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Every year, intrepid Ph.D. students face off in a high-stakes competition for honor, glory, and the intermingling of science and art. The goal: Dance your Ph.D. thesis….
The dissertation research began with a two-choice, forced-interval experiment in which 29 humans were asked to rate isolated sounds from most to least percussive. The sound characteristic of rise time was found to be the most correlated with percussion of the characteristics tested. The experiment is represented in the dance by the first two interactions between Alain and Shiny, during which Shiny expresses his inability to correctly choose the stronger percussion sound.
… The final stage of the dissertation research was to use the detection algorithm with real-world music to discover self-similarity in the percussion patterns. By using auto-correlation analysis, the detection algorithm can be used to time the repetition and near repetition in music percussion. Shiny demonstrates the self-similarity of the music by several final repetitve dance moves, repeating appropriately at the time scale of beats, measures, and phrases.
Clearly this is must-see TV:
We were trying to ignore this video, but now that Gothamist picked up the story and it specifically references Williamsburg…
Also, that’s a rather large bag of coke, hobo hipster. Dayum.
NabeWise is a pretty cool website dedicated to the online exploration of various neighborhoods throughout the country. The sharing of local experiences combined with basic neighborhood data such as school ratings, real estate values, photos, videos, etc. allow people to find their perfect life-space from the safety of a computer screen…like a little nerdy, nomadic Goldilocks.
But what is specifically intriguing is NabeWise users’ takes on our own home sweet home, which is divided in three sections – Williamsburg, East Williamsburg and South Williamsburg. Here are some highlights illustrating slightly arbitrary distinctions and affiliations (i.e., East Williamsburg includes what many would proudly call Bushwick):
Nabe Reputation: lists the tags attributed to a neighborhood by NabeWise users; the bold italicized are funny
- Williamsburg: cool, filthy, hazardous waste, Jewish, McCarren Park, musicians, trendy, Williamsburg Bridge, young, aggressively ironic, artsy, dives, gritty, hipster, indie, ironic, pbr, too skinny jeans
- East Williamsburg: great graffiti, hipster, hipster families, industrial, more affordable than Williamsburg, Motorino, new condos, White Castle
- South Williamsburg: Hasidic, Hispanic, JMZ trains, Jewish, diner, hazardous waste, L Train, McCarren Park, old breweries, Puerto Rican, trust fund, great food, indie, lofts, White Castle
High and Low Rankings: depicts the NabeWise calculations in various sectors
- Williamsburg ranks…
- #2 Hipsters
- #3 Trendy
- #5 Singles
- East Williamsburg ranks…
- #1 Hipsters
- #3 Industrial
- #7 Artists / Creatives
- South Williamsburg ranks…
- #1 Gays/Lesbians
- #3 Hipsters
- #5 Beautiful People