new apps for the new generation

the full implications of this latest app and its claims re anonymity are somewhat lost on me, but the full horrors of the video sales-pitch are not…

so, you know a linguist?

friend and colleague jodie martin spends some of her time using social media and creating kick-arse presentations for conferences and the wider public on the web.
here she has made a short little explainer for all of us linguists who get asked what is it that we do…


without proper administrative rights, then it really isn’t *our* blog anymore.
but since i’m here, i will try to add one or two items to take the ole jalopy for a burl.

There still exists this place on the net.

And it still needs to be found by the few or many that might learn from its lessons.

starting “new thread”: lulz

OK, two things:

i’ve decided to start thread, by using the medium of blog in a somewhat analogous way to email list posting – we’ve discussed the differences, now i’m somewhat ignoring them.

2nd, one hears of “lulzsec” in passing, but only via twitter mentions do i manage to learn anything about it, and then only when a story gets written. usually in the guardian.

anyone know any more?
i will need to investigate in my spare time (of which i have some, but should be using for touring or reading or preparing – hell researching the various eddies of the internet seems appropriate use of time to me, and after all, if it’s a tale of RL hacking, i am always interested)

here’s a link to the latest article via one of the comments i particularly ‘resonated’ with

more later – this train is moving and shaking…

what i went to look at via twitter today

wordpress and typekit get-together.
for now, it looks as if one has to pay for the plug-in.
but i like the idea, so i am trying here to embed the vid so that anyone passing can check it out

also been reading a newish book, “Just my type” by simon garfield.
very light reading with some history, some mild in-jokes we can all get, and a lot of talk about fonts. i am enjoying it very much and can recommend to anyone interested in typography, especially neophytes like myself – i mean, typography afficionados would probably already know all this stuff, like who is garamond, and how did those typeface new york, chicago and monaco get their names. what about baskerville? i think i could recognise it now. and helvetica takes over the world, ms calvert designs world airport… etc

Living In the Stream I.

This app searches Twitter for real-time snow reports and displays them on the map. Tweet the hashtag #uksnow, your location (postcode, town name or geotag your tweet), and rate the snow that is falling out of ten (0/10 for nothing – 10/10 for a blizzard). You can also include the depth of snow (cm or inches), attach a photo and add a description to your tweet.

Observe a Twitter stream and categorize the presumptive intent of each Tweet. The framing questions could be:
1. What is the tweet implicitly asking me to do in response?
2. What are the other clear contextual features I can infer from a Tweet?
3. What would be the top level categories that could be used to describe a general intent-plus-effect of a Tweet?

This last question could be visualized as sorting Tweets into different boxes based in the information in the Tweet, and, ‘safe’ inferences we would make in the light of the qualifications posed by #1 and #2. Because I’ve narrowed the categorical focus to a top level, the sense of sorting would be to derive very general categories that do not overlap.

What interests me are combinations of factors and features discoverable as a matter of knowing more fully user intent. A blunt question about this is: what is the payoff for observing and/or participating in your own Twitter stream? Implicit in this would be a behavioral economic qualification of intent. There are lots of other directions too, so I wonder about personality factors, enabling tools, affectual elements, etc.

Here is the Netdynam20 stream from 8:35 a.m. EST (USA).

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