[AI suggestion - perhaps NGRAM needs to go back to the chalk board phase]
If I was naive enough to believe Google’s “Books Ngram Viewer” that claims to count words based on 5 million published books and track their trends in terms of amount of times words appear in books (quantitative research), the Maori people of New Zealand would not fare well. The results would have me rehashing that archaic dead-end term, “racism” asap. Maori don’t like doing that in this enlightened age. It does not get people very far, because it immediately casts Maori in the light of having to drive a car fueled by ‘white man’s guilt.’ When you drive on whenua (land) that has tar seal put on it and called a “road,” that would be too much “irony” for a Maori to handle in any given day. Besides, why should we? That’s something that would appeal as a college student. The past is healing.
The tracking tool claims (my search conducted between years 1920 and 2008) that the word “Maori” peaked as a topic of interest in books in the year of 1978 (aprox). Since then it’s plummeted and currently, the usage of the word Maori is as low as its status listed in 1950 findings that’s given in the little graph that pops up. Already, this NGRAM Viewing tool of Google is capable of starting civil wars. I don’t like it much at all so far.
Being scientific, with heart and soul – this means: a) Maori are extinct again – a typical ‘pseudo-scientific’ finding (yawn!) Maori have learned to ignore since being able to read maps – but this time in a literary sense.
Already this supposedly revolutionary tool of technology is spitting out results generating ‘information’ that is rather boring quite frankly in my humble opinion. I say this because such ‘information’ has been so done TO DEATH already! (more…)
We live in an age where power people are obsessed with owning, quantifying/ qualifying WORDS, their USAGE, their CONTEXT, their HISTORY, their ORIGIN, their FREQUENCY and most of all THEIR MEANING. Why do words scare/ fascinate obsessive people so much?–Horiwood 2010′s.
Have you ever heard of the term culturomics? It posits that technology (a tracking tool developed by Google) can track words of scanned books and work out totals and frequencies of the words used and in what context. That’s amazing – because we have to believe the findings are true. I mean–it’s not like we’re going to manually go through 17,000 books for examples and check are we.
This either makes us extremely ‘trusting in Google’s brand integrity’ or extremely vulnerable and naive to being manipulated by Google as a ‘cultural engineer’ shaping our perceptions of culture past, in books.
Wikileaks taught us perhaps, that we can’t really trust people who manipulate data or information. We just can’t any longer–with no offense to the good people at Google, of course. In general we just live in an age–where data is being manipulated for other means than what we initially think. The global economic crises also taught us this outside of words, regarding numbers, as well.
So which one are we? Gullible or trusting in whatever Google’s new tool claims are ‘definitive’ findings? As always –perhaps ride the middle line, and believe half of what ‘culturomics’ findings tell us. Otherwise it’s a new invented ‘literary religion based on key findings’ with no checks and balances, that cannot be debated either, because it has the appearance of being ‘scientific.’ Culturomics is either going to be really good or really darn scary–there’s no middle ground to it, as it’s completely unaccountable to other technology counter-scanning and collating its findings at this point. Or in other words, it’s not scientific, yet its outcomes posited are claiming to be pure quantitative science. A full press release by Google follows below our top ten results today about it–positioned as a news story.
Hollywood entertainment and celebritiy news posts voted hot today worldwide. Here’s our top ten. Thanks beautiful people. Enjoy!
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Jane Seo on Culturomics for The Harvard Crimson writes this Press Release:
“A team of Harvard researchers has created a new tool that analyzes language patterns in published books to quantify cultural and historical trends from 1800 to 2000.
The innovative research tool made its debut yesterday in an article titled “Quantitative Analysis of Culture Using Millions of Digitized Books,” which was published online in the journal Science and launched as a feature on Google.
Dubbed “culturomics,” the tool enables the public to use the Google Books database as a “genome of culture,” according to Adrian Veres ’12, one of the article’s authors.
[Movie still image via Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince courtesy of This Website]
One of America’s most famous members of The Twitter community, lists her moniker key words as being:
“water, melanin, bones, blood.”
Solange recently tweeted that she went to the movies to see Love and Other Drugs starring Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal. Her next tweet was hysterical. It was the word:
To follow Ms. Knowles on Twitter, go here. I always enjoy her culturally versant world view and opinions within America. She so black, even tweetin most messages in the American literary art form of ebonics. Love that! Because she does have the confidence to express herself her way- referencing American history by her verbage in a modern form, to me Solange Knowles is always an authentic American artist. Naturally.
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 11.28.10~
How do they do that? This is freakin amazin!
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA.
Two of the best intellectual poets of their generation wrote spontaneous poetry to each other. The energy of change condensed in their words as they captured a nation in a cultural and societal revolution. Here’s Jack Kerouac‘s poetic words for Allen Ginsberg written on his typewriter in a poem titled: Daydreams for Ginsberg.
I lie on my back at midnight
hearing the marvelous strange chime
of the clocks, and know it’s mid-
night and in that instant the whole
world swims into sight for me
in the form of beautiful swarm-
ing m u t t a worlds-
everything is happening, shining
. . . Ellipses Theater:
Says one particular blogger about the ellipses (this symbol of three dots, that define all of text messages, pauses in between email sentences, as well as blogs: “The ellipsis gives expression to a habit of ironic detachment and preemptive indifference. And here is where I found the point of contact with larger cultural trends. The mood of ironic detachment that has settled over so many of us was manifesting itself in three simple dots. With those dots we were evading conviction, giving off an apathetic vibe, and guarding ourselves from seeming unfashionably earnest.
Thinking about the ellipsis brought to mind a performance by Taylor Mali, “Speak With Conviction.” It’s meant to be heard so watch the video below, but here is the part that comes to mind:
Declarative sentences … so called, because, they used to you know … declare things to be true … ok … as opposed to other things that are like totally … you know … not … They’ve been infected by this tragically cool and totally hip interrogative tone … as if I’m saying, “Don’t think I’m a nerd just ‘cuz I’ve like noticed this okay … I have nothing personally invested in my own opinions … I’m just like inviting you to join me on the bandwagon of my own uncertainty …”
In writing the ellipsis captures nicely the tone that Mali identifies and lampoons in his performance. These three dots are the punctuation mark of an indeterminate age. We are becoming Eliot’s hollow men and this is the way each thought ends,
Not with a bang but a whimper.”
I think . . .
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 8.11.10~
Hollywood Actor Cliff Curtis has Courage To Love the Middle East
Hollywood actor and film producer, Cliff Curtis holds his early edition copy of Courage To Love, the new Romeo & Juliet novel by author Robert Ellis. The modern story of forbidden love that is set in Israel and the Gaza strip, is getting good early buzz in Hollywood. Curtis describes the book as being “beautiful.”
Of this pivotal novel, Curtis features here in his hand, filmmaker Bill Birrell says: “I have been looking for a human scale story about the Middle East: but one that will both entertain and provoke. In short I believe Courage to Love is it. Not since Elie Wiesel, the Nobel prize-winning writer, has an author distilled these conflicts into such human terms. Put another way, while the story touches on significant issues, it is really a tale of two young people and their struggle to be allowed to love each other.”
Cliff, a newly wed himself, is all about love these days and furthering love’s potential in a world wind epic romance he finds himself caught up in, in his real life. His Hollywood career also has elevation. Curtis currently stars as Firelord Orzai in M. Night Shyamalan‘s 3D film franchise, The Last Airbender and has just signed on to two films starring opposite, Zoe Saldana (of Star Trek and Avatar film franchises fame) where he’s cast as Zoe’s closest family member. Coming up, Curtis will also star with Sigourney Weaver and Bruce Willis.
While watching Uncle Emile reading his play he’d written as actor Danny J. Evans works at his Hollywood tan, baking in the sun; Teddy of Go.Daddy.Com calls. In this household of blokes, it’s nice to hear a woman’s melodic voice, for a change.
Her phone call is about Aunt Elvira‘s Funeral Poem and its website domain name, we gave the poem when we posted the poem yesterday to celebrate her “2nd graduation day” and share the meaning of her life of love, for others.
Teddy asks me our plans for the domain name as its very interesting to her. (Plans? What plans? I think silently to myself). She suggests that the website, should become a blog where others can share their funeral poems too, or, the domain name should host a collection of freshly written poems each day, about celebrating life in death–for others to benefit from–when grief and loss, has their souls gripped and sore. Funeral poems on Elvira’s poem’s website could comfort them, says Teddy.
As I’ve never had a phone call like this before, from any website hosting service, the calmness that is Teddy’s voice intrigues. She should be a Hollywood producer. Needless to say, anything to do with Aunt Elvis, is always going to fascinate people, across the U.S. Elvira had that kind of allure, sweetness and charm–as Teddy’s phone call showed me today. I shouldn’t be pleasantly surprised by Teddy’s phone call, really–but I still am.
Thanks Teddy. Teddy @ GoDaddy should be a Hollywood TV producer, commissioning new ideas for TV. She’s good. Teddy only watches pre-recorded TV programs, doesn’t Twitter, Facebook or MySpace, never goes to see a movie, and loves reading books instead for her recreation and downtime. Teddy also doesn’t have a blog, which is why I’m cutting her into my blog today. That and the fact, that Teddy tells me she loves the Kiwi New Zealand accent in America. Thanks Teddy. If ever you buy a domain name, call (USA) 1.480.505.8859, press option 1, and ask for Teddy. She’s okay. :)
What follows are two Emily Dickinson‘s funeral poems, that Teddy loves the most for her friends and family members at funerals. Hearing Teddy’s voice come down Aunt Elvira’s phone line, is a surreal trip today. National interest. I like Teddy’s love of poetry and her inquisitive questions, a lot.
For Twilight Eclipse fans worldwide. Where are Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart, Taylor Lautner, Nikki Reed, Stephenie Meyer, Alex Mraz, Dakota Fanning, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kiowa Gordon, Julia Jones, Solomon Trimble, Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier and Kellan Lutz and friends congregating today? Right here in Los Angeles.
Here’s a shot of where the World Premiere of Twilight Eclipse is taking place in Downtown L.A, Entertainment Capitol of The World.
So much fun!
The use of a tilt-shift lens gives a different perspective on Staples Center, L.A. Live and the Ritz-Carlton Hotel.
[Image courtesy of the L.A.Times] This post brought to Twilight Saga fans, especially from the romance novel, Courage To Love by Californian author Robert Ellis. Image of Kristen Stewart of Twilight Eclipse, a fan made poster courtesy of Farm Static & Team Paella. Today we are turning on a literary show at the movies, near The Staples Center. Let’s go L.A! Up!]
~Posted by Horiwood.Com, Hollywood California USA. 6.24.2010~