It must be true, I read it on the Internet …

New Model to Trace the Origins of Information
University of Southampton (United Kingdom) (10/25/10) Joyce Lewis

A community of international researchers has developed a data model for tracing the origins of information and for sharing provenance details between systems. University of Southampton professor Luc Moreau says it is now possible to determine whether computer-generated data has been forged or altered.

Having an understanding of where data comes from will help users decide whether they want to trust the data. In 2006, Moreau launched the Provenance Challenge series, and the effort to exchange provenance between information systems has led to the design of the Open Provenance Model (OPM) and its revision in an open source community process.

“Provenance is well understood in the context of art or digital libraries, where it refers respectively to the documented history of an art object, or the documentation of processes in a digital object’s life cycle,” Moreau says.

“Interest in provenance in the e-science community is also growing, since it is perceived as a crucial component of workflow systems that can help scientists ensure reproducibility of their scientific analyses and processes.”

Remember this?

I am going through papers I should probably throw away (but won’t) and found this printed out email in the pile.  Made me laugh again.   The email was from March of 1997.  🙂  Yes, I’ve been carrying it around that long. And you wonder how it could take so long to unpack ….. But on a positive note, now that I’ve wrapped it into this post, I can throw it away!  CLEAN ALL THE THINGS!!!

… approximate number of the Beast.
Roman numeral of the Beast
666.0000 high-precision Beast
0.666 number of the Millibeast
/666 Beast common denominator
1010011010 binary number of the Beast
1-666-666-6666 telephone number of the Beast
66666 zip code of the Beast
666-66-6666 Social Security number of the Beast
1-900-666-6666 Live Beasts! One-on-one pacts! Call now! (Over 18, please.)
$665.95 retail price of the Beast
$769.95 price of the Beast with all accessories (replacement set)
$656.66 Walmart price of the Beast
$646.66 next week’s Walmart price of the Beast
Phillips 666 gasoline of the Beast
Route 666 highway of the Beast
666o F. oven temperature for roast Beast
666K retirement plan of the Beast
666 mg recommended daily allowance of the Beast
6.66% five-year CD interest rate of First Beast of Hell National Bank ($666 minimum deposit)
Lotus 6-6-6 spreadsheet of the Beast
Word 6.66 word processor of the Beast
666i BMW of the Beast
A166686 CPU of the Beast
DSM-666 (revised) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the Beast
668 Hades Way street address of the Beast’s next-door neighbor
ddd the Beast viewed in a mirror
999 the Beast viewed upside-down
1 the Beast viewed sideways
333 the Beast after dieting
111 the Beast as a toddler
444 quorum of the Beast
666 Flags over Texas amusement park of the Beast
“In the Year 6666” heavy-metal song of the Beast
“666 Trombones” “The Music Man” song of the Beast
Now We Are 666 A.A. Milne children’s story title of the Beast
Six and the Single Beast porn manual of the Beast
“666 Degrees of Separation” party game of connections with Kevin Bacon — uh, with the Beast

How Ideas Are Spread

New Search Method Tracks Down Influential Ideas
Princeton University (10/20/10) Chris Emery

Princeton University computer scientists have developed a method that uses computer algorithms to trace the origins and spread of ideas, which they say could make it easier to measure the influence of scholarly papers, news stories, and other information sources.

The algorithms analyze how language changes over time within a group of documents and determines which documents had the most influence.

“The point is being able to manage the explosion of information made possible by computers and the Internet,” says Princeton professor David Blei. He says the search method could eventually enable historians, political scientists, and other scholars to study how ideas originate and spread.

The Princeton method enables computers to analyze the actual text of documents, instead of focusing on citations, to see how the language changes over time. “We are also exploring the idea that you can find patterns in how language changes over time,” Blei says.


I think this is cool.  I wonder a lot where ideas come from.   William Gibson’s latest greatest offering has a lot of this sort of thinking discussed in it.  It is disguised as “cool hunting” and other types of (mostly) marketing techniques.   And art. It’s a good book.  Zero History.

I’ve loved every single one of his books so of course I have to recommend it (and him).  His characters always seem so authentic, even when they are weird as hell.  Or, maybe especially when they are weird as hell.  And somehow I identify with lots of them. (!) It’s science fiction, but not particularly futuristic.  CyberPunk, really.  Good stuff, Maynard.