December 12, 2008

I am actually learning to talk statistics and causality errors

At least today I was gifted social scientist at work.

June 30, 2007

Structural analysis as network analysis.

I was introduced to a new structural analysis concept for me. Network analysis is a form of analysis that can be done with SAS or Stella and microsimulations.

April 7, 2007

Here is some interesting research on work conditions in the digital age.

Here is something for today on the digital age:

Network Notebooks is a series of publications on recent new media theory. INC proudly presents:

---Network Notebooks nr.1---

Technobohemians or the new Cybertariat? New media work in Amsterdam a decade after the web by Rosalind Gill

While I think the sample of interviews is small the direction is very important in this research sent to me on the Association of Internet Researchers email list by Geert Lovink.

More details in the extended entry.

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December 29, 2006

A prized possession in the digital age: a computer desk.

I bought the Ikea Jerker computer desk on sale this holiday. I am just posting this from my eMac set up on the new desk. It still smells new. I had wanted this particular model of Ikea desk for awhile and it is a good solid desk and has a kind of tech feel to it.

October 18, 2006

One thesis area I am thinking of exploring is emergency management systems.

I do some volunteering that involves emergency response. I can't write too much about this for public consumption. I am thinking with the present security state I could possibly do some funded research on emergency management or response systems. I could build on studies I have done in risk and designing out risk in the the physical envrionment of cities and push my probability studies around these readings and perhaps make some kind of systems model which would suggest management of risk at the same time bring in larger and broader Marxist critques of the whole security state view. I could also use my recent legal studies to keep grounded and to stay relevent and realistic when doing this project. My math background would need to be tested and I would have to involve some computing in some way perhaps.

September 15, 2006

Studying C. West Churchman systems theorist.

I am studying C West. Churchman's writings as I enter graduate school. I am now a student of systems theory.

June 8, 2006

Hackers as a role for film.

And why is it that hackers are armed in movies? I just watched some of the third Matrix: the Revolution film. May be I am being culturally critical. I don't see why hackers need to be armed unless they are US hackers or hackers for films where sex and guns sell the movie. It seems most films I end up watching are full of guns and death.

May 13, 2006

Television and mood.

At the moment my mood is totally wrapped up in a hockey game where Ottawa lost and is out for the season. I am my TV. It is a very hyped mood after watching a game and I have just been in two fast talking conversations at the corner store and on the walk home. I thought earlier that hockey does not use women as sex objects like the cheerleaders in football. You might call hockey cleaner because of that although it is certainly a violent sport.

April 16, 2006

Reading critiques of Wired magazine.

The first critique I read of Wired magazine was
Pauline Borsook's, Cyberselfish (New York: Public Affairs, 2000).
This book enlightened me to the dangers of Wired magazine and clarified some of my own thoughts as a Wired reader.
This past few months I have been reading
Stewart Millar, Melanie. Cracking the Gender Code: Who Rules The Wired World (Toronto, Ont.: Second Story, 1998).
This book builds on the sexist reality of Wired magazine. I have not read the whole book yet but am rereading parts of it with interest.

March 16, 2006

Does the Internet bring families together?

I had been reading that women, that is white middle class North American women, use the Internet more for staying in touch with friends and family, more than middle class white men. I seem to have used the Internet to reach out to family in either the supposed homeland or elsewhere. I got an email from someone in Sweden today who may have an ancestor from our family who left Estonia in 1800. I am thinking may be we could have a reunion on the Internet some day or that the Internet will make this possible.