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Issue 20, March 13 2004 | ISSN 1499-5085
It's our 20th issue of Saturday Edition. Lots of Saturdays along the way. I remember them well. We had fun. ::ic
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|Saturday Edition Feature
1. Mapping vs. Tracking
by Michelle Kasprzak
So, dear reader, there's all these very cool maps and diagrams you can easily access, which will show you the intricacies of the social networks that you belong to. Friendster and Orkut, arguably the two heavyweights, have come under particular scrutiny.
This is a marvellous time vacuum and I like nothing better than to zoom in on maps of Manhattan and see where all the Orkut users live. Or know who Ben Discoe's friends are on Friendster, and their relationships to each other.
However, I'm more interested in tracking how information is passed from person to person. (Maybe this is the same thing, but I'd reckon it isn't - there are those to whom I'd send information, that I wouldn't link to on Friendster or Orkut.) I'd like to see a diagram of this information sharing. For example: someone recently forwarded me the URL to the Isometric Screenshots project. I'd received this URL months before, and thought to myself, "wow, poor X is way behind." But is he? Who gave it to him? Aren't they behind too? Who started it? When did it start? What does the branching tree that would be the email trail look like?
There's two things that interest me here.
1) Why forward? A lot of people forward me cool links (like the Isometric Screenshots). They took a split second to decide that I would be interested in this information and send it on. This sharing impulse, where you don't really have anything to say except "wow, cool" is interesting because you wouldn't bother to pick up the phone and call someone to tell them to go check it out. You're saying to yourself "OK MK, but of course they would forward a link via email and not call you and tell you "OK, double you double you double you..."" But wait! It's similar to how I've heard the texting impulse described - you wouldn't call someone to say that there's a sale on at H&M, but you would text that information to your friend. It's information that you want people to know about, but not so much so that you would go through the whole "hi, how are you, ya I'm fine" stuff to get there.
2) Who starts it and how does it die? To borrow from the Tipping Point (sorry, I know you've all read it and are maybe tired of it, information fatigue, if you will) the people who start it might be "Mavens", holders of the information, or "Connectors", people who have mastered the weak tie and act as our social glue (meaning they have massive address books). I suppose those who start these forwarding frenzies might be Maven/Connector hybrids. I'd love to know the average life cycle of these kinds of phenomenon.
I'm sure someone out there has grand theories on all of this, charts and graphs maybe too. All I could find on Google was how to track email forwarding for spam and marketing and other nefarious purposes. If you know of any legitimate information, ie. people figuring this out for fun and not profit, please post it in the comments. I'll keep digging.
And now, two of my favourite forwards that I have received multiple times over the years:
The Superfriends in "Whazzup"
I Kiss You!!!!
Enjoy them, for the fiftieth time. And no, I don't remember who forwarded them to me first.
2. Study Finds That Teenage Virginity Pledges Are Rarely Kept
by LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
PHILADELPHIA, March 9 - Among teenagers who pledged not to have sex before marriage, a majority did not live up to their vows, according to a national study reported here on tuesday. The teenagers also developed sexually transmitted diseases at about the same rate as adolescents who had not made such pledges.
But a pledge to refrain from premarital sex, the researchers found, did tend to delay the start of sexual intercourse by 18 months. The adolescents who took virginity pledges also married earlier and had fewer sexual partners than the other teenagers surveyed, said Dr. Peter Bearman, the chairman of the sociology department at columbia University and the lead author of the study.
Of the 12,000 teenagers included in the federal study, 88 percent of those who pledged chastity reported having had sexual intercourse before they married, Dr. Bearman said at a scientific meeting in Philadelphia on preventing sexually transmitted diseases.
The researchers tested the participants for three common sexually transmitted infections - chlamydia, gonorrhea and trichomoniasis - and found that the rates were almost identical for the teenagers who took pledges and those who did not.
Yet the teenagers who had taken pledges were less likely to know they had an infection, raising the risk of their transmitting it to other people, said Dr. Bearman and Hannah Brackner of Yale University, the other author of the report.
Dr. Bearman said that telling teenagers "to `just say no,' without understanding risk or how to protect oneself from risk, turns out to create greater risk" of sexually transmitted diseases.
The findings challenge a number of assumptions underlying the policies of the Bush administration and private groups that encourage virginity pledges as part of promoting abstinence before marriage.
"The study is not the final answer," said Dr. Ronald O.Valdiserri, an expert on preventing sexually transmitted diseases at the federal Centers for Disease Control andPrevention. "It points to the need for additional research in this area to identify effective interventions and to understand what makes them work."
Under the Clinton and Bush administrations, Dr. Valdiserrisaid, the agency has promoted abstinence as the only sure way to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and has recommended monogamy and the use of condoms for those whoare sexually active.
Jimmy Hester, a spokesman for True Love Waits, a campaign begun in 1993 by the Southern Baptist Convention, said, "Signing a pledge card does not mean you are magically protected."
Mr. Hester said True Love Waits had followed Dr. Bearman's study for seven years but had not seen the latest findings. He added that what he had heard about the findings caused him concern "because we're not following up on pledges well enough."
True Love Waits says that 2.4 million young people have signed a virginity pledge since the group's founding in 1993.
The new findings are part of the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health. The study is financed by the National Institutes of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Science Foundation.The findings were based on a six-year follow-up of participants who entered the study when they were 12 to 18 years old.
By age 23, half the teenagers who had made virginity pledges were married, compared with 25 percent of those whohad not pledged, the study found. Dr. Bearman said he didnot know whether the teenagers who had broken their pledges did so initially with their fiancee's or with others, becausethe data had not yet been analyzed.
But he said, "After they break their pledge, the gates are open, and they catch up," having more partners in a shorter time.
Lack of condom use was an important factor in the higher-than-expected rates of sexually transmitted diseases among the pledgers, the study found. Only 40 percent reported having used condoms in the most recent year of the study, compared with 60 percent of the teenagers who had not pledged.
Also, the adolescents who had made pledges were less likely to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Among the boys, 5.2 percent had been tested, compared with 9.1 percent of the boys who had not pledged. Among the girls, 14 percent of pledgers had been tested, compared with 28 percent of girls who had not pledged.
This article from NYTimes.com, March 10, 2004
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Tim has started a mailing list of articles he's found on the net which consitute "good reads," interesting news, or at the very least, food for thought (it's not always something easily agreed with). The articles are archived at http://www.instantcoffee.org/tim/goodreads and to subscribe, email firstname.lastname@example.org
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1. Week in Review sad poetic version 1
s: Too much coffee, and little rest.
m: The day went slowly. Time crawled.
t: The cravings for both salty and sweet were overwhelming.
w: Work was something that could no longer be kept within a neat timeframe.
th: Socializing became difficult, even painful.
f: By Friday, art just didn't seem to matter all that much.
s: Saturday brought little relief
2. Captions to pictures in a soap opera magazine six years ago
by Timothy Comeau
1. Much to her family's objections, Lucinda is hellbent on becoming Mrs. James Steinbeck
2. Josh is in trouble again now that Annie is back it town.
3. After each does some soul-searching, Hayley and Mateo reach an agreement that both of them can live with - but can Raquel?
4. A night of loving for John and Marlena
5. Marley and Cindy colloborate on a plan they hope will get them waht they want.
6. V, disguised as Isabella, and Jax travel to Monte Carlo where she finds herself the center of a very high stakes wager.
7. Caitlin and Cole find themselves trapped in an explosive situation
8. Viki confronts Todd after he leaves Tea at the alter
9. Humor is an important ingredient to get one through the day.
10. Francesca and Cole opened a Pandora's Box after succesfully heisting the Rosario jeweles11.
Coles couldn't be happier now that she's settled into her new home.
12. Believing Brenda's life was in danger because of his mob ties, Sonny left her at the alter, while he stood outside the church in pain and misery.
13. Longtime friends, Sonny and Lois grew up together in Brooklyn and shared many memories.
14. Due to Lily's pregnancy, Sonny's farewell to his true love, Brenda, was bitter sweet.15. Kimberly and Rick go to dinner - but each has something different in mind.
3. "Louie Louie vs. Smells Like Teen Spirit"
by Timothy Comeau
1. From: "Winston Lau"
Hi Jin & Kate
I still recall your installation waaay back at AGO. Anyhow, I wanted to share an observation.
IMHO, recent architectural developments in Toronto ought to be called 'The Serif Period'.
Merriam Webster Dictionary states Serifs are, "...short lines stemming from and at an angle to the upper and lower ends of the strokes of a letter'". Only short lines stem at an angle from buildings instead. They become either rooftops or horizontal facades jutting like serifs from main structures. Examine the Eatonville Library, UofT's Graduate House or Ghery's AGO. Ghery's AGO, in both the visor-like front and rear glass, exhibit serif-like characteristics.
It seems the last major wave of construction - coined Brutalism - hit Toronto in the 50s and 60s. where Brutalism featured formed concrete (Witness UofT's Robarts Library) 'Serifs' distinguish structures today. My $0.02,
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