Thursday, September 8th, 2011...19:05

My 7 Links

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My friend Meliha invited me to take part in the Tripbase My 7 Links Project which asks me to identify:

  • My most beautiful post
  • My most popular post
  • My most controversial post
  • My most helpful post
  • A post whose success surprised me
  • A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
  • The post that I am most proud of

Even though Tripbase is focused on travel, I won’t necessarily restrict my selections to travel related posts.

My most beautiful post
I think that would have to be the Final Launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis (well as it turned out, the penultimate launch). Not only are the photos beautiful, but the opportunity to experience a launch of a space shuttle has sadly gone the way of the Dodo.

My most popular post
According to Google Analytics it’s Predicting When Derek Jeter’s 3000th Hit Will Occur. I was completely wrong, mainly due to Jeter going on the disabled list and missing 20 or so games.

My most controversial post
Definitely IBM Watson Vs. Google Search. In addition to the comments on my blog, “kenjackson” slighted me on Hacker News. What cracks me up the most is how people who don’t work at Google think they authoritatively know how Google works and what it does and doesn’t do with regard to A.I. and natural language processing.

My most helpful post
Most likely GPX Elevation Profile Plotting With The Google Chart API. Based on the traffic and when my page shows up in search results I think most people find the GPX parsing/elevation calculation code useful as when I wrote it there weren’t many examples that just worked e.g. people would describe calculations or enumerate the mathematical formulas, but didn’t commit them to code.

A post whose success surprised me
I don’t really know if any of my posts can be considered a “success” but maybe my research into some Art History after a visit to the musée du Louvre fits the bill.

A post I feel didn’t get the attention it deserved
After re-reading my waxing philosophical post about Redwood Trees surprised me. According to Google Analytics not many people have read this post, but I think it’s probably one of my best.

The post that I am most proud of
Idea-wise, the previous post may be the one I’m most proud of; however, in terms of travel and personal achievements I’d have to say my Great Expectations post takes the cake as I wove together 3 mentally and physically challenging endeavors and question why I do the things I do.

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