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John Remmers’s review of East of Eden
5 of 5 stars to East of Eden by John Steinbeck
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6 days ago
How to Wring All of the Meaning Out of an Old Saying — Basic Instructions
The Rollin Stones taught me a long time ago that you can’t always get what you want.
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14 days ago
Whitman, Alabama | Song of Myself Video Project
The Whitman, Alabama project. People across the state recite verses from Walt Whitman’s Song of Myself. Amazing.
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14 days ago
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RT : Mirrored to infinity, Cleopatra soon disappeared from our lives.
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14 days ago
xkcd: Hacking
I limit my own hacking efforts to decoding rot13.
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14 days ago
Twitter
Similar thing happened with Truman.
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19 days ago
Daring Fireball: Profile in Courage
Latest from the Trump administration: cowardice, paranoia, anti-Semitism, racism.
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21 days ago
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I suspect that is not dumb enough to run for president.
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5 weeks ago
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The more you tighten your grip, GOP, the more star systems will slip through your fingers...
letlizspeak  from twitter_favs
6 weeks ago
Redirecting...
It's time for another alternate-universe TV series like "Fringe". Read my proposal here:
trump  from twitter
6 weeks ago
Some Rags for Thanksgiving - YouTube
Me playing a few classic ragtime tunes. Recorded on Thanksgiving Day, 2016. via
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december 2016
A powerful memorial to racial terror lynchings
The Equal Justice Initiative is filling jars with soil from the sites of lynchings to honor the victims and to create a memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. Between the Civil War and World War II, thousands of African Americans were lynched in the United States. Lynchings were violent and public acts of torture that traumatized black people throughout the country and were largely tolerated by state and federal officials. EJI has documented more than 4000 racial terror lynchings in 12 Southern states between the end of Reconstruction in 1877 and 1950 — several hundred of these victims were lynched in Alabama. Lynching profoundly impacted race relations in this country and shaped the geographic, political, social, and economic conditions of African Americans in ways that are still evident today. Terror lynchings fueled the mass migration of millions of black people from the South into urban ghettos in the North and West in the first half of the 20th century. Lynching created a fearful environment in which racial subordination and segregation were maintained with limited resistance for decades. Most critically, lynching reinforced a legacy of racial inequality that has never been adequately addressed in America. Rob Holmes recently visited and took some photos of the jars…just row after row of them. “Stunning,” he said. Tags: crime   murder   racism   video
race  lynching  racism 
december 2016
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The view from my hotel room balcony. This Michigander loves December Florida getaways, especially when Michigan is…
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december 2016
How Cubans Live as Long as Americans at a Tenth of the Cost - The Atlantic
Life expectancy in Cuba is about the same as in the United States. Cuba spends $813 per person annually on health care compared to our $9,403. An interesting article on Cuba's health care system. What can we learn from it?
medicine  health  cuba 
november 2016
We’ve Never Known Less About An Incoming President’s Ideology
Trying to figure out President-elect Donald Trump’s ideology, on the other hand, is like trying to nail Jell-O to a wall.
trump  538  election  2016 
november 2016
Trimming The Verge
Reading to close on the year 600 articles...
reading  bookmarking  mgsiegler 
november 2016
Trump’s Seven Techniques to Control the Media
Democracy depends on a free and independent press, which is why all tyrants try to squelch it. They...
trump  robertreich  propoganda  media 
november 2016
Print newspapers are dying faster than you think —Timothy B. Lee “No one is surprised to learn that the newspaper industry is in structural decline. But the latest revenue numbers tell a scary story, with print ad revenue falling steeply even amid a h
No one is surprised to learn that the newspaper industry is in structural decline. But the latest revenue numbers tell a scary story, with print ad revenue falling steeply even amid a healthy overall
economics  timothyblee  newspapers 
november 2016
Decent Security
Tips for securing your router.
security  routers 
november 2016
Why you can't find these classic TV shows on streaming - Business Insider UK
"All in the Family." CBS The era of streaming TV means more people have easier access to a broader array of TV shows than ever before
ip  tv  copyright  retro 
november 2016
Obama Reckons with a Trump Presidency
The morning after Donald Trump was elected President of the United States, Barack Obama summoned staff members to the Oval Office. Some were fairly junior and had never been in the room before. They were sombre, hollowed out, some fighting tears, humiliated by the defeat, fearful of autocracy’s moving vans pulling up to the door. Although Obama and his people admit that the election results caught them completely by surprise—“We had no plan for this,” one told me—the President sought to be reassuring.
election  obama  2016  trump  politics 
november 2016
8 Android gestures that speed up everyday tasks
Navigating your way around a new Android device will get a lot easier once you
android  tips 
november 2016
7 common Google Pixel phone problems – and how to quickly fix them
Pixel and Pixel XL Phone Problems: How to overcome the biggest, issues, bugs and annoyances associated with Google's new Android handsets.
smartphones  google  pixel  tips 
november 2016
First Rough Draft of History is Too Rough
We may never know exactly what drove James Comey to send the letter to Congress advising them that there was some potential of the Bureau taking yet another look at the Clinton email server situation...
politics  journalism  election  2016 
november 2016
Here's the real danger of a Trump presidency
Aside from the possibility of declaring martial law or starting a nuclear war over a nasty tweet, Ross Douthat figures there are three "baseline dangers" from a Trump presidency...
trump  election  2016 
november 2016
Fake News, False Information, and Stupid Polls
Fake News Facebook uses an algorithm to decide what you see. It’s proprietary but my guess it’s optimized to keep you on Facebook for as long as possible. This wouldn’t be a problem but becomes one when we realize that people get their news from Facebook.
facebook  polls  politics  mathbabe  journalism 
november 2016
The Models Were Telling Us Trump Could Win
This is a post by Eugene Stern, originally posted on his blog sensemadehere.wordpress.com. Nate Silver got the election right. Modeling this election was never about win probabilities (i.e., saying that Clinton is 98% likely to win, or 71% likely to win, or whatever). It was about finding a way to convey meaningful information about uncertainty and about what could happen. And, despite the not-so-great headline, this article by Nate Silver does a pretty impressive job. First, let’s have a look at what not to do. This article by Sam Wang (Princeton Election Consortium) explains how you end up with a win probability of 98-99% for Clinton. First, he aggregates the state polls, and figures that if they’re right on average, then Clinton wins easily (with over 300 electoral votes I believe). Then he looks for a way to model the uncertainty. He asks, reasonably: what happens if the polls are all off by a given amount? And he answers the question, again reasonably: if Trump overperforms his polls by 2.6%, the election becomes a toss-up. If he overperforms by more, he’s likely to win. But then you have to ask: how much could the polls be off by? And this is where Wang goes horribly wrong. The uncertainty here is virtually impossible to model statistically. US presidential elections don’t happen that often, so there’s not much direct history, plus the challenges of polling are changing dramatically as fewer and fewer people are reachable via listed phone numbers. Wang does say that in the last three elections, the polls have been off by 1.3% (Bush 2004), 1.2% (Obama 2008), and 2.3% (Obama 2012). So polls being off by 2.6% doesn’t seem crazy at all. For some inexplicable reason, however, Wang ignores what is right in front of his nose, picks a tiny standard error parameter out of the air, plugs it into his model, and basically says: well, the polls are very unlikely to be off by very much, so Clinton is 98-99% likely to win. Always be wary of models, especially models of human behavior, that give probabilities of 98-99%. Always ask yourself: am I anywhere near 98-99% sure that my model is complete and accurate? If not, STOP, cross out your probabilities because they are meaningless, and start again. How do you come up with a meaningful forecast, though? Once you accept that there’s genuine uncertainty in the most important parameter in your model, and that trying to assign a probability is likely to range from meaningless to flat-out wrong, how do you proceed
mathbabe  election  polls  2016 
november 2016
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