Running Jupyter Lab as a Desktop Application - Jupyter
c.LabApp.browser = '/Applications/Google\ Chrome.app/Contents/MacOS/Google\ Chrome --app=%s'
jupyter-notebook  python 
4 days ago
On Exactitude in Science - Wikipedia
Can't believe this was cited in a scientific article (The Human Cell Atlas 2017) but I don't know, perhaps it is worth thinking about the nature of abstraction, etc. etc.
science  philosophy 
7 days ago
New Office Hours Aim for Well Rested, More Productive Workers - The New York Times
“We’re talking about one hour,” Ms. Kring said, “not a revolution.”
sleep 
19 days ago
System Vision Design: High Speed Image Processing
It's a machine to scan books automatically. Pretty neat.
HN 
19 days ago
NYTimes: As China Cracks Down on Churches, Christians Declare ‘We Will Not Forfeit Our Faith’
"Mr. Gu, the rice seller, began attending services two years ago after finding videos of Mr. Wang’s fiery sermons online. He felt Mr. Wang’s concern for the poor was in line with his own view that the government was abusing workers and violating human rights by destroying their homes to make way for expensive developments. Mr. Gu was baptized last year."
china 
20 days ago
Learning To Play Banjo: Emulation vs. Imitation - BanjoHistory.com
"Old timers in East Kentucky learned to play by emulation; that is, they duplicated the sounds they heard by listening, by casual observation, and without formal training."

This is all fine and good. Fantastic even. But how are we to face the modern music scene? How am I to hold my own and still develop my own style when everyone around me is ripping through notes and fiddle tunes like crazy? And how can I stay on a path of individualism when other players sound so damn good?!
old-time  banjo 
21 days ago
NYTimes: Against Liberal Defeatism
A couple Polish left-wingers explain the situation from the Polish perspective.

"For example, many Poles are willing to overlook the government’s disregard for the rule of law and its trampling of the Constitution. This is in part because for years, and under a variety of different governments, Polish workers saw their rights disrespected while the state did nothing for them. Consequently, they see no need now to defend a group of distant judges.

Liberals need to reckon with this. Rather than accusing their fellow citizens of being “clients of fascists,” they need to make the case for why an independent judiciary is in their interests. That is what will win the day — not name-calling."
fascisim  politics  poland 
22 days ago
Jay Ungar - Marching Through Georgia - YouTube
a couple different versions. interesting historical bit.
old-time 
25 days ago
Barbara Ehrenreich: Why I'm Giving Up on Preventative Care | Literary Hub
In the health-conscious mind-set that has prevailed among the world’s affluent people for about four decades now, health is indistinguishable from virtue, tasty foods are “sinfully delicious,” while healthful foods may taste good enough to be advertised as “guilt-free.”
healthcare 
25 days ago
xarray: N-D labeled arrays and datasets in Python — xarray 0.11.0+3.ge8e3564 documentation
aims to bring the labeled data power of pandas to the physical sciences, by providing N-dimensional variants of the core pandas data structures.
python  tensor  tensor-factorization 
5 weeks ago
Zarr — zarr 2.2.0 documentation
Zarr is a Python package providing an implementation of chunked, compressed, N-dimensional arrays.
python  tensor  tensor-factorization 
5 weeks ago
Sparse GPs: approximate the posterior, not the model | PROWLER.io
Very nice blog post discussing FITC and variational inducing points (Titsias) and other sparse GP approximations.
sparse-GP 
5 weeks ago
Gradient Institute
Not-for-profit based in Australia working on fairness and ethics in AI. Just started! (Dec 2018 at NeurIPS).
ethics  fairness 
5 weeks ago
NYTimes: The American Dream Is Alive. In China.
Interesting to note that there are even significant changes since I was there in 2008. Millions lifted out of "poverty."

Also interesting to note that such transformations give the people involved a very particular perspective. Optimism sure, but I think also a certain perspective on life, at least in the good case.
china  economics 
9 weeks ago
ВЕК - YouTube
Finally, some male singers. Wonderful music. Are they Ukrainian? I dunno.
folk  ukrain  singing 
9 weeks ago
Sleepy Hollow Hog Stompers 6-11-62 : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive
Turns out Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead was a banjo player first. 19 years old!
old-time 
9 weeks ago
Information Geometry
Notes from Cosma Shalizi on information geometry
math  statistics  information-geometry 
9 weeks ago
Fermat's Library | The Mundanity of Excellence: An Ethnographic Report on Stratification and Olympic Swimmers annotated/explained version.
Super interesting paper. Unsure whether the data supports this but fuck you guy at Bell Labs who is always talking about working harder.
swimming  life 
9 weeks ago
jemdoc – light markup
Ben Recht uses this for his website which is nice and simple.
web 
9 weeks ago
Banjo Roots and Branches (3 of 4): Into North America - Early Banjo Sightings
The Plain partly covered with Booths, and well crouded with Whites, the Negroes divided into Companies, I suppose according to their different Nations, some dancing to the hollow Sound of a Drum, made of the Trunk of a hollow Tree, othersome to the grating rattling Noise of Pebles or Shells in a small Basket, others plied the Banger, and some knew how to joyn the Voice (to) it.
banjo 
10 weeks ago
The Mysteries of Animal Movement - The New York Times
The pee pee pipe man's name is David Hu and he's a mathematician.
science 
10 weeks ago
IMA_Geometry.pdf
duality and commutative diagrams for heterogeneous data.
info-geo  heterodata 
10 weeks ago
America’s Collapsing Into Fascism Because Americans Still Don’t Understand Fascism
Shitty article but potentially useful definition:

"Fascism is best seen this way. A person who believes that there is a hierarchy of personhood — that some people are more human than others, and some fall below the threshold of being people entirely — and furthermore, that that hierarchy should be institutionalized, is a fascist."
fascisim  politics 
11 weeks ago
Midterms 2018: Cybersecurity and Russian hacking remain a major concern - Vox
Published on my 30th bday.

The Russians are hacking the US elections. For sure.

We are not much better prepared than we were in 2016. This problem will continue for the coming years.

Three points of vulnerabilities: (1) individual campaigns, (2) the media, (3) the information infrastructure of the elections themselves.

"It’s as if America’s most ancient civilian office, the local election clerk, has become saddled with new and alien responsibilities tantamount to a military contractor."

The real threat is that citizens will start doubting the system.

...very comprehensive article.
election  USA  politics 
11 weeks ago
jhu-advdatasci/2018: Fall 2018 repository with course materials for JHU Advanced Data Science
Looks like a very nice course comes with data wrangling in R and much much more.
course  data-science 
11 weeks ago
Stochastic Backpropagation Through Mixture Density Distributions
Alex Graves. Reparam trick for mixtures (and other distributions too?)
variational-inference 
12 weeks ago
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