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Truth Today, Phrenology Tomorrow: Reporting on Science in Shifting Sands

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Drake’s Note: Originally posted at Stanford’s Earthlede Blog

Would you stake your reputation on statements of someone who will keep their job even if they are dead wrong?

Every day, science journalists head into the field to report, record and publish the slow progress of human knowledge. They meet with scientists who study all manner of things, interview those researchers, and then distill their message into something that begs to be be read by someone who has neither read a journal article nor attended a conference.

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The Best (and Creepiest) Map Mashup Evar

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Maybe it isnt dymanic like the map I made of flickr pictures in my most recent mashup post, but this one is infinitely cooler.



This is a heatmap of the places where you were most likely to find me over the last 3 months. Thanks to Foursquare, the location-based nerdmeasuring contest, I logged a couple hundred “checkins”, mostly on the stanford campus. A little Python sorcery and the Foursquare API later you get a cool heat-map of my places.

All this is thanks to Steven Lehrburger and he Google App engine.

The two hottest spots are (predictably) McClatchy Hall where I work/attend classes, and Escondido Village, where I live (and of which I am currently Foursquare Mayor). Below is a zoomed-in version

You can also see my occasional check in at the Palo Alto Caltrain Station where I make my commutes up to AllThingsD where I Intern, my occasional checkin at the Aregalla Gym, and even a couple checkins at Facebook HQ.

Weird, yes. The good news is I had to login and authorize this thing eight ways from Sunday to get the map to populate, and event then, no one entity has enough of the info to create a new map- so not too bad.

This is the data marketing companies are starting to salivate over, especially if the data can be logged in real time. We already are offered deals and coupons based on Foursquare locations, but look out for similar offerings in Google maps, NYT.com and wherever else money can be made.