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Next Disruptors – Part 2

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Next Disruptors

Erick Schonfeld alerts us to the Second MixDown from the Busiess 2.0 Next Disruptors conference in Chapel Hill. Here DayJet CEO Ed Iacobucci, Lulu (and Red Hat) founder Bob Young, and ChannelAdvisor COO Michael Jones recount how they came up with the ideas for their various startups. While some handsome lugs (Fred, Tola and Me — leaning left of course) mug in the background.

LolSimon’s new Xeni-given title “Internet knowitall and Blowhard”

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From Xeni‘s post “Pedantic overanalysis of LOLcats not pedantic enough, says blowhard”

Following up on yesterday’s BB post about David McRaney’s sociological analysis of LOLcats, image macros, and invisible cheezborgahs, Internet knowitall Simon Spero says:

McRaney’s recent article [McRaney 2007],whilst interesting from the syntactics perspective, fails to cite the relevant literature, and as a result does not satisfactorily align his work to the central research questions within the field.

The methodology applied in [Spero 2007] uses a Description Logic approach to the begin the process of unifying the emergent ontology of lolcats with the rules of cuteness heuristically determined in Frost’s definitive and ongoing survey [Frost 2005].

Our study revealed several strengths and weaknesses inherent in a pure Description Logic approach. Although it was trivial to dervive a solution to the lolcat/cheezeburger hypothesis (lolcat can has multiple cheezeburger), other classifications are not expressible without the use of more powerful formalisms.

For example, due to monotonicity constraints, it is not possible to encode the knowledge that, whilst by by default things that look like Hitler are not cute, a kitten that looked like hitler, wrapped in a burrito, with its paw up, might be a CuteThing. Also, without the use of higher order reasoning capabilities, it is non-trivial to describe the set of things accompanied by smaller versions of themselves.

[McRaney 2007] David McRaney, L337 Katz0rz, 1 J. Am Soc. Macrologists available at [Link] (2007)

[Spero 2007] Simon Spero, Loltology – I saw ur mom on teh sermantic webz, 1 LJ. Am. Lolbrarian. Assoc (2007) available at [Link].

[Frost 2007] Meg Frost, The Rules of Cuteness, J Cuteology (2005-2007, ongoing) available at [Link]