Category Archives: Nerd Stuff

Monday Maps are on Thursday: Click Through Rates by State (FB Ads)

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Tweet This week on Monday Maps, we’ve learned that when it comes to clicking on Facebook ads, North Dakotans have an itchy trigger finger, while Hawaiians and New Yorkers can scarcely be bothered. We’d also like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that Bay […]

Monday Maps: On The Move

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Tweet This week on Monday Maps, we’re looking at an intriguing interactive representation of where Americans are moving within the US. Click a location to see the black lines, representing an inbound move, and the red lines, representing an outbound one. Heavier lines represent more […]

Monday Maps: Google’s College Basketball Tournament 2011

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Tweet We’re big infographics nerds here at Zeitgeist, and we love interactive maps so much we’re going to feature them on a weekly basis.  Welcome to Monday Maps! For this first installment, I wanted to showcase a map about another of my big loves: March […]

Zeitgeist Panel — Human/Machine Interaction

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Tweet Thanks so much to everyone who came out to our second event last Tuesday evening! Big ups to our panelists, Irwin Chen (@irwin), Ian Spalter (@ianspalter), Jill Nussbaum, and Dan Paluska (@thesixmill), for some fascinating presentations and scintillating discussion, and a huge thank you […]

Poetry in the Digital Age: Update & Fine Linkage

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Tweet Earlier this month, we published two posts on poetry in the digital age: the first focused on technological challenges and opportunities for poetry, and the second focused on how to approach the publishing model.  The response was huge: Publishers Weekly posted a call for […]

Interviews with Smart People: Frank Speiser, Co-Founder of Social Flow

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“Technological evolution will make it easier to listen and harder to hide, and will make it possible to isolate people based on what they believe. If we allow ourselves to be broken down into factions and played off one another, then that’s what we’ll get.

On the flip side, technology makes it easier to distribute your thoughts and ideas. It’s a lot harder to stop you from reaching 1,000 people now than it was just 15 years ago. The cost of acquiring an audience of hundreds of thousands of people is pretty much the opportunity cost of your time. We can find ways to co-operate now that have not been possible in the course of human history until now. Hopefully the more capable of us choose to go that route.

I predict that eventually we’ll have a P2P barter system, a competing set of social currencies, and new derivatives based on social receptivity. It might take a while, but that’s coming. We’ll probably also pick up a whole new set of jerks that attempt to abuse all of the above. That’s just life.”

Interviews with Smart People: Mozilla’s Brian Crowder

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Tweet Developers are the unsung heroes of any Web project, but they’re really the heart and soul of Mozilla, the ambitious open source software project behind the ever-extensible Firefox browser.  The Mozilla goal is both lofty and entirely sincere: to bring together thousands of dedicated […]

The Future of the Human/Machine Interface: A Zeitgeist Panel Discussion

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Tweet We’ve got a panel discussion! The Future of the Human/Machine Interface Tuesday, October 19th, 7-9 pm Hive at 55, 55 Broad Street, 13F, NY NY 10004 RSVP here. Panelists: Irwin Chen, Jill Nussbaum, Dan Paluska, Ian Spalter For many decades, we thought our future […]

The Death of the Author (Long Live the Commenter!)

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Tweet The barriers to authorship are lower than ever — anyone can expound at length for free on any number of public platforms, and if you’re not the long-winded sort, microblogging pushes word-count pressure in the opposite direction. What I am finding very interesting at […]

LEDs are the New Sequins: Fashion, Crafting, and Wearable Technology

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Tweet I’ve recently become fascinated by the evolving world of wearable technology (sometimes called soft circuits or just wearables). Clothing and accessories that incorporate electronics and advanced technologies are something that belonged to SciFi movies and TV programs I was obsessed with as a kid, […]