Monthly Archives: January 2011

From Velveteen to Real

My beloved wife, the Velveteen Rabbi, is now a real rabbi. She was ordained on Sunday by the Jewish Renewal movement, a group founded by Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, who offered blessings at the ceremony. (He’s on the left in the … Continue reading

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links for 2011-01-08

Regional dialects are alive and well on Twitter: Slang terms like y'all, yinz, koo, coo and suttin predict location of tweet authors Very clever. Using a week's worth of Twitter data to look at regional linguistic variations, primarily in US … Continue reading

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links for 2011-01-07

The Web Is a Customer Service Medium (Ftrain.com) Really great Paul Ford essay on what sorts of behavior is native to the web, and how to build sites and communities around it – Why Wasn't I Consulted? (tags: web internet … Continue reading

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links for 2011-01-06

Weak Ties, Twitter and Revolution | Wired Science| Wired.com Jonah Lehrer's smart response to Gladwell on activism and social media. Actually, looks like it's weak ties that matter in social activism, or at least that's what Grannovetter found in his … Continue reading

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Algorithms, Unbirthdays and Rewiring Facebook

Tuesday was my birthday, and I spent the day largely offline. That meant that Wednesday morning, my email inbox featured hundreds of messages from Facebook, each alerting me to a birthday greeting on my Wall. (I’m an infrequent Facebook user, … Continue reading

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links for 2011-01-03

SF0 / about Homepage for SF0, an ARG explicitly dedicated to getting people to explore their environments and interact in ways they otherwise might not. Curious to see if recent Metafilter attention will bring in a wave of new players. … Continue reading

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Games that help us wander

Paul-Henry Chombart de Lauwe’s map of a young woman’s journeys through Paris, 1957 In 1957, French sociologist Paul-Henry Chombart de Lauwe made a map of Paris: “Trajects pendant un an d’une jeune fille du XVIe arrondissement”. It’s an idiosyncratic map, … Continue reading

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