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Coronavirus 2019-nCoV
my mom was supposed to be flying to Thailand right now but she postponed the trip because of the coronavirus.
via:popular  vis  vis:spatial 
23 days ago by mozzarella
William Gibson: ‘I was losing a sense of how weird the real world was' | Books | The Guardian
“I was actually able to write Neuromancer because I didn’t know anything about computers,” he says. “I knew literally nothing. What I did was deconstruct the poetics of the language of people who were already working in the field. I’d stand in the hotel bar at the Seattle science fiction convention listening to these guys who were the first computer programmers I ever saw talk about their work. I had no idea what they were talking about, but that was the first time that I ever heard the word ‘interface’ used as a verb. And I swooned. Wow, that’s a verb. Seriously, poetically that was wonderful.
writing  via:popular 
5 weeks ago by mozzarella
How a janitor at Frito-Lay invented Flamin' Hot Cheetos
A few weeks later, Montañez stopped at a local vendor to get some elote, a Mexican “street corn” doused in chili powder, salt, cotija, lime juice, and crema fresca. Cob in hand, a “revelation” struck: What if I put chili on a Cheeto?
nice-thinking  shokugeki  food  cookbook  via:popular 
june 2019 by mozzarella
Calculators for Contractors, Builders, Remodelers, Carpenters, Woodworkers & Scale Modelers
great URL, this will be useful one day but maybe not now, stashing impulse satisfied
nice-thinking  physics  via:popular 
june 2019 by mozzarella
507 Mechanical Movements
Five Hundred and Seven Mechanical Movements, now Animated for the Internet.
nice-thinking  mechanics  via:popular 
may 2019 by mozzarella
Seeking the Productive Life: Some Details of My Personal Infrastructure—Stephen Wolfram Blog
not the most important detail, but we both use a Logitech wired optical mouse lol. my first one broke last year after about 10 years of service, and it was a fun ebay search to find another.
nice-thinking  via:popular 
february 2019 by mozzarella
Do Animals Have Feelings? - The Atlantic
my quick answer after a 1.5 years of birdwatching is Yes. Fear is one most often observed, but with patience Contendedness and Joy are also seen.

going through about 100 years of scientific papers via the cornell lab's also would confirm this. or just youtubing crows and ravens sledding down car windshields during snowstorms - Play. or another youtube search of blue jays using tools to open shelled nuts.

Alexander Skutch wrote about this back in the 1980s in his book The Minds of Birds, examining all sorts of phenomena that would indicate birds having a large range of feeling. More recently, The Genius of Birds by Jennifer Ackermann makes similar cases via collections of observations.

Funny thing is the Skutch book, his last of many, stirred controversy at the time of it's release. So it feels like 30+ years later, we're catching up to his lifetime's work.
avian-AF  via:popular  bird-booking  bird-booking:psychology  bird-booking:reference 
february 2019 by mozzarella
Oh God, It's Raining Newsletters — by Craig Mod
And to minimize the chemical rewards for being anodyne, which is what these general algorithms seem to optimize for: things that are easily digestible, firmly on the scale of “fine, just fine.” It becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, as the more boring stuff we shove into our eyeballs, the more boring our taste becomes.

I think motherboard published something a while ago about how PDFs are the most durable file format. It's nice to imagine the sea change away from social media taking place, from this more centrist point of view (i.e. not alarmist)
via:popular  nice-thinking  social-media 
february 2019 by mozzarella
Opinion | Steve Jobs Never Wanted Us to Use Our iPhones Like This - The New York Times
again it's nice to see this line of thinking proliferate. got me thinking about my gradual moving away from the phone and social media. will i read Cal Newport's book? probably not. after being tired of phones for a few years, I'm now tired of arguments for not being on the phone.

- 2016: realized i could turn notifications off on my phone. not that i didn't know that before - i realized that i didn't need to know "everything" in real time.

- 2017: after taking a few 1-2 weeks breaks from social media, i decided to fully walk away from it.

didn't close any accounts, simply left them derelict. didn't delete the apps from my phone either - i wanted my willpower to be strong enough to not mindlessly open the apps.

eventually, i moved the apps into a folder along with other unused apps to reduce clutter.

tried to mention this to friends whenver possible to reduce any potential social friction. although today, i'm still not convinced "everyone" knows or cares. i don't mean that in a self-deprecating way. the apps simply aren't designed to highlight someone quietly quitting them.

- 2018: the health app became the main reason i keep my phone with me all the time, because i got obsessed with getting 10,000 steps a day.

in late 2018 i finally did the software update and discover the screen time app, and set the goal of keeping it under one hour per day. turns out i was only using the phone for around 20 minutes a day as it was, save for the occasional long drive where google maps ended up being left open for an hour or two.

after realizing that biking 5-6 days a week puts my step count in the 20-80k daily range, the health app loses some of its shine.

by november my iphone 6 basically became a landline, unable to hold a charge unplugged. i gave in and downgraded to an iphone SE - the closest thing to my favorite apple design (iphone 4).
nice-thinking  social-media  via:popular 
january 2019 by mozzarella
Childhood's End |
There is now more code than ever, but it is increasingly difficult to find anyone who has their hands on the wheel. Individual agency is on the wane. Most of us, most of the time, are following instructions delivered to us by computers rather than the other way around. The digital revolution has come full circle and the next revolution, an analog revolution, has begun. None dare speak its name.
nice-thinking  via:popular 
january 2019 by mozzarella
Brutalist Web Design
Guidelines for web design that adhere to the tenets and ethos of Brutalism

Kept seeing this on pinboard and now lobsters, thought it was the portfolio aggregator 'Brutalist Websites'; nice to read a manifesto.
nice-thinking  design  via:popular  via:lobsters 
july 2018 by mozzarella
Jonathan Franzen Is Fine With All of It - The New York Times
Has anyone considered that the interaction is the fragility? Has anyone considered that letting other people define how you fill your day and what they fill your head with — a passive, postmodern stream of other people’s thoughts — is the fragility?

The 'interaction' here refers to social media. And a nice thought on birds follows after. I think I got halfway through his sequel to The Corrections, whose title escapes me, before I stopped giving a shit. But, these couple paragraphs I can agree with.
nice-thinking  social-media  antifragile  via:popular 
june 2018 by mozzarella
I’m (not) looking for a job
wow, answering a question from Hadley on Stack Overflow in 2010....
via:popular  nice-thinking  r  freelance 
june 2018 by mozzarella
Your Phone Is Listening and it's Not Paranoia - VICE
for all that i read about the ways which social media overreaches into our lives, i never get served ads for [whatever that type of browsing should elicit].
social-media  via:popular 
june 2018 by mozzarella
The Psychology of Money · Collaborative Fund
The paradox of wealth is that people tend to want it to signal to others that they should be liked and admired. But in reality those other people bypass admiring you, not because they don’t think wealth is admirable, but because they use your wealth solely as a benchmark for their own desire to be liked and admired.
nice-thinking  via:popular  investing 
june 2018 by mozzarella
AI winter is well on its way – Piekniewski's blog
some compelling arguments here; it does feel like the 'big' part of data has lost its luster. in some sense, maybe we haven't been able to envision what's next as we try to solve the same problems.
june 2018 by mozzarella
'I felt exposed online': how to disappear from the internet | World news | The Guardian
How to Disappear in America is international, and another mention of the oil metaphor:
Facebook is not the only harvester of personal information. If Google is the engine that drives the internet, personal information is the oil that makes it purr. Via its Maps app, it knows where you’ve been, how you got there (foot, car, bus, train), how long you stayed and whether or not it was your first visit.

I wonder, have we gotten to the point where those who are able to give up their privacy 'privileged'?
2018:art  nice-thinking  internet-history  via:popular  social-media  art 
may 2018 by mozzarella
Black activist jailed for his Facebook posts speaks out about secret FBI surveillance | World news | The Guardian
The government’s own crime data has largely undermined the notion of a growing threat from a “black identity extremist” [BIE] movement, a term invented by law enforcement. In addition to an overall decline in police deaths, most individuals who shoot and kill officers are white men, and white supremacists have been responsible for nearly 75% of deadly extremist attacks since 2001.

BIE sounds like BIA and what they do sounds like BS
standing-rock-research  surveillance  nice-thinking  via:popular 
may 2018 by mozzarella
Akin's Laws of Spacecraft Design
At the start of any design effort, the person who most wants to be team leader is least likely to be capable of it.
nice-thinking  programming  via:popular  photography 
may 2018 by mozzarella
I tried leaving Facebook. I couldn’t - The Verge
just when i was exhausted from the deluge of these pieces recently - I get to the part where the "definition" of Facebook is unclear - and it makes me think this is the closest I've seen articulated my metaphor of "algorithm-as-entity".
via:popular  nice-thinking  social-media 
may 2018 by mozzarella
I’m Sorry To Report Instagram Is Bad Now
lol - filed under: tech. Benedict Evans had a newsletter or tweet about this - the part of the social media cycle where you put a news feed in a news feed.

All social apps grow until you need a newsfeed
All newsfeeds grow until you need an algorithmic feed
All algorithmic feeds grow until you get fed up of not seeing stuff/seeing the wrong stuff & leave for new apps with less overload
All those new apps grow until...
nice-thinking  social-media  via:popular 
may 2018 by mozzarella
Junot Díaz: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma | The New Yorker
There was only so much closeness a person like me could endure before I needed to fly the fuck away.
via:popular  nice-thinking 
april 2018 by mozzarella
Scientific Communication as Sequential Art
a new model for scientific papers? from an Atlantic article on the popular page.
nice-thinking  via:popular 
april 2018 by mozzarella
Data Tables
This structure is much more suited to mobile, where users are more accustomed to scrolling vertically. It's also accessible, just in a different way.
design  programming  via:popular 
april 2018 by mozzarella
The case against Facebook - Vox
It’s not just about privacy; its core function makes people lonely and sad.
social-media  nice-thinking  via:popular 
march 2018 by mozzarella
D3 Graph Theory
Graph Theory tutorials. Interactive, visual, concise and fun. Learn more in less time.
vis  network-analysis  via:popular 
march 2018 by mozzarella
The YC Seed Deck Template
I’ve written about pitching before, and realized that what we were missing is a clear template of how founders should lay out their story through slides. This deck is a template for how I think companies should build seed decks.

cool, maybe its time to make some seed decks
march 2018 by mozzarella
YouTube, the Great Radicalizer - The New York Times
the food metaphor comes up again. you could probably switch 'youtube' with 'facebook', 'instagram', 'twitter' and have more or less the same article.
via:popular  social-media 
march 2018 by mozzarella
Bitcoin Is Ridiculous. Blockchain Is Dangerous: Paul Ford - Bloomberg
The true believers won’t stop until they’ve remade the world. Some of it will be thrilling. Some of it will keep us up at night.
blockchain  bitcoin  ethereum  via:popular 
march 2018 by mozzarella
Why we transitioned from Medium back to our own blog - Baremetrics
Going forward, we are still going to publish to Medium, but with two big caveats.

We’ll publish new content two weeks later to Medium (so the initial publishing of the content is able to get solidified as the primary source from an SEO standpoint).
We’ll use Medium’s Import tool to publish the content. Medium buries this thing, but what it does is lets us republish on Medium and have them set the canonical URL to the original post on your own website. That’s a big kick from the SEO side of things as it tells Google that your original post is the main one and should be given preference in search results.
via:popular  nice-thinking 
january 2018 by mozzarella
WHILE there is a next sentence to read, DO:
BEGIN { while }
Read it, SLOWLY;
IF you do not understand it, THEN
BEGIN { if }
re-read the previous material, SLOWLY;
re-read the incomprehensible sentence, SLOWLY;
IF you still don't understand it, THEN
ask a fellow student to explain it;
IF you still don't understand it, THEN
ask your Teaching Assistant (TA) to explain it;
IF you still don't understand it, THEN
ask me;
IF you are in an upper-level course & you still don't understand it, THEN
write a paper about it (!)
END { if }
END; { while }

but I also like the one exception - reading literature quickly and passively on the first go (to get a sense of the whole piece, and enjoy it as a work), and then returning once/twice/etc. more times to -study- the text. I also like that this singular exception on 'how to read' gets contradicted just after it's brought up.
Actually, even for non-fiction, it can be useful to read the text through once, quickly, to get an overview, perhaps making notes if something strikes you, and then doing the slow and active reading techniques when you are studying the text.
via:popular  nice-thinking 
january 2018 by mozzarella
The Strange Brands in Your Instagram Feed - The Atlantic
short-circuited supply chain gaming ecomm and social media tools.

this provides the spark to look at how marketers have gamed various social media algorithms as they're deployed over the past decade - in an effort to get a different picture of how FB/IG/&c. operate.

the mental model of social media's evolution remains too simplistic - there has to be much more than 'days of innocence' turning into 'addictive capitalist evil'.
social-media  via:popular 
january 2018 by mozzarella
Monitoring Home Power Consumption for less than $25
wow this is awesome. ever since i noticed i consumed < 200 kWh one month, i've been trying to stay under that since.
nice-thinking  materials  energy  via:popular  production:consumption 
january 2018 by mozzarella
A Message to Our Customers - Apple
This is where we're at now: the ultimate NECESSITY is to NEVER have an iPhone SHUT DOWN...experience tells me there's less than 5 phone calls that one shouldn't miss in a lifetime, but as I learn more that number will probably be even lower. Same goes for photographs - as if time didn't continue moving forward and presenting new moments constantly.
It should go without saying that we think sudden, unexpected shutdowns are unacceptable. We don’t want any of our users to lose a call,...
nice-thinking  smh  via:popular 
january 2018 by mozzarella
Ten years in, nobody has come up with a use for blockchain
this is pretty good - even though I don't really agree with the shortsightedness, defense of old guard concepts, or any of it. but I'm of the idea that compares the current iterations of blockchain to the internet in 1994, where we are only beginning to realize its potential. i know a lot of people never thought the internet would amount to much - recalling the suspicion of being able to buy goods online from that time. at one point, ebay was not only a stupid idea but also a dangerous one.

it's a disservice to the author's claim to point out things that have been known for ages -
such as the fact that bitcoin doesn't scale for everyday transactions. makes me think this article was meant for newcomers. regardless will do my best to internalize the arguments to temper against any irrational blockchain exuberance. ultimately it's refreshing to hear a critical voice above the greed and impatience of most people's dialogues.
blockchain  bitcoin  ethereum  ripple  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
Let’s bury the hustle – Signal v. Noise
i bet he was reading the Stoic philosopher Seneca 'On the Shortness of Life'
nice-thinking  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
10 years of professional blogging - what I've learned at andrewchen
the kind of writing that i hate to admit is helpful - not because i disagree with his points, but because i think one needs to be calibrated a certain way to avoid lesser temptations (virality) and bullshit (virality).
nice-thinking  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
Mining Bitcoin with pencil and paper: 0.67 hashes per day
lolll amazing - the simplicity of SHA-256, the brute force power of ASIC computation.
blockchain  bitcoin  ethereum  ripple  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
André Staltz - A plan to rescue the Web from the Internet
André Staltz's previous piece on how the internet began dying in 2014 left a deep impression on me. His current plan - involving mobile mesh networks - reminded me of the off-grid social network Scuttlebutt, which I came across here or on HN. Memory being what it is, I just put it together that Staltz is the source of Scuttlebutt. The point? Let's see if using Scuttlebutt can serve as a gentle introduction to implementing a mobile mesh network.
decentralized  internet-history  nice-thinking  social-media  via:popular  ssb 
december 2017 by mozzarella
Millennials Are Screwed - The Huffington Post
all i can think is, learn to benefit from uncertainty. if, by certain metrics, you are screwed - then change the metrics. Instead of longing for job security, actively choose to not have it. This is coming from someone who has not had any job security for the past 10 years, and has endured crushing loss after crushing loss. Don't bother with trying to fit the old square peg in the new round hole.

Scott's example is the exact same as the one brought up by Taleb, where he shows the antifragility of the cab driver as compared to the banker. The key part of the article is in that the economy has changed; how one reacts to this is the pivot point on which pain or opportunity arises. Never let a mistake go to waste.
Over the last 40 years, as politicians and parents and perky magazine listicles have been telling us to study hard and build our personal brands, the entire economy has transformed beneath us.
antifragile  nice-thinking  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
“Cat Person” | The New Yorker
ouf damn, haven't felt like that since my first time reading Flannery O' Connor's A Good Man is Hard to Find.
stories  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
Former Facebook exec says social media is ripping apart society - The Verge
Palihapitiya’s criticisms were aimed not only at Facebook, but the wider online ecosystem. “The short-term, dopamine-driven feedback loops we’ve created are destroying how society works,” he said, referring to online interactions driven by “hearts, likes, thumbs-up.” “No civil discourse, no cooperation; misinformation, mistruth. And it’s not an American problem — this is not about Russians ads. This is a global problem.”
In November, early investor Sean Parker said he has become a “conscientious objector” to social media, and that Facebook and others had succeeded by “exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology.”
social-media  nice-thinking  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
Fallible Ideas – Taking Children Seriously
a friend recently told me she was pregnant.
interesting to see Karl Popper invoked here, and also the bullet points
• Children aren't fragile.
• Authority can’t settle disagreements. You can listen to an expert if you want to, but don’t accept ideas you think are wrong.

The deeper I read, the more it became clearer Popper's influence on Nassim Taleb's thinking: the benefits of trial and error/tinkering, the "expert problem"
antifragile  via:popular 
december 2017 by mozzarella
detailed solutions for collections of all sizes. The swoop bag for small collections is a revelation.
materials  via:popular  nice-thinking 
december 2017 by mozzarella
xkcd: Emoji Sports
i still think about Neal Stephenson's mediaglyph-literate lower-class world from The Diamond Age whenever I see emoji
language-in-action  via:popular 
november 2017 by mozzarella
The Vanual | Complete Guide to Living the Van Life
I think it's been two years since coming across "van life", it only gets more comprehensive and cleanly communicated. "lifestyles", huh? I miss the desperate inventiveness of necessity, the zen of random youtubers and their builds. That said, very glad to get a quality look at how to do insulation.
november 2017 by mozzarella
Social Media Is a Denial-of-Service Attack on Your Mind
James Williams, former Google employee and currently a doctoral candidate at the Oxford Internet Institute’s Digital Ethics Lab, says about social media in the attention economy:
I think one way, in general, is by the way it can create habits for us. If you get distracted by the same thing in the same way every day, it adds up to a distracted week, distracted months. Either by just force of repetition, or whatever, it has the effect of making us forget about those stars that we want to live by, or not reflect on them as much. We start taking lower level goals as having inherent value—essentially what pettiness as a phenomenon is.
via:popular  social-media 
november 2017 by mozzarella
A Googler's Anti-Diversity Screed Reveals Tech's Rotten Core - The Atlantic
Products have been transformed into services given away “free” as an excuse to extract data from users. That data is woven into an invisible lattice of coercion and control—not to mention as a source of enormous profit when sold to advertisers or other interested parties. Apps and websites are designed for maximum compulsion, because more attention means more content, and more content means more data and thereby more value.
-- finding yet another description of the infor...
via:popular  nice-thinking  datasci-v5 
august 2017 by mozzarella
Machine Learning Crash Course: Part 4 - The Bias-Variance Dilemma · ML@B
the overfit Fukushima earthquake model: a complex model was a tight fit to actual data, while the 'less accurate' linear regression line allowed more variance in data points. following the linear model's prediction, earthquakes of high magnitude would be expected to occur more frequently than in the overfit model - and thus more stringent safety measures likely would have followed.
statistics  machine-learning  datasci-V5  via:popular 
july 2017 by mozzarella
Social Cooling
This is breeding a society where self-censorship and risk-aversion are the new normal.
privacy  culture  politics  nice-thinking  datasci-V5  via:popular 
june 2017 by mozzarella

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