We’re On The Map (The Internet Map, That Is)

The Internet Map - C-Section Comics - 04

The Internet Map (http://internet-map.net/) is a cool new website which maps the top 350,000 sites on the internet by similarity and popularity. According to Gizmodo, “each site is represented by a circle whose size depends on the amount of traffic, and the space between each one is determined by the frequency with which users jump from one to another.”  Furthermore, websites are clustered together according to their content. Quoting Ruslan Enikeev, the site’s developer:

As one might have expected, the largest clusters are formed by national websites, i.e. sites belonging to one country. For the sake of convenience, all websites relative to a certain country carry the same color. For instance, the red zone at the top corresponds to Russian segment of the net, the yellow one on the left stands for the Chinese segment, the purple one on the right is Japanese, the large light-blue central one is the American segment, etc.

Importantly, clusters on the map are semantically charged, i.e. they join websites together according to their content. For example, a vast porno cluster can be seen between Brazil and Japan as well as a host of minor clusters uniting websites of the same field or similar purposes.

Being a typical Generation-Y narcissist, I immediately rushed to check where C-Section Comics is located. Here are some photos (click each photo for a larger image):

C-Section Comics is a relatively small planet, orbiting the gas giant Reddit (that’s the giant light blue planet left of us).

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Zooming out, we could see that we are located in a cluster which (as far as I can tell) contains mainly geeky image based sites. Geekologie and Dorkly are geek blogs (lots of tech and gadget related stuff), while Threadless.com is a “design a T-shirt” site which contains lots of geek designs.

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Zooming out farther, we are now viewing a cluster which mainly consists American image based sites. 9GAG, Reddit, Tumblr, Imgur, Flickr, etc. (I’m not really sure what “American” means here – 9GAG for example is based in Hong Kong. I assume “American” indicates where the majority of the website’s crowd comes from).

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You can explore the map yourself and find where your favorite sites are located by visiting http://internet-map.net/

And if you find any interesting insights, please share them with the rest of the class.

Overly Attached Bride

Woke up this morning and drew myself a caricature of “Overly Attached Girlfriend”.

Overly Attached Bride - a Caricature of Overly Attached Girlfriend

– “Overly Attached WHO?!”
– “Sorry grandma, here’s the brief…”

Overly Attached Girlfriend is a relatively new meme that was born on June 2012. It all started when a girl called Laina Walker posted this video on YouTube, in which she performs a mock version of Justin Bieber’s new single.

In her version Laina changed the lyrics, as they would have been sung by a crazed, overly attached girlfriend. It was all part of an attempt to win a contest which was held by Justin Bieber, but destiny (and the wise spirits of the Internet) had different plans for this girl – the video was picked up by Reddit and became an instant hit, receiving more than a million views in just over two days. Memes with Laina’s face began appearing soon after, evolving around the crazed needy girlfriend story.

Overly Attached Girlfriend Meme - Deleted Your Porn

Overly Attached Girlfriend Meme - I Just Met You

(via Know Your Meme)

The latest from Laina came yesterday, when she posted a Q&A video, answering questions from her numerous fans.

Will Laina be able to leverage her sudden fame to do something bigger, or will she fade away from out collective consciousness after her 15 minutes of fame pass? You can follow her Twitter account and her Facebook page and find out for yourself.

RIP Eduard Khil

Eduard Khil in Heaven - RIP Trololo Guy

 

Eduard Khil, a.k.a.” The Trololo Guy”, died today at age 77. I won’t write at length about Mr.Khil, as there are already numerous articles about him and the phenomenon he unknowingly created.

Personally, he  touched my life in two small ways

  1. His song made it to my YouTube playlist, and it’s one of those tunes that you can find very useful when you need to clear your mind and concentrate real hard on something.
  2. More importantly, he proved to me that it’s never too late to be discovered 🙂

 

Here’s the original “Trololo” song:

 

And here’s a beautiful piano version of the song by Lara:

 

 

Passing the Torch

Passing the Torch - Women's Day Cartoon by C-Section Comics

This is a  cartoon I drew for International’s Women’s Day 2012. It depicts women from different cultures and times in history, who managed to excel in their various fields of expertise. The women, led by Queen Cleopatra VII, are passing their torch of excellence to to a young girl, who in turn represents the next generation of leading women.

To all women (and men) around the world reading this, have a wonderful International’s Women’s Day 2012!