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The Most Important Poll You Didn't See
<<Take all that together and you come away with pretty clear evidence that over the course of the Democratic primary young voters have become more attached to progressive politics and the Democratic party. One read of this is that the primary process itself - as divisive as it has sometimes seemed - has deepened young voters' identification with the Democratic party.>>
politics  united-states 
2 days ago
Uncanny Valley | Issue 25 | n+1
So real. The missing literature that the Valley needs. The funny thing is that although she names no names, I (and probably you) can recognize about 80% of the references to companies in this piece.
culture  technology-industry  silicon-valley 
2 days ago
Group Theory in the Bedroom » American Scientist
<<Why is tire rotation so different from mattress flipping? It is governed by a different group.>>
math  geometry  symmetry  obsessive-compulsive 
3 days ago
The Right Way to Practice
This article has fallen into the annoying vogue of making articles long as a kind of signaling mechanism to distinguish them from Buzzfeed-style listicles and elevate the prestige of the site publishing them. Nevertheless there is useful content here, not all novel but still perhaps useful. To save yourself time, skip the first garbage half of the article and start with the section titled "The usual approach".

Or, here is a summary:

+ Purposeful practice has well-defined, specific goals. . . . [and] is all about putting a bunch of baby steps together to reach a longer-term goal.
+ Purposeful practice is focused.
+ Purposeful practice involves feedback.
+ Purposeful practice requires getting out of one’s comfort zone.
self-development  overly-long 
5 days ago
America Isn't Going Broke - Bloomberg View
Exercise for the reader: guess who is served by fanning the flames of panic about the debt
economics  united-states-government 
5 days ago
Windows Subsystem for Linux Overview | Windows Subsystem for Linux
The VolFs/DriveFs split means using this thing is very similar in practice to using a Vagrant-managed VM. The hassle of managing port mappings and starting/stopping the VM is gone though, which is nice.
linux  windows  operating-systems 
5 days ago
Aphantasia: How It Feels To Be Blind In Your Mind
I literally don't understand how this is possible, because it seems to me that the act of experiencing sensory input ought to be impossible if you literally cannot recall sensory input; every experience occurs over an interval of time, such that the end of the interval will make no sense if you do not have a sensory memory of the beginning of the interval. I can only think that this person suffers from some neurological disorder which makes the sensory parts of memory inaccessible to his conscious mind shortly after the experience is over.
psychology  wtf 
6 days ago
​a lesson in fame from the rock stars who never quite made it | read | i-D
<<My publishers nailed it perfectly on the book's back cover: "To become a star you need talent, charisma, dedication, intelligence, energy, intensity and a helluva lot of luck." I'd also add that success requires an almost pathological dedication to "making it." The people I've known or met who've achieved fame are totally committed to that one goal, which means they're relatively sober, and never get tripped up on social politics or "artistic integrity." Before this project, I only respected artists with no-sellout attitude, but now I realise that many of those who hide behind "ethics" are too scared to be pop stars.>>
culture  music-history  attention-dynamics  photography  books  to-read-maybe 
6 days ago
The Curious Link Between the Fly-By Anomaly and the "Impossible" EmDrive Thruster
It is hilarious that it takes this article (which is getting a lot of attention) N grafs to get to this caveat:

<<McCulloch’s theory could help to change that, although it is hardly a mainstream idea. It makes two challenging assumptions. The first is that photons have inertial mass. The second is that the speed of light must change within the cavity. That won’t be easy for many theorists to stomach.>>
physics  speculative 
9 days ago
If Sweden and Germany became U.S. states, would they be among the poorest? - The Washington Post
Bookmarking because this will no doubt get a lot of circulation, and I am awaiting the inevitable debunking. This result defies common sense and can only be obtained by leaving on the data in a patently dishonest way
economics  probable-bullshit 
12 days ago
Lie magnitude on random die rolling anticorrelated with intelligence - Wonkblog
Fixed the fucking awful clickbait title (n.b. the title *significantly* misstates the result of the experiment - editor should be shot).
psychology  intelligence 
15 days ago
Unique in the Crowd: The privacy bounds of human mobility : Scientific Reports
<<We study fifteen months of human mobility data for one and a half million individuals and find that human mobility traces are highly unique. In fact, in a dataset where the location of an individual is specified hourly, and with a spatial resolution equal to that given by the carrier's antennas, four spatio-temporal points are enough to uniquely identify 95% of the individuals. We coarsen the data spatially and temporally to find a formula for the uniqueness of human mobility traces given their resolution and the available outside information. This formula shows that the uniqueness of mobility traces decays approximately as the 1/10 power of their resolution. Hence, even coarse datasets provide little anonymity.>>
security  privacy  geoinformatics  geolocation  mobile-computing 
15 days ago
Orcinus: Confederate Heritage Month: The First American War Criminals
<<As we entered the place, a spectacle met our eyes that almost froze our blood with horror, and made our hearts fail within us. Before us were forms that had once been active and erect;—stalwart men, now nothing but mere walking skeletons, covered with filth and vermin. Many of our men, in the heat and intensity of their feeling, exclaimed with earnestness. "Can this be hell?" "God protect us!" and all thought that He alone could bring them out alive from so terrible a place. In the center of the whole was a swamp, occupying about three or four acres of the narrowed limits, and a part of this marshy place had been used by the prisoners as a sink, and excrement covered the ground, the scent arising from which was suffocating. The ground allotted to our ninety was near the edge of this plague-spot, and how we were to live through the warm summer weather in the midst of such fearful surroundings, was more than we cared to think of just then.>>

Photos are unbelievable.
confederate-states-of-america  war-crimes 
15 days ago
The Volcano Gambit « RealClimate
<<To summarise, a speculative paper (that was later contradicted) about HCl emitted in a volcano 700,000 years ago is the progenitor of statements related to SO2, CO2, greenhouse gases or just “pollutants” in general, and has been associated with Mt. Augustine, Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Pinatubo, Erebus and Eyjafjallajökull, with comparisons to all industrial emissions in a year, 100 years, or since the industrial revolution, all cars in a decade, or indeed a thousand years.

The volcano gambit is the universal comparison, untethered to any actual facts, and look for it to resurface again the next time a big volcano hits the news.>>
climate-change  bullshit  propaganda  conservatism 
15 days ago
Neural correlates of the LSD experience revealed by multimodal neuroimaging
<<When the present results are considered in relation to previous human neuroimaging studies with psychedelics, some general principles emerge. It seems increasingly evident that psychedelics reduce the stability and integrity of well-established brain networks (e.g., ref. 16) and simultaneously reduce the degree of separateness or segregation between them (e.g., ref. 42); that is, they induce network disintegration and desegregation. Importantly, these effects are consistent with the more general principle that cortical brain activity becomes more “entropic” under psychedelics (17). Furthermore, with the benefit of the present study’s multimodal imaging design, we can extend on these generic insights to postulate some more specific physiological properties of the psychedelic state and how these relate to some of its key psychological properties; namely, expanded V1 RSFC relates to the magnitude of visual hallucinations and decoupling of the PH-RSC circuit relates to the level of ego-dissolution, and perhaps also the profundity of a psychedelic experience more generally (also see refs. 9 and 10 in this regard).>>
drugs  neuroscience  psychedelics 
17 days ago
The Latest in a 10-Year Battle Over How California Teaches South Asian History | Colorlines
<<California reviews its textbooks every six years. For more than a decade, conservative Hindu-American groups have been lobbying the California State Board of Education to change what public-school textbooks say about South Asian history.

The groups, including the Hindu American Foundation (HAF), the Uberoi Foundation for Religious Studies and the Dharma Civilization Foundation (DCF), have claimed that social science and history textbooks for middle and high school students vilify Hindu culture, are orientalist in nature and are factually inaccurate.

But opponents say [PDF] the changes the conservative groups are lobbying for hide the subcontinent’s history of caste apartheid, gender disparity and sectarian violence.>>
california  education  history  asian-american-issues  religion 
17 days ago
Trembling hand perfect equilibrium - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
#todayilearned that the generalization of the prisoner's-dilemma-with-noise problem (a.k.a. why unforgiving tit for tat is not optimal in the real world) has a rather evocative name
game-theory  noise 
18 days ago
www.bradford-delong.com/2016/04/noah-smith-101ism-in-action-minimum-wage-editionhttpnoahpinionblogblogspotcom201604101ism-in-action-minimum-.html
<<I suggest renaming it: "False-Flag Econ 101ism". But Noah is right on the big point. This one is a beauty, for Econ 101--the real Econ 101--tells us that the first-order effect of a minimum wage is to transfer wealth from consumers and business owners to low-wage workers...>>
economics  propaganda  plutocracy 
18 days ago
Amazon SEC filing EX-99.1 (Jeff Bezos, 1998)
<<Some decisions are consequential and irreversible or nearly irreversible – one-way doors – and these decisions must be made methodically, carefully, slowly, with great deliberation and consultation. If you walk through and don’t like what you see on the other side, you can’t get back to where you were before. We can call these Type 1 decisions. But most decisions aren’t like that – they are changeable, reversible – they’re two-way doors. If you’ve made a suboptimal Type 2 decision, you don’t have to live with the consequences for that long. You can reopen the door and go back through. Type 2 decisions can and should be made quickly by high judgment individuals or small groups.

As organizations get larger, there seems to be a tendency to use the heavy-weight Type 1 decision-making process on most decisions, including many Type 2 decisions. The end result of this is slowness, unthoughtful risk aversion, failure to experiment sufficiently, and consequently diminished invention.1 We’ll have to figure out how to fight that tendency.>>
business  management  organizational-politics  startups  amazon 
18 days ago
Internet mapping turned a remote farm into a digital hell | Fusion
<<The trouble for the Taylor farm started in 2002, when a Massachusetts-based digital mapping company called MaxMind decided it wanted to provide “IP intelligence” to companies who wanted to know the geographic location of a computer
. . .
But IP mapping isn’t an exact science.>>

Predictable consequences ensue for entities which consume IP geodata without thought for the provenance .
maps  geography  internet  databases 
18 days ago
Argumatronic - Why We're Sponsoring LambdaConf 2016
Saving particularly for the quote:

<<I’m reminded of that quote I passed around Twitter a while back: there are two meanings of respect. One is to treat someone like a human; the other is treat someone like an authority figure. The first should be granted to everyone; the second must be earned. But some will say, “if you don’t respect me, then I don’t respect you” and mean, “if you don’t respect me as an authority figure, then I won’t respect you as a human being,” and that’s not OK. And yet the hashtag wars have led to people in our community declaring that they can’t respect anyone who has made a different decision than them on this issue. So, if I don’t accept their authority to make decisions for me, then they will no longer treat me as human? Guys, that’s a pretty bad look. Way out of fashion.>>
culture  internet  programming-languages  rhetoric  free-as-in-speech 
19 days ago
SoloudMOD
Always been a bit sad that MOD never took off as a music distribution format. You can almost glimpse the more end-listener-modifiable, remixable open source music culture that could have been, compared to the completely "baked" digital audio formats people use today.
digital-audio  web-platform  music  technology 
20 days ago
The Codist: My Biggest Regret As A Programmer
Partly this is an artifact of the types of roles that this guy has gotten, but it's a strong cautionary tale nevertheless --- remaining technical while growing your impact and comp commensurate to your seniority is *by far* harder than doing so via management or stagnating.
programming  career-advice 
23 days ago
No New Tools
<<What’s interesting about digital tools for information work is how frequently they are born from a specific ideology: someone thought work should be done in a certain manner, they found no tools to support that method, so they set off to build their own tool that presumes their ideology is true and best. Thus, we get another to-do app, Twitter client, or project management app.

Everything that’s made has a bias, but simple implements—a hammer, a lever, a text editor—assume little and ask less. The tool doesn’t force the hand.>>
software  tools 
24 days ago
The Tech Story Is Over — NewCo Shift — Medium
Way too sanguine and likely the opening salvo in a fusillade of fodder for a future heir to The Baffler. But worth noting that even the former boosters at Wired are ready to move on.
technology-industry  journalism 
24 days ago
Computing the Uncomputable | Azimuth
<< what is Joel David Hamkins’ result? It’s this:

There is a Turing machine T with the following property. For any function g from the natural numbers to the natural numbers, there is a model of PA such that in this model, if we give T any standard natural n as input, it halts and outputs f(n)

So, take to be your favorite uncomputable function. Then there’s a model of arithmetic such that in this model, the Turing machine computes at least when you feed the machine standard numbers as inputs. >>

wat
math  computer-science  proofs  surprising-results 
24 days ago
jcjohnson/neural-style: Torch implementation of neural style algorithm
this is genuinely visually incredible. it is interesting that the art world does not even consider the development of this algorithm art. think about it.
new-aesthetic  digital-art 
27 days ago
Transistor: Original Soundtrack | Supergiant Games
I haven't even played the game tbh. The art is just so lovely though, and the music has lovely moments as well.
musiclog  computer-games 
4 weeks ago
jwz: Instagram Hates The Internet
<<The thing that makes the Internet useful is interoperability. These companies hate that. The thing that makes the Internet become more useful is the open source notion that there will always be more smart people who don't work for your company than that do, and some of those people will find ways to expand on your work in ways you never anticipated. These companies hate that, too. They'd rather you have nothing than that you have something they don't own.>>
internet  culture  mobile-computing  the-future-of-the-internet-is-tv 
4 weeks ago
Philip Greenspun's Weblog » Good news: Markets are efficient (bad news: U.S. workers are incompetent)
Like nearly all Greenspun's writing, this message could be delivered with less of an odious tone of seething supercilious contempt, but I still bookmark this stuff because I don't have other outlets for seeing these data points...
labor  united-states  education  computing 
4 weeks ago
Are STEM Syllabi Gendered? A Feminist Critical Discourse Analysis
Professors, be sure not to use the pronoun "we" in your syllabus, for that would be anti-feminist! And other fun tips.
higher-education  feminism  bullshit 
5 weeks ago
Philip Greenspun's Weblog » Making money in software: customer input not required?
<<My personal theory about having a successful business is that you need to have either (1) a lower cost of capital than everyone else, (2) knowledge and skill that nobody else has, or (3) experience with customers and a market that few others have.>>
computing  software  business 
5 weeks ago
The Invention of Nature: Alexander von Humboldt's New World, by Andrea Wulf (@Kindle)
Finished 2016-03-22. Recommended, although I would have liked deeper, more precise examination of Humbold's ideas. Still, provokes thought (and envy). Humboldt is not nearly well-known enough in the English-speaking world today. Note how many tags are applicable here.

Read mostly on airplanes and other transit.
booklog  finished:2016  science  biology  geography  history  nature  natural-resource-policy  europe  ecology  politics  slavery  evolution 
5 weeks ago
Philip Greenspun's Weblog » Why would anyone expect the U.S. to be a leader in dealing with CO2 emissions, climate change, etc.?
Most of this is vacuous garbage, but I am bookmarking for the observation that the heads of the German and Chinese governments are scientists, whereas nearly all our leaders are lawyers.
climate-change  politics  united-states 
5 weeks ago
Why Do Poor People 'Waste' Money On Luxury Goods?
Weirdly circulated a while ago. Perhaps overstates the prevalence of this effect (signaling as rational response to social precarity) vs. other less pragmatic motivations. Bookmarking now for the passage:

<<I have half a PhD and I support myself aping the white male privileged life of the mind. It's a mixed bag. Of course, the trick is you can never know the counterfactual of your life. There is no evidence of access denied. Who knows what I was not granted for not enacting the right status behaviors or symbols at the right time for an agreeable authority?>>
culture  race  privilege  united-states 
5 weeks ago
Manufacturing Jobs Are Never Coming Back
"like it or not, the U.S. is now a service-based economy. It’s time candidates started talking about making that economy work for workers, rather than pining for one that’s never coming back,"
economics  business  labor  politics  united-states 
5 weeks ago
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