Monthly Archives: February 2010

与**聊天: 长相 (de)tag 性格 及 胡言乱语的其他

me: 刚上完一节课, 课上要求group work

**: 然后捏~~~~

me: 一个grad student带四个undergrad  大家先就brainstorm什么要做呗  结果我和其他三个人都达成共识了  最后一个人超critical  就是怎么都不肯onboard…

**: 啥叫onboard ~~~

me: 就是一直问 做这个研究这有什么意义呢

**: ….. 那他干吗上这课啊。。。  btw,长的帅吗。。。

me: 是这样的 我们试图做的这个实验是 观察人们是怎样在facebook上用不同的语言post status messages的  比如我们 或者 international students 会用英文 但有时候也会用母语,我们在想人们是怎么通过不同语言的self presentation来融入这个新的集体的  new community 用英文写自己的状态  那就意味着所有facebook好友都可见  用中文 我们的美国朋友就需要花一些effort 翻译或者问我们 才可以知道  这样就自然而然的把“状态”变成了一种选择性的display, 哪一面的我们是愿意展示给所有人的  哪一面的我们是愿意展示给我们的home country community的  有问题的这个是个ABC  其它几个美国白人都觉得这个很有意思,他们自己也有一些international friends会这样 post in French/spanish/korean

**: 嗯~~~ 我也觉得挺有意思的啊~~ 其实有时候我选择语言的时候的确是有不同的心理的~~~

me: 这个ABC 就一直说… 我们不能因为你用双语post status updates就研究这个吧,我就没有facebook friends是这么做的,我的FB好友都是用英文post的。

**: 靠。。。

me: 然后大家就… 满脸黑线… 我觉得 肯定有些问题在里面吧 就是关于translation啊 什么的 … 但是first, it’s an interesting topic, second, 组里有international students可以看作是constrain也可以看作是strength吧…

**: 如果你们对于这种行为的解释能把他说服了,就应该大多数人都说的服了吧~~~

me: 恩 现在大概就是 其他人都ok…  就是该同学一直处于很激进的状态  而且重点是。。。该同学大概是我见过的长得最cuo的ABC女生吧(ABC不是suppose都是很”浓妆艳抹”的?) …

**: 我考。。。那就不要和他一组了。。。。 我在吃苹果。。。  多新鲜的事儿啊~~~

me: 呵呵  我刚吃了一个  分组的那一周我在savannah

**: 所以没有选择权啊~~~

me: 我觉得一组五个人 只有一个这么奇奇怪怪的人 已经不错了  其他几个都蛮好的  但是 唉 对啊 我就是一直在想 怎么说服她  每次看到那个长相。。。  我就。。。

**: 我靠。。。究竟有多(cuo)。。。实在不行的话,就不要想办法取悦她了。。。。

me: 我觉得她其实是个很有才的人  有一个很awesome的flicker account  摄影超厉害  但唯一的照片 就是一双眼睛了

**: 我靠。。。就上面那张啊。。。(**同学看了我分享的链接,关于该女生的长相)

me: but u sort of get the sense of how she look like…  from that photo  但是没有她自己的照片 甚至是FB上…

**: 怎么可以这样。。。

me: 如果你(觉得)自己长得不错 这和你publicly display你自己image的数量是成正比的  当然性格肯定也是因素吧

**: haha~~~ 怪不得你喜欢post 照片~~~~

me: 汗。。。  我就算post少的了吧  我觉得我来美国第一年post了很多 之后就数月一张了…  不过 每个人都有这个public display的心态在里面啊  如果一个人内在比较美的话 或者外形不很出众 你是很难找到此人照片的。。。

**: i got it~~~~

me: 早上我还在跟你说xx同学de-tag了我圈她的照片  上午你要tag我的时候  我看到我肉嘟嘟的小脸 和无语的嘴型 自己也不想accept tag了

**: 我知道,我知道。这也是为什么我看到自己的照片,就要崩溃掉。。。其实别人看来。。。。 你平时不就长这样子嘛。。。。泪奔中~~~~~~

me: 同泪奔~~~~~~  很多不同的因素咯  比如 外形不是自己的strong point那自然就不emphasize了  比如 别人看到没什么 但自己就会以为别人看到一定会误解或者评论自己的长相…

**: nod, nod….. 哎。。。我们都还是在意别人的观点啊。。。

me: 比如 觉得自己其实长得不是那样 照片把自己丑化了  比如 intentionally利用照片来美化自己  是啊 呵呵 who does not 🙂  区别在于 有的人至少有一定资本来做这样的事情  类似于那位ABC的同学 就只能发掘内在美了

**: 。。。。 啊。。。。。没有资本的么办啊。。。。。。

me: 当然 长相肯定也影响性格的了

**: 不过也不是绝对因素,对吧~~~

me: 对啊 我觉得长得好看的人生活成本比较低 受挫较少 有人会变得extremely nice 因为别人对他们这样的人都好nice 他们肯定觉得世界多美好 但也有相反  有的人就很自傲 因为不管他们怎么来 都有人捧着他  长得寒碜点的 也会有分化

me: 或者 因为长相一般 必须要通过性格随和来取胜  也有因为长相一般 觉得世界都与他为敌 所以性格就变得很difficult

**: 我就属于这一类~~~~

me: 不过 觉得后种人 通常是 心地善良的  突破表面坚冰 其实是个非常纯和善良的人

**: 我还是挺心底善良的~~~

me: 好啦 你压根就不属于那类人了 😛  我俩都是中间的芸芸众生而已

**: 我觉得我就不是一个很容易接近的人~~~ 比如说,看起来我好像和每个人都可以讲话,但是让我从心理接受一个人做朋友,是挺难挺难滴~~~~~

me: 后一点我同意 但我觉得初见你还是一个很friendly的人啦 hehe

**: 驴也是这样觉得的。。。  啊,对啊,对啊。。。。嘿嘿~~~~

Leveraging our ability by crossing modalities

The general trend in technological field is to leverage our ability to accomplish things that we couldn’t do without technology (to create new need). For instance, with cars we can get to our destinations without running and walking. However, the trade off is that we have to go through the process of learning how to operate the tool and adapt ourselves to various protocols of those machines even though some of them may be are contrary to how we naturally behave everyday (e.g.: we have to learn to use our right feet to control the gas and brake to adjust the speed of the car).

In recent years, instead of keep advancing technology performance (making them versatile and sophisticated), the focus has been to some extent shifted to human/user and our natural behavior. Readings and materials we had this week are about how technology can leverage or satisfy our needs in this physical world by integrating our natural preferences and behaviors to the information gathering and processing in the virtual world (in general, technology aided world). Mouse-light leverages our natural bimanual ability which hasn’t been used a lot when using single hand with traditional mouse. Shark leverages our ability to perceive and draw lines, create shapes as opposed to discrete points.

Following this design trend, the angle that I choose to do my two designs for the week is to solve a problem that I frequently had with my computer: the information overload on my desktop.

(from the lit review of my thesis, lol) “Those IM messages, emails and feeds not only demand a fair amount of attention which might exceed an ordinary person’s visual capacity limits, but also receiving various kinds of information from different sources and in different formats (e.g.: web browser, document viewer, instant messenger, etc.) at the same time will lead to an information overload in terms of human visual system’s conjunction limits as well (Grudin, 2001; Miller & Stasko, 2002).”

Relating to this idea of “naturally mapping design”, I started to think the conseqence and the solutions we might have when having information overload problem in real life.

1. Overload -> Clean Up.

If I have too many things on my desk or table, the space for me to work become smaller and smaller (until I cannot stand and have to clean up). Usually the things stack on the table can be sorted or will not be used in a short time. The same thing with our computer. I have this bad habit of starting too many programs, opening too many tabs in browsers and subscribing too many RSS feeds. Thanks to better and better performance of today’s laptops, I usually won’t get too slowed down by all the things that I opened. Moreover, today’s browser gives you multi-tab function and also you can hide your toolbar, but still, it’s indeed impose the overload problem on me in terms of managing different information source and remembering what’s the next things that I should do. If the real world motivation for me to clean my desk is the more and more limited space that I can work, why not transforming the “crowdness” in real life to our physical experience in using the laptop.

Imagine if the size of your keyboard can change according to the overload level of your computer. When the keyboard become smaller and smaller, and all buttons on the keyboard are squeezing towards each other, would that make you feel more obligated to “clean up” the applications on your desktop? Or when some buttons on your keyboard change their colors into gray and lost the text on it, or become more and more difficult to press. The indirect metaphor here is that they are covered by other things or fading away. Would that remind you of sorting your virtual stuff on your computer?

2. Overload -> Find Extra Spaces (to create more mess…)

Another way to solve the overload problem on table is to find some other places to put your things, besides study desk, we still have chairs, sofas or even bed (a lot of different places that we could create mess). I saw this ads for windows mobile 7 the other day. Although their idea of expanding the limited desktop into an “infinite” virtual space is not that different from how applications on iphone are arranged in different pages, so that you could access many of them by change between pages. I think their contribution is to give users connections between the visible space and the invisible space. When expanding my workspace, the tradeoff is usually that: the more space that I have, the more difficult I will be able to find some specific things. The “peripheral awareness” of my physical/virtual artefacts is what’s important in expanding our workspace (see, getting back to my thesis again smile )

Several ways that we could leverage our ability in this circumstances of information expanding (as opposed to overloading). One way is to make the display of information more ambient. The peripheral or background display of various applications can be seamlessly connected to focal or foreground display (computer screen). Things displayed in your peripheral won’t be so obtrusive that disturbs your work, but informative enough that you will be able to find things when you need them. Another way is to make the search of information more quickly and convenient. The way we search for information and locate our attention in real life is mostly through eye gaze. If by looking at some point on the left edge of my laptop screen, the information hiding on the left can become salient and gradually moving towards central display area. Moreover, as the bimanual ability hasn’t been fully leveraged in today’s technology yet, a physical scroll button (like a game console stick) that we can use to control the vertical and horizontal expansion of our screen.

Google Buzz [将]彻底改变(了)社会化媒体[吗?]

像我这种heavy gmail和gtalk的用户,对buzz当然是“趋之若鹜”,不过到现在为止,我身边活跃的buzz使用者也大多还是我在gtalk上频繁联系的好友们。Buzz让我对于我自己的好友的twitter message和google reader分享的实时阅读带来一些便利,不用log in不同的social media平台交叉阅读。阅读的便利,自然而然的带来了评论的便利,甚至不用twitter的好友也可以积极的对我的朋友的tweets进行comment,转移并且聚集了一定的人气。不过仅凭这点就判定buzz将成为改变社会化媒体版图的关键 似乎还为时过早。

作为过度使用这些社会化媒体的我们,本来对这些工具的热度和对人们生活影响的程度就有自己不可避免的bias(每天洗澡的人是想象不到这个世界上到底有多少人早上起来连脸都不洗的…LOL)。需要考虑的问题是,离开我们身边的社会化媒体圈,普通用户的生活中到底有多少social media的影响力,他们真正的需求又是哪些。

下文转载 Mashable 网站下 Social Analyst 栏目。原文对 Google Buzz 如何改变了社会化媒体进行了分析。解答了一系列问题:为什么它增长如此快速?隐私问题对 Google 有什么影响?还有最重要的问题:对其 Twitter、Facebook 和其他社会化媒体,Google Buzz 意味着什么?

Google Buzz 用户暴增

将 Buzz 置入到拥有数百万用户的 Gmail 中,很明显为 Google 的这个社会化应用带来了大量的用户。目前 Google 只公布了2个数据:在约 56个小时内,Google Buzz 的发帖数和评论数超过了 900 万条,每小时平均 16 万条buzz贴和回复。

另一个数字是:每分钟移动设备登录数量超过 200,每天登录数量接近 30 万。

为什么用户投入 Buzz 的怀抱?

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这个问题既简单又复杂:为什么 Google Buzz 成功而 Google 的其他尝试全却未做到?

一个最明显的答案是:将 Buzz 直接置入到 Gmail 中。这是一个非常绝妙的策略,不过也带来了隐私方面的问题。只需轻轻拨下一个开关,Buzz 就获得了上千万的用户。

直接在 Inbox 下插入 Buzz 标签,并显示未读 Buzz 数量,还有来自 Buzz 的提醒消息塞满了收件箱,用户想不用都很难。

对于“你觉得自己使用 Buzz 的首要原因是什么?”

其中一些回答很好地说明为什么 Buzz 如此受欢迎。

– 易用,界面简洁

– 它就是我的菜。不用做什么设置,很简单地就建立了联系

– 首要?它置入到 gmail 中了。之后,其他用户和主题就显示在我面前而其他网络还没有这么直接可见。

– 从1 到 10 对社会化网络的社交性打分,Twitter 大约 3,Facebook 大约 4 而 Buzz 为 9 分。

– Buzz 增长这么快的主要原因是 Gmail 拥有大量的成熟用户。Gmail 是我经常访问的一个网站,因为我可以在一个窗口中查看我的日历、事项列表并进行聊天。

解决隐私问题

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Google Buzz 增长的阻碍之一就是遭到大量指责的隐私问题。由于Buzz直接嵌入到 Gmail 中,其他人可以找到你的email地址。由于它会自动follow你最常发送邮件的朋友,人们会发现你使用 email 的习惯。

对于隐私问题,Google 闪电般作出反应,已经对隐私设置进行修改。自动follow改为建议,并提供关闭 Buzz 的标签。

几个月后,很少人还会记得有关这次隐私的指责。正如用户已经忘记了 Facebook 失败的 News Feed 以及其灾难性的策略,人们也将忘记并原谅 Buzz 最初的隐私问题。

通过自动 follow 和自动进入功能,Google 已经将 Buzz 的种子种下,而由于最近对隐私设置的修改,它不会受到对隐私的指责的影响。Google 的这些策略也许不是有意为之,不过它的确具有非常实际的效果。

对 Twitter 和 Facebook 的潜在影响

对于社会化媒体中2个最重要的网站 Twitter 和 Facebook,快速增长的 Google Buzz 意味着什么?

为了对 Buzz 的影响进行分析,让我们看看 Twitter 和 Facebook 的关键问题,以及可能的答案:

问:Buzz 会干掉 Facebook 或 Twitter 吗?

答:不会。没有什么可以干掉这2个服务。大量的热心用户不会让这种事情发生。

问:Buzz 会减缓 Facebook 或 Twitter 的增长速度吗?

答:一定会。一天 24 小时,如果用户在 Buzz 花费了 15 分钟,那其他地方就要少用 15 分钟。即使每天每人在 Facebook 或 Twitter 上少发一条信息,对于 Buzz 那可能意味这增加了几百万次更新。

问:Buzz 会比 Twitter 还大吗?

答:它已经比 Twitter 了。

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Twitter 在全球拥有 1800-2500 万用户,我们不能确定具体的数字,先假设它有 3000 万用户,而 Gmail 仅在美国就拥有 3800 万德独立访问者,而且那还是去年 9 月份的数据。

问:广告商和商家会将投入到 Facebook 和 Twitter 的资金转移到 Buzz 吗?

答:上百万的人在用 Buzz,他们怎么可能不这样做?

Buzz 已经从 Twitter、Facebook 和其他社会化媒体那里夺取了一大块市场。当商家和广告商更好地认识到如何利用 Buzz 及其几百万用户时,Buzz 获取的市场只会继续增加。Google 推出 Buzz,相对于在一个布满铁钉的房间里放入一块磁铁。

有关 Google Buzz 的预测

gmail-260-buzz已经着陆的 Google Buzz 站在改变社会化媒体的版图。Gmail 整合、实时回复、易用使用和新的用户现在成为Buzz世界的一部分。

我们不仅可以预计 Twitter 和 Facebook 会做出响应,而且还将会看到开发者将转移他们的关注。还记得去年的 Twitter 应用程序的淘金热吗?当 Twitter 用户快速增加,无数的开发者利用 Twitter 的 API 开发出很多绝妙的应用程序。

现在如果 Google 真的想要改变开发者这个生态系统,它可以成立自己的 App 商店并为 Buzz 应用程序提供广告收入分成。在 Google Buzz 内为应用程序提供快速简易的盈利能力,将从 Twitter、Facebook 和移动平台那里夺走一部分开发资源。

如果Buzz能够保持这种势头,每个人,从出版商到开发者到500强企业,将不得不关注 Buzz 上的信息流。如果Buzz能带来流量或者在其中置入广告,那么我们将无法预测 Buzz 能够在成功之路上走多远。别忘了 Google Buzz 才刚刚推出,还有更多杀手级的功能很快就会出现。

社会化媒体版图已经永久地被改变了。忽视 Buzz 将是一个代价沉重的错误,因为 Google 最终为游戏规则改变者下了定义。

theory & application

The discussion section from Ling et al.’s piece resonated with my thoughts (and some confusions) on social theories and their applications either to design or sometimes in terms of further theory development.

I remember two years ago, when working with my college friends in participating in a technology design competition, what we used to ground our design idea are: data (gathered both from relevant literature/reports and talking to targeted audience), trial results (we made several prototypes, and tested them to see which one would give us the best outcome) and our intuition (like the concept of “naive physics”). Back then, I never thought of digging into a psychology, communication or cognition book to research some relevant social theories first, to see if any of those would help us to guide our design. I believe the way we came up with our design idea for the competition is what most companies are doing today when devising their new products. They do “marketing research” and “data analysis” based on very tangible facts: testing marketing data, product popularity, usability test, etc.  Rarely they would consider what’s the story (psycho-dynamic processes driving people’s behavior) behind people’s choice of using one product over other options.  While the usability test and various market data do provide us with first hand evidence of what design, what feature or which prototype was mostly welcomed or hated by users, and to some extent why, they inevitably involve a lot of “contextual noise” which make the results of those data analysis and tests can hardly be generated to other circumstances. Most companies rely heavily on data to make their decision of which design or what product to launch, even though those data mostly only generate “surface realism” or “naive interpretation” of people’s behavior.

I guess they don’t have to think through everything before they launch a product either (by the time they sort out all the theories and processes, they will definitely lose the timing for their business). I couldn’t agree more with what have been mentioned in Ling et al.’s article that the two major contributions of theories are inspiration and prediction. Ideas should be generated both inductively (from data) and deductively (from theories). If without the bond-based and identity-based theories, one can hardly think of the idea to emphasize that part in the “email campaign”, maybe intuitively but definitely cannot be systematically recruiting people to participate more in an online community. Since theories are high level ideas that are more generalizable to different circumstances, the psychological  strategy to recruit people to a golf club can also be applied to an online setting.  In terms of prediction, by using controlled experiment or study, we could test whether certain theories could explain part of people’s behaviors in some settings. Various theories help us gradually map out the pieces of psychological processes that guide people’s behavior. We may not get the whole picture, which is why the prediction is not always accurate, but step by step, we could learn about the influencing factors. Also, different processes they are inter-winded and mutually influencing each other, so lots of compound effects will occur even if you’ve identified most of the underlying psychological process, not to mention contextual differences, individual differences in terms of previous experience, social/cultural background, etc.

I want to think theories are the ingredients which consist of the recipes behind each dishes (our social behavior). We could know which is the most popular dish simply by letting people taste and select, but it would be very hard for us to replicate and generate new and creative dishes without knowing at least part of the ingredients and/or recipes. I guess mapping out those ingredients (processes) are the responsibilities of our academia.

长沙中学趣闻

早在上个世纪五十年代,在长沙市井流传着一个顺口溜:“一中吊,二中好,三中哥,四中嫂,五中都是华侨佬,教授子弟都往附中跑。”说的都是长沙市数一数二的中学,话说得虽然俗了一点,倒也把几所中学的特点概括得淋漓尽致,入木三分。

一中是湖南省立重点中学,人们戏谑是省委省政府的子弟学校,不是没几分道理的。但凡学习成绩过得去,家里又有人在省委省政府当差,八九不离十地进了这所中学。所以,不论是文革前还是文革后,寻常百姓家的孩子,除非是被人家学校看中了的可堪造就之才,否则想进这所学校连门都没有。因为家世背景的缘故,进出于这所学校的学生大多具有矫、骄二气,目空一切,是以人们说他们“吊”,这“吊”并非吊儿郎当的“吊”,而是指目空一切,傲然绝世。有人调侃:某年某月某班开家长会,新分配来的年轻教师不知天高地厚,坐在讲台上高谈阔论:某某的学习成绩下降了,家长知不知道?家长的工作再忙,孩子的学习不能放任不管!……校长在教室外急得直跺脚。事后这位年轻的教师才知道,他的这次家长会,把范围稍微缩小一点,就是一个省委常委会。但是正因为这所学校所具有的、独特的政治因素,从这所学校的确也走出了在中国响当当的人物,如毛泽东、朱镕基、周谷城、周立波、谭盾都是曾在一中求学的国之翘楚。

二中即现在的长郡中学,一个“好”字实为不易,他和省立一中最大的区别就在于生源的背景,如果要给他定位的话,应该说他是一所面向平民百姓的学校。能考上这所学校的学生多为市井百姓子弟,尤以寒门子弟居多。说他好,也正是因为他的老师和学生都明白:要想学有所成,必须靠自己坚忍不拔的刻苦努力,因为没有太过显赫的家世背景,必须认同“万般皆下品,唯有读书高”。所以,这所学校历来享有“治学严谨”之赞誉。尤其自90年代初期至新世纪初期整整十年期间,胡立校长充当掌门人以来,这所学校更是以长沙最高的初中升学率和高考升学率,在整个星城风生水起,使得各大名校的小学毕业生趋之若鹜。从这所学校走出来的也不乏蜚声政治和学术届的风云人物,如徐特立、李维汉、周世钊、郭亮、任弼时、李立三、李富春、肖劲光、曾三等。

雅礼即五中,创办于1901年初,与美国康耶鲁大学颇有渊源,打开雅礼网站,首页《百年雅礼》出现的便是一连串高鼻蓝眼的耶鲁校友的影像,后来的多任校长都远赴海外求学,所以便有“五中尽是华侨佬”一说。出国留学者众多应该说是雅礼的特色,文革前如此,文革后也同样如此。文革后由于划分区域就近入学的政策,雅礼的生源基本是长沙几大厂矿、几大研究院子弟学校的优秀学生,其中不乏工程技术人员、知识分子的子弟,所以,中考的升学率一直也是遥遥领先的。金岳霖、柳直荀、何凤山、厉以宁等知名人士均是雅礼学子中的杰出代表。

四中即周南中学,三中即明德中学。“三中哥四中嫂”说的是文革前明德是男中,周南是女中,两校紧挨着,据说只有一墙之隔,常有登徒子越墙与心仪的女生约会,传闻毕竟是传闻。两所学校文革前的名气应该不逊色于其他几所名校,尤其是周南的名气。

周南女中创办人朱剑凡(晚清),毁家兴学,创办周南女学,初名“周氏家塾”,周南之名,芳馨远播,历久弥香。虽屡经时局动乱、风云熙攘,周南仍以其弦歌不辍为社会培育英才,奇功大勋,当铭青史。在电视剧《恰同学少年》中我们不难看出,这个学校汇聚了当时的社会名媛,是妇女精英的襁褓、妇女解放运动的摇篮。像杨开慧、向警予、蔡畅、帅孟奇、丁玲等巾帼女杰都是这所学校的骄傲。

明德学校在上个世纪30年代,即为全国“十佳中学”之一,“北有南开,南有明德”的赞誉蜚声海内外。1904年黄兴、陈天华、宋教仁等在明德创立华兴会,并策划“长沙起义”,因而,学校又被称为“辛亥革命策源地”之一。文革中很多红卫兵组织的领军人物便是这所学校的学子,如《中国向何处去》《八三0声明》《九三0声明》等影响极大的纲领性文献,其执笔者之一就有明德才子。

湖南师大附中位于湘江西岸,湖南师范大学、湖南大学、中南大学等神圣学府云集此地,它的生源之优秀不言而喻了。早年曾有艺术巨匠欧阳予倩和何继善、朱作言等中国工程学院院士、中国科学院院士等等杰出代表。而学生高考成绩一直名列湖南省前茅,参加国际中学生学科奥林匹克竞赛,金牌总数稳居全国第一。在保送清华、北大学生的名额数目上,也是唯一能和湖南省一中平分秋色的学校。在改革开放后,这所学校以吸收超常学生为名,每两年举行一次大考,小学五、六年级学生均可报考,试卷奇难,非一般学生可以及格,也正因此而网络了一批智力开发较早的神童,从这个超常班走出来的学生通常在后段的学业中也频频跳级,读到博士后也可能才20出头,真真地制造了中国读书史上的奇迹!

在择校风愈演愈烈的时下,各所学校在招生方面更是奇招频出。大浪淘沙,泥沙俱下。新一轮学校竞争中,看的是文化底蕴,讲的是开拓创新,重的是人才辈出,黑色七月金科放榜,学校的升学率排在第几?才是至关重要的!只有这个硬指标上去了,那些小学二年级就参加奥赛训练的佼佼者,才会在众多名校中选择你;那些宁为凤尾不做鸡头的择校生,才舍得往里面几万几十万地砸钱。

“惟楚有材,于斯为盛。”

真心希望长沙的中学不在非常态的竞争中沉沦,而是在盛名之下保持名节、保持传统,把老祖宗遗传下来的传统文化之精粹发扬光大,那不仅是湖湘文化之幸,也是湖湘百姓之幸。

2008年2月15日海莎写于珊洲

校友:

毛泽东
1893——1976
从七届一中全会起至1976年逝世为止,一直担任中共中央主席。

朱镕基
1928—
1998年3月至2003年3月任国务院总理。

周谷城
1898——1996
中华人民共和国第六、七届全国人民代表大会常务委员会副委员长、著名历史学家。

徐特立
1877 —1968
中国革命家和教育家,毛泽东和田汉等著名人士的老师。1949年中华人民共和国成立后,任中央宣传部副部长

李维汉
1896-1984
1923年4月起,直到1927年4月,任中共湘区委员会书记。建国以后,任中共中央统战部部长等职。

周世钊
1897—1976
1955年出任湖南省教育厅副厅长,兼一师校长。1958年出任湖南省副省长,并选为民盟湖南省委主委。

郭亮
1901 —1928
中共中央候补委员,湖南省委书记,工人运动领袖。1928年3月27日,由于叛徒告密, 28日午夜被秘密杀害于长沙司门口“湖南铲共法院”前坪。

任弼时
1904 —1950
伟大的马克思主义者,杰出的无产阶级革命家、政治家和组织家,是以毛泽东为核心的中国共产党第一代领导集体的成员。

李立三
1899.3—1967.6
中共早期革命家,建国后,历任中央人民政府委员、政务院政务委员、劳动部部长。1967年6月22日,李立三被林彪、江青反革命集团迫害致死。1980年,中共中央为李立三平反昭雪。

李富春
1900—1975
建国后,历任政务院财政经济委员会副主任,国务院副总理兼国家计委主任、第七至十届中央委员,第八届中央书记处书记、政治局常委。

肖劲光
1903—1989
国家和军队的优秀领导人,中华人民共和国成立后,历任人民解放军海军司令员、国防部副部长、第五届全国人大常委会副委员长等职。

曾三
1906~1990
中国共产党的优秀党员,无产阶级革命家,我党我军无线电通信事业先驱、新中国档案事业的开拓者和杰出领导人。

金岳霖
1896~1984
中国现代哲学家、逻辑学家。字龙荪。中国20世纪著名的哲学家和逻辑学家,杰出的教育家,为中国第一批院士。

柳直荀
1898 — 1932
1926年7月,北伐军攻占长沙,柳直荀当选为新成立的省政府委员,并任省农民协会秘书长,为推动湖南农民运动蓬勃发展做出重要贡献。

何凤山
1901 — 1997
1937 年任中国驻奥地利公使馆一等秘书, 1938 年至 1940 年任中国驻维也纳总领事。二战期间,任中国驻维也纳总领事的何凤山向数千犹太人发放了前往上海的签证,使他们免遭纳粹的杀害,被称为“中国的辛德勒”。

杨开慧
1901 — 1930
著名学者杨昌济教授独女,毛泽东夫人。一直追随毛泽东同志从事革命活动。1930年11月14日,杨开慧英勇就义于浏阳门外识字岭,年仅29岁。

向警予
1895 —1928
是我党最早的女党员之一,被誉为“我国妇女运动的先驱”。

蔡畅
1900-1990
中国妇女运动领导人之一,建国后历任中华人民共和国中央人民政府委员、中共中央妇女运动委员会书记等职。

帅孟奇
1897 — 1998
中国妇女运动的先驱,我党组织战线杰出的领导者。1956年在党的八大上当选为中央候补委员、第三届全国人大常委会委员,并任中央组织部副部长。

黄兴
1874 — 1916
中国资产阶级民主革命家,辛亥革命组织者,中华民国开国元勋。

陈天华
1875 —1905
汉民族英雄。革命家,清末资产阶级革命派出色的宣传家。中国同盟会秘书,

宋教仁
1882-1913
与黄兴、陈天华、章土钊等在长沙筹创华兴会。代表中国近代以来对以民主、人权为核心的人类主流文明的追求。被袁世凯伺机暗杀。

丁玲
1904—1986
现、当代女作家。1948年写成长篇小说《太阳照在桑干河上》,《莎菲女士的日记》。1951年获斯大林文学奖金。1979年平反后重返文坛、先后出任中国作家协会副主席等职,并多次出访欧美诸国。

欧阳予倩
1889~1962
中国戏剧、戏曲、电影艺术家。1949年后任中央戏剧学院院长、中国文联副主席等职。最成熟的话剧创作是《桃花扇》,《黑奴恨》则可称他的压卷之作。

何继善
1934.9.1-
应用地球物理学家, 中国工程院院士。中南大学教授。

朱作言
1941年—
中国科学院院士  第三世界科学院院士,国家自然科学基金委员会副主任、国家淡水生态与生物技术重点实验室主任。

谭盾
1958年—
作曲家,1997年为中国政府恢复对香港行使主权纪念活动所作的《天·地·人》震动了中国乐坛,凭《卧虎藏龙》获第73届奥斯卡最佳原创音乐奖 。

附:学校           建校年份

明德           1903(待考)

长郡           1904(待考)

周南           1905

师大附中      1905

雅礼           1906

一中           1912

The Motivational Techniques of “WordPress.com”

Goal: Consider how real-world systems use motivational techniques to encourage use.

Assignment: You are analyzing a system of your choice in terms of the techniques it uses to motivate use, and suggesting design changes that would increase its “stickiness”. You should focus on design features and explaining why they’re motivating in terms of social science theory.

So here it comes, my third Homework for Dan’s class:

The “Stickiness” of Blogging on WordPress.com

I admit that I am “responsible” for several so called “dead blogs” in cyber space. Several blog platforms and communities that I have tried before are not attractive enough for me to keep posting things regularly. Three months ago, I started to blog using the service from WordPress. Surprisingly, I am still blogging on it on a weekly basis and the blog “Nuttyears'” has almost 2000 hits so far, which makes me wonder what has lead to the “stickiness” of this particular blogging platform:

Stickiness 1: Freedom to customize/personalize blog page

WordPress offers users a lot of freedom in terms of choosing blog themes, page layout, sidebar widgets, which serves well users’ need to purposefully create certain online self-presentations. Similar to selectively posting photos and links on one’s SNS pages, the “manipulation” of one’s blog is considered by some people as a way to represent their attitude or to perfect their social self-presentation. Though this is not something unique of WordPress, I do think this platform provides a greater variety of options and tools to arrange and polish the page compared to other blog host sites.

Stickiness 2: Integrated Stats System

In the dashboard provided by WordPress, users can easily access the viewing stats of the blog. The number of blog hit can be viewed on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. The figure above intuitively shows the popularity of my blogs in the first half of February. When click on those specific points representing each day, you’ll get to know how many views happened on that specific day and what article has been posted on the day. Below the blog stats, there are “top posts” (ranking the view times of each posts) and “top searches” (ranking the key words people used to find your blog). Users can also add a widget automatically shows the total visits to your blog on the sidebar.

Since I am not writing this blog to record my private emotions, I use it to record my thoughts and experience, reflect on things happening around me and share them. I found the stats part to be particularly sticky, cause I want to know there are audience out there and my little posts and thoughts have been heard by this big world in some way. Just like FB, you can also set to let WordPress send you email notifications when there are incoming comments.

This is similar to the controversial motivational technique used in Chinese version of Facebook – Xiaonei.com. The SNS site would tell you how many people have visited your page, and how many people have looked at the photo you just posted. I’ve always been curious about what the underlying socio-emotional processes explaining people’s behavior in frequently checking on the “popularity” of one’s page or certain photo/posts. These behaviors are actually not that different from posting and reading other’s comments on one’s own status updates. They all serve as real-life “manipulation checks” to constantly measure how certain thoughts or certain ways of online self-presentations are perceived and evaluated by other people.

Stickiness 3: Semantic connections and links among posts (ways to build strong ties to a community)

It is written on the official introduction page of WordPress that “when you write a post and add relevant tags, we automatically add them to our global tag system and tag surfer, driving new traffic as other people interested in the same topics as you will find your post and leave comments on your blog”.

I found myself frequently click on those “related posts” to see what other people are saying about a similar topic. At the same time, some of the visits to my own posts are driven by the links of my posts on other people’s pages. It’s like a simplified version of recommendation system. I found it to be very helpful in terms of getting me bloggers on WordPress who share similar interests with me. I would then subscribe some of their blogs, which motivated me to participate in this WordPress blogging community.

Two weeks ago, I translated an English commentary article featuring “social media” to Chinese. Surprisingly, several Chinese social media blogs on WordPress and some other sites linked my translated article to their pages. WP notified me by telling me there are several incoming links to my recent posts. Another interesting feature provided by WP is called “Pingback”, which means I will also be notified when people comment on the my posts which are cited by other sites. It opens a public chat channel, so that I can see a shared conversation generated around my posts no matter where it has been posted. Another good way to search and to be related to similar interests friends, sites and communities.

I always find one effective way to be related or connected to certain community is to building some close/strong ties with a small group of people in this community. One can hardly maintain close connections with the whole community or a large group of people (in some way similar to the tragedy of the commons). I used to be a member of Cornell Chorus. To convince myself to go to rehearsals on snowy winter nights, I found the reason “I would like to meet up and spend time with my friends A, B and C from the Chorus” always more effective than “I want to be part of the chorus to rehearse our repertoire well”. Once a few close ties have been built in a small group, I find it more obligated as opposed to just being part of a large group, in which I am not particularly responsible for certain aspects.

Stickiness 4:  Emerging Various Social Media Platform

Several books on social media that I’ve read recently, including Clay Shirky’s “Here comes everybody” (nice to listen to his keynote in CSCW, though it was not super CSCW relevant, I’d say) and Tamar Weinberg’s “The new community rules”, all point to a same idea: building an open platform with as many connections to other social media space as possible will more effectively drive traffic to your sites (increase the stickiness) compared to the strategy of traditional web portals (Yahoo, AOL, etc.) which want to keep users on their sites as long as possible so as to generate ad revenues as much as possible.

WordPress provides widgets that you could link your Flicker, Twitter, del.icio.us accounts and various subscribed RSS feeds to your page. Sometimes for me, to open my own WordPress page is not simply for the purpose of writing a blog. The connections to my other social media accounts make it become a personalized social media platform for me to conveniently check my feeds, favorite blogs’ updates, recent tweets, etc.

I think this is also what most social media platform wanted to accomplish (FB, Google Buzz, Friendser, etc.). They want to aggregate and merge social media resources as much as possible so as to let users use them as a primary portal for information creating and sharing. It is good in a way that they reduced users’ effort in jumping back and forth between several different places searching for sometimes similar information. However, it may be harmful to the development of communities that have particular interests to certain issues. The information can be overloaded on those platforms while without any focus.

2010康大春晚

非常开心的一个晚上 和很好的一群朋友们一起排节目演出大笑开怀喝彩 如果这是最后一个学期 对于我而言 就把它当作自己的毕业晚会了 🙂

情景剧的效果比想象中还好太多了,永远不是没有人才 是要提供“恶搞”的平台~

上台唱了一首很雷人的《天上掉下个林妹妹》之改编版《天上掉下个大offer》

天上掉下个大offer
来自美国康奈尔
只道它每年stipend几万多
却原来要帮老板来打工

学习上课做homework
Prelim Final复习忙
研究实验读文献
跟着老板发paper
TA美国本科生
英语说的我心发慌

天上掉下个大offer
来自美国康奈尔
只道它景色依山又傍水
却原来一年冬天六个月

兄弟姐妹朋友多
接机Shopping多帮忙
五湖四海来相会
中秋春节聚一堂
分明身是外来客
心底却似旧时友

Amber的舞蹈,从Savannah回来 只复习了两个多小时就上台了 好在我站在后排 洋相出得不大 嘿嘿

大年初一 祝大家 虎年新春快乐 万事如意!