Monthly Archives: April 2011

Those White Plastic Chairs – The Monobloc and the Context-Free Object

Ian Frazier, writing about the return of seals to the waters that surround New York City, offers this poetic observation about a white plastic chair: On a higher part of the beach, a single patio chair of molded white plastic … Continue reading

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Orange Côte d’Ivoire sets a great example

Two days ago, I wrote about a terrific effort to help people in the Ivory Coast by convincing mobile phone operators to offer free services to citizens there who aren’t able to top up their phones. Professor Laura Seay, who’s … Continue reading

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links for 2011-04-05

The Praxis of the Egyptian Revolution | Middle East Research and Information Project Extremely helpful essay on the Egyptian revolution. Very thorough timeline of the protests that began on January 25 and followed through the regime's fall, as well as … Continue reading

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links for 2011-04-04

Data Science Toolkit Great set of tools from Pete Warden to enable better parsing of online text, particularly news stories. Includes GeoDict, very cool tool for removing ambiguity from place names (tags: data maps science text analysis research code python)

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A worthy campaign – free SMS in Ivory Coast during the crisis

For those following global events, the past few days have been filled with extremely bad news: government troops firing on civilians in Yemen and Syria, a crackdown on dissent in Bahrain, a NATO air strike that killed Libyan rebels. An … Continue reading

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