a dumping ground for stuff and things. mostly titbits of social psychology, internet research, links and photos.
the name comes from a (broken) shop sign on a chaotic, disorganised palace of stuff and things in leamington spa, england, a town smack in the centre of the country where i lived for two years.
i also have a tumblog documenting the primary sources i use to research the book that's evolved from my 2010-2011 column for the observer new review, called untangling the web, and one for the serendipity engine, a personal research project.
more structured thoughts at alekskrotoski.com.
To whatever degree Radiolab represents change, we didn’t plan it. I don’t think change can be planned — I think it’s only something that can be recognized after the fact.
I thank @bertbertie for this one.
Data and data sets are not objective; they are creations of human design. We give numbers their voice, draw inferences from them, and define their meaning through our interpretations. Hidden biases in both the collection and analysis stages present considerable risks, and are as important to the big-data equation as the numbers themselves.
how do we know our world is broken in exactly the same way that Silicon Valley claims it is? What if the engineers are wrong and frustration, inconsistency, forgetting, perhaps even partisanship, are the very features that allow us to morph into the complex social actors that we are?
In Poland, American shows aren’t dubbed by actors mimicking the original, English-speaking actors. A lektor, the Polish term for voice-over artist, simply reads all the dialogue in Polish. While the lektor drones on, viewers hear the original English soundtrack faintly in the background. The approach is popular in Poland, where viewers still feel comfortable with a style deeply rooted in the country’s communist past. Lektors, traditionally men with husky voices, pride themselves on their utterly emotionless delivery, a craft honed through thousands of hours in recording studios.
From WSJ in October 2007.
I remember this style of delivery fondly. Always reminds me of visiting Poland as a kid.
But somehow I don’t think it’s a technique that’d go down with the the Digital Human production team.
Such faith in technology in the absence of critical analysis or empirical support is an example of “techno-fundamentalism,” the belief that we can, should, and will invent a machine that will fix the problems the last machine caused.
Vaidhyanathan, S. (2006, Sept). Introduction: Rewiring the “Nation”: The Place of Technology in American Studies. American Quarterly, 58(3): 555-567.
Techno-fundamentalism assumes not only the means and will to triumph over adversity through gadgets and schemes, but the sense that invention is the best of all possible methods of confronting problems.
All very good.