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March 21st, 2008, 05:14 PM
At a conference I was at last week one of the talks I liked best was Brian Dorsey's presentation about NoonHat:

NoonHat website (http://www.noonhat.com/lunch/)
YouTube presentation (http://youtube.com/watch?v=2f4c1dQW3vY)

The key observation which led Brian to develop it was that people are rarely exposed to differing points of view. They pretty much hang with people they agree with. He put up a graph (of the nodes and arcs type) which showed the "also bought" association of a set of books related to the 2004 presidential election. Not too surprisingly, there were lots of connections between books of one political stripe, but very few between books with dissimilar viewpoints.

The result was NoonHat.com. I signed up for lunch at the conference, but got no matches. I also signed up for a lunch in Chicago's Loop on Thursday. That didn't pan out either. Still, I think it's a great idea, so I'm spreading the word. Check it out, see if you agree. If so, sign up for lunch. Pass it around.


Skip Montanaro - skip@pobox.com - http://www.webfast.com/~skip/