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.
[An algorithm is] an editorial opinion encoded into an equation that powers things like the Facebook news feed or the Twitter discovery window… trying to figure out what’s good: what people want to consume. These little pieces of code are more powerful now than a lot of the most powerful editors in media.
Send them to the chemistry departments, send them to the zoology departments, send them to the anthropology departments and the astronomy departments and physics departments, and all the medical and law schools. That’s where the writers are most likely to be…
I’m no scientist at all. I’m glad, though, now that I was pressured into becoming a scientist by my father and my brother. I understand how scientific reasoning and playfulness work, even though I have no talent for joining in. I enjoy the company of scientists, am easily excited and entertained when they tell me what they’re doing. I’ve spent a lot more time with scientists than with literary people.