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Robot Wisdom auxiliary

Longer posts by Jorn Barger to supplement the Robot Wisdom link blog.

Updated: 2017-09-15T05:19:28.315-05:00


no promised land, no holy book, no chosen people


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[this is supposed to always appear 2nd on the blog, but to disappear from the rss feed]meta: not-poetry del.icio.ustagportals: worldtree/tree-of-life suggestions Jorn: bio works pmtgb thrillers neologisms influences/readingsfaves: pix books tunes vids conjectures: Joyce science-etcvisualisations: energy calories radio CO2 wavelengths timescalessuggestions: Blogger GgGroups GgNews GgWeb GgPages Wikipedia Flickr tagging Gmail iMeem rss html gizmos enviro community compsci search: rwwl blue ebooks joyce canons[...]

miscellaneous topics


i'm caught between two platforms... will blink out again
at the end of this month
unless another volunteer host turns up

i was appalled to learn that google
declines to index pages with more than 100 links
assuming they're spam
(i think pages with <100 are lazy)


has killed linkblogging for me
at least temporarily

i've fallen in love with reCAPTCHA

the little boost of knowing
i'm proofing random texts
makes that burden a joy

i tried the new online Monopoly
and find it pointless
except the perspective it offers
on googlemaps AI

if it implemented a map-recaptcha
i'd love it
to fill out the googlemaps model
with geographic intelligence

(Monopoly relaunches this week
if you want to try it out

about the only strategy
is sabotaging neighbors
or not

rural areas have few/no neighbors)

it may be a dark age for linkblogging
but it's interesting times for web 2.0

with tiny tweaks from myspace to facebook to twitter
bringing revolutionary vibe-shifts

which have many evolutions to go

it has to go back to
usenet's decentralised distribution

and i've got an idea
for a new antimath symbol
probably just "+"
that represents
a hypothetical absolute moral ideal

snubbed by almost all
subbing half-measures

pursued tirelessly by one or two


Comicstrip trivia quiz


Which strips feature these characters: (highlight to see answers)

Hiram Flagston A: Hi and Lois

Thelma Keane A: Family Circus

Alice Mitchell A: Dennis the Menace

Jonathan Q. Arbuckle A: Garfield

Walt and Connie Duncan A: Zits

Bill and Anne Andrews A: Cathy

Brutus and Gladys Thornapple A: Born Loser

Phil and Dottie Winslow A: Marmaduke


Wikipedia hasbara


Wikipedia topics that omit important info because it reflects badly on Israel/Judaism: [meta]

Munich (film): omits all reference to Spielberg's omission of the Lillehammer affair

Talmud: omits law of the moser (cf omerta), inflammatory material against gentiles and Jesus


Visualising energy


human body = one gallon per 8 lbs
12 gallons per 100#
60% water = 7 gallons water per 100#
16% fat = 2 gallons fat per 100# (16#, 7kg)
22% protein = 2.6 gallons protein per 100# (22#, 10kg)

3.8*10^4 joule = energy in gram of fat
2.7*10^8 joule in 7kg

1.7*10^4 joule in gram of protein
1.7*10^8 joule in 10kg

4.4*10^8 joule in 100# body

4.186*10^3 joule = 1 Calorie
1 kiloCalorie per pound in human body

3.6*10^6 joule = kilowatt-hour
100 kW-hr per 100# body
half a microgram of antimatter [cite]

1.5*10^10 joules in a ton of wood [cite]
40 100# humans

10 tons per tree?
400 humans

1.74*10^17 joule = solar energy worldwide per second
400 million 100# humans per second
10 million tons of wood
1 million trees

10^36 photons/second [cite]

10^14 joule = solar energy trapped by photosynthesis per second [cite]
(10^33 photons or 0.1% cite)
20 million 100# humans per second

4*10^26 joule = energy generated by fusion in Sun per second [cite]
10^20 kW-hr (100 quintillion)
8*10^19 100# humans per second?



Quotes from Renata Adler's "Speedboat"


"This is perhaps the worst book ever written but it's won prizes and is considered to be some fine writing. Each paragraph starts off with a new topic and there is absolutely no connection between any of the paragraphs." [cite]"nobody died that year. nobody prospered. there were no births or marriages. seventeen reverent satires were written – disrupting a cliché and, presumably, creating a genre. that was a dream, of course, but many of the most important things, I find, are the ones learned in your sleep. speech, tennis, music, skiing, manners, love – you try them waking and perhaps balk at the jump, and then you’re over. you’ve caught the rhythm of them once and for all, in your sleep at night. the city, of course, can wreck it. so much insomnia. so many rhythms collide. the salesgirl, the landlord, the guests, the bystanders, sixteen varieties of social circumstance in a day. everyone has the power to call your whole life into question here. too many people have access to your state of mind. some people are indifferent to dislike, even relish it. hardly anyone I know." [p3]"The host, for some reason, was taking Instamatic pictures of his guests. It was not clear whether he was doing this in order to be able to show, at some future time, that there had been this gathering in his house. Or whether he thought of pictures in some voodoo sense. Or whether he found it difficult to talk. Or whether he was bored. Two underground celebrities—one of whom had become a sensation by never generating or exhibiting a flicker of interest in anything, the other of whom was known mainly for hanging around the first—were taking pictures too." [p60]"My friend across the hall, who owns the beagle, looked very sad all evening. He said, abruptly, that he was cracking up, and no one would believe him. There were sirens in the street. Inez said she knew exactly what he meant: she was cracking up also. Her escort, a pale Italian jeweler, said, “I too. I too have it....” Our sportswriter said he had recently met a girl whose problem was stealing all the suede garments of house guests, and another, in her thirties, who cried all the time because she had not been accepted at Smith. We heard many more sirens in the streets. We all went home." [p68]"She was a dynamite girl and he was an aces fellow. On the day he at last agreed by phone to marry her, the switchboard operators were overjoyed. For six months they had listened, in sympathy and indignation, to the tears, the threats, the partings and reconciliations. They were so unequivocally for the girl that only the purest professionalism kept them, at times, from breaking in. On the day Tim, after calls to his best friend, his firs wife, and his therapist, gave in at last, the oldest operator, who had been on the switchboard for twenty years, actually wept. The other two told the receptionist, at lunch. All four ladies had a drink, and then bought a card of slightly obscene felicitations. They had wavered toward the sentimental, but rejected it as basically unswinging. They did not sign the card. Tim and his girl, who had been breaking up once again on the day they received it (she was packing; they were in his apartment, were appalled. As a result of the card, and discussions of what to do about it—what it implied, who knew and who didn’t—they married." [p19]"I often wonder about the people who linger over trash baskets at the corners of the city's sidewalks. One sees them day and night, young and old, well dressed, in rags—often with shopping bags—picking over the trash. They pick out newspapers, envelopes. They discard things. I often wonder who they are and that they're after. I approach and cannot ask them. Anyway, they scurry off. Some times I think they are writers who do not write. That 'writers write' is meant to be self-evident. People like to say it. I find it is hardly ever true. Writers drink. Wr[...]

Web3.0 trends


there's some webwide design principles
that i'm not sure many people
can see yet

wikipedia needs a page for every product
for every person
for every event

(it should supplant the evil
as a gatheringplace for nostalgists)

and it should aggregate ALL links
on every topic
sorting them and rating them

so when your vacuumcleaner breaks
you go to its wikipedia page
(which you bookmarked when you bought it
like all your possessions
in an intelligent database)
and find sorted links
to all pages about that product
including diy repairs

this will put google websearch out of business

its 'best-first' algorithms can't compete

the concept of bookmarking
'to read later'
needs to be refined

we experience a continuous stream
of links we find more or less tempting
and we need to sort and rate these
so that the next-most-attractive
is always a click (or two) away

everything on the web
should be striving to connect individuals
who share common tastes and interests
(eHarmony writ large)

everyone's stream of rating/judgments
automatically compared
with similar-others queued
for speed 'dating'


Birth of blogging


i may or may not use this post
to aggregate debate
about the origins of blogging

my word 'weblog' was intended to summarise
some simple basic design features
that hadn't yet been recognised as such

- the best web links
- of every kind
- briefly described
- added as discovered
- top-down
- keep the page short/quick
- link direct to the juicy stuff
- everybody shares their tastes

existing models all lacked some of these
(justin hall's was long/slow
winer kept rearranging the day's items)

i avoided 'news' at first
looking far and wide for good content
most others hadn't yet discovered

it was a (small) catastrophe
when co-opted the word
for online diaries

few people maintain proper weblogs

and i'm still waiting
for a decent online web-logging site
(delicious is closest)

twitter isn't a good fit
urls are masked
archives are clumsy

the explosion of options
has become frustrating

'onebit blogging' a la
hypemachine and flickr
seem hopeful, in their way

[mefi thread]


What flickr/Twitter could learn from HypeMachine


others' faves should be 1stclass streams
with a variety of views

who-subscribes-to-who should be public

more-than-onebit blogs
should be supported too
(eg featuring a content-creator a day
giving background on them)

merge subscriptions to new content
and subscriptions to others' faves
into one stream

prominently feature the count of faves
for each content-item
and conceal/reveal the 1st dozen or so faver-names
within the content-stream

clicking on a faver-name
shows their faves stream
and offers their subscriptions-list
and a single click adds/subscribes-to them

a few things hypem should add:

visible indication of which tunes
you've already tried

onsite user blogs

suggestions of users/blogs/bands/tunes
you'd likely like


Appreciating 'Hype Machine'


i imagine that the hype machine
chose their awful name as camouflage
for their true purpose
of free-mp3-blog-aggregator

but as these things go
they seem to be cuttingedge state-of-the-art

the design-theme is giddy redundancy
everything is one-step-or-less away
and infinite reversibility
(try anything, no commitment)

it took me embarrassingly long to figure out
how to play the tunes
and find the hidden mp3s
(click rightpointing triangle to play
(player at bottom even lets you change pages
without stopping the current song)

open 'read full post' link in new tab
to find mp3 link)

finding new music

start with a song you love
that you think defines your special taste
search for it, 'love'-heart it
go thru everyone else who's hearted it
and sample their recent faves
'follow' them if there's any overlap
(watch which blogs they find good tunes on
and 'follow' these too
or sample them as radio stations)
(following individuals with similar taste
is the general solution to
the longtail fail)

search for favorite artists
and 'follow' them
(it seems you can't yet backtrace
who else follows an artist?
or find generalised most-similar recommendations)


5star ratings scale

best-first priority-queue


Calculate your blogscore


[i want to tweak this until it accurately reflects mature blogging habits-- eg losing points for deleting unread posts...]

[i think it needs to be broken down into categories: pix, music, vids, tweets, news? humor? gossip?]

[i'm a newbie myself in some of these areas]

[some domains have better filtering tools available]

[you should score higher for finding meta-sources than straight sources]

[there may be objective network-math definitions possible: mathematically optimal coverage]

[each domain has a global average new-content rate;
each user has a time/value tradeoff curve for that content;
each filter delivers some average value per time]

# of rss subscriptions

# of flickr subscriptions
# of flickr-faves subscriptions

# of mp3-blog subscriptions

# of twitter-faves subscriptions

# of youtube-faves subscriptions

Wallace Stevens Walk


Hartford Connecticut has marked Wallace Stevens' daily commute with thirteen stones offering the verses of "13 Ways of Looking at a Blackbird" [backstory]

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View Wallace Stevens Walk in a larger map [map]

Among twenty snowy mountains,
The only moving thing
Was the eye of the blackbird. [pic]

I was of three minds,
Like a tree
In which there are three blackbirds. [pic] [pic]

The blackbird whirled in the autumn winds.
It was a small part of the pantomime.

A man and a woman
Are one.
A man and a woman and a blackbird
Are one.

I do not know which to prefer,
The beauty of inflections
Or the beauty of innuendoes,
The blackbird whistling
Or just after.

Icicles filled the long window
With barbaric glass.
The shadow of the blackbird
Crossed it, to and fro.
The mood
Traced in the shadow
An indecipherable cause. [pic] [pic]

O thin men of Haddam,
Why do you imagine golden birds?
Do you not see how the blackbird
Walks around the feet
Of the women about you? [pic]

I know noble accents
And lucid, inescapable rhythms;
But I know, too,
That the blackbird is involved
In what I know.

When the blackbird flew out of sight,
It marked the edge
Of one of many circles.

At the sight of blackbirds
Flying in a green light,
Even the bawds of euphony
Would cry out sharply.

He rode over Connecticut
In a glass coach.
Once, a fear pierced him,
In that he mistook
The shadow of his equipage
For blackbirds. [pic]

The river is moving.
The blackbird must be flying. [pic]

It was evening all afternoon.
It was snowing
And it was going to snow.
The blackbird sat
In the cedar-limbs. [pic]


Embedded Ulysses test


New GoogleBooks feature:

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April/May 2009 links


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Binary meter ontology


= 0/1 ========================================unstressed 'dit' (a, the, is, of)stressed 'dah'= 0, 00, 000, 0000... ========================================= 1, 11, 111, 1111... ========================================tiptoeing vs stomping= 00/01/10/11 ========================================00: pyrrhic01: iamb10: trochee11: spondee: blackboard, inside, clambake, flophouse= ...010101... ========================================limping= 000/001/010/011/100/101/110/111 ========================================000: tribrach [terminology]001: anapest010: amphibrach: Alaska, Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming011: bacchic100: dactyl: profligate, vegetable, Delaware, Florida, Iowa, Michigan, Oregon, Washington101: cretic: Arkansas, Idaho, Illinois, Tennessee110: antibacchic: flapdoodle111: molossus: brouhaha, Istanbul= ...0011001100... ========================================= 0000/0001/0010/0011/0100/0101/0110/0111/1000/1001/1010/1011/1100/1101/1110/1111 ============0000: proceleusmatic 0001: paeon4: Beethoven's 5th, baba ganoush0010: paeon3: economics, politician, departmental, condescension, borborygmus, perspicacious, celebrated0011: minor ionic 0100: paeon2: adrenaline, accordion, agrarian, amygdala, automaton, beatitude, carcinogen, contemplative, contiguous, copernican, criterion, decreasingly, dirigible, geography, competitive, microscopy, misogynist, rebarbative, synecdoche, Connecticut, New Mexico, coincidence, phenomenon, mythology, solicitor, eternity, experience, experiment, maturity, extremities, ecology, humility, mysterious, impossibly, commodities0101: di-iamb: contrariwise, aperitif, Virginia Woolf, plutonium0110: antipast: dehydrated0111: epitrite 1 1000: paeon 1: miscellany, horticulture, consummately, deviances, confiscated, aliases, obfuscated, enervating, meaninglessness, stimulated1001: choriamb: bibliophile, cavalryman, catamaran, hullabaloo, tiddlywinks, Kalamazoo, nevertheless1010: ditrochee [xkcd]: armageddon, denotation, alderwoman, bilirubin, macaroni, mashed potatoes, moleskine, Alabama, Arizona, California, Carolina, Colorado, Indiana, ?Louisiana, Massachusetts, Mississippi, N/S Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Zapatista, premonition, belladonna, Paganini, politician, understanding, generations, polyester, resurrected, anaconda, godforsaken, helicopter, perforated, undercover, Pagliacci, education, self-indulgence, self-denial, dramatizing, sentimental, sentimental, comprehending, temporary, appaloosas, geometric, overseer, understanding, superficial, repetitious, satisfaction, complications, overflowing, independence, mathematic, liberation, cinematic, inspiration, affectations, fascination, pornographic, benefactors, everpresent, reservation, everlasting1011: epitrite21100: major ionic: deprogramming, asexual1101: epitrite3 1110: epitrite4: melancholy1111: dispondee= five ========================================00010: organisation00100: electricity, demonology, discombobulate01000: involuntary, constabulary, apothecary01001: deteriorate01010: ?Louisiana, participation, apotheosis, Barack Obama, manipulation, imagination, imagination, illumination10010: magnification, contradistinction, juxtaposition, heterodoxy, flibbertigibbet, Sacagawea, legalization, reincarnations, Spiritus Sanctus10100: incompatible, possibility, appendectomy, abacterial, haberdashery, oligopoly, trabajabamos, Ernest Hemingway, opportunities, unbelievable, aborigine, territorial, insecurity, horizontally, curiosity, multiplicity, immortality, anonymity, Michelangelo, Ethiopian, subterranean10101: Edgar Allen Poe, recapitulate11[...]

Best animated doppler comparison


looking over the various available
animated doppler weathermaps
(easy to miss hidden features)

msn is the surprising winner
with a 6-hour loop
that requires only one click
beyond the url-bookmark
('doppler radar' under 'animated maps')

has nice detail
but limited animation
very limited animation

accuweather ditto uses java
again very limited

is very feeble


semantic web os


a semantic-web-savvy pc
will know the web's deweydecimalsystem
and the consensus 'best' web resources
for each topic-area

you will customise this
to your personal preferences

rating streams of new resources
in favorite areas

catching up on resources
recommended by
topic-experts you trust

searching for experts/streams
with similar tastes

your web2.0 presence


One-bit critics


in olden days
the function of 'critic'
(aesthete, connoisseur)
was laudable (meritorious

trained to reject the common
and elevate the
unjustly overlooked

now that function
has been streamlined down
to clicking a
'fave this' star

anyone can do it

the honor has been


Celebrity BMIs


[asterisks mean same celeb has multiple entries (variable or unreliable); heights are often from] [adding flickr set]9.8Mayra Hornbacher 5'1" 52# [cite]13.8*Karen Carpenter 1982 5'4" 80#14.1Jodi Kidd 6'2" 110# [cite]14.5*Teri Hatcher 5'6" 90# [cite]Esther Canadas 5'10" 101# [cite]14.8*Karen Carpenter 5'4" 87# [cite]*Victoria Beckham 5'6" 92# [cite]15.0Tori Spelling 5'6" 98# [cite]15.1Amber Valleta 5'9" 102# [cite]15.3*Angelina Jolie 5'7" 98# [cite]15.5Celine Dion 5'7" 99# [cite]15.7Calista Flockhart 5'6" 97# [cite]15.8Mariah Carey 5'9" 107# [cite]Naomi Campbell 5'10" 110# [cite]16.0Giselle Bundchen 5'11" 115# [cite]16.1Liv Tyler 5'10" 112# [cite]16.2Shannon Elizabeth 5'9" 110# [cite]16.3'Amanda 5'8" 107# [flickr]16.4Pamela Anderson 5'7" 105# [cite]Mandy Moore 5'8" 108# [cite]Carmen Kass 5'10" 114# [cite]16.5Heidi Guenther 5'3" 93# [cite]Gwyneth Paltrow 5'9" 112# [cite]16.6*Nicole Richie 5'1" 88# [cite]Audrey Hepburn 5'6" 103# [cite]*Angelina Jolie 5'8" 109# [cite]16.7Rebecca Gayheart 5'8" 110# [cite]Sandra Bullock 5'8" 110# [cite]16.8Jordan/Katie Price 5'5" 101# [cite]Kate Moss 5'7" 107# [cite]16.9Jessica Biel 5'7" 108# [cite]Taylor Swift 5'8.5" 113# [cite]Nikki Taylor 5'10" 118# [cite]Christy Turlington 5'10" 118# [cite]17.0Heather Locklear 5'5" 105# [cite]Tyra Banks 5'11" 122# [cite]17.1*Teri Hatcher 5'6" 106# [cite]17.2*Diana Ross 5'4" 100# [cite]Kirsten Dunst 5'4" 100# [cite]Julia Stiles 5'7" 110# [cite]Anna Kournikova 5'8" 113# [cite]*Heidi Klum 5'10" 120# [cite]Julia Roberts 5'10" 120# [cite]Nicole Kidman 5'10" 120# [cite]17.3Jessica Alba 5'6" 107# [cite]17.4Rose McGowan 5'1" 92# [cite]Eva Longoria 5'2" 95# [cite]Sarah Michelle Gellar 5'3" 98# [cite]'Mindy' 5'8" 114# [flickr]Cindy Crawford 5'10" 121# [cite]Elle MacPherson 6'0" 128# [cite]17.5*Britney Spears 5'5" 105# [cite]Eliza Dushku 5'5" 105# [cite]Paris Hilton 5'8" 115# [cite]17.6Kelly Ripa 5'2.5" 98# [cite]Kelly Brook 5'8" 116# [cite]Milla Jovovich 5'8" 116# [cite]17.7Cameron Diaz 5'9" 120# [cite]James King 5'9" 120# [cite]*Katie Holmes 5'9" 120# [cite]17.8*Nicole Richie 5'1" 94# [cite]Jennifer Aniston 5'6" 110# [cite]*Victoria Beckham 5'6" 110# [cite]17.9Danielle Fishel 5'1" 95# [cite]Emma Bunton 5'2" 98# [cite]Adriana Lima 5'10" 125# [cite]Claudia Schiffer 5'11" 128# [cite]Rebecca Romijn-Stamos 5'11" 128# [cite]18.0Lacey Chabert 5'4" 105# [cite]Keira Knightley 5'7" 115# [cite]*Salma Hayek 5'7" 115# [cite]*Heidi Klum 5'9" 119# [cite]Liz Hurley 5'9" 122# [cite]18.1Geri Halliwell 5'2" 99# [cite]Gwen Stefani 5'6" 112# [cite]Lindsay Lohan 5'6" 112# [cite]Katherine Heigl 5'8" 119# [cite]18.2*Christina Aguilera 5'2.5" 101# [cite]*Katie Holmes 5'8" 120# [cite]Laetitia Casta 5'8" 120# [cite]Whitney Port 5'10" 127# [cite]18.3*Christina Aguilera 5'2" 100# [cite]Rachel Leigh Cook 5'2" 100# [cite]Miley Cyrus 5'5" 110# [cite] Thora Birch 5'5" 110# [cite]Cindy Margolis 5'7" 117# [cite]18.4'Oscah' 5'3.5" 105# [flickr]Natalie Portman 5'4" 107# [cite]Faith Hill 5'8" 121# [cite]underweight=============================================normal weight18.5Ashley Olsen 5'1" 98# [cite]Mary-Kate Olsen 5'1" 98# [cite]Zoey Deschanel 5'5" 115# [cite]18.6Kylie Minogue 5'0" 95# [cite]Fiona Apple 5'3" 105# [cite]Jessica Simpson 5'3" 105# [cite]Jennie Garth 5'5" 112# [cite]Alyson Hannigan 5'6" 115# [cite]Claire Danes 5'6" 115# [cite]Jewel 5'6" 115# [cite]18.7Joan Collins 5'6" 116# [cite]18.8Charlize Theron 5'11" 135# [cite]18.9 *Diana Ross 5'4" 110# [cite]Michelle Williams 5'4" 110# [cite]Shania Twain 5'4" 110# [cite]Stacy Dish 5'4" 110# [cite]19.[...]

Twitter motifs


these are themes i see repeatedly in twitter jokes

it's not meant as a criticism
but as a step towards semanticweb-ai-tagset

they're arranged as a storysequence as far as possible

stayed up all night
noisy neighbors
woke late
morning wood
morning mouth
woke in strange place
woke with strange bedmate
woken by kids/pets

need coffee
hair of dog
strange breakfast
high-calorie breakfast
leftovers for breakfast

strange dress for work
late to work
skip work
to-do list

internet addictions
videogame addictions
teevee addictions
wasting time

music soundtrack

weird co-workers
stupid bosses
stupid software
poor social skills

boring life
no friends
clumsy flirting

getting favrd
getting followers
losing followers

if life were like tv/games/movies

better software ideas


One-bit nanoblogs


flickr and twitter
support near-identical
onebit 'nanoblogs' of faves

subscribeable via rss

hackable via api

hacking sequence:

download own faves' ids (count them)
save in a database
sort by author
rank by authorcount

for each author
download itemcount (save in db)
re-rank by fave frequency

detect densest faved authors
not already subscribed-to

download ids of faves of densest author
(save in db)
compare to own faves

calculate degree of taste-overlap
(twitter is different from flickr
because older tweets are rarely faved
so overlap won't extend back
past the more recent of 2 join-dates)

gradually extend database of others' faves

try to detect
still-unseen items
frequently faved by similar favers




replace each human with an m&m

color each m&m
according to its philosophy

when their philosophy changes dramatically
their color changes as well

some never change, from birth

some share their parents philosophy

some don't

healthy whole personalities are represented
by whole m&ms

broken and wounded personalities
by broken m&ms

the tragedy of being broken
is normally blamed on another broken m&m


Machine-optimised 'explore'


each time we rate
any item of content
our software ought to adjust
its predictions about
other content's ratings

unseen content
by the same author
should be rated similarly

other raters
who rated that content similarly
should be rated similar
(ditto for un-similar)

unseen content
rated highly by
these similar raters
should be 'rated up'

every moment is a choicepoint
(which next?)
(which to queue for later?)

nextbestunseen by sameauthor

bestunseen by similarraters

bestunseen overall

newifany by knownfaveauthors

newifany by knownfaveraters

faves of newauthor/rater

subscribe to authorstream/raterfaves