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100 days of nifty

Here are my Facebook friends:

Each dot is a friend. They're grouped in affinity clusters; the friends who are friends with each other form clumps. Sometime about a week ago a friend in the green clump asked a question to the Facebook populace, "Are you happy?" I noticed the question but my answer would have been a simple yes and everyone else answering had complications. I felt a little unhappy for them and then I decided not to answer at all. The very next day someone in the reddish clump that looks like it's about to torpedo the other reddish clump started 100 Days of Happy, which means a post every day of something happy-making. Some other reddish torpedo people followed suit and while I approve of this trend (I like seeing realpeople content as opposed to forwarded huffbuzznova deals) I think my happiness is better unexamined.

I do, however, have some time on my hands. I finished another semester and since we're traveling in a few weeks I didn't sign up for a 1st summer session class. That gives me less than 100 days but I'll try to give you something good each day until I run out of stuff or time. Day one is today and the thing is Gephi.

Gephi is the network visualization software that shows my friendclumps above. It's free and it's really fun to use for showing data structures. Here's a weird but germane application. I myself tend toward more prosaic uses but I might branch out in my free time.

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aramintamd
May. 25th, 2014 11:42 am (UTC)
Fascinating!
So did you install it and give it your username on FB? How's it work???

My brain's too fried for deep investigation right now.

Inquiring minds wanna know. 8)
koralleen
May. 25th, 2014 01:58 pm (UTC)
Re: Fascinating!
Yeah, Gephi runs on Windows, MacOS, and Linux. It doesn't know from Facebook; the easiest way to generate your Facebook info is to use netvizz:

https://apps.facebook.com/netvizz/

Select "personal network" and you'll end up with a GDF file you can open in Gephi.
whimmydiddle
May. 26th, 2014 08:13 pm (UTC)
HappyThing: Looking forward to riding with you next weekend!
koralleen
May. 27th, 2014 02:36 am (UTC)
Likewise! I'm interested in seeing how the ride goes, considering my lack of training this go-round but I know I'll have fun. See you soon!
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