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February 17, 2011


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That's always fun when an order-of-magnitude kick in visits/views happens. And can be fun to try and figure out why. I once had a simple post showing an image get on StumbleUpon, which led to several thousand hits in one day. I consider it a win if just 2 or 3 of those thousands of visitors actually come back again someday. Safe travels.

This is a wonderful example of how determinate activity can (briefly) overturn a power law. For some reason that graph made me think of Zipf's law (I used to work as a vocabulary monger), and a quick search found this: http://web.me.com/kristofferrypdal/Themes_Site/Scale_invariance.html
Reading backwards from your latest, I keep focusing on sorting, the intervention that turns grains to images, assembles museum collections, drives traffic above its usual Boltzmann flow. It's not a bad functional definition of life, as Prigogine of course pointed out long since.

And then of course there are all the application of granular physics to life in general - jamming, both grains and traffic, and so on. It's all just too entertaining!

And thanks for reminding me of Zipf's law...

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