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Fashion Spotlight: Bohemian Holograms and Bisous Bear for 80s Cartoons Fans!

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Today Ript Apparel has two designs for fans of Jem and the Holograms and Care Bears! Bohemian Holograms and Bisous Bear from CoinboxTees and Theduc will be for sale on January 23, 2014 only!

Bohemian Holograms by CoinboxTees

Bohemian Holograms

Bisous Bear by Theduc

Bisous Bear

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The recursive art of fiction

YouTube Gems – ネコ×GONG

I’m seriously considering just abandoning video production altogether, since I know for a fact I will never produce anything as good as this:

COMM 3342 Viral Media – 2/1/12 The Ghost Map and Media

The key defining feature of commutative disease, more so than its frequent deleterious effects on the body, is its ability to infect and expand exponentially from host to host. So also is the pattern of social media. When an individual meets a net artifact, assuming the artifact takes root in the person’s mind, that person can then spread the artifact through referral or copying or parody to many others.

But the process by which an artifact, and a disease, can spread depends on the existing paths and connections between individuals. In the Cholera outbreak in Soho, V. cholorae could only infect a human by way of ingesting infected waste. Since a human would never knowingly or willingly consume excrement, the disease would normally have few opportunities to propagate, unless infected waste made its way into the water supply of a major population center.

In the case of the Soho outbreak, the Broad Street pump specifically was contaminated by way of a nearby cesspool. It’s worth noting the cesspool in question could only be efficiently accessed by a select few residents, and ultimately came to be infected with Cholera by way of soiled diapers from an infected infant. All that was necessary to infect the water supply of many people (larger than normal, considering the pump’s otherwise stellar record for quality) was the waste of a single infant.

And of course, only those who drank from that pump within a few days of the infant’s infection were infected, whereas those who drank from private wells or other pumps or subsisted on alcohol were unaffected. Some residences were wholly passed over while their neighbors died on masse, because the disease came about through a connection to a single source.

In much the same way, a social artifact can only spread to different people if there is a means by which people could see it. A video or image could be no less worthy of meme status, yet go nowhere because it existed only on an obscure page in the darkest corner of the net. If, however, a sudden influx of visits to the artifact, perhaps by a new connection linking it to the masses, then the meme could begin.

Likewise, an artifact cannot reasonably reach an audience if it involves, or is situated in a particular area, that the audience in question has no interest in or doesn’t frequent the area. A meme related to a Korean MMO likely won’t gain much ground with fans of hard core first person shooters. By contrast, if specific interests frequently overlap, a meme has a chance of migrating from one to the other. And sometimes, a particular group can develop interest in two subjects that would not typically have overlapped, and memes can cross over unexpectedly.

10/19/11 – Filters II

Considering Google’s laizez faire attitude concerning search engines and the regulation thereof, one must always be conscious of one’s search habits. If no government will regulate Google and what happens with the search engine, it must fall then to individuals to mind their behavior online. Things that would be the responsibility of the state to regulate must fall to each person.

And given Google has a partial, non-traditional monopoly, lack of regulation means the industry, what there is, will need to deal with there always being a juggernaut of a search engine.

The real question comes from whether it is right to enforce regulation on a business simply because of its success. After all, the reason Google has grown so large is twofold: it provided a service better than the ones offered by other search engines, and once a network springs up, people will favor the network that others already do so as to share a network with them. This is why World of Warcraft systematically crowded out every other fantasy MMO. People want to play a game their friends are on. Same for networks.

One possible form of regulation would be to place a cap upon the amount of money a company can charge for ad space. Since Google is already ensured that companies would buy ad space from them, it wouldn’t make sense to have them charging outragious prices for the right to advertise on their site. However, there would inevitably be the problem of how to determine what price would be acceptable to cap at, since prices are traditionally determined by market forces. Designating an otherwise arbitrary amount as a max would artificially alter the natural free market process. And what if Google has a need to charge more because of various business concerns, but cannot because of an arbitrary amount?

A possible private solution would be a non-government ratings board for search engines, created by the industry itself, that would call for sites in searches to be marked for content. For example, a program searching a site would find certains words and, by some algorithym, determine if the site is safe for a particular age group. Sites containing content that may be offensive to certain groups can be marked.

In fact, perhaps Google should do this in house. Create a feature that allows the user to hover over a search result and have a box indicate whether the site has explicit content and/or what it contains that may offend people.

Not every solution to a social problem needs to have a state solution.

5/10/11 – Filtering

In the twenty fours hours in question, I used four different filtering systems, and utilized a feature in one of them that I’d never utilized before. First, I watched a number of videos from my YouTube subscription box. The system tracked the activity of the various creators on YouTube I follow, and puts them in their individual boxes on the front page. So whenever I want to see what they’ve uploaded, I just head to the main page and check for new videos.

The Blistered Thumbs website contains a number of series from various people who create videos for the site. And each regular producer has their own tabs for their shows. All I need to do is use the drop down menues and find the producer I want. Then I just go through the list of videos from newest to oldest.

Going to a site, standard layouts use a date-based directory of blog posts. I used that to search through the blog posts for specific content.

Speaking of Google, I used the search function extensively. But in addition to doing the search and looking through the results, I utilized the “I’m Feeling Lucky” feature to go straight to the first available result. I’ve never used that before. And I can easily see where such a thing could be dubious, being that I have no way of knowing what page it would take me to. That it brought me to a relavent page is a moot point.

Distraction Exercise – Conclusion

It must be stated first and foremost that there were instances during the writing of the High Distraction summary that I was forced to leave in the middle of writing and run a small errand that could not be ignored or postponed. Because of this, I will not include these as part of the analysis, save that it was distracting indeed.

Besides that, during my writing of the aforementioned High Distraction summary, I included among the distractions music unrelated even to the subject matter, which could have been made exactly appropriete given that the subject was a music album. Additionally, I turned on the television to watch some sindicated television. And I turned on some internet videos and watched them periodically. Not to mention in between all that I spent time also tweeting my thoughts at the time. As I suspected would happen, it took me a long protrocted time to complete the summary, and it was only loosely organized. I also think I could have learned significantly more about the subject matter at hand had I taken the time to read the bulk of the article.

Conversely, the Low Distraction summary had me exiting out of all tabs in my browsers save wordpress, the wikipedia article itself, and the page on CopyVillain describing the assignment. And naturally, I learned and retained a great deal more knowledge, made the summary far more organized, and completed it far faster.