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The SNOW Home Page
A tool for exploiting the Steganographic Nature Of Whitespace.
swtool  crypto 
5 days ago
Stencila: An open source office suite for reproducible research
Got to keep any eye on this one; it's in Beta right now. At first glance it looks like an expanded iPython Notebook.
python  swtool  research 
5 days ago
chubin/cheat.sh: the only cheat sheet you need
Wow. Interactive, polyglot micro-hints, accessible from the command-line.
programming  swtool  tip  tostudy 
7 days ago
interfluidity » Authority
Descriptions of hard and soft power as means of coordinating human behavior. A compelling perspective.
society  culture  authority  philosophy  ethics  worldbuilding 
9 days ago
Empowering Reason | Kialo
An ambitious if slightly off-key approach to enabling structured and reusable arguments
society  culture  reason  debate 
10 days ago
Parallax | by Margaret Trauth and Nick Brienza
Caught this one just as it got started. Looks very cool!
webcomics  inprogress  scifi  fantasy 
27 days ago
Comic Artist Maps the History of Languages with a Linguistic Tree
The split between Indo-European and Uralic is fascinating. Are there really no documented common roots. How old is that split?
art  linguistics  worldbuilding  language 
27 days ago
The significance of plot without conflict - still eating oranges
An explanation (with comics!) of kishōtenketsu, an type of story structure used that avoids conflict, though not tension. Used to great effect in "My Neighbor Totoro".
writing  story  structure  philosophy 
28 days ago
Susan Sontag: Notes On "Camp"
Susan Sontag, on that-which-can-only-be-named.
culture  philosophy 
4 weeks ago
Advanced computing with IPython [LWN.net]
That's right! I forgot that iPython on Jupyter are magic!
ipython  python  swtool  tip 
6 weeks ago
How to make a difference with your career - 80,000 Hours
A site bout the world’s most pressing problems and how you can use your career to solve them.
advice  career  ethics 
6 weeks ago
How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar | Serious Eats
Sugar carmelizes separately from melting, in a process known as thermal decomposition. Bonus: it's retains its shelf life while gaining amazing caramel flavor!
recipe  cooking 
6 weeks ago
Is there a role for religion in international development? | Aeon Essays
A one-sided discussion between the author of the article (Manini Sheker) and the author the book "Development as Freedom" by Amartya Sen. Here, Sheker uses the 1999 book as a way to prompt questions about the absence of religion in that Nobel Prize-winning work.
religion  ethics  culture  morality  economics 
6 weeks ago
The best of Python: a collection of my favorite articles from 2017 and 2018 (so far)
A "best of" list for the year, as a collection of Python modules/articles.
article  programming  python  toread  list  tip 
7 weeks ago
Ditch the Batteries: Off-Grid Compressed Air Energy Storage - LOW-TECH MAGAZINE
A relatively new area of research, exploiting low-pressure, high-efficiency compressed air systems for energy storage comparable with lead-acid batteries.
diy  energy  grid 
7 weeks ago
Why read old philosophy? | Meteuphoric
Why the wordlbuilding tag? Because this explanation captures something important about the way we learn things in a Western mindset, and how we might do otherwise.
culture  history  philosophy  worldbuilding  learning  writing 
8 weeks ago
Epsilon Theory
Not quite sure what this is yet, but I like it
toread  philosophy  ethics  finance  blog 
8 weeks ago
Coins and Scrolls: OSR: Death, Taxes, and Death Taxes
Wow. Great examples of how D&D-style looting would work in a medieval society. Sucks to be pretty much anybody but a feudal lord a few rungs up the ladder.
rpg  game  tip  writing 
9 weeks ago
51 Examples of Growth Hacking Strategies & Techniques From The World’s Most Innovative Businesses
I couldn't even bring myself to get to number five on this list, but it at least serves an as accessible, if simple, collection of pointers.
marketing  tips 
10 weeks ago
To This Day Project | Shane Koyczan
Slam poetry on the power of names, of words, of hope
video  poetry 
10 weeks ago
Moving Fast and Securing Things – Several People Are Coding | Slack
Great use of checklists as part of the software life-cycle to integrate security considerations from the beginning.
programming  security  process  qa  sweng 
10 weeks ago
City as Character | Lapham’s Quarterly
Changed my understanding of how to approach a novel such as Joyce's "Ulysses"
art  writing  howto 
10 weeks ago
Harry Potter: The Importance of Antagonists | The Artifice
Nice write-up of the primary antagonistic themes of each Harry Potter novel, in order. Spoilers ahoy.
writing  philosophy  analysis 
11 weeks ago
ink - inkle's narrative scripting language | Inkle
A very cool language and open-source engine for advanced branching narratives.
interactive  writing  swtool  storytelling 
12 weeks ago
Notes on structured concurrency, or: Go statement considered harmful — njs blog
A high-level description of a new concurrency primitive called a "nursery" that handles the creation and termination of child threads. According to the author, this can have the same benefit for threaded programming that eliminating the "goto" statement had for structured programming.
compsci  concurrency 
12 weeks ago
Tetrad | Carnegie Mellon University
Tetrad is a program which creates, simulates data from, estimates, tests, predicts with, and searches for causal and statistical models. It is unique in the suite of principled search ("exploration", "discovery") algorithms it provides--for example its ability to search when there may be unobserved confounders of measured variables, to search for models of latent structure, and to search for linear feedback models--and in the ability to calculate predictions of the effects of interventions or experiments based on a model.
analysis  software  statistics  model  swtool  opensource 
april 2018
A Taxonomy of Tech Debt | Riot Games Engineering
Interesting metrics for technical debt, proposed by a lead engineer on the League of Legends project.
sweng  development  software  engineering 
april 2018
A Master List of 1,300 Free Courses From Top Universities: 45,000 Hours of Audio/Video Lectures | Open Culture
A wide array of video lectures available for free on many different topics both broad and narrow.
learn  free  video  lecture 
april 2018
The Effective Tech Lead is a 100x Engineer – Hacker Noon
The tech lead has one foot in management and the other in engineering.
career  engineering  leadership  management 
march 2018
Fractions in The Farey Sequences and the Stern-Brocot Tree
A couple of interesting way of ordering fractions. I have no idea why this caught my interest today; I keep thinking of a race of intelligent creatures for whom these are their native methods.
march 2018
Number Systems of the World | TAKASUGI Shinji
Different counting systems from actual human languages, along with translations of what each number literally means, from 1 to 100
march 2018
The Snow Queen | Hans Christian Anderson
A familiar tale, told in the classic way
story  writing 
march 2018
Balance | YouTube
This short film won Academy Award for Best Animated Short of 1989. My memory of it can't be from much later.
video  storytelling 
march 2018
The Cactus | O Henry
A brief moral tale on the importance of honesty. Perhaps a good short-story candidate.
writing  story  storytelling 
march 2018
Understanding word vectors: A tutorial for "Reading and Writing Electronic Text" | Allison Parish
Create analogies, find the average vector of a sentence, and compare the moon with green cheese!
nlp  python  vector  word 
march 2018
Voyages in sentence space | Robin Sloan
Explorations of word vectors around an original
ai  word  language  nlp 
march 2018
Perpetual Flip Calendar - Album on Imgur
Pretty nice for what this guy calls "just a proof of concept"
diy  project  woodworking  calendar 
february 2018
Weird Astronomy - Atomic Rockets
Collection of intriguing astronomic events and anomalies from our actual universe.
science  astronomy  worldbuilding  universe  list 
february 2018
25 Ways to Cultivate Intrinsic Motivation - InformED
Nice list of ways to foster persistent motivation in a learning environment
reference  tip  list  motivation  learning  teaching 
february 2018
My Python Development Environment, 2018 Edition « Jacob Kaplan-Moss
Latest set of recommendations. Many of these requirements for an environment line up with my own.
development  environment  python  swtool  howto  tip 
february 2018
A Global Optimization Algorithm Worth Using | dlib C++ Library
I've found,as this article suggests, that optimizing machine learning algorithms is an unpredictable and frustrating task. Here's a function that creates much better educated guesses, in far less time than many other methods.
ai  machine  learning  optimization  reference 
february 2018
My professional opinion as a blockchain researcher: I don’t see the point (yet) | J.M. Korhonen
While the opinion is valuable, the links to related papers are just as interesting; especially the ones on private blockchains, and smart contracts.
blockchain  bitcoin  economics  technology 
february 2018
Web ISA Database LOD endpoint
Jumping off point for queries into the semantic network of is-a relationships
semantic  relationship  compsci  linguistic  machine  learning  network 
february 2018
Why the Culture Wins: An Appreciation of Iain M. Banks – Sci Phi Journal
A particularly cogent summary of the subversive Banks's works. I especially like the off-hand observation that '"Getting to know someone," in our society, involves asking them about the choices they have made in life, not the circumstances they were born into.' This implies a great deal about how to evaluate cultures' values.
books  culture  politics  scifi  writing  philosophy  worldbuilding 
february 2018
Books with Full-Text Online | MetPublications | The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Fifty years of Met publications on art history, available to read, download and search for free
art  book  free  reference  resource  history 
february 2018
A Strategy for Ruination: An interview with China Miéville | Boston Review
Miéville describes, in this written interview, what so appeals to me about his writing: 'Of the various concepts that are politically/aesthetically powerful and formative—helpful—to me, salvage has for a long time been primus inter pares. Word-magic. A retconned syncretic backformation from “salvation” and “garbage.” A homage to, rather than repudiation of, the trash-world wanderers and breakfasters-among-the-ruins that always transfixed me. An undefeated despair: “despair” because it’s done, this is a dystopia, a worsening one, and dreams of interceding just in time don’t just miss the point but are actively unhelpful; “undefeated” because it is worth fighting even for ashes, because there are better and much, much worse ways of being too late. Because and yet.'

In a present so filled with "fake news" that the possibility of real news fades, not just from memory, but from the space of future and even past possibilities, the junk-heap edges from the "anti-property" of privilege to the best and last source of hope.

'...However tempting it is to turn necessities into virtues, it is a dreadful mistake. By any means necessary, of course. Which does not mean the celebration of any necessary means, still less the deflation of what counts as “necessary,” still less “by any means.”'

The struggle for a new approach is urgent and vital, but celebrating the means risks glorifying the psychopathies that have brought us to the dire present.
society  philosophy  sociology  writing  politics 
january 2018
The good guy/bad guy myth | Aeon
There's a lot to disagree with in this essay on the changes to folklore over the last two centuries. However, it's clear that they HAVE changed, even if the nature of those changes is debatable.

The larger point seems to be about the consistency of the "good guy/bad guy" focus across our retconned pop-culture myths, particularly those about super-heroes. I tend to think this is a result of the pressure to widen our ideas of "tribe", rather than the strictly nationalistic agenda the article proffers.
mythology  folklore  worldbuilding  story  psychology 
january 2018
Guaranteed Minimum Agriculture – Simon Sarris – Medium
An alternative to the growing Universal Basic Income proposals.
economics  philosophy  politics  well-being 
january 2018
How to Think Like a Medieval Monk | Lapham’s Quarterly
A series of exercises and insights supposedly employed by Cistercian monk near the beginning of last millennium, with the goal of improving mental health relative to spiritual goals. Great for the description of Tutivillus alone.
gtd  philosophy  practice  meditation 
january 2018
Mastercrafts Series | YouTube
A newly-introduced series of videos introducing raw, but motivated, beginners to a traditional craft, as taught by masters of that craft.
diy  learning  low-tech 
january 2018
Reality has a surprising amount of detail | John Salvatier
Uses the example of building a flight of stairs to illuminate the essentially messy nature of reality.
writing  cognition  worldbuilding 
january 2018
CryPixels Free by CrySoftware
Takeaway: Sketch regions that enforce certain classes of states, instead of specific states. The intro video shows how to create sprites.
worldbuilding  procedural  generator 
december 2017
Frontiers for Young Minds: Science edited for kids, by kids
This open-access journal has articles written by practicing scientists, but peer-reviewed by kids. Sounds like a joke, or a game show, but actually produces fascinating, digestible articles.
education  kids  papers  learning 
december 2017
Photopea | edit Photoshop files online
Online image editor that aims to match (and extend) Photoshop's feature set, without the vendor lock-in. Supposedly runs offline once loaded.
image  editor  swtool  offline 
december 2017
Tricks of the trade: Recursion to Iteration, Part 1: The Simple Method, secret features, and accumulators | Tom Moertel’s Blog
First in a four-part series. While the examples are in Python (and motivated by a failure of the Py interpreter), the algorithm itself is valid anywhere.
programming  python  recursion  algorithm 
december 2017
AVATAR Therapy for Auditory Hallucinations: If You Can't Beat the Voices, Join Them | MD Magazine
Fascinating therapy for schizophrenic patients, where a therapist-controlled avatar, representing the voice a patient hears, slowly yields control to the patient. Most encouraging is that 83% of patients in this trial experienced a reduction in auditory verbal hallucinations after 12 weeks.
psychology 
december 2017
What the SATs Taught Us about Finding the Perfect Fit | Stitch Fix Technology – Multithreaded
Using statistical estimates, and lots of data, to learn the "true size" of both customers and clothing.
statistics  algorithm 
december 2017
PsyToolkit’s experiment library
Explanations and interactive surveys related to cognitive psychology.
psychology  sociology  free  swtool 
december 2017
Design Principles
Fledgling site intended to collect (but not yet curate?) examples of design principles verbalized by sites or people who are successful.
design  guide  list  philosophy  interactive 
december 2017
Subjective Logic | Audun Jøsang
Extension of binary and probabilistic logic to include subjective opinions. Extends further to formalize the nature of derived trust, and subjective bayesian belief networks.
ai  philosophy  reference  statistics  math  probability  reason 
december 2017
Quantum Computing Explained | Clerro
Smells a bit funny, the site does, but I don't see anything obviously incorrect about the material.
physics  quantum  tutorial  toread 
december 2017
Starry Sky Envelope – spoon & tamago
Very cool little envelope that contains a bit more than you'd think.
gift  craft 
december 2017
Wood Turning-Bonin Islands style (rocks glass)/resin/secret wood/food safe - YouTube
Fantastic overview of a food-safe cup, combining natural burnt wood, paint, and epoxy to create a circular landscape. Gorgeous.
woodworking  craft  project  lathe 
december 2017
(2) 手技TEWAZA「箱根寄木細工」Japan Hakone Marquetry - YouTube
Some insights into how the traditional Japanese woodworking art of marquetry (hakone) works. With modern tools, none of this looks out of reach.
woodworking  video  howto  craft 
december 2017
The Review Index
Collects reviews from an Amazon product page, and extracts groups of sentiments about different features of the product. Currently supports electronics products only.
amazon  reference  review 
december 2017
2011 Knight Costume | Flickr
Cardboard armor, piece by piece!
craft  diy  costume 
december 2017
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