Issue Crawler

July 12, 2007

Would you like to analyze WWW for a particular word (company name, issue, interesting topci) and have a visual map representing most popular sites describing this word?

 If yes, then try out Issue Crawler (http://www.issuecrawler.net) – it allows you such things.

Check out the map generated for “System Dynamics”

System Dynamics Map

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Social Network

The thing I am working on right now is social network analysis and visualization. The goal is to make a survey inside my project team and visualize the social network of interaction between my team members and customer representatives. I look forward to having those results, because I want to understand how communication is performed, evaluate risk of losing someone from this network (retired, vacation & etc.) and take some actions based on that.

Please refer to “The hidden power of social networks” book by Rob Cross and Andrew Parker.

P.S. The visualization above was taken from http://www.jeffkennedyassociates.com – you will be able to see mine when we perform the survey – hopefuly in next couple of months

Marx 

Was recently talking to my friend Dima and the following idea (that could be used as a slogan/introduction for future traders) came to my mind:

Commodities (C) –> Money (M) –> Commodities (C) (Karl Marx)

Why waste time and money for such “long” transformation???

Let’s make Money on Money 🙂 Join ForEx (or anything like that)

🙂 such weird things come into my mind 🙂

I was recently reading about virtual reality and the following idea came to my mind: “Mouse and keyboard greatly restrict our performance – we can use only a number of buttons to perform various actions on our computer. I know Apple invented mouse to allow browsing 360 degrees, not only straight to the left, right, up and down. But, what about using virtual reality to manage things on our computers?

Just imagine: we are standing in glasses and using our hands to grab documents and open with Word, send them to Trash & etc. And each our action is followed by a 3d sound! Just imagine how greatly we could improve our performance being able to do such kind of things! And, there is an etic issue being solved here – physicians will stop claiming that computer users are not physically active – we will be doing a dozen of actions using our hands (and maybe even legs) thus keeping our body in good condition.

What do you, guys, think of this? I would be really interested in talking to someone who is investigating virtual reality stuff and who could tell me where the science is in applying virtual reality to our everyday world.