we have a new metadata mascot.
how to tell an introvert from an extrovert at esip?
an extrovert looks at your shoes when they’re talking to you.
esip is fun
From The Shortest Path to Happiness: Recommending Beautiful, Quiet, and Happy Routes in the City by Daniele Quercia, Rossano Schifanella, and Luca Maria Aiello, four routes from Euston Square to Tate Modern prioritised by shortness, beauty, quiet, and happiness.
To meet our research goal, we make three main contributions:
- We build a graph whose nodes are locations and whose edges connect geographic neighbors (§3.1). With this graph, we rank locations based on whether they are emotionally pleasant. The emotion scores come from a crowd-sourcing platform that shows two street scenes in London (out of hundreds), and a user votes on which one looks more beautiful, quiet, and happy (§3.2).
- We quantitatively validate the extent to which our pro- posal recommends paths that are not only short but also emotionally-pleasing (§4). We then qualitatively evaluate the recommendations by conducting a user study involving 30 participants in London.
- We finally test the generalizability of our proposal by: a) presenting a way of predicting the beauty scores from Flickr metadata; and b) testing the beauty-deri- ved paths with our 30 participants in London and with a new group of 54 participants in Boston (§5).
From the abstract:
Based on a quantitative validation, we find that, compared to the shortest routes, the recommended ones add just a few extra walking minutes and are indeed perceived to be more beautiful, quiet, and happy.
When you bring a UUID into this world you have a responsibility to see that his existence is not wasted. You are his only hope to have a meaningful life; no other programmer will ever see that UUID. He is a special snowflake that has waited for an eternity to be born and serve as an ID. To minimize the needless abuse, only create a UUID when you are sure that he will be needed. If you accidentally create a UUID which you do not need, euthanize it by deleting all copies as soon as possible.
are we worried about collisions?
combining genetics and geolocation for stuff? in arcmap? for tracking whale populations maybe?
Craig Mod, who convincingly argues that app development (and their success) is often completely senseless, drops this astounding wisdom on readers about halfway through the article:
The first pass should be ugly, the ugliest. Any brain cycle spent on pretty is self deception. If pretty is the point then please stop. Do not, I repeat, do not spent three months on the radial menu, impressive as it may be. It will not save your company. There is a time for that. That time is not now. Instead, make grand gestures. General gestures. Most importantly, enumerate the unknowns. Make a list. Making known the unknowns you now know will surface the other unknowns, the important unknowns, the truly devastating unknowns — you can’t scrape our content! you can’t monkey park here! a tiny antennae is not for rent! You want to unearth answers as quickly as possible. Nothing else matters if your question marks irrecoverably break you. Do not procrastinate in their excavation.
Craig’s words ring loudly in my ears. You want to unearth answers as quickly as possible. Do not procrastinate in their excavation.
Superb advice for the exploration phase of just about any project, not just app development.