About this Blogsphere:

This blogsphere attempts to capture, catalog and share resources relating to visual perception of information. It is about a world mostly dealing with Physical (Touch, Taste, See/Sight, Smell and Hear) and sometimes Metaphysical (and that is none-of-the-above category). Physical, for instance, touch (e.g., feel, felt, found), look and visualization, is here with an attempt to combine verbal, vocal and visual--to synchronously see, hear, share and do much more. Interestingly, in order to visualize one does not need special skills, competencies, etc. It is all about common sense, especially with human visualizations. In short, "information is in the eye of the beholder." Continue reading much more all-ado-about this Blogosphere

Akbani is a Cutchi Memon family name.

January 31, 2006

Mindfulness visualized - A faith-based perspective

How do the faithful use mindfulness in order to find solace, healing, peace, etc.?
Subzero Blue: Echoing the voices inside my head...
While surfing around the web, I came across the site Visual Dhikr, which is for an art project launched by two UK Muslim artists Ruh Al-'Alam and Abu Taha.
Visual Dhikr aims to help nurture the revival of Islamic Art in a contemporary fashion that compliments our lives, in our home, in the modern age.

See: Visual Dhikr - Contemporary Islamic Art
The Visualization Sourcebook: Using Imagination, Intuition, and Mindfulness to Heal Ourselves, Our Communities, and Our Planet
Margo Adair

Universoulightforms! Psychedelic Lightshow Artwork
We are a Visual Arts Laboratory dedicated to bringing you collectible
psychedelic lightshow art.

See also:
..."Visual Remembrance and the Democratic Sublime," co-authored with John Louis Lucaites, Conference on Visual Rhetorics, University of Iowa, August 2000 source
...Huntsville Center for Conscious Living: Spiritual Peacemaking Taken Personally
...Where's Mork when you need him?, Reviews Written by
A. Joseph Haschka (Glendale, CA USA)
Those vignettes can be edited by a "Cutter" to create a visual remembrance of the deceased. A sort of "This Is the Best of Your Life" souvenir for the survivors. Alan Hakman (Robin Williams) is such a Cutter, one of the best in the business when it comes to cleaning up a depraved life's visual record into something suitable for family viewing at the wake.
...Dr Helena Miller, Should we integrate the Visual Arts with Religious Education? A Jewish Perspective - May 2001. FARMINGTON PAPERS PUBLISHED

January 29, 2006

Message of the Day - A Conclusion

Interesting observation of a SEVEN year, I found this morning:
While visiting the Garden of the Gods at Colorado Springs this summer, our 7-year old son Steven observed,

They should call it "Garden of the God," because there is only one God.

Feel free to visualize the Garden Steven is talking about.

Thank you so much dear young friend, Steven, for reminding this fact. Hope the gardeners are listening.

January 26, 2006

Search engines & opinion research - Interactive information visualization

This will be a running post, updated July 17, 2007.

"The question-and-answer site Yahoo Answers is one of the most successful social interaction communities on the Web today. With 65 million questions posted on the site, it has become a social interacting phenomenon very much like YouTube or MySpace. According to ComScore, Yahoo Answers is now the second most popular Internet reference site after Wikipedia..." continue reading: How to Use Yahoo Answers to Promote Your Business @ PowerHomeBiz.com by By Isabel M. Isidro

Google Says Goodbye to Google Answers
Danny Sullivan reports that after more than four years Google Answers is shutting down. The service first launched in April 2002 with lots of attention from the library and information community. Since then both Yahoo (Yahoo Answers) and MSN (Windows Live QnA) have released Q&A services. Full story @ Gary Price's ResourceShelf

Yahoo Answers is Worth a Try
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
There have been lots of Web based Q&A services that promise custom answers from actual humans, ranging from fee-based ones like Google Answers (that works on an auction model) to the defunct FIND/SVP's "Ask an Expert" site, to various free services like Wondir.com and the various individual locality "ask a librarian" services, to of course your own public reference library. (As Gary Price noted here)Continue reading Intelligent Agent Blog

Yahoo has answers for Stephen Hawking and Bono, Posted by Dan Farber, @ ZDNet> Between the Lines July 7, 2006

Yahoo is turning to big names to pose large-grained questions on Yahoo Answers. Dr. Stephen Hawking poses the question: How can the human race survive the next hundred years?" Bono asks, "What can we do to make poverty history?. Between the two, there are over 34,000 responses so far. A good way to generate usage among the Yahoo community and discuss important topics, but not easy to sort through the answers unless you have alot of time to scan thousands of replies… continue reading Yahoo has answers
As a sociologist I find the concept of Google Answers far more fascinating than its content. I am reminded of game theory. The researchers seem to be behaving as though they are in competition with each other for prizes, and the prize, as usual in academic settings no less than in business, seems to be recognition. [source: Comments at Google Answers]

Interesting trend and reviews:
Yahoo answers is free, and this may offer another way to visualize the "open source" revolution. Does it sound so? With the opinions and impressions of the netizens, is this to become another eMarketing research tool?
Read and experience for yourself.
Yahoo Answers Will Kick Google Answers in the Seat of the Pants, What's Yahoo Answers? Glad you asked. December 8, 2005

The Birth of Yahoo Answers, Posted by Gary Price on Dec. 7, 2005

Why should I use Yahoo.Answers? How dependable is this source? Jan 25, 2006 at 10:54 am

Final Thoughts from Gary Price:

One day or even one month test to judge the popularity and usefulness of Yahoo Answers is not enough. It will take some time.

Like I said about the launch of Google Base the other week, I think it will be very illuminating to take a look at Yahoo Answers in a few months to see how the community has developed and also functioning on policing itself to remove spam, bad info, etc. Yahoo will need to be very vigilant to monitor:

Uses as a marketing tool (working in plugs for various products into answers).
Infomercials of a different sort.
Members who consistently cause problems
In other words, can the Yahoo Answers community of users police themselves or will Yahoo have to step in and be aggressive in their policing? Will Yahoo Answers simply be the next generation of an online bulletin board and online groups like Yahoo Groups which, unfortunately, deliver plenty of spam.

Also remember that no "answer" tool is perfect for every question. Different answer tools have their strengths and weaknesses. It's about using the correct one at the correct time. Sometimes a friend or colleague can provide you with the answers you need while sometimes you need someone to help you direct you to the correct tool to get the job done in a timely manner. Authority, currency, and related metrics still count!

Looking for some alternatives to consider? See my Other Q&A Services, Most Available For Free! post that's now up as a companion to this article, covering some other online Q&A services.

Postscript: If you're interested in taking the official Yahoo Answers product tour, here it is. Also, Yahoo has added a Yahoo Answers tab to the upper right corner of their clutter-free search.yahoo.com interface.

Recent Analytics:
...1/23/2006. Yahoo Answers & Yahoo Publisher Network To Pay Users?
Let’s see, the future of Yahoo is Social Media. Social Media is interactive user generated content such as tagging, blogs, MyWeb, user reviews, photo sharing, ratings, and perhaps even user generated mashups (I’m thinking that Ning is an obvious acquisition target) and, oh yes, Yahoo Answers.
Using the same mentality as my Grandfather ("Hey, go wash my boat and I’ll give you $5.” Or “Here’s $5 kid, now scram."), Yahoo will be offering their registered members the ability to join the Yahoo Publisher Network and perhaps earn revenue towards the contextually targeted Yahoo Search Marketing ads which are shown on the Answers that those members contribute. Jen Slegg scooped the story today on her JenSense Blog (Best Contextual Advertising & Search Marketing Blog of 2005)
...Yahoo Misses Targets, Analysts Struggle for Answers, By Keith Regan
E-Commerce Times, 01/18/06 10:16 AM PT
There is little agreement among analysts on the impact of Yahoo's results on Google. Some raised their ratings on Google, assuming that it stole market share and revenue from Yahoo and stands to gain even more now that its partnership with America Online is in place.
...Yahoo Answers. Technologies of Cooperation, Posted by Mike Love, January 11, 2006 at 10:22 AM

(~~~~);See Also: yahoo versus google

a simple visualization that compares the order of the search results from yahoo & google.

January 20, 2006

The Hajj Stampede in Graphics - Visualization of the pathway

Did you know about the following: Hajj, Mina, Jamarat Bridge's Tragedy - 2006?
The stoning ritual at Mina, outside Mecca, is one of the most dangerous aspects of the annual Hajj pilgrimage. Thursday’s stampede, in which atleast 262 people died, happened on the entrance ramp to the Jamarat Bridge as pilgrims thronged to cast stones at three pillars representing the devil. more... Alternative source: BBC's In graphics: Hajj stampede

From Other Blogspheres:
...Jamarah Plans
...Hajj tragedy: Eyewitness accounts
...HAVE YOUR SAY Are you affected?
See Also:
>>Visualization/Imagination And Islam
Huwa Allah, Creator, Originater, Shaper (Al Musawwir), To Hu belong The Most Beautiful Names (Quran 59.24).
A wonderful tradition of Islam are the 99 beautiful names of God, or the Asma Al Husna
Al Musawwir, being one of the names.
A possible interpertation of this name is The Bestower of Beautiful Forms.
Sheikh Ibn al-Arabi says: "Know that the divine beauty through which God is named "Beautiful," and by which he described Himself in His messenger's words, "He loves beauty," is in all things. There is nothing but beauty, for God created the cosmos only in His form, and He is beautiful. Hence all cosmos is beautiful." ... A sound report has come in the Sahih of Muslim from God's Messenger that he said "God is beautiful, and He loves beauty." He is the artisan of the cosmos, and He gave it existence in His form. (The Self Disclosure of God - William Chittick - pp. 28, 29). continued

January 19, 2006

Yes... First Impressions Last - Webmetrics visualized

The following news stories are all-a-do-about a research study on evaluating Website within nanoseconds - i.e., Evaluation of a site can occur in as little as 50 milliseconds.
Each news headline presents the story in a different way - I think this is an interesting approach in information visualization.
a. Yes... First Impressions Last Techtree.com
First impressions last"... or so the adage goes... But now we have our very own internet to prove this point.
A study conducted by Canadian researchers, published in the journal "Behaviour & Information Technology," says it takes but a blink of the eye for an internet user to make up his/her mind about the quality of a website.
The researchers were pleasantly surprised by their findings that the human brain takes about a twentieth of a second to decide on the appeal of a website - they seriously thought it would take at least 10 times longer to form an opinion.
The Canadian team wrote that visual appeal can be assessed within 50 milliseconds, which means that web designers have only 50 milliseconds to create an impact on users. Significantly, the research proved that the age-old maxim about first impressions still very much holds good.
Under the guidance of Dr Gitte Lindgaard, Carleton University, Ottawa, the team showed volunteers 50 millisecond glimpses of Web sites, and asked them to rate the sites basis their aesthetic appeal. Users were then asked to examine the site carefully, and provide a second rating. The researchers found the 2 ratings closely tallying.
Dr Lindgaard expressed surprise at the results, adding that her colleagues believed it would be impossible to really see anything in less than 500 milliseconds. more

b. Web sites judged in a blink CNN.Com
Internet users can give Web sites a thumbs up or thumbs down in less than the blink of an eye, according to a study by Canadian researchers.
In just a brief one-twentieth of a second -- less than half the time it takes to blink -- people make aesthetic judgments that influence the rest of their experience with an Internet site.

Other headline:
..c. Websites have to impress users in less than a blink
..d. Users turned on or off sites in fifth of a second, study finds Journalism.co.uk
..e. First Impressions Count in Website Design PR Leap (press release), CA

f. Blogosphere vistas

Note: This evaluation has nothing to do with the Website: WinkingJesus.com and the details of this page in the Wayback machine

January 15, 2006

India versus Indiana: Who is Exploiting Whom? - A new worldview

My most recent book review at Amazon [See all my reviews]
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-first Century by Thomas L. Friedman, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2005.

This book is a good visualization, using the lenses of experienced as well the experiences of the global citizens.
I liked one section, viz., India versus Indiana: Who is Exploiting Whom (p. 205-208). An interesting perspective to analyze what is happening, in this process of "horizontalization." I like this section as a model for a new worldview. East versus West is now an out-dated theme; First-World vs. Third, may sound odd. But, India versus Indiana is really creative and thought provoking.
[Read more from this section, Chapter four]
Also read comments on this section from bloggers: Indiana Higher Education in a Flat World, and Moods Indigo

"The World Is Flat" also adapts a term which has a socio-cultural meaning in India: This is all about the term, The untouchables. I personally felt compelled to rethink how and where do I fit in this paradigm. This term here has four categories (don't ever recall the four classes of India): special … specialized … anchored … readily adaptable ...
Read more from other Blogs on this Term
The way I like to think about this for our society as whole is that every person should figure out how to make himself or herself into an untouchable. That’s right. When the world goes flat, the caste system gets turned upside down.In India, untouchables may be the lowest social class, but in a flat world every one should want to be an untouchable. Untouchables, in my lexicon, are people whose jobs cannot be outsourced.
So who are the untouchables, and how do you or your kids get to be one? Untouchables come in four broad categories: workers who are “special,” workers who are “specialized,” workers who are “anchored,” and workers who are “really adaptable.” continued...(p.237-238)

Another goody in this book:
The ten forces that flattened the world (p, 48-224) are easy to use as benchmarks to measure the flat world. May be businesses and cooperates need this sort of criteria for a better Return-on-Investment? These "ten innovations, events, and trends that had flattened the world..." (p.57)
Friedman divides globalisation into 3 phases:
1.0 up to 1800 when things depended on states
2.0 when it was multinational corporations 1800-2000
and then
3.0 since 2000 when it has been up to brilliant individuals.

Globalization, as a subject, with these ten best practices, is very clear to every one. more from my review
Contents at a glance:
The World Is Flat: A Brief History of the Twenty-First Century

1 While I was sleeping 3
2 The ten forces that flattened the world 48
Flattener #1. 11/9/89
Flattener #2. 8/9/95
Flattener #3. Work flow software
Flattener #4. Open-sourcing
Flattener #5. Outsourcing
Flattener #6. Offshoring
Flattener #7. Supply-chaining
Flattener #8. Insourcing
Flattener #9. In-forming
Flattener #10. The steroids
3 The triple convergence 173
4 The great sorting out 201
5 America and free trade 225
6 The untouchables 237
7 The quiet crisis 250
8 This is not a test 276
9 The Virgin of Guadalupe 309
10 How companies cope 339
11 The unflat world 371
12 The Dell theory of conflict prevention 414
13 11/9 versus 9/11 441
$$$Price comparison: http://isbn.nu/0374292884$$$

...About Thomas L. Friedman: Thomas L. Friedman is the United States' pre-eminent foreign affairs columnist. His syndicated column is printed in hundreds of newspapers, both at home and abroad. He has won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary three times. He is articulate. He is experienced. More from Friedman's Website
~~~~Information professionals, as any others, have sufficient food for thought. I was impressed by the observations: Mike Crandal, The Information School, University of Washington - from a Travelin' Librarian

~~~~See also: Liberalisation Vs Globalisation, Counterpoint: HindustanTimes.com » Columnists » Vir Sanghvi February 18, 2006
Most of us — myself included — will agree that liberalisation is, on balance, A Good Thing. While I have problems with the innate soul-lessness of the market, I accept that it is far better to use it to allocate resources than to depend on the cozy nexus of bureaucrats, politicians and crony capitalists who dominated the old licence-permit-quota raj.
But globalisation? I have never quite bought the investment bankers’ line that you can’t have liberalisation without globalisation; look at Japan, for instance, where a capitalist society has stubbornly resisted global influences.

January 14, 2006

Bending perception, blending real with virtual - Visualization marches ahead

Goggles and joysticks are out. Virtual reality now means polarising filters, laptops and projection screens MICHAEL RUSH
Indian Express, Sunday, January 15, 2006
THE word ‘‘virtual’’ means ‘‘the same, but not really’’. A simulation, an adjunct to the real. The world has been irrevocably altering, along with the ‘‘reality’’. Soon, we may find it impossible to distinguish the virtual from the real. From Peter Jackson’s largely computer-based reimagining of the love story between the ape and the blonde to PlayStation’s latest interactive bloodbath, producers of entertainment are promulgating digital wizardry, and the public is falling for it. ‘‘Multi-player online role-playing games’’ are challenging movies. (The King Kong version was released the same day as the film.)<< Read the full news story

About Michael Rush is a museum director, curator, and author/critic. He was Director and Chief Curator of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art from 2000-2004. He is the author of New Media in Late 20th-Century Art and Video Art, both published by Thames and Hudson, London. A revised New Media in Art will be published this spring. He has been a regular contributor to The New York Times, Art in America, artnet and several other publications. He was chief art and theater critic for The New Haven Register and has published more than 300 reviews and essays in several publications. He is currently contributing to the revised media catalogue of the Centre Pompidou collection and curating exhibitions for the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and the Krannert Art Museum at the Univ. of Illinois. He is the host of "Rush Interactive," an internet radio program on wps1.org His numerous curatorial projects have included BROOKLYN!; Japan:Rising; Video Jam; Sue Williams: Mid-Career Survey and Marjetica Potrè:Urgent Architecture, which was recently honored as one of the best shows of 2004 by the International Assoc. of Art Critics, US division in a ceremony at the Museum of Modern Art.

January 11, 2006

Visualization Unlimited

Is there a point to say this is end of our visual, view, views, viewing......
NO, I suppose. Human mind is not just about stuff; this mind is also a reflection of what can be summed up as the manifestation of characteristics, such as, Creativity and Intelligence. The following popped up in a search for "book visualization".
«Transliteracies at UCSB» «Transliteracies: George Legrady»

Transliteracies: Christiane Paul
June 21st, 2005 by Jeremy Douglass

in Researchers, Digital Character Art, Conferences

Continuing a series of posts on Saturday sessions at the Transliteracies 2005 Conference:
Christiane Paul began with Ted Nelson’s vision of hypertext and then went on a high-speed tour of recent text art, including wikis (criticalware.net), SMS literature (textually.org), book visualization (TextArc), communication visualization (Agonistics), online multimedia narrative (World of Awe), immersive media environments (Energie Passagen) and more. It was a provocative survey, including pieces I was familiar with (such as Screen by Noah Wardrip-Fruin) and many I was not.

  • TouchGraph GoogleBrowser V1.01: Graph this blogsphere
    I continue to be amazed by these....
  • January 08, 2006

    Go Ahead, Rate My Life... - Visual graphics about yourselves

    The Rate My Life Self-Help Quiz will ask you a number of questions and then compute your life rating. In addition, it will break down your score on the following categories: Mind, Body, Spirit, Love, Friends/Family, and Financial. Finally, it will analyze your scores. Please note that this quiz is intended for entertainment purposes only.
    Will your bars be shades of orange, or blue? Take the quiz and find out. More ...

    New to this subject? Google

    Are you really unbiased? - Test yourself using a visualization scale

    Participate in an academic project run by Harvard researchers, and discussed in the book, Blink.

    Read the fne print before your start your visualization:

    It is well known that people don't always 'speak their minds', and it is suspected that people don't always 'know their minds'. Understanding such divergences is important to scientific psychology. more...

    The demonstration site for the Implicit Association Test. Click this button to learn more about implicit associations and try out some sample tasks. Or, for country-specific sites, click on the flag representing your nation

    The research site for Project Implicit. Click this button to participate in on-going research measuring implicit associations for a variety of topics.

    Thanks to those who are helping us reach the deep web and in evolving new ways of digging the web: Digg.com and Andy Smith for this citation.

    January 06, 2006

    Scientists study Christie success - Quantification to see true color of words

    A bibliometric (quantitative) law, called as Zipf's law, deals with frequency of word occurrence:
    Originally the term Zipf's law meant the observation of Harvard linguist George Kingsley Zipf (SAMPA: [zIf]) that the frequency of use of the nth-most-frequently-used word in any natural language is approximately inversely proportional to n

    Interestingly, some who study 'word frequency' may know or may not know about the existence of Zipf's Law. And BBC NEWS feature (18 December 2005) as shown below, does not mention about any such statistical worldview:
    Novelist Agatha Christie used words that invoked a chemical response in readers and made her books "literally unputdownable", scientists have said.
    A neurolinguistic study of more than 80 of her novels concluded that her phrases triggered a pleasure response.
    "Christie's language patterns stimulate higher than usual activity in the brain," Dr Roland Kapferer said.

    ... The Agatha Project study was carried out by scientists from universities in London, Birmingham and Warwick for an ITV1 documentary.
    It involved loading Christie's novels onto a computer and analysing her words, sentences and phrases.
    It aimed to explain the enduring popularity of the work of the late author, who created detectives Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot and wrote novels such as Murder on the Orient Express.

    ...Christie was also found to have used a very limited vocabulary.
    "It means that readers aren't distracted and so they concentrate more on the clues and the plots," said Dr Pernilla Danielsson of Birmingham University.
    They also found that Christie frequently used dashes to create "a faster-paced, unreflective narrative".
    Read more

    Thanks to the blog by Brenda Schmidt, and her description which brought me to this news item: "If only I could figure out how to release"

    ~~~~See also: Studying Cooperation and Conflict between Authors with history flow Visualizations, by Fernanda B. Viégas, Martin Wattenberg and Kushal Dave;
    MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA 02139 USA,
    P.S. You are not sure about this subject of visualizing frequency of word?
    Click here to see a visual: word popularity colorizer.

    January 05, 2006

    President Kalam’s list of must-read books for children

    A voracious reader himself, President APJ Abdul Kalam has suggested five must-read titles for children during 2006.
    Addressing the 13th National Children's Science Congress on Wednesday, the President said, "I want you all to finish this homework in 2006. You should read five books -

    ..Journey into Light, Life and Science of CV Raman (The MIT Press, 1975) by G Venkataraman
    ..A Brief History of Time (Bantam, 1998) by Stephen Hawking
    ..Empire of Mind (Harper, 1996) by Denis Waitly
    ..Parallel Worlds (Doubleday, 2004) by Michao Kaku, and
    ..The Best of Indian Physics (Nova Science Publishers, 2005) by Dr B. G. Siddharth.

    Stating that knowledge and courage were the two attributes found predominantly in great and successful scientists, the President exhorted the children to show the courage to think differently, to invent, to discover the impossible and to combat problems successfully. More @ Sify News, Fri Jan 06 2006

    Related news:
    ..President of India : Children's Corner

    ..Computer literacy for slum children, ITP News Network / New Delhi

    ..Children's books top agenda for Nilima Sinha, By Sanjib K. Baruah, Indo-Asian News Service [Literacy-india]

    ..The challenge of functional literacy Swaminathan S Anklesaria Aiyar
    [ Saturday, December 31, 2005 08:27:00 pmTIMES NEWS NETWORK ]

    India: E-learning's knight in shining armour Saturday, January 07, 2006
    So if you are a writer, a software professional, a graphic artist or a management professional, living in one of the metros; chances are you must have received an email or a call from the headhunters offering a job at one of e-learning companies. The e-learning companies are hiring big time, poaching from themselves or fighting hard to retain people. The salaries of the e-learning professionals are headed skywards. The market is booming and if the head honchos are to be believed, things are going to get only better and bigger in the time to come

    See also: A P J Kalam, the author captures in South Korea, February 9 2006, Indiainfo.com.

    January 04, 2006

    Lulu Book Title Analyzer - Another perspective for the visualizers

    The Lulu TitleScorer has been developed exclusively for Lulu by statisticians who studied the titles of 50 years’ worth of top bestsellers and identified which title attributes separated the bestsellers from the rest.

        Given below is the extract of a news story in National Post, Dec 16, 2005, appeared with a headline: Yes, You Can Judge a Book by its Title -- Program 70% Accurate," by Misty Harris. Also, published as "Anyone who says you can't judge a book by its cover isn't trying hard enough" in Windsor Star:
    A British statistician has developed a complex computer model able to calculate a book's likelihood of being a bestseller based solely on its title.
    In a study released Thursday, Atai Winkler reports his new program is able to accurately forecast the strength of a book's sales nearly 70 per cent of the time -- about 40 per cent better than random guesswork.
    After analysing 11 variables, from the number of words in the title to the entomology of the words used, three key "differentiators" were found between bestsellers and non-bestsellers.
    "It usually becomes a gut-instinct kind of thing where the title rolls off the tongue well or sounds good to the ear," says Sellers. "I'd say that's as scientific as it gets."

    Related research on this area includes:
    ..Language Log: Judging a Book by Its Cover
    ..More at Google
    ..SEE ALSO Quantification Titles @ Amazon from my Listmania (Informetrics, quantitative, bibliometric, webometric, etc.)
    About Misty Harris
    Additional Reference:
    Zipf, Power-law, Pareto - a ranking tutorial, by Lada A. Adamic
    Many man made and naturally occurring phenomena, including city sizes, incomes, word frequencies, and earthquake magnitudes, are distributed according to a power-law distribution. A power-law implies that small occurrences are extremely common, whereas large instances are extremely rare. This regularity or 'law' is sometimes also referred to as Zipf and sometimes Pareto. continued ...

    More about Zipf's law

    January 03, 2006

    Infomedia Revolution Revisited

    This is a running post: Updated 15 Sept, 2006:
    Infomedia has different names, (may be in a new bottle). See for instance what paidcontent.org's Rifat Ali has to say: "By social media we mean all the ways in which media, entertainment and information (MEI) industries are colliding with users as part of the mix." continue reading more about this social media...

    A news item in National Post (Canada), January 3, 2006, carried header, A trade show this week will raise the curtain on gadgetry linking data, music and video -and a headline, "PCs, TVs together at last." This article originally appeared in New York Times, with a different title, as given below.
    Data, Music, Video: Raising a Curtain on Future Gadgetry
    Published: January 2, 2006
    ... But the biggest trend expected at the International Consumer Electronics Show, which begins this week in Las Vegas, is that these machines will be communicating with one another. The theme of this year's show might best be described as Convergence: This Time We Mean It.
    For more than a decade, manufacturers of consumer electronics like televisions and audio gear have talked about blending their products with personal computers, so that consumers can enjoy a seamless stream of data, video and music anywhere. It has not happened, because the two industries do not have compatible technology standards and the requisite high-speed Internet connections have not been widespread enough.

    ...I am just amazed, reading the above NEWS. How true was Frank Koelsch's pathfinder on media convergence (McGraw-Hill, 1995). Read Frank's book:
    The Infomedia Revolution: How It Is Changing Our World and Your Life by Frank Koelsch [A glance at the contents gives a feel of what is this all about: Part I: The Infomedia Imperative, Part II: Home Sweet Electronic Home, Part III: The Information Superhighway, Part IV: Infomedia: Revolutionizing Business, Industry and Government, Part V: Changing Our Lives]
    Book Info: Author gives us powerful insights into how technology is reshaping our world. This book is a welcome survey from a seasoned observer and analyst of the collision of the world's most powerful industries - media, telecommunications, entertainment and technology. DLC: Telecommunications.

    ... More by Frank Koelsch"
    Bridging the business-IT divide - experts show how
    ...Google on Media Convergence
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