A couple of culture-related items that have been candidates for blog posts, but didn't seem to fit anywhere. So I've lumped them together as part of a mid-year clearance... 1. "The science of Eurovision - a song for eurovisiopsephology" <http://network.nature.com/people/scottkeir/blog/2008/05/26/the- science-of-eurovision-a-song-for-eurovisiopsephology> Refers to the following paper: "Comparison of Eurovision Song Contest Simulation with Actual Results Reveals Shifting Patterns of Collusive Voting Alliances." <http://jasss.soc.surrey.ac.uk/9/2/1.html> "The voting patterns in the Eurovision Song Contest have attracted attention from various researchers, spawning a small cross-disciplinary field of what might be called 'eurovisiopsephology' incorporating insights from politics, sociology and computer science... In particular, the period since the mid-90s has seen the emergence of large geographical voting blocs from previously small voting partnerships, which initially appeared in the early 90s." 2. "World Telephone Cultures" <http://www.netjeff.com/humor/item.cgi?file=HelloOnTelephoneWorldwide> Looks at the differing approaches to phone call procedure and etiquette from around the world.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Posted by Bruno at 5:36pm