Maintained Relationships on Facebook

We were asked a simple question: is Facebook increasing the size of people’s personal networks? This is a particularly difficult question to answer, so as a first attempt we looked into the types of relationships people do maintain, and the relative size of these groups. While the average Facebook user communicates with a small subset of their entire friend network, they maintain relationships with a group two times the size of this core. This not only affects each user, but also has systemic effects that may explain why things spread so quickly on Facebook.

Reality Check, Please

Food Network apparently has a magazine and the first issue actually has a few interesting articles on food and economics. One, titled Reality Check, Please discusses design tricks on menus that restaurants use to manipulate diners’ psychology. For instance: Menus typically show prices right after dish descriptions rather than in a column. Why? So youContinue reading “Reality Check, Please”

Cardinal Stew

While looking for recipes for Steelers-inspired food, I came across this gem on the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Cardinal Stew 1 – washed up cardinal quarter back 5 – mediocre offensive lineman 3 – legitimate pass receivers 2 – Steeler Coach wannabe’s Toss ingredients vigorously in large (Super) bowl, Bake under extreme heat for 60 minutes. CoolContinue reading “Cardinal Stew”

Preventing onion tears

Some good data on preventing onion tears. Instead of buying onion goggles, you should learn to cut onions correctly. I particularly like this part: The placement of various foreign objects between one’s teeth (wine corks seem to be a particular favorite) is of questionable value, except when used as an excuse – if indeed oneContinue reading “Preventing onion tears”

The lost tapes of Delia Derbyshire

The author of the original Dr. Who theme song, Delia Derbyshire, recently passed away leaving behind hundreds of previously unknown recordings from the 60’s onward. On one track, she notes, “uhh, forget about this, it’s for interest only” and proceeds to drop a track that could very well be in the Warp catalog.