Thursday, October 14, 2010

What Social Scientists Do, volume 43, number 17


The following ad is for a post-doc and so none of us is eligible (though projects that need post docs always need research assistants so a little googling could go a long way for soon-to-graduate types), but it gives you another angle on the kinds of things people are doing with sociology (and other social science) degrees in connection with new media.
And note that we are offering a sociology of mass communication this spring!

Friday, October 8, 2010

See the Movie; Assess the Commentator


Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Quantified Self: Meetup tomorrow, Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:00 PM!

 Some of you sociology/anthropology types might find this "meetup" group dedicated to "the quantified self" interesting.  What they mean by QS is any form of "self-tracking."  It is, at once, the data collection of the future and, in its way, an intriguing manifestation of the protestant ethic.


Meetup Reminder
The Bay Area Quantified Self Meetup Group
Your group has a Meetup tomorrow!
You still need to RSVP.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 6:00 PM
159 Yes
Autodesk Gallery
One Market Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94105

159 Self-Quantifiers RSVPed Yes, including…
Meetup Description
Please join us for yet another interesting, fun night of self-tracking presentations, sharing ideas, and showing tools. This time we will be at the breathtaking Autodesk Gallery in San Francisco, with innovations ranging from 3-D printed gadgets to augmented reality displays for us to responsibly play with. It's an amazing setting - thanks to Carlos Olguin at Autodesk for hosting us!
Our theme for the presentations will be location, transportation, consumption, and energy. If you are self-tracking in any way, please come and share your methods and results during the opening workshop, or volunteer to give a talk. We will also be experimenting with a sticky-note board where people with similar interests can find each other - thanks to David Fetherstonhaugh from IDEO for this suggestion!


If you have a self-tracking project, gadget, app, or idea you'd like to share or demo, but you don't want to get up and talk about it, the workshop hour is for you. You don't need to have a prepared talk, or permission to show something. Just come and bring what you have. We will have tables and power strips where you can plug in a laptop if you like, but paper is good too.
Think: "science fair." With healthy snacks and wine to get the conversation flowing.
Just to be clear, we save the talks for personal accounts of self-tracking and self-experimentation, rather than sales/investor pitches. But of course we are also interested in tools! If you are making something useful for self-trackers – software, hardware, web services, or data standards – please demo it in this workshop portion of the Show&Tell.

7:30 pm – 9 pm QS SHOW&TELL TALKS

For this meetup, we're excited to have a theme of location, transportation, consumption, and energy. We have some exciting speakers planned, to be announced soon! If you'd like to talk about your project, please let us know in advance so we can discuss your topic and how much time you'll need. Bonus points if your talk includes the use of AutoCAD or other Autodesk software!

An incredible space is generously being provided by Autodesk. Thanks too to HealthTap, our first annual sponsor, for supporting the Quantified Self movement expansion across the country and around the world.

Three cheers to them for making our gathering possible!


We use the sponsor money to pay for professional video recording and healthy refreshments, as well as to fund projects that help the larger QS community. If you or your company are interested in sponsoring Quantified Self, please let us know.
See you there!
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