September 2004

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At Vanguard, we’re trying to figure out the best ways to visually model the incredibly complex webs of relationships between financial institutions, people, and the various ways the money is organized. I wish we could do something along these lines (see below) but I doubt anything like this is mature enough for us to use at this point… Currently all the CRM applications available model this synaptic, organic chaos of connections in a flat hierarchy, like the folding drop-down lists in Windows Explorer (not the file browser in Windows). It’s barely adequate, and possibly even detrimental, because it can trick you into thinking you’re seeing everything important when something essential might be two or three levels down and you might miss it.

Vizster: Visualizing Online Social Networks

Vizster is an interactive visualization tool for online social networks, allowing exploration of the community structure of social networking services such as [4], [12], and orkut [10]. Such services provide means by which users can publicly articulate their mutual “friendship” in the form of friendship links, forming an undirected graph in which users are the nodes and friendship links are the edges.

I miss Jimmy

Jimmy Carter: ‘The War has Been Unnecessary’

Couric: But turning Iraq into a democracy is a good thing to you?
Carter: I think that’s a very admirable thing, sure. You could list 50 countries in the world that don’t have democracies, and it would be better if they had all democracies. But to attack a country almost unilaterally and waste away the almost universal global support and friendship and alliances that we had after the tragedy of 9/11 is what has been done.


HARPER: “In your experience of the world, how do people change?”

MORMON MOTHER: “Well it has something to do with God so it’s not very nice. God splits the skin with a jagged thumbnail from throat to belly and plunges a huge filthy hand in, he grabs hold of your body tubes and they slip to evade his grasp but he squeezes hard, he insists, he pulls and pulls till all your innards are yanked out and the pain! We can’t even talk about that. And then he stuffs them back, dirty, tangled, and torn, It’s up to you to do the stitching.”

HARPER: “And then get up. And walk around.”

MORMON MOTHER: “Just mangled guts pretending.”

HARPER: “That’s how people change.”

(Angels in America: Perestroika, by Tony Kushner.)

Crossed fingers – Ivan makesÝlandfallÝin U.S. – Sep 16, 2004
After a deadly rampage across the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico, one of the fiercest Atlantic storms on record made landfall near the resort town of Gulf Shores, Alabama, at 1:50 a.m. (2:50 a.m. ET) on Thursday.

My mom and stepdad live in Gulf Shores. They’re presumably ok in a shelter 18 miles north of there. Still, cross some fingers?

Yahoo! News – Philly Considers Wireless Internet for All

Wow… maybe I moved here just in time?

Once again I find I’ve been remiss in keeping up with by cyberspace um… presence.

So nearly a year late, I’ve updated my little bio page at IAwiki: AndrewHinton

It’s odd, how bits of us end up all over the web, like flakes of skin or eyelashes. Imagine if every bit of you that you left physically in the world could be googled?

And… on a more personal note (which I almost never have in this blog…just seems too public) a year ago today my marriage broke. Or, at least, it finally snapped. Maybe this is why I’ve been avoiding all the previous residue of my net presence? Too much of a reminder of where I was? It’s not helping, really… it still feels like it happened yesterday.