Violin-Hop Prodigy: Thank You Web

I was going to write about how Wired Magazine made an interesting point about how the use of the Web is dwindling due to the popularization of mobile apps, which is of course a direct result of our information hunter-gatherer culture where keyboards and ethernet chords have been eschewed for the pocket-friendly, 4G mini tablets that we used to call phones. However, the Web, being the cruel bitch that she is, discouraged me from contributing my weekly minutia to the sphere of blogs because apparently everyone else has brought their two cents to the bank and are collecting interest.

Fuck you Web for beating me to the punch with your smug all-powerful intelligence and the ability to be in any and all places without anyone being the wiser!

But guess what? This is where Wired’s argument has a gaping hole. Hence, the title of today’s post. Wait for it……..


Jason Yang

Jason Yang!

There! One case who represents the silent majority of Web content that can only be discovered by farting around the Internet without any real goal in mind. I’m not saying to Hell with mobile apps, but unpredictability still exists online. And if you believe that a Violinist who drops a killer track on the Internet with no one around to hear it can’t possibly make a sound (without sufficient old media coverage – like with Antoine Dodson) then I say to you non-believers to shut the hell up and give a listen, because the Web may be dead to those goal-oriented prudes, but to Web scavengers, the clinically bored, and those with a penchant for clicking hyperlinks, prepare to be entertained in a way that you could have never preconceived.

Welcome back to the Web fools!

Group Think = Smarter Think

Yes, well, only if you play well with others and, umm…have women in your group.

In a study that was co-authored by Carnegie Mellon, MIT, and Union College and is published in Science,  researchers found that the intelligence of an individual has very little bearing on the intelligence of the group he/she is in.  What made the group in the study more intelligent was the way the group interacted and how well it could “distribute turn-taking, how socially sensitive the group members were, and how many woman were on each team [they suspect it’s because women exhibit higher social sensitivity and can read social cues better than men].”

This doesn’t read like a politically correct statement, and I doubt that this study (which included 699 participants) will result in managers strategically placing women in more brainstorming groups for obvious gender bias reasons. However,  this does make one wonder if managers will use this study to think of better ways to facilitate brainstorming sessions to fully optimize knowledge building. Will they supplement these sessions with wikis, content management systems, etc? Who knows.

One thing’s certain; group think kicks way more ass than what one person may come up with. I think Wikipedia has proven that much. Just so long as you’re getting ideas from different viewpoints rather than hearing echoes from your your chamber of comfort, you’re doing the right thing.

Play nice. You might just get a gold sticker.

The Korean Embassy’s KORUS House

Being Mad Hungry isn’t just about food. It’s about culture as well. From September 21st until December 7th, I’ll be enrolled in the Beginner Korean language and culture course at the KORUS House (short for Korea and US) in the Korean Embassy located in DuPont Circle.

Apparently, the KORUS House does this every Spring, Summer, and Fall. It costs $230 for tuition, which comes out to about $19 per week. Not bad really. The textbook isn’t included, but it’s $30 just in case you were wondering.

So watch out for the KORUS courses after the holidays because they’ll be sure to be offered again in the Spring of 2010.


Besides actually meeting the people, I always say that the best way to learn about any culture is to eat the food and to learn the language. I’ve already met my wonderful fiance, and through her I’ve grown to love Kimchi and Soon Doo Boo (my favorite). Now all that’s left is learning the language outside of the few Korean words I hear from her on a regular basis. I’m sure “바보” and “똥” mean “I love you” and “kisses”. Or should I not say that on my first day of class? No one likes a suck up anyway.

There are evening classes so there’s still time for work, which is great, and it doesn’t conflict with my class schedule.

There will definitely be more posts on my attempts to learn Korean in future posts.  Until classes begin, I’ll settle for learning Korean through Busy Atom’s YouTube videos downloaded to my Ipod.

Web 2.0-tastic!

My fiance’s dreams of turning our kids against me in a language I don’t understand are slowly melting away.