Why everything might have taken so long
I asked why humanity took so long to do anything at the start, and the Internet gave me its thoughts. Here is my expanded list of hypotheses, summarizing from comments on the post, here, and here.
interesting 
13 hours ago
BashFAQ
These are answers to frequently asked questions on channel #bash on the freenode IRC network. These answers are contributed by the regular members of the channel (originally heiner, and then others including greycat and r00t), and by users like you. If you find something inaccurate or simply misspelled, please feel free to correct it!
server 
14 hours ago
Some thoughts on Journal Impact Factor
A colleague just e-mailed me to ask me how I felt about journal impact factor being such a big part of the Academic Ranking of World Universities - they say that 20% of the ranking weight comes from # of papers published in Nature and Science. So what do I think?
altmetrics  academia 
2 days ago
Introduction to Python Ensembles
Ensembles have rapidly become one of the hottest and most popular methods in applied machine learning. Virtually every winning Kaggle solution features them, and many data science pipelines have ensembles in them.
python  machine.learning 
3 days ago
HEY META
Website Meta Tag Check
blogging 
4 days ago
An Intuitive Introduction to Generative Adversarial Networks
In this article, I’ll talk about Generative Adversarial Networks, or GANs for short. GANs are one of the very few machine learning techniques which has given good performance for generative tasks, or more broadly unsupervised learning.
machine.learning 
4 days ago
Spinzero
A Minimal Jupyter Notebook Theme
jupyter  python 
7 days ago
5 Questions to Ask a Job Interviewer
So here are the five best questions to ask a job interviewer when it’s your turn to ask the questions — to both impress your potential employer and help you get useful insights into whether or not this is the right job for you.
engineering  jobs 
10 days ago
GPU Fluid
This GPU implementation of a high-quality, offline fluid solver was written in Summer 2013 as a personal exercise in GPGPU. My main goal here was to become more familiar with versatile GPU algorithms such as stream compaction, and at the same time apply them in an exciting, computation heavy setting. The solver is written in C++ and OpenGL 4. The project is available on github.
engineering 
11 days ago
Mental models
These are some mental models I find useful. They’re rooted in decades of experience of thousands of experts – a modern equivalent of folk wisdom. Mental models are useful to quickly and correctly reason about seemingly intractable problems. They require quite a bit of intuition to properly internalize, but once you’ve internalized them they’re relatively easy to apply. They’re also easy to forget in the moment – use this post as a checklist when thinking about complex problems.
productivity 
12 days ago
Learning Curves for Machine Learning
But how do we diagnose bias and variance in the first place? And what actions should we take once we've detected something?
machine.learning  engineering 
12 days ago
The round-up: Brisbane’s best healthy eating spots as voted by you | The Weekend Edition | What's on in Brisbane
While cooking healthy at home is crucial to seeing positive results, it’s easier than ever to eat healthy while out and about.
brisbane  dates  food 
17 days ago
Mastering Click: Writing Advanced Python Command-Line Apps
How to improve your existing Click Python CLIs with advanced features like sub-commands, user input, parameter types, contexts, and more.
python 
18 days ago
Salary Negotiation: Make More Money, Be More Valued | Kalzumeus Software
Your salary negotiation — which routinely takes less than 5 minutes to conclude — has an outsized influence on what your compensation is.
jobs  engineering  work 
19 days ago
Salted butter chocolate chunk shortbread
The first time I made them, I quick-chilled the log in the freezer and sliced a few off to bake them and thought they were good, very good, even
recipe  food 
20 days ago
Statistical Computing for Scientists and Engineers
The course covers selective topics on Bayesian scientific computing relevant to high-dimensional data-driven engineering and scientific applications.
hacker.news  math  statistics  machine.learning 
21 days ago
OSS/Computer Science
Path to a free self-taught education in Computer Science!
engineering  work  github 
22 days ago
Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25
I could probably find room for such a device in the budget, but I HATE electricity. Too many years of geeky endeavors have resulted in far too many shocks, and mains electricity scares the hell out of me. That discounted the possibility of hooking some kind of sensor to a Raspberry Pi and directly measure the mains.
hacker.news  home  server 
23 days ago
ESP8266 - 2.9" ESPaper Plus Module e-Ink
The 2.9" ESPaper module is a one-stop solution to display data from the internet on an energy efficient ePaper display while running on a LiPo battery.
arduino  home 
23 days ago
Effective Engineer
They are the people who get things done. Effective Engineers produce results.
work 
24 days ago
Ketogenic Diet Low Carb Cheat Sheet
Below, you’ll find a visual cheat sheet to meal and ingredient replacements on a ketogenic diet. If you want recipes or explanations behind each, scroll down to the bottom to read more!
keto  food  recipe 
26 days ago
Checklist for Plain Language
Use this checklist to see if your document meets plain language standards. (If you’re writing for the web, here’s the web checklist.)
writing 
26 days ago
How to Write Articles and Essays Quickly and Expertly
From time to time people express amazement at how I can get so much done. I, of course, aware of the many hours I have idled away doing nothing, demur. It feels like nothing special; I don't work harder, really, than most people. Nonetheless, these people do have a point. I am, in fact, a fairly prolific writer.
writing  hacker.news 
26 days ago
Why is Object-Oriented Programming Useful? (With a Role Playing Game Example)
This blog post is those still new to programming and have probably heard about "object-oriented programming", "OOP", "classes", "inheritance/encapsulation/polymorphism", and other computer science terms but still don't get what exactly OOP is used for. In this post I'll explain why OOP is used and how it makes coding easier.
python 
27 days ago
Org Mode Publish Themes
Does anyone know of anywhere I could find some themes for org-publish and HTML? I'm looking to maybe update the look of my website.
emacs  reddit 
27 days ago
advanced numpy
NumPy is an open-source package that's part of the SciPy ecosystem. Its main feature is an array object of arbitrary dimension, but this fundamental collection is integral to any data-focused Python application.
python 
27 days ago
Onym
Tools and resources for naming things
4 weeks ago
Nom Nom Paleo
This is my index of Paleo recipes — the complete list of all 300+ free Paleo, gluten-free, and Whole30 recipes that have ever appeared on Nom Nom Paleo!
recipe  food  cooking  home 
4 weeks ago
ANU Thesis Boot Camp
The concept of Thesis Boot Camp is disarmingly simple. Put a group of people experiencing similar issues in the same room for a weekend, feed them regularly and provide a reward for each 5,000 words written. An experienced writing teacher is available to help you work through challanges, and regular breaks for physical activity are encouraged. Many students write over 10,000 words on a Thesis Boot Camp weekend, and some even write up to 25,000 words.
writing  academia 
4 weeks ago
How to cheat at settlers by loading the dice
This post shows how to create loaded dice, and how to use these dice to gain between 5-15 additional resource cards per game of Settlers of Catan. Surprisingly, we’ll prove that standard scientific tests are not powerful enough to determine that the dice are unfair while playing a game.
interesting  math  statistics 
5 weeks ago
homeone.com.au
Australia's #1 home building and renovation community
home 
5 weeks ago
Essential Image Optimization
In 2017, image optimization should be automated. It’s easy to forget, best practices change, and content that doesn’t go through a build pipeline can easily slip. To automate: Use imagemin or libvips for your build process. Many alternatives exist.
web  django  engineering 
5 weeks ago
SpeedCrunch
SpeedCrunch is a high-precision scientific calculator featuring a fast, keyboard-driven user interface. It is free and open-source software, licensed under the GPL.
software  engineering 
5 weeks ago
RPTools
They decided to make MapTool an Open Source project opening it up for others to work on. MapTool has always and will always be free and open for anyone to contribute.
d&d 
5 weeks ago
The Economy
We want to change the way economics is taught. Students and teachers tell us this is long overdue. When the Financial Times in the UK wrote about CORE in November 2013, it sparked an online debate about teaching and learning economics that attracted 1,214 posts in 48 hours. Students in economics all over the world were asking, just as I had asked a few years previously: ‘Why has the subject of economics become detached from our experience of real life?’
money  economics 
5 weeks ago
Visualizing Commute Times
I’ve often wanted a tool to help me visualize commute ranges. How far can I drive in 30 minutes? How far can I travel by public transportation? I’ve never found a tool that could accurately show me. So I made it myself.
python 
5 weeks ago
Section Properties with MeshPY, including torsion and warping
The program uses the MeshPY Library for generating the finite element meshes required for the torsion and warping calculations. The Python code for generation of the input to MeshPY, and for carrying out the finite element analyses, is all by Robbie van Leeuwen.
engineering 
6 weeks ago
Lego kinetic sculpture : mechanical_gifs
Lego kinetic sculpture via /r/mechanical_gifs
reddit 
6 weeks ago
Australian MP proposes to gay partner in parliament debate : lgbt
Australian MP proposes to gay partner in parliament debate via /r/lgbt
reddit 
6 weeks ago
Books
Tiny summary but detailed notes for each. Use the ISBN number to find it from your local library or anywhere else. This page will constantly update as I read more, so bookmark it if you want to check back in a few months.
books 
6 weeks ago
How do you document your setup? : linuxquestions
How do you document your setup? via /r/linuxquestions
reddit 
7 weeks ago
CS 007: Personal Finance for Engineers | Stanford University 2017-8
This seminar focuses on an introduction to personal finance and the purpose of this course.
finance  engineering  work 
7 weeks ago
Wallpapers of the Week
A collection of wallpapers for iPhone, iPad, and Mac curated weekly, including nature, geometry, space and many more wallpaper categories.
wallpapers 
8 weeks ago
Broadsheet
This awesome blog eats in and reviews a bunch of lesser-known, authentic immigrant restaurants in Sydney
reddit  sydney 
8 weeks ago
Understanding deep Convolutional Neural Networks with a practical use-case in Tensorflow and Keras
Deep learning is one of the most exciting artificial intelligence topics. It's a family of algorithms loosely based on a biological interpretation that have proven astonishing results in many areas: computer vision, natural language processing, speech recognition and more.
machine.learning 
8 weeks ago
The Vanual – Guide to Living in a Van
From beginning to end, this guide will walk you through the DIY process of building a sweet converted campervan.
travel  hacker.news 
8 weeks ago
Computer maintenance
This is a guide to maintenance for Windows 7 and higher. It will also remove many viruses and repair their damage. These procedures can help machines that are several years old. If your computer is a business machine, please ask your IT department first.
windows  software  security 
8 weeks ago
Drawing Boundaries In Python
A tighter boundary, but it ignores those places in the "H" where the points dip inward. For many applications, this is probably good enough but we wanted to explore one more option which is known as a concave hull or alpha shape.
python 
8 weeks ago
LACK TV "wall mount" without drilling
The solution was to bolt two vertical steel poles (designed for hanger rails in wardrobes) on the LACK base using L brackets and four carriage bolts all the way through the LACK sides (there is no substance in these hollow LACKs). The TV is mounted on a commercial TV wall mount from eBay for $25 delivered.
desk  workflow 
8 weeks ago
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