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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too busy to post

well, just checking in before i go…
off to europe for 6 weeks come monday.
mainly to follow him indoors about the UK as he squeezes as many conferences into a month as he can. as for me, i have one in sweden next week, then spend time with fellow appraisaler who lives in the same town (vaxjo) before heading to the UK to meet up with P there.

colleague in sweden and i did a co-analysis of 20 wine tasting notes by the same critic, and using the appraisal framework. she was doing her phd on this wine critic, and wanted to see whether her idea that wine tasting notes needed to have further semantic categories used in order to fully analyse the texts would be borne out. i thought it would, so volunteered to undertake this small research project.

last year i presented the results at a local conference, but this time, i will be presenting it again in lisbon, where the annual SFL gabfest is taking place at the end of july. my colleague can’t come, as she is still on leave after being treated for cancer, but it would be good to refresh memory of the work, and also to discuss potential publications arising from it.

meantime, i have not completed the presentation for next week’s iconicity and intermediality conference there, but i’m almost done. i have all the ppt slides i think, but i need to organise them better, add a bit here and there.
and, for lisbon, i have also to complete the analysis and ppt for the 2nd paper i’ll be presenting there as well as the one of the wine appreciation… but i will have some time between conferences to get that into shape.

apart from the wine language presentation, the other two are based on my earlier netdynam list analyses. oh yes, we live on in conference papers and the occasional publication i manage to get together.

and then there’s NEXT year’s SFL conference. being held in sydney. so i am part of the gang helping to prepare for that. for example, the organisers should make some sort of presentation at the previous year’s conference to advertise the next year’s… so there has been some mad flyer designing happening so that we can all take some with us to distribute at conferences.

what i have done is to make a basic blog for the conference organisers to use for announcements and updates. all but one of organisers do not work at the designated university. so, getting stuff onto the official uni-run website (which we need for registration and payment purposes) will entail going through a middle man. hence i thought best to have one where we can all contribute various items that do not need to go past the scrutineers etc.

and i have blogs to mark as well – i mean posts to the media industry contexts blog site. this is their final assignment for the course, so a lot of reading for me.
anyway, please see my relative silence as sign of need to be distracted by other matters.
will try to post updates of my progress during my travels.
[taking the dslr too!]

The new aesthetic

i was lead eventually to the video art clip embed below, first by checking out the link on a twitter feed from ‘creative review’ proclaiming today’s obsession, “the new aesthetic” –
so then i scanned – rather than read – the piece on the featured blog, imprint magazine which described patric king’s observations re the approach and technical mediation of the new aesthetic as:

Partially-downloaded images, pixellated surfaces, blocks of mosaic color, broken wireframes, pinned maps, censored images, polygon battles, software glitches, imagemaps, depth maps, unfolded 3d texturemaps, and graphs.

this meant i needed to go to the source, so the next step took me to the blog called “The New Aesthetic” which features a number of examples of this fractellated vision. all different, all slightly akimbo.
and yes, hands on hips, it looks between one’s legs at a vision of the world.
jumped then via the link under the still image, to the vimeo site making the queen (her majesty)’s image out of fragments of video, a collage of moving patches, sort of like picasso-braque meets video meets jigsaw technology.
why look at a still photo when you can have movement?

Content is Queen from Sergio Albiac on Vimeo.

Blog Back ON

A shoutout to Mike for his diligence.

Look forward to updated content and a hoon deluge.

a pre-history of social networking

here’s a several part article on the “pre-history” of social media: from email through the WELL to… well, facebook and twitter i spose….on the ars technica site
strangely, it seems we lived though it and now it’s being written about as historical narrative. certainly an interesting way to check on the discourses of history and how historical facts and beliefs get to be constructed. and of course, if we put ourselves back in the 60’s as young people, we’d also be reading about the 2nd world war, which occurred in the 40’s, before we were born, at a time when many people were alive who’d lived through the era.
of course, wait just a minute, we are not so old yet are we?
i mean, all that email list, newsgroup, and BBS stuff only really got going in the mid-90s, and so we are only 15 years or so down the track, and it’s now history for the younger generation – who by the way, at 18-20 years old are not net-savvy at all by my surveys. the only thing they do regularly is consult their facebook page, and that limited to posts among their ‘friends’ – the wider world and its concerns do not yet impinge… all those facebook ‘groups’ – they are looked on with a slight disdain even by my informants.

State of the Bogosphere 2010


Richard Jalichandra and Brian Solis. Meaty. . . (Both guys are linked to on the blogroll.)

the evolution will be social…

some sort of conference later this year in New York with wide ideas about how social networking can be conceived as ‘not just a marketing opportunity’. check out the blurbs and blogs at the CONTACT site.

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