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USA-UK Trade Data in Two Charts

How important is the UK to the USA as a trading partner?

Here is the data from the US Census for Septembre 2017.

For the US, the UK represents a whopping 4% of total worldwide exports and 2% all imports.

Screen Shot 2017-11-28 at 19.50.13Downlod the table USA-UK Trade Data

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College Budget Spreadsheets

Here are two spreadsheets to calculate your college expenses.

Download the excel format College Budget (.xlsx)

College Budget Spreadsheet

College Budget Spreadsheet

Nordtrom’s $425 Fake Mud-Dirty Jeans

 

Nordstrom has recently made available for sale a $425 pair of jeans. Nordstrom Dirty Mud Jeans

These jeans are described as “Heavily distressed”.

Moreover, they embody the

rugged, Americana workwear that’s seen some hard-working action with a crackled, caked-on muddy coating that shows you’re not afraid to get down and dirty.

A clean looking equivalent in the same site would cost “only” $!88.

There has been outrage and scorn on twitter

On the other hand, you could argue that the outrage is misplaced and delayed. After all the more holes in a pair of jeans the more it costs.

Ripped Shredded Jeans Macy's

Fear Of Missing Out #FOMO

#FOMO

On a recent episode of Hidden Brain NPR host Shankar Vedantam interviewed a woman who spent a lot of time on Facebook. One of the reasons why she did so is because of #FOMO, the fear of missing out on fun or happiness other people might have.

Is there cash inside?

This morning at Victoria Station in London I saw how brands exploit this fear.

The popular Walkers Crips brand challenged travellers to find money in a given amount of time. The way it works is that a person goes inside the box and is subject to a storm of worthless paper, but among these sheets of paper there might be actual money.

Obviously most people come out without have won anything (I didn’t see any winners while I was there) but a substantial number of people were clamouring to try their luck.

So if you are susceptible to #fomo perhaps you should play the lottery. You never know.

Net Neutrality

When Donald Trump pulled off a stunning victory to win the U.S. presidency, the entire world began to speculate about what a Trump administration will look like. As the chief executive of a native advertising network, I — and many others that work in digital media — am keeping a particularly close eye on how…

via The implications of the end of net neutrality — TechCrunch

Graffiti In London’s Brick Lane

Is This Twitter Account Fake? Here Are The Features You Should Be Looking For!

As I was reading through the tweets with a #trident hashtag I found a succession of tweets from different accounts that were identical and posted within seconds of one another.

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What is the likelihood that a dozen different people with distinct first and last names post the same thing at almost the same time?

So I went on to investigate a little further and here is what I found.

  • These accounts follow between 70 to 100 people.
  • They in turn are followed by 50 to 70.
  • In terms of post, some like Josh Wallace and Sarah Bentall have posted 12.5k times while others likeLayla Hare and Mandy Blume. have posted very close to 5800 times.
  • They tend to follow one another, so for instance, Mandy Blume, follows Jaime Frazer who follows Layla Hare who follows back Mandy Blume.
  • They post only news links in the same order at the same time.

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It is difficult to believe that a dozen humans would have such a coordinated pattern of posting. More like this is the result of algorithmic posting. This is not unlike a similar pattern I had found on Linkedin earlier this year.

This suggests that if we wanted to find out a way to identify non-human twitter accounts we should look for the following features:

  • small to negligible standard deviation in terms of
    • followers
    • following
    • number of times
    • time of posting
    • date accounts created
  •  90% or more similarity in posts
  • accounts link to one another to make the numbers and influence analytics