Wonderful essay by my friend Patrice. #wichita
American nurses land in Normandy, 1944
An Royal Air Force pilot getting a haircut during a break between missions, Britain, 1942.
makes me think of this episode of QI where they talk about what accents pilots had in WWII, the idea of the Oxford Scholar RAF Pilot.
Other findings: Self-help might be a popular market, yet only about 20% of people who start such a book finish it. More than 80% of people who crack the pages of a mystery novel will find out who did it. People trudge through biographies at 20 pages per hour, while they read at three times that speed for erotica. And higher “acceleration factor”—or how much readers speed up as they get closer to finishing—correlates with higher average rating for a book. One of the highest acceleration factors comes from Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” which readers start speeding through at the halfway mark, Mr. Friedman says.
Subscription e-reader services Scribd, Oyster and Entitle track your behavior to predict your next book
Journalists know that academia holds a universe of valuable information; they just can’t find a reliable way to tap it.Ezra Klein, The Real Reason Nobody Reads Academics
The 400-foot-tall man, as well as the 20-foot-tall pigeons, were leftover elements from gameplay features that were abandoned at an early stage of development.Jon’s Basketball Game: Creating a sports video game has proven to be rather difficult
The six types of Twitter conversations
Have you ever wondered what a Twitter conversation looks like from 10,000 feet? A new report from the Pew Research Center, in association with the Social Media Research Foundation, provides an aerial view of the social media network. By analyzing many thousands of Twitter conversations, we identified six different conversational archetypes. Our infographic describes each type of conversation network and an explanation of how it is shaped by the topic being discussed and the people driving the conversation.
Read the full report: Mapping Twitter Topic Networks: From Polarized Crowds to Community Clusters
Couples, the Internet and Social Media: Our new report is out, just in time for Valentine’s Day.
Fully 27% of online adults who are married or in committed relationships say that the internet has had an impact on their relationships; and a majority of them say that impact has been positive.
Update on the stray dogs of Sochi — a shelter is being built, but racing against the clock.
Local animal rights workers say many of the strays were pets, or the offspring of pets, abandoned by families whose homes with yards were demolished over the past few years to make way for the Olympic venues and who were compensated with new apartments in taller buildings, where keeping a pet is often viewed as undesirable.
They also say that Russia has never made a priority of pushing responsible animal control policies, including spaying and neutering, which would have helped avoid the current problems.
The team also noticed that certain isolated words in Twitter posts also were characteristic of depression. Words like anxiety, severe, appetite, suicidal, nausea, drowsiness, fatigue, nervousness, addictive, attacks, episodes, and sleep were used by depressed users, but more surprisingly, words like she, him, girl, game, men, home, fun, house, favorite, wants, tolerance, cope, amazing, love, care, songs, and movie could be indications of depression as well.How Twitter Knows When You’re Depressed - TIME.com