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Fujiko has been a staff member for five years (Post) Happy anniversary!
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a conversation with a skype bot (Post)
[7:13:15 PM] [icytoucan]: hi. who is this?
[7:30:27 PM] [bot]: hi
[7:34:22 PM] [icytoucan]: sup?
[7:35:06 PM] [bot]: hello to you too
[7:36:15 PM] [icytoucan]: are you someone i know? i've used the usernames [redacted], [redacted], and [redacted] in the past. if not, how did you find my skype username?
[7:36:40 PM] [bot]: hey! found ya on skype messenger directory i'm recently single and dating sites suck so i figured i'd give this a try ;) so can i ask you something??
[7:37:37 PM] [icytoucan]: sure but IMO you're not passing the turing test so far.
[7:38:32 PM] [bot]: what do you look at more on a girl, her :censored: or her :censored:? honestly???
[7:39:43 PM] [bot]: i just ask cause every guy has a preference, so i was curious what yours is :​) so are you the shy or freaky type?
[7:40:28 PM] [icytoucan]: at this point even if you're [not] a bot i don't think you're someone i want to associate with. if [you really aren't] a bot, [i wish you] luck [in] finding someone.
[7:40:29 PM] [icytoucan]: bye.
[7:40:48 PM] *** [icytoucan] blocked [bot] ***
Feds Pour $1 Million into Tracking Suspicious Internet Memes (Post) http://www.nsf.gov/awardsearch/showAward?AWD_ID=1101743&HistoricalAwards=false

Awarded Amount to Date: $919,917.00

The project is aimed at modeling the diffusion of information online and empirically discriminating among models of mechanisms driving the spread of memes. We explore why some ideas cause viral explosions while others are quickly forgotten. Our analysis goes beyond the traditional approach of applied epidemic diffusion processes and focuses on cascade size distributions and popularity time series in order to model the agents and processes driving the online diffusion of information, including: users and their topical interests, competition for user attention, and the chronological age of information. Completion of our project will result in a better understanding of information flow and could assist in elucidating the complex mechanisms that underlie a variety of human dynamics and organizations. The analysis will involve studying meme diffusion in large-scale social media by collecting and analyzing massive streams of public micro-blogging data.

The project stands to benefit both the research community and the public significantly. Our data will be made available via APIs and include information on meme propagation networks, statistical data, and relevant user and content features. The open-source platform we develop will be made publicly available and will be extensible to ever more research areas as a greater preponderance of human activities are replicated online. Additionally, we will create a web service open to the public for monitoring trends, bursts, and suspicious memes. This service could mitigate the diffusion of false and misleading ideas, detect hate speech and subversive propaganda, and assist in the preservation of open debate.
being taught football by one of my housemates (Post) yesterday i watched the patriots vs the broncos and the panthers vs the cardinals

the cardinals got rekt, is this typical? these were the first two footballs games i've ever watched in my life and i've been trying to get into sports so when people at college question me i don't go "uhhhhhhhhhh"
Tiny kitten rescued from conveyer belt at recycling plant (Post) Source

Associated Press
[Tony Miranda] saved a tiny kitten from certain death when he spotted the animal heading down a conveyor belt. [Another worker at the recycling plant] decided to adopt the kitten and named it Murphy.

welcome to the berenstain universe (Post) "life is like a box of chocolates" is now "life was like a box of chocolates"
"we're gonna need a bigger boat" is now "you're gonna need a bigger boat"
chic-fil-a is now chick-fil-a
daylight savings time is now daylight saving time
home depot is now the home depot
interview with a vampire is now interview with the vampire
jc penny is now jc penney
n*sync is now *nsync
sketchers shoes are now skechers shoes
smokey the bear is now smokey bear
the line "hello clarice" was never spoken in silence of the lambs
"the goggles! they do nothing!" is now "my eyes! the goggles do nothing!"

if you remember the ones on the left, you're from my universe. if you remember the ones on the right, you're from this universe and you probably think the theory is bogus.
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mason, do you drink?

Occasionally (maybe once every 6 months.)
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