We (the world) feel better

Most of the time I feel like I have a pretty good grasp of technology and the Internet and “what’s out there” but sometimes I am completely blown away by something I find. Tonight is one of those nights.

I am sitting at the computer, posting assignments for my fall classes while simultaneously browsing/watching/listening to stuff on the Internet (this is why I have so much viewing space). Keep in mind that I have been at it for several hours and it is now 1 a.m. (for those of you that think that instructors don’t do any work in the summer).

I was perusing the new Ted Talks and watched this talk by Jonathan Harris about two of his websites, We Feel Fine and Universe. To truly understand just how amazing these sites are, you really have to watch the talk, browsing will probably not do them justice.

The We Feel Fine website is constructed using up-to-the-hour blog data and computer programs that scan blogs for specific phrases about feelings. The software is absolutely stunning. For example, in the interaction below I discovered that at the current moment (in the world) there are 7,544 people feeling “special” and 128,155 people feeling “better.”



You can also find really specific blogs… like from all the people 30 years of age in 40 degree celsius weather in Montenegro in 2007 (for example).

At the site Universe you can discover “constellations” of the internet – related ideas that are all interconnected around some central theme. It is really wild and also includes words and photos. Forget googling the news… this might be the next way to find out what’s going on in the world.

I feel small in a world that is growing so technologically amazing so fast that it is AMAZING!

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  1. ohiochemengr says:

    I will tell you how I feel after I find out whether or not I have to make key lime cheesecake for Thanksgiving.

  2. Anonymous says:

    I think ohiochemengr should make Key lime cheesecake for the first department meeting this fall–screw Thanksgiving!

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