13:51 11/06/2004 Mathemagenic: Mathemagenic
...giving birth to learning...


  Tuesday, August 31, 2004

  Slowly restoring connections to my network...

I'm slowly coming back to my regular life after travelling and brain vacation... Getting back to work is easy - deadlines are not waiting - but now I'm also starting to catch up with blogging. It feels good slowly sorting through unread subscriptions, making "there are no new things anymore" folders and getting good ideas from all people who have been writing.

I guess I'm a bit like my Tablet - getting switched on, slowly restoring connections to my network, installing critical updates and taking time to download not so critical ones :)

More on: blog reading 

  Weblog by Inna Kouper and finding people writing about you

One more weblog to read - Working notes by Inna Kouper. Inna is a member of BROG (blog research on genre) group (more). I had a pleasure of exchanging e-mails with Inna, finding common Russian roots and watching her blog taking shape...

There are some good article reviews in Inna's weblog, so I enjoyed reading for a while, but funny enough that my commenting was triggered by a relatively simple question:

I got the first comment on one of my posts. I really wonder how people find out that I am writing about them.

This is mysterious and exciting ...

Originally I commented to the post, but then decided to copy it here as well. Could be interesting for others or for myself in retrospect. It's slightly edited and linked.

Finding who is writing about you is not that difficult :)

Ther easiest way is Technorati - it shows links to your weblog from homepages of other weblogs.

Next to it many people can see their referrer logs - pages that bring visitors - but it depends on a software/hosting you use.

And, of course, there are many options for "egosurfing" - seaching for your name/weblog title/url in whatever search engine. Google may do, but to find blog specific references you may want to use search in Bloglines or Feedster. The best thing about the last two is that you can subscribe to a search via RSS and be notified when someone mentiones you... Finally, there is PubSub. It gives search results only in RSS, but if you can manage it (as well as complex search arguments) you can get links from all weblogs mentioning something of you. I like this one most :)

Almost forgot - there are Trackbacks as well :)))

See also: For me blogging is about conversations (why looking for others writing about you), Finding blogs linking to a specific blog post: test results (more specific how-to) and Why looking at practices of blogging is important in weblog research (associative thinking :)

  Monday, August 30, 2004

  BROG papers

Elijah Wright lists papers by BROG (blog research on genre) group:

I'm posting these here for convenience's sake - and because it is really hard for people outside of our smallish research group to track what we've been up to.

Herring, Susan C., Kouper, Inna, Paolillo, John, Scheidt, Lois Ann, Tyworth, Michael, Welsch, Peter, Wright, Elijah, Yu, Ning. (2005). Conversations in the Blogosphere: A Social Network Analysis "from the Bottom Up". In Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-38) (Ed.), Los Alamitos: IEEE Press.

Herring, Susan C., Kouper, Inna, Scheidt, Lois Ann, & Wright, Elijah (2004). Women and Children Last: The Discourse Construction of Weblogs. In Laura J. Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, & Jessica Reyman (Eds.), Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs (Minneapolis).

Herring, Susan C., Scheidt, Lois Ann, Bonus, Sabrina, & Wright, Elijah (in press). Weblogs as a bridging genre. Information, Technology, & People.

Herring, Susan C., Scheidt, Lois Ann, Bonus, Sabrina, & Wright, Elijah (2004b). Bridging the Gap: A Genre Analysis of Weblogs. In Proceedings of the Thirty-seventh Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-37) (Ed.), Los Alamitos: IEEE Press.

Scheidt, Lois Ann & Wright, Elijah (2004). Common Visual Design Elements of Weblogs. In Laura J. Gurak, Smiljana Antonijevic, Laurie Johnson, Clancy Ratliff, & Jessica Reyman (Eds.), Into the Blogosphere: Rhetoric, Community, and Culture of Weblogs (Minneapolis).

Just a few comments:

1. From my perspective the group is not that small :)

2. Links to the papers are missing (most of them are online!)... I may come back and add links to those I know, but don't have time at the moment.

3. Would love to read the HICSS 2005 paper... Especially as our own paper goes to the same track :) (It's on weblog conversations; conditionally accepted. I missed the moment to share draft; it doesn't make sense now as we are reworking it, but let me know if you don't want to wait.)

More on: blog research 

  Blogademia - weblog research blog by Scott Nowson

Another weblog research blog - Blogademia by Scott Nowson (via Torill Mortensen). Scott is doing PhD research on weblogs. More specific:

What am I doing with blogs?

As I said above, I am interested in studying personal blogs. Blogs which are, for the most part, the thoughts and words of one person. More specifically, I am studying writing style.

Writing style in blogs is something that has been discussed informally, in a number of places, mostly, unsurprisingly, in blogs.

I am going to be looking for trends in style, as the relate to the character of the author. By style I mean linguistic features such as those used by the stylistics community for authorship attribution, such as sentence length, word bigrams and trigrams, and parts-of-speech. And by character, I mean just that.

To be even more specific: Scott is doing an experiment analysing one month's posts by native English speaking bloggers. Of course it's a pity that non-native speakers are excluded :)

Curious to know more about the analysis method... Could be interesting to combine with things that Sigmund can do.

More on: blog new blog research 

  Thursday, August 26, 2004

  Mission accomplished

It's a very nice feeling to see people at their "mission accomplished" moment: relaxed, proud, happy, with a smile of a face and contagious feeling that missions could be accomplised.

Elmine Wijnia finished her Masters. I'm not sure about the exact title in Dutch, but to get an impresstion in English check BlogTalk 2.0 abstract Understanding blogs: a communicative perspective or slides. It's about weblogs and Habermas, and Elmine knows well how to explain it in a language that normal people can understand :)

Robert Slagter is done with his PhD researchDynamic Groupware Services: Modular design of tailorable groupware. For a few month since Robert moved in a room next door I had many chances to observe his work through the last stage of his PhD, hard time writing and joy of finishing, happy face when the book arrived and preparations for the defense. It's a bit like learning from Jill's PhD journey, but this time more than online...

It's a nice feeling - being able to congratulate friends with their achievements and getting more energy for my own work.

So - Elmine, Robert - my congratulations!

More on: PhD 

  Wednesday, August 25, 2004

  Blogs are smokescreens as much as windows

Jill Walker:

So someone wondered when Iíd be moving to Paris to join my French boyfriend. Good grief. Must have been my I love Paris post set him off, donít you think? Blogging has hazards I hadnít even considered. I mean, sure, I love imagining surroundings for bloggers I enjoy reading, but I also realise that thatís where the boundary to fiction lies. Yes, what I blog is (mostly) true, but there is so much that I donít blog that unless you know me, the idea you have of me from these words probably has more to do with fiction than reality. Your imaginings, not my world. I suspect blogs are smokescreens as much as windows.

Sometimes I wonder what image of me and my life readers of this weblog get... But also how it changes when we meet or if we meet f2f frequently or if they know more of my personal stuff... Even how my image of myself differs from my images of my close friends and family :)

Thinking of blogs as smokescreens: I guess it has something to do with squeezing yourself (and often only some of your multiple identities) through the narrow channel, so those who read it get somehow fragmented abstract art picture and have to reconstruct what is behind it...

See also: Networking: YASNs vs. blogs on image of a person constructed from reading a weblog.

Next day: couldn't resist to add a quote from a comment to Jill's post by Collin

My blog is a window, but itís only one window (of many) into the sprawling country mansion of my life, and itís a window I only walk by when Iím in particular moods. If itís the only window that some people know, itís not that hard to imagine that those people would get certain ideas about meĖthat I think about academic stuff far more often than I actually do, that I spend less time fighting depression than I actually do, etc. Blogs tap into that desire that most of us have (as readers) to be insiders in other peopleís lives, to strengthen our weak ties.

  Tuesday, August 24, 2004

  On the road

Feels nice to be able to blog on the way. Now it's from B&B Edam-Volendam where the host was nice to let me into a house WiFi :)

Joining Marc Canter's dinner tonight in Amsterdam. I guess it's still open for sign in, so may be see you there...

More on: travel 

  Friday, August 20, 2004

  Synchronising online and offline personal data

Martin picks up my yesterday's note about the need to change my usual "everything web-based" working style since I got TabletPC and explains his struggles and solutions for synchronising online and offline data. Given lots of interests we share it's not surprising that Martin reframes it as more general question:

I wonder how Personal Information Management Software will develop in the future. How are we going to cope with the different spaces we are in and the accessibiloty of our online and offline data? Shall we just put everything on the web and hope for permanent broadband connectivity anywhere? (Nice idea, but how are you going to survive the next five years while this is not an option?) How are you managing your data? Where do you keep it? How do you make it accessible, for you, for others?

(If your story is long and you don't want to post it as a comment do email me! I can put together some of your writings in a seperate entry or republish your story as an own article if you like.)

I'd love to hear your thoughts as well. I guess it's not much about the software, but our ways of using it :)

  Thursday, August 19, 2004

  On being a geek and TabletPC

Although I still do not feel comfortable being percieved as a geek, now I start feeling a bit like one. I've got a TabletPC with lots of gadgets one may want :)

It was a long time since I wanted a laptop of my own instead of taking one spare at work. I wanted it light and small and always connected. I tried PDA and it didn't work (too small and not functional enough for writing and finishing presentations in trains).

There are enough people around to push me for a Mac (and watching SubEthaEdit during the BlogTalk 2.0 made it very tempting), but at the end Tablet won the battle. My main inspiration came from observing Martin Röll with his Tablet during various meetings for almost a year. The last "decision-making drop" came from Michael Hyatt's story of using TabletPC (found via Robert Scoble). I liked the idea of something that could be as non-obtrusive as paper...

So, I've got my TravelMate. I don't know if it will fulfill the promise and if I'll be happy with it. I have to learn a lot and to rethink my usual working habits. I guess I have to change from my usual "everything web-based" style, that works well with different computers that do not move, into something else that gives a space for a machine that can travel with me and is not online all the time.

But I like it a lot. Look and feel, changing between laptop and Tablet modes, wifi, drawing, typing and even voice recognition that recognises what I say in a very special way :), and fun of playing InkBall...

And I liked the feeling of today's morning at FOAFcamp, feeling of being equipped with a good tool for doing what I wanted to do. You can call me geek if you want :)

Finally: I'm looking for TabletPC blogs worth reading from a user perspective, so recommendations are welcome.

More on: TabletPC 

  Monday, August 16, 2004


I'm back from Moscow. Ate all raspberries within reach, had fun and got a TravelMate. Getting ready for lots of work...

More on: life 

  Tuesday, August 03, 2004

  Being hacked

Something strange has happend to my weblog - the backend was exposed for editing instead of being password-protected... Thanks for all who alerted me and that nice hacker who just revealed the thing and didn't do more damage :)

Hope that I found the cause... At least it asks for the password now :)

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