Around the Web

Around the world in six messages: Nature.com reported on a study by Microsoft researcher Eric Horvitz. Horovitz estimated that any given MSN chat user is connected to another MSN chat user anywhere in the world by six other users. When you get over the frightening lack of privacy, it’s kind of cool.

Witchcraft and UFOs among the Malawians: Forgive the bad joke, and read this interesting blog post by Crystal at Travelscrabble.

Crimes Against (Ancient) Humanity: National Geographic covered two stories about those ne’erd’wells who would do harm to the archaeological record. First, a group of illicit ire-ore miners have disrupted several archaeological sites in Northeast China. Then there is the more disturbing case of the smugglers caught with three Egyptian mummies and several small statues.

Taking One’s Time: Opinion piece at Inside Higher Ed predicts the decline of the book=tenure formula and instead makes A Call for Slow Writing.

Smart Goggles: Better Ethnographers? Textually.org had this spot on all-in-one technology goggles. Now you can never miss a moment while checking email, listening to music and your informant at the same time.

Welcome, Anthroblogs! Lorenz at anthropologi.info has a list of new contributors to the anthropology blogosphere.

Material World has a very lovely and informative obituary for Norwegian anthropologist Marianne Gullestad (1946-2008).

Just for Fun: Cognitive Daily conducted an informal survey of the drugs most preferred by fans of different musical genres. Just think of it as quantitative data at least consequential and most enjoyable.

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6 thoughts on “Around the Web

  1. TOP STORY IS OLD NEWS!!! Six degrees of separation goes back to Stanley Milgram and has been a stock item in books on networks for going on half a century.

  2. Right, as the article itself mentions. I think what struck me was the apparent unconcern with Microsoft tracing usage patterns. But again, nothing new there either.

  3. John McCreery is OLD NEWS! Wait, that’s not what I meant to say. What’s new about Horvitz is that he, along with like 10 other people have managed to make their careers by resurrecting a field of study that Milgram and Kochen initiated 40 years ago, and which anthropologists and sociologists have been constantly contributing to in incredibly boring ways.

    The more interesting questions is: why AREN’t the people who have been working on networks in social science for 40 years the one’s getting the attention? INJUSTICE, I SAY! Or something like that.

  4. TOP HEADLINE: JOHN MCCREARY POSTS REACTIONARY OLDSTER COMMENT ABOUT HOW VICTOR TURNER DID IT BETTER FIFTY YEARS AGO BACK WHEN ANTHROPOLOGY WAS ‘MAKING PROGRESS’ — YOU HEARD IT HERE FIRST!

    Seriously, though, iirc 6 degrees of separation is about double the number of nodes that separate most Americans. So maybe the breaking news is MSN sucks? Oh wait…. we’ve known that for years…

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