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Fata Morgana
2004-09-28 23:01
Academic update
I've been reading work by Erving Goffman for two classes. At first I didn't like his abstruse prose and blatant sexism, and I thought that most of what he said was obvious anyway. But as I further reflected on his observations, I realized that he was a very talented researcher who happened to be observing and writing in the fifties, and was just expressing the norms of his time. We've read primarily The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life, a painfully detailed analysis of personal interactions. The reading and the fieldwork exercises have made me bring my vague observations and subconscious impressions of everyday situations to the fore and name them in terms of Goffman's vocabulary. This week my assignment is to observe online interactions.

In my Information Organization and Retrieval class we have until recently been talking about the web. After being exposed to dag29580863's research the past few years, much of it is familiar - especially the technical aspects, but also some of the motivations of search - though I still found that I didn't have much to contribute to the discussion.

Tomorrow I give my first research talk to GUIR, practicing for the Grace Hopper conference next week. If you're in Berkeley around 11:30 and want to come, it'll be in the BID lab, 346 Hearst Memorial Mining Building. I'm also almost finished with my "Talent Card" poster which will also go up at Grace Hopper. Finally, since I occasionally get requests for them, I added some of my scripts to my webpage so I have somewhere to point people when they ask in the future.

I recently heard of an interesting website, Living Room Candidate, which gives presidential campaign commercials from 1952 on. Those are great fun to analyze in terms of Goffman's social norms theories. Also, Bill Gates is coming for a "conversation" with the Dean of Engineering and (hopefully) Berkeley students at 9 a.m. this Friday at Zellerbach. I'm involved in some scheming, but I'll divulge more information about that after it happens.
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DeepTape: Binary
2004-09-29 18:37 (UTC)
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Based on this post, I just bought a copy of "Presentation of Self...". Thanks!
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Fata Morgana
2004-09-29 21:47 (UTC)
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Sure - I hope you enjoy it!
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"..I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes...": comment
2004-09-29 21:09 (UTC)
Billy the Kidd.
I love billy. Every bug, every sloppy piece of code, every broken ass implementation of a spec is more guaranteed job security.

Billy got me out of Depressing Virginia. He is the boogeyman we all love to hate, and yet I wonder, without billy, would we be all unemployed mathematicians, living in spare rooms in bridges with nothing but our algorithms and a hot plate to keep us company, delivering packages via bicycle at day, and coding CLI programs at night?

I salute you, Billy. You are the Cyberchrist.
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2004-09-30 00:59 (UTC)
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I will be at grace hopper!
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Fata Morgana
2004-09-30 07:09 (UTC)
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Yay! janviere is going as well. You have my cell number from the roster, right?
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