Network mapping in a day!

Barrett Lyon, a networking engineer based in the US, thought he could "map" every node on the internet in far less time than that taken by other projects. Some efforts to produce images of the internet have taken months to complete.

Interesting idea about the use of maps to visualize networks. The article asks how accurate are they if they do not show every node? During the creation of my paper on blogging and language, I created two visualizations of the network I was exploring. One of the visualizations contained every node, while the other just used a sampling. As the objective of the visualization was the overall pattern, both visualizations worked (as ultimately they were both represented by the same pattern). I guess the question is not how many nodes are present per se, but how representative the sampling is.

January 27, 2004 in Digital Spaces | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

Blended Spaces

I have read a short summary on blending by Fauconnier and Turner while I am waiting for the two books I ordered to arrive, The way we think and Mental Spaces, and this is what I got from it:

In blending, structures from two different spaces are merged into a third space, or the blended space.

Conceptual integration of related events form one complex event.

In these spaces cognitive reasoning, inference drawing, and emotional development occur.

One is not consciously aware of blending, but one can find it highlighted in language (i.e., jokes, puns, etc.)

While these spaces are under construction, other, more stable cognitive constructions are employed.

Spaces, domains, and frames can be expanded and modified.

At first, I had trouble distinguishing a blend from cognitive framing. If I understand it correctly, a blend uses cognitive frames as a structure to create a new frame/space/blend. This text was very short and provided little to no examples. I hope that the books that I have ordered will give me a better understanding of this process.

January 24, 2004 in Digital Spaces | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack