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Programming Reflections

Efficiency

At the moment, I’m taking a class in Combinatorial Algorithms. You can probably gather from the things that I write about here that this is not my passion… however so far it’s better than expected. We’re moving onto backtracking. If you know a functional language such as Haskell or ML (I know there are others, […]

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Twitter Visualization

Do Twitter Scammers Have Conversations?

I’d like to say a big thankyou to @CoureyGetsMoney for following me (3,109 Following 2,831 Followers). His bio reads: Thanks for checking out my page im a real cool guy making 12,000 a month working from home with GDI I suspect he’s lying about his income and about being a “real cool guy”. I also […]

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Twitter Visualization

Visualizing your Twitter Conversations: Rationale

I’ve frankly been amazed by the number of hits I’ve had on my Twitter Graphs since I put them up yesterday. This is the first phase of something I’m working on, so I’m going to write a little about the logic behind it here. Suggestions or thoughts are very welcome! There was a time when […]

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Twitter Visualization

Twitter Graphs

UPDATE 9/10: Insight into how this works and the rationale behind this in this post. So after my last post I received a couple of graph requests. Here’s @map_maker‘s, see how I’ve added the directionality. This one took a long time to build. She talks to a lot of people who talk to a lot […]

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Twitter Visualization

Visualizing Your Twitter Network

This is what I’ve been working on lately – it graphs who you’re having a conversation with on Twitter (and who they’re having a conversation with). I’ve got some more stuff to add to it, but I’m pretty happy with how little time this has taken (coding time, perhaps 10 hours?). There were 3 phases […]

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Twitter

Why Twitter Isn’t a Pointless Waste of Time

I love Twitter, but a lot of people seem to think it’s completely pointless. So I find myself having these conversations where I try and convince people it’s not completely stupid, actually I’ve even convinced a couple of them to give it a go. I’ve laid out my arguments below. Information Gathering There are tons […]

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Reflections

Internet Addiction

I’m concerned I may be addicted to the internet. Yesterday there were various news articles about a study from Taiwan and we have a list of symptoms (emphasis added): Internet addiction is usually characterized with symptoms such as spending a lot of time online, an inability to cut back on usage, a preoccupation with online […]

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Visualization

Information -> Data -> Meaning

Clay Shirky wrote about this in Here Comes Everybody; the arrival of the printing press and how it changed everything. To summarize: when the printing press was invented the Church flipped out because they realized that they would no longer be in control of the information (namely, the Bible) that people had available to them. […]

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Organization Presentation Social Networking

15 Tools to make University Easier

Subtitle: Things that Universities should tell you about, but often don’t. I’m in my 6th year at university now, and over the course of it I’ve assembled my suite of tools that maximize my productivity. When I meet people from outside of Computer Science, I’m always amazed that they haven’t heard of so many of […]

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Organization

Week in Brief

For this week my goals were: Clubs week for WISE Organize movie night (try and delegate) TA in French, don’t meltdown Incorporate giant pile of papers into Introduction Polish introduction such that I can send it to my supervisors Coding: phase 1 ended up coding something different, but I’ve made significant progress on it Assignment […]