elizabeth lane lawley
michael "OC" clarke
e v h e a d
sweet fancy moses
wood s lot
m. melting object
Saturday, March 19, 2005
9:44 AM | link |
Friday, March 18, 2005
Amazon's "Statistically Improbable Phrases"
Go ahead, take a SIP...
I just saw this new (I assume it's new) thing on Amazon moments ago, and I'm blown away. I ran across SIPs on the Gonzo Marketing page, where two "statistically improbable phrases" are listed for the book, to wit: "public journalism" and "market advocacy."
I "discovered" this using Safari. Checking the page with IE, Firefox and Netscape, I don't see the SIPs. I assume they must be coming in other browsers, but for now, that seems to be the way it is. Here's what Amazon says about the service:
Amazon.com's Statistically Improbable Phrases, or "SIPs", show you the interesting, distinctive, or unlikely phrases that occur in the text of books in Search Inside the Book. Our computers scan the text of all books in the Search Inside program. If they find a phrase that occurs a large number of times in a particular book relative to how many times it occurs across all Search Inside books, that phrase is a SIP in that book.
Once we identify a phrase that is statistically improbable:
- For books where the phrase is a SIP, we provide an exact count of and link to the occurrences in those books.
- For books where the phrase merely appears in the book, we provide a link to those occurrences
- We also display a link to search A9.com for the phrase
Have some ideas for improving this feature? Please send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org
Whoa, wait... This is weird. They must be developing this thing as I'm writing, because I just went back to that page, and now it includes not just the two phrases above, but also: cause marketing, social marketing, gonzo journalism, permission marketing, broadcast model, cause related marketing, worst practices, and broadcast advertising. Whatever browser you're using, I assume you can see the A9-assisted search results for worst practices. Holy moly.
But no, it only works (for me anyway) in Safari. IE, Firefox and Netscape all return "Looking for something?" 404s. How very strange.
But speaking of A9, have you seen all the additional search sources you can now add? If not, take a look. For instance, you can easily search Creative Commons for shit you can
rip off uh... re-purpose.
I know what this sounds like, but no, Amazon isn't paying me anything to write up this sort of thing. (Yet.) But man, they sure must be burning the midnight oil over there. The SIP thing is genius. Not so hard to do with good algorithms and massive word co-occurrence crunching software muscle. But genius nonetheless. Think about it...
1:22 AM | link |
Tuesday, March 15, 2005
black is black :: I want my baby back
4:23 AM | link |
Sunday, March 13, 2005
quotes above and below both taken from
Men, Women, and the Quest for Ecstasy
by Marianna Torgovnick
New Age Odyssey
As the end of the millennium approaches, the New Age seems to be everywhere but continues to elude specific definition. The genealogy of New Age thinking can be traced to the sixties and the Age of Aquarius, and, much earlier, to Positive Thinking, Mind Cure, Christian Science, Theosophy, and spiritualism, and even further back, to Transcendentalism and the influence of of Indian religions on American Protestantism. But the New Age cannot be accounted for in terms of a single root influence. It includes phenomena as diverse as Yoga and the Kabbalah, holistic healing and Wicca, veganism and acupuncture, contact with angels and spiritual computer interfaces, wilderness trips and tours of holy places, self-help and Jungian psychology, goddess revivals, and even the mythopoetic men's movement, the subject of the preceding chapter. It is a decidedly eclectic collection of phenomena, drawing from a variety of cultural and religious traditions, past and present, Western and Eastern, modern and primitive, familiar and exotically Other.
There are at least two ways of viewing this ferocious eclecticism. Supporters praise the New Age's freedom from dogma and capacity to acknowledge that many traditions offer valuable insight into how to integrate body, mind, and spirit with the powers of the universe. From this point of view, the New Age is the culmination of forces that have been developing throughout the millennium, and the movement's miscellaneous constitution is a strength, not a weakness. Skeptics counter that the New Age is a cluttered void tautologically defined by whatever happens to be featured in magazines or housed within bookstores on New Age shelves at any given moment. From this point of view, the movement's variety shows it to be rudderless, lacking in substance and direction.
10:44 PM | link |
"RageBoy: Giving being fucking nuts a good name since 1985."
28 October 2004
||More of Chris Locke's photos
Until a minute ago, I had no photos. I still have no photos to speak of.
I don't even have a camera. But all these people were linking to "my photos."
It was embarassing. It's still embarassing. But I'm used to that.
what I'm listening to...
egr on topica
on yahoo groups
terms of service
It is too late.