Ellusionist :: Magic Beyond Belief 2017 | Ellusionist
At Ellusionist, we have one goal: to give you the power to perform magic beyond belief. We want to make you the life of any party. We want to make you into a performer. Composed of 12 individuals, we barely sleep, and we will do anything necessary to bring you the best magic, the best talent, the best training and playing cards possible.
magic 
yesterday
DAN & DAVE - Makers of Magical Things
Masters of sleight of hand and pioneers of cardistry, Dan and Dave manifests their lifestyle of wonder, prestige, and fashion. From a curated collection to bespoke offerings, our brand focuses on a timeless aesthetic for the young at heart and wealthy in mind.
magic 
yesterday
1. Makélélé and Linear Algebra | Graphical Linear Algebra
Linear algebra is the Claude Makélélé of science and mathematics. Makélélé is a well-known, retired football player, a French international. He played in the famous Real Madrid team of the early 2000s. That team was full of “galácticos” — the most famous and glamorous players of their generation. Players like Zidane, Figo, Ronaldo and Roberto Carlos. Makélélé was hardly ever in the spotlight, he was paid less than his more celebrated colleagues and was frequently criticised by fans and journalists. His style of playing wasn’t glamorous. To the casual fan, there wasn’t much to get excited about: he didn’t score goals, he played boring, unimaginative, short sideways passes, he hardly ever featured in match highlights. In 2003 he signed for Chelsea for relatively little money, and many Madrid fans cheered. But their team started losing matches.
mathematics  p-haskell 
2 days ago
How do Promises Work? - Quils in Space
Most implementations of JavaScript happen to be single-threaded, and given the language’s semantics, people tend to use callbacks to direct concurrent processes. While there isn’t anything particularly wrong with using Continuation-Passing Style in JavaScript, in practice it’s very easy for them to make the code harder to read, and more procedural than it should be.
p-js 
2 days ago
100 Notable Books of 2015 - The New York Times
The year’s notable fiction, poetry and nonfiction, selected by the editors of The New York Times Book Review. This list represents books reviewed since Dec. 7, 2014, when we published our previous Notables list.
books-list 
2 days ago
The Y Combinator (no, not that one) – Ayaka Nonaka – Medium
Lambda calculus (or λ-calculus) was invented by Alonzo Church in 1930 as a formal system for expressing computation. Although it has the word “calculus” in it, it is far from related to the calculus that Newton and Leibniz invented. In fact, it is a lot closer to programming than mathematics as most of us know it.
p-general  p-haskell 
2 days ago
Write You a Haskell ( Stephen Diehl )
Fundamental to all functional languages is the most atomic notion of composition, function abstraction of a single variable. The lambda calculus consists very simply of three terms and all valid recursive combinations thereof.
p-general  p-haskell 
3 days ago
24 Days of GHC Extensions: Deriving
In Haskell we use type classes to overload functions for multiple types where there are several sensible implementations. However, many of these functions are almost mechanical to write, making them tedious to write out by hand. Today, we’ll focus on extensions to the deriving mechanism. These allows us to automatically derive some useful common instances for our own datatypes and thus leave us with less code to maintain.
p-haskell 
3 days ago
On Value and Digital Minimalism - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
The core idea of digital minimalism is to be more intentional about technology in your life. Digital minimalists carefully curate these technologies to best support things they value.
minimalism 
3 days ago
What Every Programmer Should Know About Memory
As CPU cores become both faster and more numerous, the limiting factor for most programs is now, and will be for some time, memory access. Hardware designers have come up with ever more sophisticated memory handling and acceleration techniques–such as CPU caches–but these cannot work optimally without some help from the programmer. Unfortunately, neither the structure nor the cost of using the memory subsystem of a computer or the caches on CPUs is well understood by most programmers. This paper explains the structure of memory subsystems in use on modern commodity hardware, illustrating why CPU caches were developed, how they work, and what programs should do to achieve optimal performance by utilizing them.
p-general  hardware 
3 days ago
Keep Your Identity Small
I think what religion and politics have in common is that they become part of people's identity, and people can never have a fruitful argument about something that's part of their identity. By definition they're partisan.
philosophy 
3 days ago
Google Cloud Platform Blog: Why you should pick strong consistency, whenever possible
Do you like complex application logic? We don’t either. One of the things we’ve learned here at Google is that application code is simpler and development schedules are shorter when developers can rely on underlying data stores to handle complex transaction processing and keeping data ordered. To quote the original Spanner paper, “we believe it is better to have application programmers deal with performance problems due to overuse of transactions as bottlenecks arise, rather than always coding around the lack of transactions.”1
p-distributed 
4 days ago
bobatkey/CS316-17: The 2017-18 edition of Strathclyde's CS316 "Functional Programming" course
Welcome to the webpage for The University of Strathclyde CS316 "Functional Programming"!
p-haskell 
4 days ago
Library Genesis / LibGen - The Meta Library
Based in Russia, this is the largest and longest running currently openly available collection. Headed by a team led by bookwarrior and Bill_G (of fiction torrent fame), they have several initiatives: i. over 1.5 million files of mainly non-fiction ebooks, ii. an equivalent number of mainly fiction ebooks, iii. +20 million papers from journals of science, history, art etc., iv. comics, magazines and paintings; totally amounting to at least 100 TB -- easily the Library of Congress of the digital world.

LibGen is actually a movement of sorts -- they are driven by a true intention to liberate access to knowledge rather than just go on DRMrip binges. Historically they have worked by downloading whole collections that have already been posted in fora or as torrents, although a significant portion is also due to individual efforts, especially after about 800k which marked their acquisition of the Lnu collection after its destruction.

The high point of their ingenious survival is http://www.sci-hub.org, which routes to JStor, Springer, Elsevier, Sage and other journal publishing biggies pretending to be university workstations.
books-list 
5 days ago
My unusual hobby | Stephan Boyer
When I come home from work, I try to prove theorems in a proof assistant. Usually the theorems are related to functional programming or type systems.
It’s a masochistic hobby. Convincing a computer that a theorem is true can be quite difficult compared to convincing a human. But if I can get a computer to accept my proof, then a) I must have a pretty good understanding of it, and b) it really must be right!
I use the Coq theorem prover for formalizing proofs. Coq is a beautiful and simple language [1]—far simpler than the languages I use at work! Its beauty is hidden beneath a rather ugly IDE [2]:
p-haskell  formal-verification 
5 days ago
My Mistakes - Gwern.net
This list is not for specific facts of which there are too many to record, nor is it for falsified predictions like my belief that George W. Bush would not be elected (for those see Prediction markets or my PredictionBook.com page), nor mistakes in my private life (which go into a private file), nor things I never had an initial strong position on (Windows vs Linux, Java vs Haskell). The following are some major ideas or sets of ideas that I have changed my mind about:
philosophy 
5 days ago
Rust in 2018: it's way easier to use! - Julia Evans
I’ve been using Rust on and off since late 2013. 4 weeks ago, I picked up Rust again, and the language is SO MUCH EASIER than it was the last time I tried it (May 2016). I think that’s really exciting! So I wanted to talk about why I like using Rust today, and a couple of ideas for where Rust could go in the next year! (as a response to the call for community blogposts).
p-general 
6 days ago
Chapter-1.3 - Gwern.net
CHAPTER 1.3: FORMULATING ABSTRACTIONS WITH HIGHER-ORDER PROCEDURES
p-haskell 
6 days ago
Mental models
This page covers every mental model needed for making great decisions.
self-improvement 
7 days ago
Research Debt
Achieving a research-level understanding of most topics is like climbing a mountain. Aspiring researchers must struggle to understand vast bodies of work that came before them, to learn techniques, and to gain intuition. Upon reaching the top, the new researcher begins doing novel work, throwing new stones onto the top of the mountain and making it a little taller for whoever comes next.
philosophy  p-ml 
7 days ago
Improving Ourselves to Death | The New Yorker
In our current era of non-stop technological innovation, fuzzy wishful thinking has yielded to the hard doctrine of personal optimization. Self-help gurus need not be charlatans peddling snake oil. Many are psychologists with impressive academic pedigrees and a commitment to scientific methodologies, or tech entrepreneurs with enviable records of success in life and business. What they’re selling is metrics. It’s no longer enough to imagine our way to a better state of body or mind. We must now chart our progress, count our steps, log our sleep rhythms, tweak our diets, record our negative thoughts—then analyze the data, recalibrate, and repeat.
philosophy  self-improvement 
7 days ago
Neural Networks, Types, and Functional Programming -- colah's blog
This essay extends the representations narrative to a new answer: deep learning studies a connection between optimization and functional programming.
p-ml 
12 days ago
21 Best Tips On Making A Long Distance Relationship Work
It’s helpful to know when the other person is busy and when he/she is free, so that you can drop a text or make a call at the right time. You wouldn’t want to disturb your partner when he/she is in the middle of class or halfway through a business meeting. Know the small and big events that are taking place or will take place in each other’s life e.g. college mid-terms and exams, important business trips and meetings, job interviews and etc. This is especially essential when the both of you are living in different time zones.
relationships 
14 days ago
Coding Horror
I'm Jeff Atwood. I live in Berkeley, CA with my wife, two cats, one three children, and a whole lot of computers. I was weaned as a software developer on various implementations of Microsoft BASIC in the 80's, starting with my first microcomputer, the Texas Instruments TI-99/4a. I continued on the PC with Visual Basic 3.0 and Windows 3.1 in the early 90's, although I also spent significant time writing Pascal code in the first versions of Delphi. I am now quite comfortable in VB.NET or C#, despite the evils of case sensitivity. I'm currently learning Ruby.
blogs 
20 days ago
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
this is a very good read RT @yonatanzunger: “Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain”
blockchain 
20 days ago
Setting up the Environment - DataSploit
Irrespective of whether you are attacking a target or defending one, you need to have a clear picture of the threat landscape before you get in. This is where DataSploit comes into the picture. Utilizing various Open Source Intelligence (OSINT) tools and techniques that we have found to be effective, DataSploit brings them all into one place.
security 
22 days ago
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