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Ever have a reoccurring dream that you posted a blog entry, went out or to sleep for the night and when waking your blog had a life of its own?

What once was your last entry has now been reformatted into better looking typography, altered colors and evolved into a much more esthetically pleasing site as if it were a living organism.

Thanks, for lack of a better term, to Matthew Hockenberry and Ernesto Arroyo of Creative Synthesis, a non-profit organization in Cambridge, Massachusetts what once may have been a dream ain’t so much any longer.

They’ve created mouse-tracking software developed by Arroyo while at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. To test the software 24 people who were asked to use a basic web site template for a blog. (using WP BTW)

Once the blog went live, control of the design was out of their hands. The software treated each feature as a “gene” that was randomly changed as a page was refreshed.

What once were “terrible designs” were transformed and more pleasing to the eye. More importantly the process could allow sites to stay up to date with changes in their users’ tastes and can result in designs that are more user-friendly than anything a human designer is likely to come up with.

All without the author ever hitting the edit button.

In one way the software would be great for websites that are still living in the mid-eighties with their garish graphics that turn your eyes to molten mush the second they load.

One the other hand is the worry of what happens when the spam bastards or the blog scrapers get their mischievious little paws on the stuff.

I shudder to think!

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Hmmm… Michelle Malkin must be exposing more left-tards, race baiters, hate-mongers and asshats again.

Her inbox is full.

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The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has funded a new research area that includes a study of blogs. The 3-year project entitled is “Automated Ontologically-Based Link Analysis of International Web Logs for the Timely Discovery of Relevant and Credible Information.”

Say that again three times fast.

Rather than getting long winded I’ll only excerpt a small portion that outlines one part of three by the Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s new Information Forensics and Process Integration research program.

One of the problems analysts may have with blog monitoring, Ulicny noted, is there is too much actionable information for the analyst to properly analyze.

“We are developing an automated tool to tell analysts what bloggers are most interested in at a point in time,” Ulicny said.

This analysis, Kokar said, is based on what Versatile Information Systems calls the RSTC approach to blog analysis – relevance, specificity, timeliness, and credibility. RSTC helps information analysts filter the most important information to study.

“Relevance involves developing a point of focus and information related to a particular focus,” Kokar said. Timeliness has to do with immediacy – how important is a topic now. “Credibility,” he continued, “is the amount of trust you have in an information source.”

If all this sounds like a search engine you would be right on the mark. Google, for example, compiles the number of times a term appears in a document. Because blogs tend to offer a wider variey of topics and are dissimilar from one to another this project aims to zero in on the more important sections of not onl;y what a blogger posts but what they link to.

“Blog entries have a different structure,” Ulicny said. “They are typically short and are about something external to the blog posting itself , such as a news event. It’s not uncommon for a blogger to simply state, ‘I can’t believe this happened,’ and then link to a news story.”

In this example, Ulicny said, there might not be much of interest in the blog posting, yet the fact that the blogger called attention to this story can be significant to understanding what matters.

Let the information wars begin, er… continue.

It sounds like an interesting project, unfortunately it will be three years, if ever, we see any results fro it. (DISCLAIMER: Assuming the NYT doesn’t get wind of the classified results.)

One last thought: Wonder what happens when Air Force Office of Scientific Research’s new search bot begins crawling all over some of the left-wing blogs? I’m betting screams of “spying” and McCartyism” will be heard from both Coasts.

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Just another Test


You mean the problem isn’t repaired as yet?

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Test post

Move along, nothing to see here.

Just a test post in an attempt to discover why a posted entry would prevent the sidebar from fully displaying.

Huh! Yea your right that makes no sense when the sidebar is on the left and the content loads after the sidebar.

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Lets beat a dead horse. By now a good portion of the civilized world has heard about the Schapelle Corby case. For those living next door to Osamas cave here is a quick review.

In October ’04 Corby left her native Australia for a 10 day vacation in Bali, Indonesia. Upon her arrival marjuana was discovered in one of her bags. She was arrested and last week sentenced to 15 years in jail. A light sentence considering she could have received life.

The reason for whipping this dead equine is I discovered her supporters have started a blog, Innocent Without Doubt, blares it’s top banner. First thing I noticed are none of the entries allow comments. Not entirely unheard of but not very “blog like” to my way of thinking and wonder why they want produce their own little echo chamber vice invite dialog. If the facts are on their side “without doubt” what are they afraid of? Frankly I can’t read their minds and offer the possibility they may not want to spend time moderating comments.

The second thing I noted, and the primary reason for this post, is this entry, Corby ignites US TV debate, that cites this article from The Age. Help me out here, I’ve been out of country so long I have no memory of the shows name but do remember the Asian hottie that was on it at one time. And Barbara Walters who was cast in the roll of elder journalism spokesmen.

The Corby supporters quoted Walters in an effort to paint the Indonesian laws as cruel and unusual.

(Barbara)Walters, the 71-year-old matriarch of American news, said she spoke with a US drug enforcement officer about the case.

The officer told her if Corby smuggled that amount of marijuana into the US she would have only faced a minor charge.

Walters also said if the US was going to protest incidents in other countries, such as the Corby sentence in Indonesia, the US should not be so sensitive when other countries protest against incidents involving the US, such as the detention of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

“So in that sense, if we are going to call on the international community, we are going to have to practice what we preach,” Walters said.

To which the author of the post exclaimed, “She’s still got it!” in refering to Walters.

Keep in mind Corby carried in 4.7 kilos of pot, it wasn’t a few joints between friends. So my question is, just what has Walters got? Did she really find a drug enforcement officer that stated bringing in nearly 10 pounds of pot into the US was a minor offense? (maybe not worth 15 years but a serious felony none the less) Or did she talk to a night janitor playing the role. Or is the over ripe Walters a lying sack of botox and silicone?

You make the call.

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Move along… nothing to see here.

Mutley, you snickering, floppy eared hound. When courage is needed, you’re never around. Those medals you wear on your moth-eaten chest should be there for bungling at which you are best. So, stop that pigeon, stop that pigeon, stop that pigeon, stop that pigeon, stop that pigeon, stop that pigeon, stop that pigeon. Howwww! Nab him, jab him, tab him, grab him, stop that pigeon now.

There’s a voice that keeps on calling me. Down the road, that’s where I’ll always be. Every stop I make, I make a new friend. Can’t stay for long, just turn around and I’m gone again. Maybe tomorrow, I’ll want to settle down, Until tomorrow, I’ll just keep moving on.

I never spend much time in school but I taught ladies plenty. It’s true I hire my body out for pay, hey hey. I’ve gotten burned over Cheryl Tiegs, blown up for Raquel Welch. But when I end up in the hay it’s only hay, hey hey. I might jump an open drawbridge, or Tarzan from a vine. ‘Cause I’m the unknown stuntman that makes Eastwood look so fine.

What are you gawking at? I said there was nothing to see!

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Hey I’m Noteworthy!

For those of you following the blogospheric map provided by Rebecca MacKinnon of Global Voices Online, the post she highlighted in just below. Enjoy your stay, look around, but please stay out of the kitchen. The wife gets touchy when strangers fiddle with “her domain.”

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Watcher Wanted!

No, No… Hey you get away from the locker room window. Not that type of watcher.

The Watcher of Weasels is in need of a new member for the Watchers Council. So if you have a burning desire to not only watch, but report on the little political carnivores among us head on over, (here is a set of rules before you go), and hurry Watcher intends on naming the new member prior to the April 26th nominations process.

Note to Watcher, let me know when you convene a council to watch Wicked Weasels, I may get in on that action… Well, make it official anyways.

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Calling All Pundits

Do you know a Blogosphere pundit? Pickled Pundit has created a blogroll that consists of all pundits, but he needs your help. With a blogosphere of 8-10 million blogs and counting the pundits are multiplying like rats on Viagra.

Briney, the proprietor, currently lists 69 pundits but needs help insuring the list is complete, so stop by and say hello, check the blogroll and leave a note if you see any missing pundits.

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