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Kickapoo Ed

Initial excitement over the Knowledge Graph seems to have calmed down somewhat. That’s probably not surprising, as the reality of the first pass on such things does tend to fall short of the promises made at announcement time. Turns out

Posted in Noise, Organization, Signal, Speculation, Weight of information

Ascendance of the factoid

Filter bubbles? Google has more to say about the Knowledge Graph and how it will finally fulfill the Star Trek promise of computers that will intently listen, perfectly understand, and obediently retrieve exactly what we want. Hell, the graph may

Posted in Context, Design, UX, Noise, Signal

The Morselization of Information

Wavii delivers morsels of news, five words at a time Five years ago, Twitter’s critics dismissed the idea that news could be transmitted in 140 characters. Now, Adrian Aoun thinks it can be done in just five or six words.

Posted in Noise, Organization, Signal

The Semantics of “Semantic”

News: Google gives search a refresh, the Wall Street Journal Reports. Views: Lots of these changes sound great to me, as best I can tell from a WSJ report. I’m a fan of improving relevance and I like the idea

Posted in Context, Noise, Signal

#c4l12 Wrap-up

My recent week chock full of Code4Lib goodness was sponsored by Amanda Vizedom of Wind River Consulting. She’d been lucky enough to grab one of the precious few available registrations in the hour or so before they sold out, but

Posted in Background, Context, IB, Signal

Yep. Chilly.

Twitter to restrict user content in some countries, according to Reuters. This is more an instant deep freeze than a chilling effect. We’ve managed to fend off government attempts to control the thoughts that get into our heads, especially as

Posted in Censorship, Rant, Signal

What’s so wrong with SOPA?

Yesterday, a friend started a long discussion on Facebook (well, long for that venue) by asking where exactly the censorship happens within the text of the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). He’s an intelligent, caring man, and to his credit,

Posted in Analysis, Censorship, Rights, access, Signal

Aggregated Aggregation

Aggregation of ownership within the media business has continued to the point that only six sets of management-types control 90% of information content, including what passes for news, available commercially to Americans. The view of who’s supplying what information is even less clear in the mashed up muddle of distributed and aggregated content.

Posted in Analysis, Censorship, Context, Noise, Rant, Signal, Weight of information


I’m set to house/cat-sit for a friend in Santa Fe for 2 weeks. The timing was good, as my sweetie is gallivanting in foreign parts with other iSchoolers and I have business to take care of in the region. I

Posted in Context, Noise, Signal