had his laptop stolen five days ago. Last night, while in Canada, preyproject
tracking software alerted him to his laptop's location and he put out a call on Twitter for help in getting it back. Twitter user @neilreese
and a Girl in a Purple Sarong jumped into action. Here's the chronological summary of Tweets and events
, as well as Nick Reese's account of a wild night
in which justice was served.
has told us what happened. A group of White supremacists attacked John, then Al stepped into to protect John." Live history
on Twitter, via Twhistory.org
. Currently broadcasting, The Freedom Riders
. [more inside]
When Tyler Robinson auditioned for NBC's new reality singing contest show The Voice, he sang a great rendition of Train's "Hey, Soul Sister"
. He also came out as gay (and Mormon) on national television. And he was chosen by Blake Shelton to be on his coaching team for the show. The problem? Blake has a bit of a problem with teh gayz. [more inside]
How the news spread via twitter
Interesting visualisation of tweets of Bin Ladens demise.
"...the Tweet by Rumsfeld chief of staff Keith Urbahn that got the ball rolling was retweeted more than 80 times within one minute after it was sent, and that by the 3-minute mark, it had led to more than 300 reactions"
pairing off-color tweets with panels from Peanuts.
"I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy." In the wake of bin Laden's killing, partially
widely via Twitter and Facebook. [more inside]
is a new social media platform that makes it easy to assemble and winnow Flickr photos, tweets, Facebook posts, Google search results and URLS into a coherent story. It went into public beta
on April 25th. [more inside]
Last week during the Senate budget negotiations, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.)
, gave a speech that included the following statement: "If you want an abortion, you go to Planned Parenthood, and that’s well over 90 percent of what Planned Parenthood does.
" That statement is drastically different from the statistics reported by Planned Parenthood
, which list 90 percent of its services as preventive in nature, compared with 3 percent that are abortion-related. When asked about this apparent discrepancy, Jon Kyl's office replied that "his remark was not intended to be a factual statement
." And that is when things got noisy. [more inside]
Yes, That Can Be My Next Tweet
creates random Tweets for you based on your previous ones. MarkovFilter in 140 characters.
On the one
of wikileaks release of Collateral Murder
, Panorama has released a documentary
on the shooting featuring an interview
with Ethan McCord
The Netherlands' Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal commemorated the occasion by informing a Green MP that he "would not rule out extraditing Rop Gonggrijp to the US"
for Gonggrijp's role in the video's production. The ACLU and EFF are appealing
a U.S. subpoena of the twitter accounts belonging to Rop Gonggrijp, Birgitta Jonsdottir
, and Jacob Appelbaum
is the Ultimate Twitter Tool, creating webpages that look like Tweets from anybody who has a Twitter account
with messages that you provide. Think of it as putting 140 characters into somebody else's mouth. (but with a flagging option for those who are not amused
) Perfect for the waning hours of April Fools Day
. [more inside]
develops "pop-cultural instruments for data expression": Fizz
takes your Facebook or Twitter connections and shows growth and changes to your social ecosystem. Cartagram
places geo-located photos from Instagram on the surface of the planet. Newsmap (Flash required)
draws Google News sources from different countries and visually treemaps them. The developer of Newsmap, Marcos Weskamp
, also wrote the Etsy geolocator
, a personalised social magazine for iPad. [more inside]
"Developers ask us if they should build client apps that mimic or reproduce the mainstream Twitter consumer client experience. The answer is no." - Not long after saddling it's own iOS client with some unpopular new "features"
Twitter is saying no to the development of new competing clients
. Existing clients such as Twitterific
should be unaffected.
We are used to engaging with figures from history on Twitter. Some are true extracts from life: tweets from Samuel Pepys
are particularly good (you can also read his diary in blog form
), along with the occasional thought from Queen Catherine Braganza
. But what if historical personages could be brought back to life on Twitter? That is the goal of reOrbit
, where writers and filmakers inhabit characters from both real life and fiction, including Arthur Miller
and the Emperor Norton
. [more inside]
"I almost can't believe I'm witnessing
this. We're inside
the fortress of terror
, our very own Mordor
..." [more inside]
uses the twitter search api to find tweets with key phrases like "I wish there was a site that..." and collects these ideas for your perusal. (via Hacker News
Revealing the man behind @MayorEmanuel. The Atlantic
talks to Dan Sinker, who just outed himself as the voice of the brilliant @MayorEmanuel twitter feed
Tim Carmody at Snarkmarket gathered this tale of a Chicago election
Michael Winner spent most of last week thinking about my breasts. If I were posting this on Twitter, I would add the hashtag #SentencesINeverExpectedToWrite.
on her Twitter battle with Michael Winner
Andy Carvin hasn't slept much for the last 19 days.
Curation of news, social media, and rumor: is this the future of journalism? The story of @acarvin
. [more inside]
is a service that lets you follow yourself on Twitter...a year ago. "We’ll store your old posts on our server and repost them to a second account of your choosing on the same day you posted them last year."
Jeremy Clarkson, James May, and Richard Hammond call the Mexican sportscar Mastretta
the "tortilla car" and say that since cars reflect national characteristics, a mexican car will probably be "a lazy, feckless, flatulent oaf with a moustache, leaning against a fence asleep, looking at a cactus with a blanket with a hole in the middle on as a coat"
. The Mexican ambassador in London complained to the BBC
about the comments and demanded a public apology from the presenters.
Meanwhile, [person who is pretty clearly not]
James May continues to attack Mexicans over on his Twitter page
The Viral Me
- GQ article on some of the newer social media stuff coming down the pike by Devin Friedman who asks: What is the endgame of your revolution? And can you promise me it won't suck?
A more general thesis about the basic disappointment of the Internet: It ultimately evolves only where it meets human desire, which itself is geared for life circa 200 b.c. If the Internet ultimately disappoints, it's because it was made for humans. Give us instant connection to everyone and the ability to collaborate in vast seamless networks and we spend 99 percent of those resources telling everyone what kind of oatmeal we ate for breakfast and 1 percent of it building Wikipedia. [more inside]
The United States of Swearing
-- a map of profanity on Twitter.
Rioting spreads to Egypt. Plans had been percolating online
for the past several weeks about a "Day of Revolution" in protest of the corruption of the Mubarak government, and widespread unemployment, similar to those seen in Tunisia
. In response to the online coverage through social networks
, the government has responded
by blocking access to Twitter.
It has also been reported that police have fired into the crowds, resulting in several deaths
, and that the presidential family has fled the country.
may have been the big news, but there were numerous other data breaches in 2010. [more inside]
"Designed by Giant Robot head guru Eric Nakamura and his friend Len Higa, the car was stripped down and operated on extensively, with a simple goal in mind: transform this Scion car into one giant Nintendo Entertainment System.
" The Scion Gallery and Giant Robot team up to curate "Pixel Pushers" a show about the 8-bit aesthetic. The Scion gallery's tour of the show.
Food Court Flash Mob sings the "Hallelujah" chorus. This time things go poorly
. [more inside]
"I can sense stars, and their whispers amid the roaring of our own Sun." So goes one poetic status of the Voyager 2 twitterfeed
, which appeals to my sense of wonder like nothing else on the internet. Interstellar space probes and microblogging go hand in hand in the 21st Century.
Measure-theoretic probability: Why it should be learnt and how to get started.
The clickable chart of distribution relationships.
Just two of the interesting and informative probability resources I've learned about, along with countless other tidbits of information, from statistician John D. Cook
and his probability fact-of-the-day Twitter feed ProbFact
. John also has daily tip and fact Twitter feeds for Windows keyboard shortcuts
, regular expressions
, TeX and LaTeX
, algebra and number theory
, topology and geometry
, real and complex analysis
, and beginning tomorrow, computer science
Back in May this year, British Twitter user Paul Chambers
was found guilty
of sending a 'menacing electronic communication'.
The communication in question? A Twitter update written when stuck at an airport, saying the following: "Crap! Robin Hood airport is closed. You've got a week and a bit to get your shit together otherwise I'm blowing the airport sky high!!" [more inside]
Tweets of Anarchy
and Replying with the Enemy
: A look at television showrunners' Twitter feeds by Myles McNutt
The Power of the Internet : Flash Mob Gone Wrong
... a story about how the cool things we love about the internet, combined, can go horribly, horribly wrong, by Tom Scott. From Ignite
)) [more inside]
"Tired of arguing with climate change deniers in 140 character quips, [programmer Nigel Leck] wrote a script to do it for him. Chatbot @AI_AGW
scans Twitter every five minutes searching for hundreds of phrases that fit the usual denier argument paradigm. Then it serves them up some science." (via
by way of via
Invented by Charles Dow
in 1896, The Dow Jones Average
) is perhaps the most widely known metric of equity market behaviour.
Calculated as a price weighted average
of thirty stocks
, The Dow is generally eschewed by professional investors who prefer the broader S&P 500
, a so-called market capitalisation weighted index
consisting of 500 stocks.
Regardless, proponents of the Dow claim its simplicity, long history and careful design as a reliable proxy of US economic activity as points in its favour. But can they now claim predicability as well
? [more inside]