Summer Post #16: Twitter, Emotion, and the Olympics has been tracking the EMOTIONS of OLYMPICS viewers through tweets.

 “We track twitter for themes related to the Games, analyse the messages for content and emotional expressions, and visualise topics and tone of the conversation.”

“Our real-time data visualization shows both the big picture, the world from above, and the intimate and personal. In topics view, we see the big picture, which event, athlete or topic is generating the most attention in the moment, and the mix of positive and negative emotions for each. The anecdotal and ephemeral is seen in the message stream view. An overview on each day shows an even bigger picture, the trends and patterns. This is a whole new way to experience and make sense of the pulse of the Games”

Here’s a screen shot from today:


See the EMOTO BLOG for more, such as…



The project requires the use of LEXALYTICS, or a “Sentiment Analysis” through language in Twitter chatter.

To read more about how that works, CLICK HERE.

“After the Olympic Games, the millions of online interactions will be transformed into physical form in a physical artwork. This data art sculpture will serve as an aggregate archive of the collective response to the Olympics.”


Summer Post #14: IDEA CHANNEL

I am sort of in love with these videos, just posted in June. Thoughts?





Wonders of Wolfram- building a “Knowledge Engine”

What IS Wolfram Alpha? And what does it have to do with Apple’s new “Siri“?

The “goal” on the website is to democratize knowledge, or “make all the world’s knowledge systematically computable and accessible”.

Let’s check out Stephan Wolfram’s TED talk about Wolfram Alpha.



Introducing CDF- Interactive Online Documents (“today’s online documents are like yesterday’s paper – flat, lifeless, inactive”) Here’s a VIDEO about authoring CDF apps.

Can a program be creative? musical? Let’s find out:


First watch the INTRO

Access Wolfram Alpha HERE

Examples by Topic

10 Cool things to do with Wolfram/Siri

Check out the interesting lesson plans on the educators portal – what do you think?

1. Try to explore your EE topic using Wolfram Alpha- provide an example, post to blog

2. Do a frivolous comparison or other kind of search – post to blog.

3. Ask at least 2 “knowledge issue” questions related to this tool and the goals of the company (post to blog)

4. Be sure to follow Stephan and Conrad on Twitter- if you feel daring, ask them a relevant question (I heard from a friend of theirs Conrad will more likely answer). Let us know!


On Twitter:





Check out their blog: “Community Newsletter” for what is new

Here’s Conrad’s TEDx talk in Brussels “I Calculate, Therefore I Am” (he actually poses a lot of “Knoweldge Issue” questions in this, including “Is it Cheating to use W. A. in Math homework?”)