShared experience or historyPreferences It doesn’t mean that we can’t have a relationship with someone outside of a set. Attributes People tend to like other people that are similar to their selves. Shared Experience Soldiers returning from war are forever brothers. Preferences I’m short, you’re tall, I’m red, you’re blue, I’m male, you’re female – but we both like candied walnuts. But what we do know is that our network forming and set creation follows these patterns.
Philosophical Quotes The World’s Facebook Relationships Visualized [PIC] Click the image for the full-sized version. This is what the world looks like, according to the Facebook social graph. Facebook intern Paul Butler was interested in the locations of friendships, so he decided to create a visualization of Facebook connections around the globe. How local are our friends? Where are the highest concentration of friendships? How do political and geological boundaries affect them? Butler started by using a sample of 10 million friend pairs, correlated them with their current cities and then mapped that data using the longitude and latitude of each city. That was the easy part. "I began exploring it in R, an open-source statistics environment. With a few more tweaks, he eventually came up with the amazing visualization you see here. What do you think of the visualization?
Breakfast Strata | Rockin Chef A strata is a make ahead egg dish that works well for brunch; a wonderful breakfast idea for Thanksgiving or Christmas morning, when you don’t want to be in the kitchen all morning, but want to enjoy something savory and yummy. It’s also an easy way to use up those remaining pieces of day-old bread, and simply tastes amazing. Experiment with other mix-ins using vegetables, meats, or different cheeses that you happen to have on hand. Enjoy! Breakfast Strata 1 Tbsp canola oil ½ ea onion, diced 1 ea small red bell pepper, diced 1 ea tomato, diced 4 eggs ½ cup heavy cream 1 cup milk ½ tsp ground thyme 1 Tbsp fresh parsley, chopped 1 ¼ tsp salt ½ tsp black pepper 7 slices French bread, cubed (3/4 inch) 6 ea sliced bacon, cooked crisp and crumbled 2 cups cheese (choose one or a mixture. The night before: Heat canola oil in pan and saute onion and red bell pepper over medium high heat for about 3 minutes, cooking until onion is translucent. Serving day: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Serves 6
How Consoles are Driving the Download Market - Article Penny Arcade, a well known humorous webcomic strip, decided to vilify the Phantom console on suspicion of Vaporware. For months the front page was filled with Tycho’s diatribes about the multitude of ways an all downloadable content console could go wrong. Turns out, he was right. The only thing useful that came from the project was a lapboard which still hasn’t seen mainstream adaptation. So why am I writing about how consoles are changing the face of downloadable content? Personally, I feel this gives the user a lot more control over their system and what they can do with it. The Fable II Business Model Fable II was the sequel to one of two RPG’s that put Xbox on the map, the other being Knights of the Old Republic. Sales figures for this distribution method didn’t seem too explosive, but they must have been enough for Lionhead Studios to try the whole thing again. Downloadable Content Becoming the Standard These content packages aren’t usually slapped together either.
Demolition « Jessica Kristie The aftermath of your deception numbs like snow beneath my bare feet. My tourniquet of fishing wire brings no relief, but there is freedom in the sound of my skin bruising. Too many times the path of least resistance was my chosen direction. Your language is empty – poverty and earthquake stricken. Every wall that looks at you with indifference Every wall that displays even an ounce of weakness My hands feel like the biggest barrier to redemption. This Mourning There was so much you could have given me this morning A smile A touch from your sweet lips The taste of your tongue I could have been drenched in the ecstasy of your finger tips Lost within your soulful smile I should have awoken to the sounds of the morning Breathing down my side Yet… I was awakened by the leather of your belted words And the creaking of my stunted heart No effort for my healing I am captured in this forgotten mourning Twisted in this laid out fate Drunk amidst your desperate mentions Check out: One Stop Poetry Jessica
leiastar.wordpress Posterous Introduces "The Last Email List You'll Ever Need" Today, Posterous, the site we previously referred to as a "minimalist blogging platform", has again expanded its functionality in its own, minimalist fashion. This time, rather than adding rich editing features or increasing social interaction the service has gone and reinvented one of the Internet's "wheels" - the email list. We spoke with Posterous co-founder and CEO Sachin Agarwal yesterday and he told us that the new feature is an "email list on steroids" and that it's "the last email list you'll ever need." "The worst part about Yahoo Groups," Agarwal started off telling us, "is how hard it is to create one of these groups." In moving beyond its origins as a "minimalist blogging platform", you see, Posterous is working to become a minimalist, email-based group-blogging platform that makes everything about communicating with multiple people by email as simple as possible. The interesting part here is that the feature is a cyborg, of sorts - it's part blog, part email list.
Huge Flipboard update integrates Flickr, Google Reader, Facebook Groups and more Flipboard, chronicled first by our Zee, is one of, if not the, best apps on the iPad. Hyperbole? Hardly. Now, after September updates, the announcement of a partnership with Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit issue, and the company’s potential foray on to a web browser, Flipboard has just launched massive updates to its iPad app. Here’s your first look at what’s been updated, bearing in mind they are so grand that you may lose conciousness, so please sit down. To begin, Flipboard now allows users to view items posted to Flickr, and posts imported from one’s Google Reader. Users can zoom in on shared items, starred items and folders from Google Reader or view one’s favorite photos, groups, photostreams and more, in Flickr. On the social media front, Flipboard now allows users to view Facebook groups, fan pages, friends’ photos or friend lists. Which new feature excites you most, and what you like to see Flipboard add in its next update?