About a month ago I was tickled to discover Unbaby.me, a plugin for Facebook that attempts to detect pictures of babies and replace them with an image feed of your choosing. It’s a neat idea, but the system fails on two accounts:
1) It traces words and phrases like “OMG SO CUTE!!! 🙂 🙂 :)” to determine if a picture is likely a baby. This takes out small furry animals as collateral damage, which I’m actually okay with, and also sometimes pictures of people. Sorry Ashley Bradarich, you’re still a celebrity but I love you for it. Your devil-angel photo is certainly TOO CUTE FOR WORDS HOLY GAWDS!!1!.
2) I set mine to relay the amazing website designs image feed on DeviantArt but since people there don’t understand what categories are I get results like the following:
See, this is my kind of information science. IR can be so much more fun than convoluted math equations.
This post was a while back, but I juts now have gotten to it. A fellow PhD student, in an attempt to help us brainstorm more creative ways to recruit new information science students, sent us the following advertisement for reference:
As he explained, it’s a puzzle meant to draw you in:
In this poster, everything is hidden in the binary code (please ignore the girl at the background).
The decipher process can be found at http://xrl.us/bnx5jc (in Chinese). Here are the steps to get the material in natural language (I skip some trial and reasoning steps):
- OCR the binary code from the image.
- Save it as a binary file and name it bin.gz (you can get the name of the file by interpreting the binary code).
- Unzip the file and get a file called bin. This is a java class (again, tell from the binary code).
- Save the file as a java class and run it. You can get the correct name of the class (i.class) from the java error message.
- Run the class again and finally you will get an url: www.i.u-tokyo.ac.jp/fun/hikari-loveletter
What puzzles me about it is not actually the number cipher, which I imagine is pretty neato, but the the relevance of the woman in the background. Is she supposed to be just a pretty background, like a flower pattern? Are they assuming only heterosexual men apply and that this woman will get their attention? Is this like insurance companies that put naked ladies on billboards, but a subdued version? I’m not yet ready to label it sexist, simply because I don’t understand Japanese culture enough to comprehend the context. Right now I can’t help but see it as comically non-sequitur!
Many people have noticed I sometimes give people (or characters) strange (occasionally funny) nicknames. Well here’s to some justification, straight from Wolfram Alpha’s analysis of several thousand Facebook friends – common names:
So, chances are if you have one of these names I’m probably going to have to make something more unique up for you. Sorry!