- Evaluating Extraordinary Claims — science isn’t easy, and the most difficult part of science is experimental design. Peter Norvig takes us through a handful of studies that claim to have found prayers to be effective, and critiques their experimental design. Lest you think scientists only criticize prayer experiments, read the Atlantic’s profile of John Ioannidis.
- Thimbl — decentralized microblogging using SSH and finger with an hilarious manifesto. Performance art at its finest. (via Jason Ryan)
- Annotator — open source toolkit for annotating
text, written for The Open Shakespeare project. (via Rufus Pollock‘s blog about it)
- Machine Learning: A Love Story — presentation on the history of machine learning, by Hilary Mason of bit.ly. (via Julie Steele)
ENTRIES TAGGED "microblogging"
Experimental Design, Distributed Microsatire, Annotations, and Machine Learning
A New York Times article by David Carr rehashing common knowledge on "why Twitter will endure" got me thinking about the ways in which it will not endure, or the ways in which it may endure via which no one will really care about it. So, what does it mean to "endure"? To stay in business? So what – Lord and Taylor is still in business, but there are so many better stores if you ask me. RC Cola has endured. We always think of Coke and Pepsi when we think of soft drinks, and maybe now we even think of carbonated things like Perrier or some sports drinks. But, still, RC Cola endures. Classmates.com is still enduring – but when was the last time anyone cared? So what does it mean to say that Twitter will endure?