A Closer Look at Archeo: Josh Kline’s “Skittles”



Josh Kline’s “Skittles,” part of the group exhibition Archeo, is an industrial refrigerator containing smoothies produced by the artist using unconventional and poetic combinations of ingredients, including kale chips, squid ink, sneakers, phone bills, and pepper spray. Each smoothie stands as a portrait of a different contemporary lifestyle. When grouped together, they evoke a landscape of aspiration, taste, and – at times – deprivation in a metropolis like New York City.

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This post - the ingredients’ listing part, which is it’s essence - is, to me, some kind of Turing’s test, separating NYC crowd from the rest of Americans, and all the USA-living folks from the rest of us.

Half of the stuff in there - I have no idea what it even is, let alone what crowd it’s associated with, is it “in” or “out” and for which social group …

Am I so helplessly and hopelessly behind on life? …

Reddit’s window of virality

Have you ever wondered why most of the posts on Reddit’s front page are less than 12 hours old? Or why a post with a score of 4,000 is ranked below a 3,000-score post? It all has to do with Reddit’s window of virality.

Each post on Reddit has a score attached to it: score = upvotes – downvotes. Reddit’s “hotness” algorithm uses this score in combination with the post’s age to rank every single post on Reddit.

Amir Salihefendic wrote a fantastic post explaining the nitty-gritty of how Reddit’s hotness algorithm works, so I won’t bother repeating that here. Instead, I’ll jump right into the visualization showing us Reddit’s window of virality.

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