Behold the "emotional geography" of Victorian literary: A map that shows the "feeling and sensations" connected with various city locations in 19th-century novels. There are some surprising findings.
To create the map, scholars at the Stanford Literary Lab took 738 novels, mostly written in the 19th century -- then got Amazon Turkers to find mentions of London placenames, and to note what emotions were evoked in each passage. When they were done, they produced a map where you can click on a hotspot to see how it was described in the writing of folks like Dickens.
Big data applied to literature can occasionally produce some unanticipated findings, as the New York Times reports:
There were some surprises in the London research, said Ryan Heuser, an associate research director for the Stanford Literary Lab. “We thought fear would be linked to poverty,” Mr. Heuser said. But poorer sections of the city did not fare particularly badly in the literature. “Fear was more associated with ancient markets and prisons,” he added.
A judge in Canada today granted $10 million bail for Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of China electronics giant Huawei. She has to remain in the Vancouver area, where she has a home. The United States has requested her extradition. China is not happy. Huawai’s response follows. .
That massive data breach that hit hotel group Marriott? Now there are clues the hackers behind it were working for a Chinese government intelligence gathering operation.
Tumblr will ban ‘female-presenting nipples’ and other content beginning December 17, 2018. Photographer and writer Nate ‘Igor’ Smith is a longtime Tumblr user whose work straddles the boundaries of art, editorial, and adult. Here, Nate explains why Tumblr’s decision to censor is devastating for the Tumblr’s longtime users, and the rest of us. — XJ […]
Businesses of any size continue to use PDFs despite – and perhaps because of – their stubborn resistance to simple editing. But for those who need a little flexibility on their documentation, the search is over for alternative software. PDF Expert for Mac is the catch-all solution for wrangling those PDFs, and it’s available at […]
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