Beyond Seven Review No. 74

Posted on Wed 14 July 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Counterantidisintermediation 🌔

  • May First Movement Technology
    Looks a bit like riseup. Has been around since 2005. "We are a democratically-run, not-for-profit cooperative of movement organizations and activists in the United States and Mexico. We've been around since 2005 and our 850 members (mostly organizations and mainly in the U.S. and Mexico) host over 10,000 email address and over 2,000 web sites on our collectively owned and secured hardware that run exclusively on encrypted disks."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 73

Posted on Wed 30 June 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • KENNYDALE BOOKS
    Self-published books by John Swartzwelder, an Emmy-winning writer for the Simpsons. I don't know anything about him nor have I read the books. I find it interesting that he has been self-publishing for so long.

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Beyond Seven Review No. 72

Posted on Wed 16 June 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

  • Don't treat ordinal data as metric -- update of movie ratings
    "In a previous post I applied a Bayesian ordered-probit model to movie ratings and showed how the results differ from treating the data as if they were metric. The metric model used frequentist t tests (because that's what most applied researchers would do). In this post, I re-analyze that data as if they metric but using a Bayesian model that has the same hierarchical structure as the Bayesian hierarchical ordered-probit model I used before. Here we can compare ordered-probit to metric treatments with all else held constant. Spoiler: Same conclusions, of course. The ordered-probit model fits the data much better than the metric model. Don't treat ordinal data as metric."

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  • List of Physical Visualizations and Related Artifacts
    "This is a chronological list of physical visualizations and related artifacts, maintained by Pierre Dragicevic and Yvonne Jansen. Thanks to our contributors. If you know of another interesting physical visualization, please submit it! This list currently has 361 entries."
  • The BagIt File Packaging Format (V1.0)
    BagIt is a set of hierarchical file layout conventions designed to support storage and transfer of arbitrary digital content. A "bag" consists of a directory containing the payload files and other accompanying metadata files known as "tag" files. The "tags" are metadata files intended to facilitate and document the storage and transfer of the bag. Processing a bag does not require any understanding of the payload file contents, and the payload files can be accessed without processing the BagIt metadata.
  • When Science Fiction Meets Social Science
    Ada Palmer profile.

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Beyond Seven Review No. 71

Posted on Wed 02 June 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

  • Endnotes
    Xavier Marquez's year-end list of recommended reading.

(Quantitative) literary history and sociology of literature 🦉

  • Project Runeberg
    Wikipedia: Project Runeberg (Swedish: Projekt Runeberg) is a digital cultural archive initiative that publishes free electronic versions of books significant to the culture and history of the Nordic countries. Patterned after Project Gutenberg, it was founded by Lars Aronsson and colleagues at Linköping University and began archiving Nordic-language literature in December 1992. As of 2015 it had accomplished digitization to provide graphical facsimiles of old works such as the Nordisk familjebok, and had accomplished, in whole or in part, the text extractions and copyediting of these as well as esteemed Latin works and English translations from Nordic authors, and sheet music and other texts of cultural interest.

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • Stumbling and Mumbling: My favourite economics papers
    The first one on the list is quite good. "“The elasticity of demand with respect to product failures” by Werner Troesken (pdf). This describes how Americans continued to buy snake oil for decades despite it being of dubious efficacy. It is of clear political relevance today: populists are using many of the tactics snake oil sellers used. But it has even wider relevance. It reminds us that whilst markets are selection devices they do not necessarily select for the best products, and can select for the worst."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 70

Posted on Wed 19 May 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

(Quantitative) literary history and sociology of literature 🦉

  • The Labor Market Value of Taste: An Experimental Study of Class Bias in U.S. Employment
    "This article investigates cultural forms of class bias in the middle-income U.S. labor market. Results from an audit study of employment discrimination in four U.S. cities reveal that cultural signals of class, when included in résumés, have a systematic effect on the callback rates of women applying to customer-facing jobs. For these women, displays of highbrow taste—the cultural signals of a higher-class background—generate significantly higher rates of employer callback than displays of lowbrow taste—the cultural signals of a lower-class background. Meanwhile, cultural signals of class have no systematic effect on the callback rates of male and/or non–customer-facing job applicants. Results from a survey-experimental study of 1,428 U.S. hiring managers suggest that these differing patterns of employer callback may be explained by the positive effect of higher-class cultural signals on perceptions of polish and competence and their negative effect on perceptions of warmth."

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Beyond Seven Review No. 69

Posted on Wed 05 May 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Book and publishing history 🚟

  • We Need Bodice-Ripper Sex Ed
    Jennifer Weiner on the benefits of reading Harlequin novels: "But those [Harlequin romance novels], for all their soft-core covers and happily-ever-afters, were quietly and not-so-quietly subversive. They taught readers that sexual pleasure was something women could not just hope for but insist upon. They shaped my interactions with boys and men. They helped make me a feminist." Side note: Asking the New York Times website for this page (just the html page) yields a giant heap of garbage (317K, mostly javascript). The article itself is about 7.4K of text.

Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • Advanced Degrees in Digital Humanities
    Not a bad list. Does mislead by conflating 4-year European Masters programs with 1-year US American Masters programs. German PhD programs are missing.
  • 30 Days of Stuff
    Post on the Internet Archive's blog by Jason Scott. Examples of wonderful public domain books and magazines available at IA.
  • The latch key of my bookhouse
    1922 book notable for being a "test vector" for the Internet Archive's book digitization process.

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Beyond Seven Review No. 68

Posted on Wed 21 April 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Book and publishing history 🚟

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Information and Geisteswissenschaften 🏺

  • Robotic copying
    "Since so much of learning to read and write Chinese characters depends upon mindless repetition, writing them countless times, some bright people in the age of AI have finally seized upon a way to escape from the drudgery: training a robot to write the characters endlessly for them."

Scholarly communication 🦓


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Beyond Seven Review No. 67

Posted on Wed 07 April 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

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Beyond Seven Review No. 66

Posted on Wed 24 March 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

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Beyond Seven Review No. 65

Posted on Wed 10 March 2021 in Beyond Seven Review

(Quantitative) cultural studies 🚣

  • Six Septembers: Mathematics for the Humanist
    An open-access e-book. It's quite good! " Description Scholars of all stripes are turning their attention to materials that represent enormous opportunities for the future of humanistic inquiry. The purpose of this book is to impart the concepts that underlie the mathematics they are likely to encounter and to unfold the notation in a way that removes that particular barrier completely. This book is a primer for developing the skills to enable humanist scholars to address complicated technical material with confidence. This book, to put it plainly, is concerned with the things that the author of a technical article knows, but isn’t saying. Like any field, mathematics operates under a regime of shared assumptions, and it is our purpose to elucidate some of those assumptions for the newcomer. The individual subjects we tackle are (in order): logic and proof, discrete mathematics, abstract algebra, probability and statistics, calculus, and differential equations. This is not at all the order in which these subjects are usually taught in school curricula, and indeed, it is possible to take a course of study that does not include all of them. Our ordering is borne of our own sense of how best to convey the concepts of mathematics to humanists, and is, like mathematics itself, strongly cumulative."

Book and publishing history 🚟

Data analysis and Bayesian statistics ⚽

  • Blobs in Games: Orbits of planets
    "When I'm not feeling particularly inspired to work on a bigger project, I explore topics that might be useful later. I have been reading about planetary exploration, orbital mechanics, lunar chemistry, and other space topics. Along the way I found John Carlos Baez's blog post about the Pentagram of Venus. What a cool image! I wanted to try it myself. So I did."

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