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The Ghoul Goes West
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Babe, What Are You Doing?
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How an industry-breaking bug stayed secret for seven months
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With ‘La Belle Sauvage,’ Philip Pullman Begins a New Trilogy
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Philip Pullman Returns to His Fantasy World
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I Started the Media Men List
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Saga Creators Vaughan and Staples: No Movie On the Way, but Maybe a Musical
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Warren Buffett's Wild Ride at Salomon (Fortune, 1997)
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ftfy: fixes text for you — ftfy 5.2 documentation
repairs text that is messed-up due to unicode encoding mishaps
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Kurt Cobain, The Rolling Stone Interview: Success Doesn't Suck
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Has Apple Lost Its Design Mojo?
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How Antivirus Software Can Be Turned Into a Tool for Spying
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Donald Trump Didn’t Want to Win – and Neither Did His Campaign
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This one weird trick lets blue states avoid Trump’s tax hike
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The Story of Reality Winner, America’s Most Unlikely Leaker
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26 days ago
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good slides on log likelihood and entropy / perplexity calculations
nlp  teaching  slides 
26 days ago
Jordan Peele’s X-Ray Vision
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More Favored than the Birds The Manned Maneuvering Unit in Space
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pgcli
nice command line interface for postgres - keeps many nice parts of psql.
cli  postgresql  python 
4 weeks ago
Matrices from a geometric perspective | Coranac
good graphical overview of basic linear algebra matrix concepts
education  geometry  math  algebra 
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Cartoonist Grant Snider on Art, Life, and Knowing the Difference
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In the Maze
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Exclusive interview: Apple’s Phil Schiller on how the iPhone X 'seemed impossible at the start'
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Derivative Sport: The Journalistic Legacy of David Foster Wallace
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kleemans.ch: Levenshtein distance
nice interactive edit distance matrix demo
levenshtein  teaching  resources 
7 weeks ago
The Martians Claim Canada
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What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?
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Your Perfect Outdoors Body Is in the Mirror | Outside Online
Before we get to some practical advice, let’s take a look at these haters so we can understand the deeply uncreative place they’re coming from. If someone sees you hiking and it upsets them enough to comment, it’s not about you. It’s because they hate themselves and it drives them crazy that you might not hate yourself, too. It’s because we’re all steeped in a culture that invalidates bodies based on their deviance from an artificial Eurocentric ideal, and your power and visibility and happiness remind them that they’ve spent a lifetime suffering for an ideal that’s fundamentally meaningless. To be a fat woman and climb a mountain is a revolutionary act: You have not waited for permission (you don’t need it), and in claiming your own space, you’re envisioning a universe that doesn’t quite exist and bending the world slightly toward that vision.
society  hiking  writing  feminism 
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Part 3: Implement Witten-Bell smoothing
Good example of witten-bell language model smoothing including some discussion of the unigram case
nlp  teaching  lm 
8 weeks ago
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