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#1 BlueMound


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Posted 01 May 2012 - 09:03 PM

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Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:12 PM

I went to that site and looked up Fort Worth, here's what they had to say:

Using cutting-edge technology derived from the MIT Media Lab, and sponsored by Mensa, we have derived a social-media model that integrates Tweets, Chirps, Facebook Updates, Four-square Checkins, Yelps, Twiddles, and all sorts of things that you don't know about or participate in but perhaps would if you were younger, hipper, and in better shape. We ran the data through a proprietary data-regression model and then divide by the square root of pi. From this process we have gleaned several valuable insights into Fort Worth, that would not have occurred to those of you who have attempted to understand the city without using a computer (*snicker*). Among these insights: West side is safe but boring, East side is not safe but also boring, South side is interesting and not safe, and North side has cattle. Rich people live downtown. And most of your sidewalks do not connect to one another.

Stunning how much we can learn from these computer models.

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