Thursday, October 29, 2009
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
10/27/2009 03:34:00 PMToday, we're happy to announce that Similar Images is graduating from Google Labs and becoming a permanent feature in Google Images. You can try it out by clicking on "Find similar images" below the most popular images in our search results.
Monday, October 26, 2009
Dunbar's number is 150.
And he's not compromising, no matter how much you whine about it.
Dunbar postulated that the typical human being can only have 150 friends. One hundred fifty people in the tribe. After that, we just aren't cognitively organized to handle and track new people easily. That's why, without external forces, human tribes tend to split in two after they reach this size. It's why WL Gore limits the size of their offices to 150 (when they grow, they build a whole new building).
Facebook and Twitter and blogs fly in the face of Dunbar's number. They put hundreds or thousands of friendlies in front of us, people we would have lost touch with (why? because of Dunbar!) except that they keep digitally reappearing.
Reunions are a great example of Dunbar's number at work. You might like a dozen people you meet at that reunion, but you can't keep up, because you're full.
Some people online are trying to flaunt Dunbar's number, to become connected and actual friends with tens of thousands of people at once. And guess what? It doesn't scale. You might be able to stretch to 200 or 400, but no, you can't effectively engage at a tribal level with a thousand people. You get the politician's glassy-eyed gaze or the celebrity's empty stare. And then the nature of the relationship is changed.
I can tell when this happens. I'm guessing you can too.
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So: assuming Dunbar is right, what are people doing when they have so many online friends?
Well it so happens that my wife and I were talking about this earlier this morning, and it reminds her of high school.
I see it as people starring in their own movies and inviting people to come and play bit parts in them.
I don't want to slam all the relationships that people have on social media, but I am guessing that for some - the bit players are there to swell the numbers and not for their intrinsic worth.
It's like the poor quality film where you see a person introduced only for the sake of being the victim in the next scene when the bad guy/monster/catastrophe gets him or her.
And the worst thing about people starring in their own movies with this kind of attitude is that it does not encourage community in the sense of care-in-the-community.
Apart from that - I don't care that people want to star in their own movies - let them have fun. It is their entitlement.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Boy, are you the lucky one. He smiles; he beckons. The hairs on your neck stand up. You recognize him. He is your long lost father. How could he have known? Does he know you? After all, you have grown. When you last saw him you were, how old?
The tent is hushed. They know something is in the offing. The high wire beckons. You climb. The wires bite into your fingers. These shoes weren't meant for climbing. How are you going to get down? Where is the safety net - it was there a moment ago. Time to show you are a man. But you are not a man - you are a kid.
This is how it was meant to be. All those dreams were leading this way. You are the one.
He falls. The net is there after all.
The muse asks: Do you want to find out more?
Friday, October 16, 2009
People have short memories. First came the floods in 2008, then the lazing about enjoying the sun in the summer of 2009. Forgetfulness is one of the greatest gifts. This photo of the flooding is also one of the ecards from Quillcards distinctive ecards Quillcards distinctive ecards
Thursday, October 15, 2009
From the 1992 Rio Conference, through the Kyoto Protocol and now to the conference in December in Copenhagen.The Kyoto Protocol runs out in 2012. If nothing is settled then....If deals are done then things might look good and still be bad...Here is the article:
The Bali Starling almost became extinct, but thanks to the efforts of conservationists, its numbers in captivity and in the wild are increasing.
It is a poignant irony that the Copenhagen Conference on Climate Change due to take place in December will work within the framework of the Action Plan agreed in 2007 in Bali.
This is why the December Conference on Climate Change in Copenhagen is important, critical, historically important for the future of climate change legislation and action:
Blog Action Day is an annual event.
It is held every year on October 15. That's today !
It unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day.
It aims to spark discussion around an issue of global importance.
Blog Action Day 2009 is about CLIMATE CHANGE.
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