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That guy who's Ted talk you loved, Hans Rosling, has a new book; so bummed about his recent passing.
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9 days ago by sneakerfish
Inside the Heroin-Fueled New Wave Alien Film Time Forgot
Wow. I loved this movie an it changed my mind about what a movie could be. Haven’t thought about it in a long time.
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9 days ago by sneakerfish
Adam Laloum - Schumann : Davidsbündlertänze, Op.6 - YouTube
Set your faces on "stunned". R. Schumann, Op. 6: Davidsbündlertänze
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17 days ago by sneakerfish
Revealed: 50 million Facebook profiles harvested for Cambridge Analytica in major data breach | News | The Guardian
This story has everyone’s attention over on Twitter. And for my programmer friends, something that came out yesterday was that the API was a lot less restrictive than the web app, which was one of the reasons the increased access wasn’t found out sooner. Finally, please realize that when you take those FB quizzes, you are helping someone build / train a machine learning model. I hope they don’t spike this post, but FB threatened to sue The Guardian Thursday afternoon. Then on Friday night they banned Cambridge Analytica for violating FB TOS.
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4 weeks ago by sneakerfish
Necco Could Close Factory That Makes Iconic Sweethearts
New England Confection Company may go out of business.
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5 weeks ago by sneakerfish
www.trade.gov
You know who has a lot of detailed data about steel imports? That's right the Department of Commerce. Check it out.
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6 weeks ago by sneakerfish
GitHub - schochastics/minard: Recreating Minard's famous visualization in R
Here's an R version of one of the most famous historical visualizations: Minard's map of Napoleon's disastrous march into Russia. The map / graph includes the dimensions of location, time, size of Napoleon's army, and the outdoor temperature. The width of the line shows how the army size shrunk through attrition and death over such a short time. The line color changes from brown to black upon Napoleon's retreat.
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6 weeks ago by sneakerfish
distill.pub
Machine learning application. Interesting visualizations.
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6 weeks ago by sneakerfish
Cat Watching Horror Movie - YouTube
Has everyone seen the cat watching a horror movie?
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6 weeks ago by sneakerfish
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William S Burroughs and David Bowie, 1974 (photo by Terry O'Neill). I really like having Brian Eno in my Twitter feed; that's where this photo came from.
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7 weeks ago by sneakerfish
Working with The New York Times API in R - Storybench
I can’t believe I didn’t hear about this until today.
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8 weeks ago by sneakerfish
Ouroboros
Check out this site about symbols. You can look up symbols by some element and see history, images, etc.
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9 weeks ago by sneakerfish
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The y-axes are measuring different things, but you get the idea. People think crime is getting worse but it isn't. Any theories why people think this way?
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10 weeks ago by sneakerfish
Purcell - If music be the food of love - with Asawa, Kerley, van Lier and Martinez - YouTube
A new favorite. The combination of a song that uses Shakespeare and by an English composer just makes me swoon. Henry Purcell, "If music be the food of love." If music be the food of love, play on, play on, 'til I am filled, am fill-ed with joy.
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10 weeks ago by sneakerfish
Saint-Saëns Trio #1 in F Major, Op. 18 - Scherzo - YouTube
Ok. I will admit that I spend a lot of time on YouTube finding videos of people performing music. What about you? Here's one of my favorites, lately. Camille Saint Sens, Trio
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10 weeks ago by sneakerfish
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If anyone is interested, the book, R for Data Science by Hadley Wickham is only $10 on Amazon right now.
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11 weeks ago by sneakerfish
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Satellite launch by purpose / country.
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11 weeks ago by sneakerfish
The Shanghai Tower: China's tallest building - Telegraph
Youngjoo is headed on Saturday to Shanghai to give a 40 minute presentation. If I was going I would definitely visit this tower (completed in 2015).
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january 2018 by sneakerfish
Ye Gentle spirits of the air - YouTube
I'm listening to Purcell's "Fairy Queen". Here's "Ye Gentle Spirits of the Air".
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january 2018 by sneakerfish
Tiny Art in Less Than 280 Characters | Fronkonstin
"Tiny art in less than 280 characters." This blog post is about geometric artwork (made with the R computer language) where the programs are small enough to fit in a tweet.
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january 2018 by sneakerfish
guest@xkcd
There's an xkcd command line! Yes, I'm aware of the emacs plug-in.
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january 2018 by sneakerfish
Data ex machina · Vicki Boykis
Some people are saying that the next version of data processing software will write itself. That is, it will be able to clean, scan, arrange, analyze and output the results. There's reason to be skeptical about this.
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december 2017 by sneakerfish
Introduction to Statistical Learning
It has really been a special class for me. I think I learned a lot; it was mostly techniques for supervised learning and most of those were classification algorithms. The teachers were pretty good and the supplemental materials were excellent. I really enjoyed this one. Here's the textbook which is available as a PDF online for free (The statistical processing language R, is also free and available for all major operating systems):
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december 2017 by sneakerfish
Eight queens puzzle - Wikipedia
Having used and programmed computers for about 30 years, few things really surprise me or give me goose-bumps. When I was in college, I made a program for class (we all did) that solved the "N-queens" problem. That did it for me. Then again in the early aughts, I made a program to find the likely correct spelling for a misspelled word. Seems like not a big deal, but it is. The next time was during the class I'm finishing now. I am stunned at how well these auto-classification programs work and how relatively easy they are to build and tune.
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Huge security flaw lets anyone log into a High Sierra Mac | TechCrunch
Ok, this is a bad one. If you have a MacBook at High Sierra 10.13.1, probably better not let it out of your sight until Apple patches this.
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Rick and Morty - Wikipedia
I do not think that I am a better person for binge-watching two seasons of "Rick and Morty". Rick is an angry sociopath, and Morty just enables him. But it was interesting to watch how the young people can project their version of the world through a parallel multi-verse where everything is possible. Your thoughts, gentle reader?
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Euclidea - Geometric Constructions Game with Straightedge and Compass
If you enjoyed making geometric constructions with compass and straight-edge, you can relive that experience with the Euclidea app (available on both iOS and Android).
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
More than a Million Pro-Repeal Net Neutrality Comments were Likely Faked
Haha. Do not be surprised if one of the pro-repeal comments to the FCC was from you. Someone used cluster analysis and natural language parsing to figure this out.
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Apple just pushed an iOS update to fix that ‘I’ autocorrect bug | TechCrunch
They just released a patch for that autocorrect issue, but it was just starting to get fun, right? A [?] has no name.
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
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Welcome to the Anthropocene.
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Cambridge Candidate Pages - 2017
Big municipal election tomorrow in Cambridge. Seems like the whole election is about bike lanes. Tune in tomorrow night (late, probably, because of our unusual proportional voting system).
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Optical character recognition - Wikipedia
Wow. I'm learning how to build classification software. Last night, the professor took us through creating a classifier that would "look at" bitmap images of hand-drawn numerals (0-9) and figure out which one it is. In about 20 minutes with about two pages of code (yeah, he wrote it in advance, but still), we had a classifier that had 94% accuracy on training data. I got goosebumps. In the 70s and 80s, people wrote PhD theses on a version of this problem, often using geometric knowledge to find open and closed loops, etc.
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november 2017 by sneakerfish
Google CEO makes fixing hamburger emoji his top priority - The Verge
Answer: the cheese doesn’t belong anywhere on a hamburger, because then it would be called a cheeseburger.
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
Eataly - Italian Food, Recipes and Gift Boxes | Eataly
Youngjoo and I finally went to Eataly last weekend. We went on the scooter and there are lots of motorcycle and scooter metered parking spots now. Anyway, they have a huge Venchi candy section just like at the airport in Rome. The remade sandwiches were pretty good, too.
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
Free outdoor screening of The Princess Bride | Office for the Arts at Harvard
They are showing "The Princess Bride" tonight, outdoors in Harvard Square. It's next to the Coop right in the middle of the Square. Also, free.
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
'It's able to create knowledge itself': Google unveils AI that learns on its own | Science | The Guardian
The AlphaGo computer can now learn on its own, from a previous version of itself. Supposedly, there are some real gems in the the several million games it played, that could be studied by human players for years.
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
The Hourly Oyster House
Youngjoo and I really enjoyed our dinner at The Hourly Oyster House last night---our first time there.
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
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Modernist data visualizations of black life in America made by W.E.B. Du Bois for the 1900 World's Fair. http://ift.tt/2yUafMa
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
Hear Lin-Manuel Miranda Talk About His New Song For Puerto Rico, 'Almost Like Praying' : All Songs Considered : NPR
I really love when artists use one artwork as a launching point for another work. Lin-Manuel Miranda has done this with one of my favorite songs from West Side Story. Here's an interview of him talking about how it happened. #AlmostLikePraying
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
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"Today's episode of House Hunters is rated TV-MA. Viewer discretion advised." (From Twitter user Patrick Monahan, @pattymo)
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
Featured Item: Records relating to the Harvard Hall fire of 1764 | Harvard University Archives | Harvard Library
The building where I am learning about computer-guided inference is called Harvard Hall. It is the second "Harvard Hall". The first one burned to the ground on January 24, 1764. Students were all away on holiday and the Massachusetts General Court was using the hall to conduct general business since there was a smallpox epidemic in Boston that year. The fire was caused by a wooden beam under the fireplace catching fire. The Court, which accepted responsibility for the fire, agreed to replace the building, but it had also housed all of Harvard's books and a large collection of scientific instruments (like lenses and weights and pulleys and a camera obscura). Fortunately, no one was hurt during the fire and the members of the Court and the Cambridge community were able to prevent its spread to other buildings.
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october 2017 by sneakerfish
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Here's a picture of the mayor of San Juan. She is using a bullhorn to find people.
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
Cemetery Cinema: The Seventh Seal & Harold and Maude | Coolidge Corner Theatre Foundation
I don't know what anyone's doing but they're screening Harold and Maude at the Mount Auburn Cemetery tonight. Cemetery Cinema is at 7pm.
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
Disconnected by Disaster—Photos From a Battered Puerto Rico - The Atlantic
I'm seeing a lot of comments on Twitter saying that people from Puerto Rico are not American. That is pretty troubling since everyone born in the island for the last hundred years are as American as people born in the fifty states. Except that they don't control their taxation and budgeting, those are controlled by Congress. Here are some pictures from The Atlantic. The media are definitely there, but mostly not the Television media.
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
Heteroscedasticity - Wikipedia
I can't believe this is a word: heteroscedasticity.
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
ABALONE: SHELL & GROWTH
Apparently, it is difficult to determine the age of an abalone by just looking at it. I am told that you can take a cross-section of the shell (with a drill) and then stain it and look at it under a microscope; the number of rings plus 1.5 will give the approximate age in years.
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
The Gaussian/normal distribution
Wait, a Gaussian distribution is the same as a normal distribution?
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
302 Found
A map based on distances measured in time to get there.
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september 2017 by sneakerfish
Taylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do (Lyric Video) - YouTube
I really like the new Taylor Swift song that's getting terrible reviews. The video reminds me of a 60s movie opening credit. Listen for yourself.
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august 2017 by sneakerfish
Projection explorer - bl.ocks.org
Here's a tool for exploring map projections (created with D3). You can switch between projections and recenter and rotate the earth.
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july 2017 by sneakerfish
Moana (2016 film) - Wikipedia
Wow. Moana was fantastic. We started really liking the hair and water, but the story swept us along.
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july 2017 by sneakerfish
Okja (2017) - IMDb
Okja is really good. The girl who plays Meija is terrific.
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june 2017 by sneakerfish
Loving v. Virginia - Wikipedia
Fifty years ago today a unanimous Supreme Court recognized the right of people to marry another person of any race.
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june 2017 by sneakerfish
One Love Manchester
If you want to watch the Ariana Grande concert for Manchester, it is happening now. You can see it by following this link:
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june 2017 by sneakerfish
#thankyouinternet hashtag on Twitter
I see the White House has been busy.

Years of research and billions of dollars were spent to bring us this Internet and this is what we get #thankyouinternet #covfefe http://pic.twitter.com/mNGf9uJ8cY

— Colin Miner (@cominer) May 31, 2017
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
Facebook
So I am at a big corporate event, the twentieth anniversary of ECI, a translation outsourcing firm. We are at the head table sitting next to Mr Wei, the president. I went to two of their offices and had dinner with both ECI employees and clients from Spain, US, Hungary and other countries.
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
Manchuria - Wikipedia
The name Manchuria is what the Japanese called the entire region including Liaoning, where I am now and parts of Russia north of here. They were looking for a reason to invade in 1931, finally creating an explosion in Shengyang on 18-Sept, outside a train station. It was called the Mukden Incident, and, within months, Japan controlled the entire region. That control lasted until the end of WWII, when Russians recaptured the area and brought brutality and pillaging, lasting another several years.
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
The wildly contagious virus is still abundant in many places around the world.
If you are traveling outside the US and you were born before 1989, you might need a new MMR vaccine. I've had mine.
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
How much do cats actually kill? [Infographic] - The Oatmeal
You all have probably seen this. But if not, here you go. There was a study of cat predation by the University of Georgia. The study was done with small cameras that attached to cats. I'll put the link to the study in the comments.
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
Simply Delightful Mint Julep | Food Network
I made a bunch of mint juleps for my co-workers this afternoon. We have an office muddler in the silverware drawer---go figure. Here's the video I learned from:
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
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Tanghulu are candied fruit snacks that have been available in Beijing since the Song Dynasty (960-1279). They were once made with only hawthorn berries, but now other fruits are used, too.
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may 2017 by sneakerfish
Saint-Saens Trio No. 1 op.18 F Major 1.Allegro vivace - YouTube
Enjoy your weekend with this optimistic piano trio excerpt by Camille Saint-Saëns.
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april 2017 by sneakerfish
My Favorite Thing Is Monsters | The Comics Journal
OMG. Every now and again, some artwork comes along that makes you say "wow". Here is a graphic novel that is designed to appear like it was composed on 3-ring binder notebook paper and drawn with blue and black ball-point pens. I've only just started reading it, but it's so amazing looking.
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april 2017 by sneakerfish
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