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…It’s Website Wednesday: Personas?

Personas

Personas is a fascinating art piece that takes a name and ‘scours the web for information and attempts to characterize the person – to fit them to a predetermined set of categories that an algorithmic process created from a massive corpus of data’.

Personas shows you how the Internet sees you. It allows you to see how the machine is working, revealing the computer’s uncanny insights and inadvertent errors such as the mischaracterizations caused by the inability to separate data from multiple owners of the same name. It is meant for the viewer to reflect on our current and future world where digital histories are as important – if not more important – than oral histories, and computational methods of condensing our digital traces are opaque and socially ignorant – for now. Fortunes are sought through data-mining vast information repositories, and this kind of data is indispensable but far from infallible.

So go ahead; give it your name and give it a shot.

[Personas]

…It’s Movie Monday: Google Me?

Google Me The Movie

What do a cop, a swinger, an Irish priest, an engineer, a father of eight, an Aussie and a gambler have in common?

They all share one name: Jim Killeen.

Google Me is a film about one Jim Killeen’s search to find other Jim Killeens, and find out what their stories are.

[Google Me]

[Via: NOTCOT]

…Food brands aren’t always as they appear?

Organic FoodsThey might try to hide behind healthy and family farm sounding names, but many/most of the organic foods that you buy are actually produced by some of the nation’s largest food processors.

To see if your favorites are part of a larger conglomerate, check out GOOD’s Buying Organic chart:

[GOOD – Buying Organic]

…Your band needs a name?

Metal Band Name Generator

Are you one name short of the greatest rock band in rock band history? Then let Doug Savage’s Savage Chickens come up with one for you. Using his Metal Band Name Generator, you can string together two of the most uselessly descriptive words that are sure to sound great when you scream them out to your adoring fan. Rock on.

[Savage Chickens – Metal Band Name Generator]

[Via: The Generator Blog]