Below is a narrated powerpoint from a presentation I gave at South by Southwest Interactive on March 11, 2012. The point of this presentation was to explore the intersection of technology and psychology, and hopefully to convince technologists to try to use our data to examine intangible things like values. While the talk focuses more on psychology, many of the ideas were inspired by the semantic datasets we work with at Ranker. Working with semantic datasets puts one in the mindset of considering synergy among different fields with different kinds of data.
Objectum Sexuals -are a group of people who fall in love with objects. They believe that this is a reciprocated feeling and that they can communicate telepathically with these items.
This list is compiled of 13 people who suffer from OS, one woman on the list, Amy Wolf , is in love with a fairground ride called 1001 Nacht. She shows her love for the ride by writing it poetry, and carrying around extra nuts and bolts from the ride.
Erika La Tour Eiffel married the Eiffel Tower and then legally changed her name to “take” the last name of her wife. Yes, Erika gets a “sense of gender” and the Eiffel Tower is apparently a female. Erika joined the US Air Force but during her training, was sexually assaulted, and defended herself with a Japanese sword, which was her lover at the time. She refused to give up (break up) with the weapon and was then discharged from the military for psychological reasons. She then fell in love with an archery bow – she became a US medal champion in archery – but her feelings for the bow had run it’s course and that relationship ended. That’s when Erika moved on to Eiffel, on their one-year anniversary, Erika goes back to visit the Eiffel Tower to consummate their marriage. She lifts up her skirt, and straddles one of the beams with “no barrier” between them.
All of this can be seen in a documentary called “Married To The Eiffel Tower”, or you can just take a look at our list.
It’s the weekend and I’m pretty excited for it. I’ve got a lot of things planned, Disneyland, catching up on my DVR (DO NOT tell me what happens on Downton Abbey, I haven’t watched yet), maybe seeing a new movie. What are you guys up to this weekend?
Let’s look back over the week and see what cool lists the internet put out:
We used this list during our “Friday Game Day” I really did think that rice killed birds…and I could not believe this rabbit was real:
But he is, that’s Herman (the bunny not the man) he’s 22 pounds and three feet tall. Daaaaang!
This list is insane, how badly do you have to want an iPhone that you would give your kidney for it? The phone is only cool for about 20 mins, then you just get sick of it. Your kidney on the other hand is good for a lifetime!
Lists Of Note put together this really awesome and interesting list. Apparently, Kubrick and his personal assistant, Tony Frewin, kept an ever-growing, lighthearted list of potential movie titles that they called, “Titles in search of a script.” This is an excerpt from it. The creative mind is such an amazing and crazy thing.
Kate Upton is the new model for this years SI: Swimsuit Issue, so naturally we had to make a list of the hottest models…because Kate is pretty hard to beat.
Do I need to explain this one? It’s cats and dogs… two creature who are thought to be mortal enemies hugging and it is adorable.
There it is the weekend round-up. Question for you guys, how many of you would be interested in seeing a video series of these featuring Ranker people? Maybe even a few of you guys as special guests? Think about it and let us know!!
While the pop music world is still reeling from the loss of Whitney Houston, one of its most influential artists, Ranker.com (www.ranker.com) has released a list of artists who have been deemed “gone too soon” by Ranker’s users. These artists are ranked not only by how great their music was at the time of their death, but what their future might have meant to the world of music. Having garnered thousands of votes and views by the site’s devotees, this list is considered to be the definitive word on the greatest rock stars who died prematurely.
According to Ranker.com, the most significant loss to the music industry was Jimi Hendrix, followed by John Lennon and Jim Morrison, rounding out the top five is Janis Joplin and Kurt Cobain. The 46 artists on this list also included such legends as Freddy Mercury, Buddy Holly and Jerry Garcia, and ended with perhaps the less likely inclusion of Harry Nilsson. In addition, 15 other lists have been created by voters to represent a wide variety of opinions. The full list of Rock Stars Whose Deaths Were the Most Untimely may be viewed on Ranker.com at http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/rock-stars-whose-deaths-were-the-most-untimely.
Ranker.com publishes lists created and ranked by its visitors that are data driven by popular opinion. Available on Ranker.com are lists on any topic imaginable, including everything from the best films of all time or the best vehicles for teenage drivers, to less serious fare like Simpsons jokes that actually came true. Truly something for everyone.
For more information on our site please contact Benjamin Dunn , Ranker.com, (323) 782-9800, Ben@ranker.com
Ranker does everything with a twist, we don’t just do “Best Of” lists we do “Best Of And Then Some” lists. For example we don’t just “great singers” we do Vocalists Who Would Be Lost Without Their Guitars. See, a little twist goes a long way!
So, this Tuesday happens to be Valentine’s day, and so we’re going to tell you some twisted facts about today.
February has long been celebrated as a “romantic month” mainly because it contains Valentine’s Day. This day is all about candies, flowers, and love– or is it? The legend of Valentine’s Day is clouded in mystery but what we do know is this:
There are 3 different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. Whoa, that got dark.
One of the more famous stories is of course, a more romantic one see, Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, so being the sweetheart that he was, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing that it was B.S to deny people marriage (do you hear that prop 8?), defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine was found out, Claudius ordered that he be put to death. Now, that is a man that believes in the sanctity of marriage.
But there are other stories that would have you believe that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. This legend says, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first “valentine” greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl–maybe his jailor’s daughter–who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed “From your Valentine,” an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is unclear it’s always very romantic and somewhat dangerous.
So there you have it…the twist truth on this Tuesday Valentine’s Day Edition!
ROUND UP! This is an emotional post for me, see this first item on this list….well, ugh, okay, guys look here’s the thing…I love Star Wars, I really love it. I feel like I would fit in in the at the cantina, and that I’d be cool with Han, and that Leia would totally go for me. She would, I’m way more charming than Solo. But with the 3D version coming out…and Lucus being all over the place, it’s hurt my Star Wars relationship and THIS…THIS WAS THE LAST STRAW BETWEEN ME AND GEORGE LUCAS:
Shenanigans! I call complete and utter shenanigans! HAN SHOT FIRST! Everyone knows Han shot first, you cannot rewrite history! This matters people, this matters a lot. How dare he. HOW DARE HE!!!
Oscars are coming up, and this list bugs me. See, I liked Roberto Benigni’s excitement. I didn’t like a 9 year old Anna Paquin winning, or Catherine Zeta Jones (who completely ruined it by being pregnant). So this list needs some attention, and some good voting.
Two Words: Macaulay Culkin. He’s the dark horse in this race, guys. Since Mila Kunis left him….it’s been a ticking clock.
(Famous)Girls With Tattoos
I liked this list because it allowed me to play a really fun game on Facebook with you guys, and I like when we spend time together (and Megan Fox). Okay?!
Tao Of Pooh, read it. Enough Said.
You know the drill, leave your favorites in the comments!
It’s that time where I round up the best links of the week. So, in no particular order here we go:
1. 5 Lost Photos That Could Have Changed History
How you lose these things is beyond me. I’m little and I can’t reach very high to use shelves, so I find myself stuffing things in nooks and crannies around the office and I always find them. How are you going to lose photos that were taken at the exact moment RFK was shot? Those are important.
From RFK who deserved fame to those that DO NOT. I like to watch reality TV as much as the next mascot but Jersey Shore and the Kardashians…I don’t get it. Did you know Kim K get’s $10,00o to tweet?! WHY!?
This one is upsetting and hilarious. One girl says Canada is a state, they don’t know the capital city of the state they’re currently in. Wow.
I really like this list because it’s not the usual “best musician” list it has an added edge. And really where would Hendrix be without his guitar?
5. This Picture:
It’s so funny because it’s true. This guy is a big drinker if all his hype is to be believed. Plus I idolize this guy, I’d like to be Ranky: The Most Interesting Mascot In The World, but I drink pressed juice…not beer.
So, there is is the top five links of the week. Honorable mention goes out to EVERYBODY that played our Fun Friday game, that was a blast! I can’t wait for next Friday…I’m cooking up some good ones.
Tell me what your favorite things this week were!
It’s time for the weekend roundup! So, in no particular order here are the top five things we liked from around the internet.
Dogs are stupidly cute. They’re cute almost all of the time, so of course seeing them posed in these positions is a win. It makes me want to see War Dog, cause god knows I did not want to see War Horse. Can you even believe that it was nominated for best picture? There’s a scene that’s almost 30 mins (feels like hours) of him trying to get this horse to plow a field, you put that chihuahua down in a field it’s gonna run, cut that scene down to 5 minutes.
I am so ready for Game of Thrones to start that every thing that is fantasy related makes me happy. So this is right up my alley. It’s unbelieveable to me that at the time of this post Westeros is 15th! 15th!!!! Guys, that world is amazing…there’s seven kingdoms, and dragons, and really attractive women.
Some people just don’t deserve things. There I said it. Sarah Jessica Parker did not deserve a SAG award! And I didn’t even like Dreamgirls….but I love Beyonce. Sometimes I do my “Ranky Dance” to her music.
4. This Picture:
This old woman is amazing. She’s carrying three guns and told a cop she’s not afraid of a “f*&#ing thing”. Makes us think about Grandma Ranky…she was pretty B.A herself, that’s where we got it from.
I love reading, and I love tattoos so this is a win. I also had fun playing a game on Facebook today with most you where you had to guess the book the literary tattoo came from. It’s fun to know what people are into and what matters to them. There were so many “Giving Tree” and Kurt Vonnegut tattoos our little listing heart swelled. Those are two of our favorites, and as you can tell from the site, I have a lot of favorites.
Honorable mention goes to my debut on Wednesday. I had such an awesome reception and really appreciate it. So, thanks guys!
Now you know what I liked from this week, I want to know what you liked. Leave it in the comments, tweet at me @Ranker, or head to FB and tell me there.
OH, and guys one more thing…I want to know what you want to read about on this blog. See, I was thinking about doing Twisted Tuesdays where we talk about crazy news. What do you think?
My name is Ranky and I’m the new face of Ranker, you’ll be hearing from me a lot on this blog and on twitter. I know you guys already know some facts about me but what you may not know is that I take being a mascot very seriously. It’s not just a job it’s a lifestyle.
I feel like mascots have been pushed aside and haven’t gotten the respect they deserve. We’re more than just an adorable face! I don’t want to get all political but I’m passionate about my role and about my fellow mascots. See, I’m a huge sports fan and I really love Sportscenter those commercials crack me up! While I was at the Ranker office this video was brought to my attention:
That’s the Hilltopper and boy, if you want to have a wild night give that guy a call. Even though Hilltopper has since given up the life, I gotta say this video made me a little annoyed, yeah it was all in good fun and those guys at Sportscenter are awesome, but mascot bathroom rights are no joke. It’s really hard to hold it when you’ve got a tiny bladder like I do.
So, I’ve decided to give mascots a voice, you should expect to hear from me quite often sounding off about this or that, talking about my favorite lists. I like to write and memorize lists…just like that guy from Criminal Minds…did you see that episode? It was on last week the one about the Zodiac killer? Wasn’t it so good? Anyway…
It was very nice to e-meet you!