david touve

My entire dissertation defense presentation in less than three minutes

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Here is a video version of the presentation for my dissertation defense (except the nerdy slides with regression tables and such have been removed).  The dissertation was titled, Ghosts in the Shell: An Investigation of the Link Between Automation and the Nature of Work. Anyone who has completed and defended their dissertation knows that the best dissertation is the done dissertation.  My dissertation is now done as in defended, approved by the committee with all committee member signatures, submitted to the graduate school, approved by the graduate school, and the…read more

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Googly ga ga over airplane decor

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Looks like the inner-wranglings of the brilliant Google boys is beginning to hit the press in slow increments. Courtesy a lawsuit over the “refurbishment” of the 767 Google has chosen for its corporate airplane, court documents reveal such important decisions as who gets what kind of bed and where the hammocks with hang (WSJ- registration required). These are of couse very important decisions to be made when corporate executive travel is concerned. It gets a bit embarassing when people confuse founding a company for entitlement. They seem to forget that…read more

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When headlines are horseshit

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TechCrunch posted a surprisingly controversial story on Flickr’s choices regarding an API so open that competitors might make use of an import/export feature to lure customers. The story itself is a bit mundane – the question of open data existed before Web 2.0. In fact, Its probably time someone squash the idea that Web2.0 inspired the open data revolution. Openness has been a rather important theme in machine space for a rather long time. What is interesting is the flow of comments on the piece, including a little tete a…read more

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Its life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… in that order

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Google finally launched a search terms interface whereby you can home in on the popularity of the various subjects for which we search, with access to this search data over time. I figured it would be interesting to look into those ideals, imaginations and even simple interests to see which we hold the most dear. Life, Liberty or the pursuit of Happiness: Life = blue. Liberty = red. Happiness = yellow Looks like life comes out on top, by a seemingly wide margin. Of course, Google does not put a…read more

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Welcome to my www page

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Since a signal of authenticity within the blogorama is to suggest you have been blogging since the dawn of weblogs, I figured I would signal my legitimacy within this domain by highlighting my first public web sighting, back in 1993, on a Commodore Amiga. So there. As if…

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