The advertising echo chamber

My friend’s mother posted an article on my friend’s wall with respect to a set of privacy settings. As a matter of course, I do tend to read through such articles, since the endless maze of Facebook privacy settings tends to mean it’s well within the realm of possibility that I’ve missed one. I found…

A.I. Cupid?

The interwoven topics of data mining, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data are common topics of discussion amidst some technical forums I frequent. For the handful of regular readers here, you know that most of those topics fall under the “#DoNotWant” category. It’s this sort of thing that causes things like the purchase of…

“Calm Down”

A meme has made its rounds on the internet on more than one occasion. It reads, “Never in the history of calming down has anyone ever actually calmed down by being told to calm down”. A variant of it reads, “Telling a girl to calm down is like trying to baptize a cat”. Now, there…

Beware your biases…and how they’re being reinforced

Go and read these two articles. I’ll wait. http://lifehacker.com/how-sites-like-google-and-facebook-put-you-in-political-1787659102 http://lifehacker.com/this-graphic-explains-20-cognitive-biases-that-affect-y-1730901381 Did you read them both? Good. Now go read them again. I’ll wait.   Did you read them a second time? Half of you didn’t, and the other half didn’t read them the first time, so I’ll summarize. The first article describes the fact that…

No sex in the Prayer Room

Back in 1999, comedian Chris Rock did a song entitled ‘No Sex in the Champagne Room’, informing listeners that, despite any claims made by a stripper, that there is no possibility that said act will actually happen. He did, incidentally, give the most accurate horoscope ever given in that song, indicating that each sign was…

Cynicism

I get accused of being a cynic. A lot. There’s definitely a level of truth to it. Yesterday, I was at 7-11, and there was a sign that I could use the mobile app to pay bills with cash. This seemed like an interesting and helpful tool (I frequently receive cash from clients), but I…

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