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The continuing minor intellectual impact of kuro5hin.org

By Delirium in Meta
Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:32:55 PM EST
Tags: kuro5hin, ivory tower, intellectual powerhouse (all tags)
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A little under three years ago I surveyed our contributions to the academic literature, which, while they hardly live up to our true genius, are nonetheless nice to see. I decided to see what sort of additional impact we've had in the years since, but sadly the citations do not roll in at a high rate of speed. I have collected the meagre additions worth mentioning below.


XML is verbose

Juan Julián Merelo Guervós, Pedro A. Castillo, and Enrique Alba (2009). Algorithm::Evolutionary, a flexible Perl module for evolutionary computation. Soft Computing 14(10): 1091-1109.

Regeya's 2004 article "Why YAML? Why not?" gets cited for the proposition that XML is about 10% more efficient than YAML, as one of several reasons for using YAML over XML. Not that the article provided much data for that, but I'll take it.

C# is slow

Ju-Hwan Chaa and Myung-Il Roh (2010). Combined discrete event and discrete time simulation framework and its application to the block erection process in shipbuilding. Advances in Engineering Software 41(4): 656-665.

Continuing in our core competence here, erection processes. Err, I mean settling comparisons between technologies. This paper cites ucblockhead's 2002 article "Language Comparison, C#, C++ and Java" for the proposition that "the running speed of a program written in C# language is generally slower than that of a program written in C++ language".

Source code analysis

M.A. Storey et al. (2007). How programmers can turn comments into waypoints for code navigation. In Proceedings of the 2007 IEEE International Conference on Software Maintenance, 265-274.

As part of a discussion of how programmers use comments as both navigational waypoints and for various kinds of expression, cites Selznak's 2004 article "We Are Morons: a quick look at the Win2k source", which did a brief analysis of the leaked Windows 2000 source code, with a particular focus on some of the comments.

Penis Panics

K.P. Tan (2010). Pontianaks, ghosts, and the possessed: Female monstrosity and national anxiety in Singapore cinema. Asian Studies Review 34(2): 151-170.
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Lino Faccini (2009). The incredible case of the shrinking penis: A Koro-like syndrome in an person with intellectually disability. Sexuality and Disability 27(3): 173-178.

Now this is a subject on which I daresay new Kuro5hin still ought to be proud of its long-ago expertise. Vaughan's 2002 article "Koro: A Natural History of Penis Panics" is cited as a general intro to the subject. It's even a pretty good one, fortunately, and Vaughan has a Phd in a relevant area, so we're legit experts here.

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The continuing minor intellectual impact of kuro5hin.org | 25 comments (23 topical, 2 editorial, 0 hidden)
mostly this old K5 work (none / 0) (#2)
by nostalgiphile on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 12:39:41 PM EST

so the title should be something like the "continuing intellectual impact of early K5", or "how old K5 articles continue to be cited", "how Rusty screwed up K5 by looking at its relevance to academic literature", etc.

Again, this is a pretentious and elitist way to consider the "intellectual impact" of the site--all the articles here are refereed and read by smart people too.

"Depending on your perspective you are an optimist or a pessimist[,] and a hopeless one too." --trhurler

yeah (none / 0) (#3)
by Delirium on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 02:21:12 PM EST

The "intellectual impact" is meant somewhat tongue-in-cheek. I agree that the intellectual impact k5 has had via random people on the internet reading it is probably more important overall than some obscure journal articles citing us.

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Decline and Fall (none / 0) (#12)
by anonimouse on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 09:48:57 AM EST

In comparison to three years ago, it seems the level of K5 referencing has declined substantially. Far from being an intellectual powerhouse, it has become a gerbil powered exercise wheel.
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did you check to see (3.00 / 7) (#4)
by jxg on Sun Oct 17, 2010 at 02:24:54 PM EST

if any of local roger's stories were cited by the nambla journal?

Tedious. (none / 0) (#5)
by Enlarged to Show Texture on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 08:34:56 AM EST

No, wait, the other one...+1FP


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not an academic journal (none / 1) (#6)
by balsamic vinigga on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 10:10:06 AM EST

But I'm apparently a quote-worthy music critic.

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lemon juice? /nt (none / 0) (#21)
by nostalgiphile on Mon Nov 08, 2010 at 05:42:13 AM EST



"Depending on your perspective you are an optimist or a pessimist[,] and a hopeless one too." --trhurler
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There also were a few citations, (none / 1) (#7)
by Vampire Zombie Abu Musab al Zarqawi on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 12:26:01 PM EST

according to Google Scholar, of my Pol.Sci essay on the then upcoming U.S. elections.

god i hope it's fuckin abridged $ (none / 1) (#9)
by balsamic vinigga on Mon Oct 18, 2010 at 11:33:44 PM EST



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oooh so emo (1.50 / 2) (#10)
by donnalee on Tue Oct 19, 2010 at 08:29:57 PM EST

mendel wasn't cited during his lifetime BOO-HOO-HOO

You forgot an important study of faggotry (3.00 / 4) (#11)
by schlouse on Wed Oct 20, 2010 at 02:57:46 AM EST

K5 story here

I just got an article accepted in (none / 0) (#13)
by Cambria on Thu Oct 21, 2010 at 08:31:39 PM EST

a top organisational psych journal.

I, too, regularly publish in The Literature (none / 0) (#14)
by Delirium on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 02:36:54 AM EST

I've never once cited k5 though, sadly.

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hi, i'm working on epicycles (none / 0) (#15)
by donnalee on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 07:37:48 AM EST



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lol (none / 0) (#26)
by buford on Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 08:45:47 AM EST

Chombria's movin up in the world!

if a man zeros you, he is a spastic with the scroll wheel, and should be pitied.
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What I've always wondered: (none / 0) (#16)
by Pentashagon on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 04:03:04 PM EST

Do the people who used to write interesting articles here do the same thing on a nameless blog somewhere or did they just give up?

Further; with google does it matter where it's published?

I think in large part yes (none / 0) (#17)
by Delirium on Fri Oct 22, 2010 at 06:39:48 PM EST

With the rise of easy personal blogs, and the ability to disseminate the articles via Google and link-aggregator sites like Reddit and HackerNews, I think lots of people who once would've posted articles on K5 instead post on personal blogs and just submit the links places.

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I'm still quite active. (none / 0) (#18)
by /dev/trash on Sat Oct 23, 2010 at 12:14:41 PM EST

And my readers adore me!

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trying to access your old k5 stories throws up a (none / 0) (#20)
by king of fools on Wed Nov 03, 2010 at 11:31:50 PM EST

404 error, lol.

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Actually accessing your old k5 stories ... (none / 0) (#22)
by Peahippo on Tue Nov 09, 2010 at 08:36:36 PM EST

... leads to throwing up, so you're better off, what?

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I blog at MindHacks.com (none / 1) (#23)
by Vaughan on Sat Nov 20, 2010 at 07:13:03 PM EST

The K5 articles were some of my first forays into writing for a non-specialist audience. I now blog regularly at MindHacks.com (and have done for about six years) and have found myself writing professionally as a result.

I have very fond memories of writing the piece for Kuro5hin and I had no idea the Koro article had been cited in the academic literature. Thanks for digging these out.

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my citations (none / 0) (#19)
by donnalee on Thu Oct 28, 2010 at 08:59:53 PM EST

http://www.cs.rochester.edu/~kautz/Courses/290Bspring2008/NeuralNets/NeuralNetsH andwriting/JRec.html

http://courses.cs.vt.edu/~csonline/AI/Lessons/VisualProcessing/Lesson.html

http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.19.2774

http://www.cluteinstitute-onlinejournals.com/PDFs/2004218.pdf

Meaningless! Not even worth a minor footnote is (none / 0) (#24)
by hugin on Thu Dec 02, 2010 at 08:49:43 PM EST

this site.

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