Facebook has a pulse

Facebook now does something with the interest data, aggregating it into a Pulse Feature. Fun facts:

  • 33% of Berkeley students prefer The Beatles to Green Day.
  • 18% of male students have moderate political views.
  • 17% of male students are looking for whatever they can get.
  • 57 people have birthdays tomorrow.
  • 124 students poked each other today.
  • 1.4% of Berkeley loves to watch Lord of the Rings.

Just think what advertisers will do with this data.

Building Websites with Blogging Software

Seed Magazine was rebuilt with Movable Type. Here’s how it was done.
(via Kottke)

Not that it hasn’t been done before, as Matt Haughey had an article on using Movable Type for all sorts of sites.

Of course, nice websites can be built with WordPress as well, like California Connected. They even allow trackback. I wish I could find the blog post that talks about why they chose it over Movable Type.

Future Problems with Facebook entries?

Future Problems with Facebook entries?
”I would bet that in the 2016 election, somebody’s Facebook entry will come back to bite them,” Steve Jones, head of the communications department at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Calendars are horrible at Berkeley

Why are the calendars so bad in Berkeley? The events calendar by the school is decent, and they even offer a calendar app for staff. Student groups though aren’t really allowed to post on it. The best calendar we had was live.berkeley.edu, but the project was taken down and still lacked a few features I would have liked (RSS feeds for one). The One calendar replaced it, but stinks so bad. There’s this dream calendar though that does have a prototype version up. Maybe just maybe it’ll work soon…

Me and Sergey

Me and Sergey Brin
Me and Sergey Brin, Co-founder of Google

One of those nerdy cool things, Sergey Brin, the co-founder of Google, spoke at my search engine class. I got a photo with him.

From Wikipedia:

“Sergey Brin (born August 1973 in Moscow, Russia) is an American entrepreneur. Born in Russia, Brin studied computer science and mathematics before co-founding Google with Larry Page. Brin is the President of Technology at Google and has a net worth estimated at seven billion U.S. dollars.”

Update: Newscenter had a story on it. “Google cofounder Sergey Brin comes to class at Berkeley

Anti-spam people sending spam messages

So I check the Calstuff mailbox today (calstuff [at] gmail dot com) and see a message from [email protected]

Hi there,

I would like to ask you to exchange links between yours and ours sites. As you probably know this will provide your visitors with valuable resources, as well as it would do for us. We can place your site in category of our resource page, suitable for it, and with a good Google Page Rank, easily accessible from our index page. If you would like to swap links please send me your website details, and if not, excuse me for wasting your time and have a great day.

Best Regards,
Sandra Hollan

So I decide to check out what BlueBottle offers. Guess what they do? Spam filters. Geez, can’t even trust the guys who are suppose to protect you.