Middle-earth dictionary attack

August 24th, 2010

Middle-earth dictionary attack

Middle earth dictionary attack
From http://abstrusegoose.com/296


XKCD on the difference between academia and business

November 18th, 2009


academia vs. business


XKCD on elections and voting

November 12th, 2009

Around here we prefer range voting to approval voting or IRV.


two_party_system


A modern Turing Test scenario

September 4th, 2009


suspicion


Transformers: revenge of the Wozniaks

June 25th, 2009

This is not your father’s Macbook.


Eat your own dog food pâté

May 4th, 2009

This one is going into the ebiquity research archives.

John Bohannon, Robin Goldstein and Alexis Herschkowitsch, Can People Distinguish Pâté from Dog Food?, American Association of Wine Economists, AAWE Working Paper No. 36, April 2009.

“Considering the similarity of its ingredients, canned dog food could be a suitable and inexpensive substitute for pâté or processed blended meat products such as Spam or liverwurst. However, the social stigma associated with the human consumption of pet food makes an unbiased comparison challenging. To prevent bias, Newman’s Own dog food was prepared with a food processor to have the texture and appearance of a liver mousse. In a double-blind test, subjects were presented with five unlabeled blended meat products, one of which was the prepared dog food. After ranking the samples on the basis of taste, subjects were challenged to identify which of the five was dog food. Although 72% of subjects ranked the dog food as the worst of the five samples in terms of taste (Newell and MacFarlane multiple comparison, P<0.05), subjects were not better than random at correctly identifying the dog food.”

It puts a new spin on the concept of eating your own dog food.


Twitter Swine Flu news: the downside

April 27th, 2009

While we can use Twitter for news or reports on unfolding events from the field, it’s a noisy channel. As usual, Randall Munroe captures it well. I especially like its highlighting how Twitter’s search page lets you know there have been dozens of new matching tweets since you searched a moment ago. It seems that the flu-related tweets are arriving faster than anyone can read them.


Swine flu on twitter: the downside


xkcd on the correlation between correlation and causation

March 6th, 2009

The common observation that correlation does not imply causation is a cold and cruel idea that knows no mercy.


On the FaceBook economy

February 22nd, 2009


Nobody seems to work much on Facebook


A comment on modern life

February 9th, 2009

I thought this cartoon from a recent issue of the New Yorker offers an accurate comment on modern life.


We\'ve got to try to coax him back into his enclosure


Barack Obama on sorting algorithms

February 3rd, 2009

No doubt about it, President Obama is a polymath.




Ad placement software with a sense of humor

January 31st, 2009

Maybe I should turn off the Firefox Adblock plugin and enjoy this new form of machine humor.


When ad placement software goes wild

From M. Turk via Time’s Swampland.