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Coffee of the Day, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

newest foam photo.

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Just in time for my science class.

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Iranian Cyber Army hackers take down Twitter in early-morning attack:

Iranian hackers brought down micro-blogging website Twitter for around two hours this morning.
The attack took place at around 6am and left the site’s estimated 30million users unable to send messages or post ‘tweets’.
The main Twitter homepage had been replaced with a black and red screen featuring an image of a green flag.
The page carried the message: ‘This site has been hacked by the Iranian Cyber Army.’

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Apps to Make iPhone Shutterbugs Smile – NYTimes.com is a great list of apps and why we’d want them. I LOVE my iphone camera more than my Nikon D-80. Why? because I’ve always got it with me. It is so heavy to carry my laptop and camera and lenses, so sometimes I don’t. But I’ve always got my iphone.

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Boing Boing’s post Canadas “TV tax”/”Save local TV” squabble explainedand link to this video are a great reminder of the nearly pathological silliness with which people pay for content. I get cable with my building fees, but have never and would never pay for TV if I had a choice. If it has ads, it must be free. That’s my way. Perhaps I’ll change my mind under some circumstances I don’t know… but I don’t know them. I’m totally happy to get rid of all canadian cable companies. They don’t give me anything that’s canadian. As for the TV stations… wtf. We all have a canadian show we like. Or at most 2. If we opened up, I mean really opened up, the airwaves I bet we’d get more, not less, canadian content, and instead of the government subsidizing broadcasters, they’d subsidize content production that could then be given away… or, how about this, have a non-profit channel that just showed canadian content… commercial free… 24/7. And since it is digital, there could be an infinite number of commercial free, 24/7 canadian channels… subsidized with the same money that is wasted giving to the media giants. Oh, I do like the sound of that.

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Peter the Butcher, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Peter is running a great new butcher shop in Kensington Market. Got great quail last week and some great flank tonight.

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Siobhan’s flowers., originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Mom’s present to my niece. I did the arranging. First time I’ve done that in years, but enjoyable.

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Save History and Philosophy at OISE/UT – Petition Spot

The History and Philosophy of Education program at OISE may be closed on the basis of erroneous reasons bearing NO apparent relation to the positive External Reviews of this Doctoral program nor any relation to the report provided to OCGS by History and Philosophy in May 2009, at their demand, in which History and Philosophy detailed the actual vibrancy of graduate program at OISE (7 faculty, 17 Associate Instructors, and 85 graduae students).

The University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies is currently deciding whether to abide by this recommendation.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO TELL THE UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO:

1. There is a fundamental problem with the decision’s basis to close the graduate program based on “imminent returements”—on the basis of the AGE of 2 of its 7 tenured faculty – who have NO plans to retire.

2. To indicate your objection to the unjustified threatened closure of the doctoral program in History and Philosophy of Education at OISE, UT.

Given the value of humanities, quality of this renowned program, 85 current graduate students, and committed faculty, keep this program alive and grant it the new faculty position that will evidence institutional support presently denied.

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TTC streetcar back up, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Accident at the other side of the intersection yesterday

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Slashdot Science Story | Doing Internet Searches Boosts Older Brains
Researchers have found signs of enhanced neural stimulation in parts of the brain that control decision-making and reasoning when they scanned the brains of middle-aged and older first-time Internet users after only seven days of performing Internet searches. We found that for older people with minimal experience, performing Internet searches for even a relatively short period of time can change brain activity patterns and enhance function, says Dr Gary Small, a professor of psychiatry at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. At the start of the study, the participants performed Internet searches while the researchers took fMRI scans of their brains to track changes in blood flow in the brain and record subtle changes in neural activity. After practicing searching the Internet for 7 days over 2 weeks at home, the brains of the Internet novices showed activity in the same regions as before, but this time there was new activity in the middle frontal gyrus and inferior frontal gyrus, the parts of the brain that are important for working memory and decision-making.

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Undead street sign, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Taken with my HellPhone on Dundas Square.

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Mr Pants

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Mr Pants, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

he’s long… and pliable and loves attention.

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Mr Pants in the Morning, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

Lounging in his fur bucket.

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Folksonomy folktales (found via Sylvie’s post)

In reviewing articles about folksonomies and taxonomies, I found that while there were some interesting experiments in combining the two, most writings repeated the same myths, folktales and misconceptions.

A fundamental flaw in the vast majority of articles on folksonomies and taxonomies is the almost universal use of the Dewey Decimal System (or Library of Congress Subject Headings) as the example taxonomy. Using the Dewey Decimal System as your example taxonomy shows that you have no understanding of taxonomy creation and use in today’s world.

It’s as if you did an analysis of boats and picked the Titanic as your example. It’s really big and cumbersome, and it’s made of brittle steel held together with bad rivets. It costs too much and is too difficult to build. It’s slow and hard to steer, runs into icebergs and kills lots of people.

But wait, sailboats are boats too, and they are much smaller, cheaper, easier to build and lots of fun. And you know what, there are lots of taxonomies that are smaller than the Dewey Decimal System, easier to construct and use, less rigid, have built-in revision procedures and user input capabilities, and generally don’t suffer from all those “characteristics” of taxonomies that folksonomy advocates love to list.

I usually ignore these big shiny new ways of making sense of the internet, or old ones. I just assumed that peeps were making lazy ad hoc definitions of things without taking them seriously. Ooops. I was wrong, they were taking them seriously. Silly peeps. As the article suggests, people, probably from watching too many power point presentations, didn’t apply a critical lens on the term and assumed it had depth and solidity without much more than a few slides to back it up. I never assumed it did, but some people… Just have to wonder.

Wonder what it is that I’m doing these days that is based on a taken-for-granted assumption that I’ve not explored… this time :)

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Elinor Ostrom – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Elinor Ostrom (born August 7, 1933) is an American political scientist. She was awarded the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, which she shared with Oliver E. Williamson, for “her analysis of economic governance, especially the commons”. She is the first woman to win the prize in this category

She’s been a major inspiration to me. For a few years (1997-2002 I think) I taught a course in Environmental Science called “Common Pool Resources” at UofT, and immediately saw the use of her ideas in terms of the internet… and I’m sure that many other people were thinking just that at the same time. And I was just about to buy her latest book… forgot the title, at the AoIR conference. Too heavy to fly home with, but will have to track it down. MIT press I think. FOund it: Understanding KNowledge as a Commons. COol beans.

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3d photo of wine bottle, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

You have to get close to the image and then pull back until you see the 3d image. Made on my iPhone. Trust me, it works, but you do have to play with it a bit.

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Keynote siva vaidhyanathan, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

On the googlization of everything at #IR10.

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Nancy Baym tweeted that itouch doesn’t correct teh to the… HA, I said. That’s because teh is a word! Google ‘the’ and you get 12 billion hits, but google ‘teh’ and you get 26 million… and growing :) Then I looked up
Teh on Wikipedia, and I’m right. Well, I was right before, but not other people agree.

“Teh” is an internet slang neologism most frequently used as an English article, based on a common misspelling of the. A common typographical error, this typo became a part of Internet slang and subsequently developed grammatical usages distinct from the.[1] It is not common in spoken or written English outside technical or leetspeak circles, but when spoken, it is pronounced /tə/.[2]Teh is one of the words in the auto-correct lists of spellcheckers in word processing applications such as Microsoft Word, OpenOffice.org Writer, Pages, and Corel WordPerfect. T and E are typed by the left hand on adjacent fingers in Qwerty, while the H is typed by the right, and in rapid typing, the T and E are often typed by the left hand in a drumming motion before the right can get the H in between the two. Overcompensating with the right hand can result in the misspelling hte, which is also found in auto-correct lists.

For those of you who balk and claim that English is going down the tubes (and it is, but that’s the point) don’t forget that your English sucketh as well. The new technologies of Caxton and moveable type removed the eth, ash and thorn, and I think yod (or was that wynn; I’m decades away from my Anglo Saxon studies) from our language and replaced them with TH in the first place. And you don’t have any problems with that. Right?

Go to the wikipedia page to see some letters we no longer have http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anglo-Saxon_runes and can you read the first English poet’s words?

nu scylun hergan
hefaenricaes uard
metudaes maecti
end his modgidanc
uerc uuldurfadur
swe he uundra gihwaes

i.e.
Now [we] must honour
the guardian of heaven,
the might of the architect,
and his purpose,
the work of the father of glory

All those funny ways of writing… teh times teh are a changing… and none too quick for moi. :P

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Dawn from iPhone, originally uploaded by jasonnolan.

another iphone test… #success

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