Dublincore, Personality, Myself
Internet, Habits, Data
photoshop, life goal,
cable 8, film, camera, cinema
reddit, data, soccer, noise, energy, hurricane,
father, passion career, games
WMD, NBA, LeBron James, dikw, jobs
Categories that I think describe me:
Creator: My Parents
Subject: Categories of myself
One flaw I think I have when it comes to internet browsing habits is the fact that I often do not do much to conceal my buying habits. Being a typical somewhat lazy college student, I tend to buy things I need and ship them to my dorm rather than go out and buy them. The problem with this is I don’t think I do enough to conceal my activities. Every time I try to be discreet about buying something, I still manage to get advertisements for similar items. A month ago I bought some cables for my game consoles. I still get ads for similar products from time to time. It’s terrifying to think that they hold on to that simple data for so long.
I have to admit, I was excited when I was assigned to write about two data visualizations. This is because Reddit was one of the allowed sites to visit. I love using Reddit, so I’m grateful that I get to use a site I’m so familiar with. The subreddit I could use is called r/dataisbeautiful. In this subreddit are a bunch of user-submitted visualizations of very kinds of data. They’re all very interesting to look at, but I narrowed it down to two posts I could write about. The first data visualization I really found interesting was a graphic representation of the total amount of noise energy given off by fans during a soccer match between two German teams, Bayern Munich, and TSG Hoffenheim. The site lets you see a visualization of how loud the crowd gets in real time. The site even features crowd energy during specific moments in the game, like when a Bayern player scores, or when the players are introduced. It really makes me think about just how powerful a group of voices can be. The second most interesting post I found was a collection of Tropical Cyclone data collected by the National Hurricane Center. The site shows almost everything you can think of when it comes to hurricane data, from past hurricane tracks to probable origin points for new hurricanes. I think this kind of stuff has always been fascinating to look at, and I’m pretty thankful that we now have the technology to obtain so much information about these destructive storms.
If you had known me for a while, chances are I would have told you at some point that one of my favorite things to do is edit videos. My dream is to become a professional video editor. My father was a professional video editor who enjoyed lots of success working for various companies and small film studios. He earned his degree at Washington State University, and that is one of the main reasons why I decided to enroll at the same college. I am more or less going to be taking the same kinds of courses that he took a long time ago. Of course, there will be a lot of differences between us, considering that filmmaking technology has advanced a lot since the early 1990s. However, the art of film editing has stayed somewhat similar since that time, and it will be exciting to learn even more about it.
I personally like to edit only specific kinds of footage (although I will, of course, edit any kind of footage should a potential employer require it). My favorite things to edit mainly relate to my interests outside of film. I love playing video games with friends, so I, in turn, love editing videos of gaming. I also occasionally will record my own gameplay, edit them down into interesting moments, and post them onto YouTube. I do this a lot because I am inspired by others who upload to Youtube for a living. I also enjoy watching sports, so I, therefore, love to edit sports footage. I think a dream job of mine would be to help a team edit their sports highlights.
I think I can use my hobbies and current knowledge of film editing to help with my four projects later on. In fact, I can’t wait to create content about it!
While reading “Weapons of Math Destruction” by Cathy O’Neil, I read about an interesting case where a man by the name of Kyle Behm was having trouble finding work. He was an accomplished student, yet he found he was being “red-lighted” by almost every medium wage job he applied to. This is because most of these companies apply the same kind of personality tests to “weed out” those they feel are unworthy to be hired by them. Later in the chapter, Cathy compares and contrasts this situation to NBA scouting. She wrote about how NBA scouts can use their data to scout a player, and if they get something wrong, they can go back, analyze what they did wrong, and try to fix it. It’s important for these teams to constantly change they’re scouting systems so they don’t miss out on the next multi million dollar player for their franchise. Basically, both NBA teams and the mentioned employers have filters they can use to decide whether they want somebody to work with them. The difference between the two is that the medium wage employers don’t have the incentive to change their selection formula if they get something wrong. They aren’t trying to hire million dollar valued people like LeBron James.
I’m a big fan of sports, so obviously this was intriguing to me. To better understand how these NBA teams select players, I believe I can apply the DIKW framework to this process. The data would be the individual players basic stats. How many points he scores, and so on. Information would be a perceived markup of how that player would perform for the team on the court. Knowledge would be how to determine wether or not this player would be a good fit for the team (with past experience included). Finally, wisdom would be the the actual decision on whether or not to pursue this player for the team.
In 1985, Stephen J. Kline wrote a brief article about technology. In it, he defined technology in his own words, and he described how humans interact with it. While reading this article, I found one of his talking points interesting. In the last pages in the article, he talked about sociotechnical systems of use. He defines this as “a system using combinations of hardware, people (and usually other elements) to accomplish tasks that humans cannot perform unaided by such systems – – to extend human capacities”. I think what he means by this is that sociotechnical systems of use are what we as humans use to help us accomplish tasks. In essence, isn’t that what most of us generally consider to be the main purpose of technology? We as a species are always dedicating to improving ourselves. We create things that makes tasks “easier” for us. There are even specific (mostly high paying) jobs dedicated solely to finding ways to better the human race. I think the constant maintaining of this mutual “betterment” of us as a species is essential for us to exist. It appears that Mr. Kline had similar thoughts to me, as he wrote this excerpt later in the article. “Without sociotechnical systems, we humans might not exist as a species, and if we did, we would be relatively powerless, few in number, and of little import on the planet.” I think this sentence shows just how important the ability to engage with technology is to our success as a species.