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.

October 29, 2013

Google Knowledge Graph, aka Google’s ‘Misinformation Graph’ Strikes Again

Google’s ‘Misinformation Graph’ Strikes Again, By   WebProNews October 29, 2013

Users have encountered another blunder from the Google Knowledge Graph with Google showing some quite questionable content, and presenting it as "knowledge" on a very high-traffic search term. This is only the latest in a series of misfires from the Knowledge Graph, but probably the highest profile example yet, given the search term. ...  
Search for "st. louis cardinals" on Google right now, and you'll probably see a Knowledge Graph result that looks something like this: 

Cardinals knowledge graph

 It’s currently number five for baseball teams on Google Trends:
continue reading: WebProNews

October 20, 2013

Visual Literacy is an elephant, we are like the six blind... Meaning, Message and Medium Revisited

PS. Before we go to visualize the complexities, here are illustations of using the elephant in real time visual literacy training:
I. Lesson 7, Description:
Have students work in pairs. Ask them to choose an object to study the parts of, the way the blind men studied the elephant. For example, if they choose a car, they may study the tires, windows, headlights, and bumpers. Have them write:
A ____ is like a ______.
Work with a partner. Choose an object and describe a few of its parts. For
each one, write:
A ____ is like a ______. [source: Unit 6 - Pearson Longman]
II. Developing Visual Literacy in Science: "Suppose you were to ask your students (before showing them the photograph) this thought-provoking question: “What do you think a jungle looks like to a person riding on the back of an elephant?” What might they say?" [source: Developing Visual Literacy in Science K-8 - PB279X  by  Jo Anne Vasquez]
The term Visual Literacy is not so simple, given the shades of meanings it brings in the eyes of the beholder....

October 05, 2013

Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test -- It's Not Just In The Eyes of The Beholder

Ps. This is very close to the art and sciecne of face reading or Physiognomy-- see books on the subject in the Library of Congress. Some may call it 'the language and assumptions of phrenology.'

The Well Quiz October 3, 2013,
Can You Read People’s Emotions? By THE NEW YORK TIMES
Are you tuned in to the emotions of others? Or have you been accused of being insensitive?
If you are among those people who are mystified by moods, new research offers hope. A new study shows that certain types of reading can actually help us improve our sensitivity IQ. To find out how well you read the emotions of others, take the Well quiz, which is based on an assessment tool developed by University of Cambridge professor Simon Baron-Cohen.
For each photo, choose the word that best describes what you think the person depicted is thinking or feeling...   Continue with The Well Quiz
Understanding Your Score:
The average score for this test is in the range of 22 to 30 correct responses. If you scored above 30, you may be quite good at understanding someone’s mental state based on facial cues. If you scored below 22, you may find it difficult to understand a person’s mental state based on their appearance.
(If no final score appeared, please double check to be sure you didn’t skip a question. 
                                More more is in 'Can You Read People’s Emotions?' By THE NEW YORK TIMES
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