In DC, you're either at the mall or on The Mall. Crowds in Dino hall, Natural History Museum.
Friday, November 26, 2010
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
So yes, just librarians, but as Keri said, "rock star was a career option."
Title of post courtesy Bill Wyman:
Je suis un rock star Je avais un residence
Je habiter la A la South of France
Voulez vous Partir with me
And come and rester la with me in France.
Sunday, November 21, 2010
I didn't get a picture of the Hagen-Daz employees in their Santa caps (fyi, this was a premium Hagen-Daz, with a maitre'd and wine)
Saturday, November 20, 2010
Friday, November 19, 2010
US Embassy: Beijing Air Quality Is 'crazy Bad,' As Pollution Index Slides Off The Charts
BEIJING (AP) - Air pollution in Beijing was so bad Friday that the U.S. Embassy, which has been independently monitoring air quality, ran out of conventional adjectives to describe it, at one point saying it was "crazy bad."
The embassy later deleted the phrase, saying it was an "incorrect" description and adding that it was working to revise the language to use when the air quality index goes above its highest point of 500, which means the air is considered hazardous for all people by U.S. standards.
I don't really care what Mao would say, it just makes me angry that so many people died and so much treasure was spent by both sides in a struggle that should never have occurred in the first place.
There is an amazing amount of sweeping that goes on in Beijing, and yet, well, everything seems to remain rather dusty ...
As Keri said, "that just calls out to be a country song".
Sign on the way to the top of Jingshan Park.
It did clear up a small bit later in the day, but not much.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Once you get to the Wall, you're surrounded by the trinket sellers. We decided to take the cable car to the top and then walk around. There was still a Beijing haze over, but the sky did peek out a bit. We pretended it was just fog.
We took the cable car back down, but then decided to walk back up to go down the alpine slide (yes, hard to believe). We left Chris at the bottom and scaled the approximately 11,364 steps to Tower 6 and then walked along to Tower 8 only to find the slide closed. Luckily, we were able to take the ski lift back down.
Bought some tee-shirts, found our driver, and back into downtown Beijing (a mere 2.25 hours later - most of which was the last couple miles in downtown traffic).
I like the way this picture turned out with the lights and the haze
The coal, burned in the open, also explains the massive air pollution.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
The sky was a dull red/yellow, in the afternoon when the sun started to set, it was a huge, dull red ball in the sky.
As it turned to night, it was like a heavy fog, but you could almost tasted and feel the air.
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
So what if the clock is wrong and I can't instantly know the time in Bangkok, I have the power!
So, who could resist "Chicken Crackers"?
Also available was a full size selection of alcohol, including a wide selection of "Baiju", aka "Chinese Water" or "White Lightning"!
Monday, November 15, 2010
Look no further, here comes the Yam Man!
I almost walked past the Yam Man, but the smell of hot sweet potatoes (they're not really yams you know, whole other root vegetable that we rarely eat) said that I had to stop.
I pointed and gestured "1 yam", he pointed and gestured "2 yuan". Deal done. He grabbed a yam stuck it in a plastic bag, yuan changed hands and off I went with my hot, charred, and very tasty yam.
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Our greeters at the door:
Our Mongol door man:
You then went to go sit in this little room on the otherside of the alley:
Here we are sitting along the wall, it was packed when we got there. I promptly knocked over a big baking tray of rising dough, but picked it up and put it on the side (it was later used, so no harm done).
And here's the finished hot pots:
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Biodiversity Heritage Library), we always say “BHL is important because it’s a complete (planned at least) of a type of data (biodiv lit)”. Generally speaking, we don’t data to support this assumption, but a firm called Infochimps is designing metrics and data analysis that can quantify this assumption; here’s an interesting post by Eric Hellman (on his "Go to Hellman" blog which you should all ready by the way) about scaling data value, Eric has a longer/fuller discussion, but the key point in relation to BHL is the following:
Kromer has noticed that the price (or perhaps cost) of a partial data set follows a non-monotonic curve (see graphic). Small amounts of data are essentially free, but a peak value is reached when portions of the data set are extracted from the full data set.
Kromer has noticed that the price (or perhaps cost) of a partial data set follows a non-monotonic curve (see graphic). Small amounts of data are essentially free, but a peak value is reached when portions of the data set are extracted from the full data set. If we were discussing book metadata, for example, peak value might accrue for a set of the 100,000 top selling books.
There's much less value, according to Kromer, in having a large incomplete chunk of a data set. Data for 10,000,000 books, for example, would have less value than the 100,000 book data set, because it's not complete. Complete data sets become extremely expensive because of the logistics involved, and because of the value of having the complete set.In the BHL context, substitute “Google” for 10m books and “BHL” for 100k books. The BHL data set, acquired at a higher unit cost than the Google data set, is of more “value” because of the coherency of the data (operations on a small, coherent set of data will return greater value than on large incoherent data sets). So, the current ~85,000 BHL volumes online could be of more value than the entire Google Books set.