It Can Happen Here | by Cass R. Sunstein | The New York Review of Books
“decisions taken individually and almost unconsciously by the population at large.”
27 days ago
IASC: The Hedgehog Review - Volume 20, No. 2 (Summer 2018) - In with the Out Crowd: Contrarians, Alone and Together -
There is nothing a contrarian crowd hates more than a real contrarian, a person who breaks ranks with the group. If the whole point of belonging to the crowd is to demonstrate one’s superior moral position, an insider’s dissent is an intolerable violation and contradiction. That accounts for the special fury reserved for academics who break with the party line on social and political issues.
6 weeks ago
Forum on Risks to the Public in Computers and Related Systems

ACM Committee on Computers and Public Policy
7 weeks ago
Introduction · mostly-adequate-guide
Professor Frisby's Mostly Adequate Guide to Functional Programming
programming  javascript 
may 2018
A plea for stability in the SciPy ecosystem
I'm not particularlly sympathetic to Konrad's argument, as I think he's using an inadequate mental model of the dependencies in what he's doing with software and also for his notion of 'stability' in Fortran, COBOL, and Java worlds.

Nevertheless, the argument presents a nice key example of the pervasiveness of our need to trace abstractions all the way back to the particulars. "That Socrates was such a bother," say the scientists who don't want to be bothered, along with nearly everybody else.
may 2018
Ernst Cassirer (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
Ernst Cassirer occupies a unique place in twentieth-century philosophy. His work pays equal attention to foundational and epistemological issues in the philosophy of mathematics and natural science and to aesthetics, the philosophy of history, and other issues in the “cultural sciences” broadly conceived. More than any other German philosopher since Kant, Cassirer thus aims to devote equal philosophical attention both to the (mathematical and) natural sciences (Naturwissenschaften) and to the more humanistic disciplines (Geisteswissenschaften). In this way, Cassirer, more than any other twentieth-century philosopher, plays a fundamental mediating role between C. P. Snow's famous “two cultures.”
february 2018
microKanren: A Lucid Little Logic Language with a Simple Complete Search
We present an instructional exposition of microKanren, a straightforward, call-by-value embedding of a small logic programming language with a simple, program- and query- speci c complete search. We construct the entire language in 54 lines of Racket—half of which are needed to implement uni cation. We then layer over it, in 43 lines, a reconstruc- tion of an existing logic programming language, miniKanren, and attest to our implementation’s pedagogical value. Evi- dence suggests our combination of expressiveness, concision, and elegance is compelling: since microKanren’s release two years ago, it has spawned over 50 embeddings in over 25 host languages, including Go, Haskell, Prolog and Smalltalk.
programming  scheme 
february 2018
Famous Hermits and What They Did Out There
Hermits live a life of almost complete and utter solitude, disconnected from the grid, the economy, and most of humanity - and they like it that way. Some famous hermits choose the lifestyle to flee the workforce, war, or an oppressive government. Some - like the hundreds of famous anchorites of medieval times - choose to be hermits in order to dedicate their lives to religious contemplation. 

There have been a few widely-known hermits throughout history that have welcomed visitors, but most simply want to be left alone to live their lives in a deliberate, solitary way, free from bosses, families, and governments. Read on to discover some of history's most famous hermits.
february 2018
George Moses Horton | Poetry Foundation
Born a slave on William Horton’s tobacco plantation, George Moses Horton taught himself to read. Around 1815 he began composing poems in his head, saying them aloud and “selling” them to an increasingly large crowd of buyers at the weekly Chapel Hill farmers market. Students at the nearby University of North Carolina bought his love poems and lent him books. As his fame spread, he gained the attention of Caroline Lee Whiting Hentz, a novelist and professor’s wife who transcribed his poetry and helped publish it in her hometown newspaper.
february 2018
Scraping Framework for Golang
Colly provides a clean interface to write any kind of crawler/scraper/spider

With Colly you can easily extract structured data from websites, which can be used for a wide range of applications, like data mining, data processing or archiving.
february 2018
AWS Lambda Supports Go
You can now develop your AWS Lambda function code using Go. Lambda lets you run code without provisioning and managing servers. You simply upload your Go executable artifact as a ZIP file through the AWS CLI or Lambda console and select the go1.x runtime. With Lambda, you can use Go's native tools to build and package your code. Read our documentation for more details.
programming  golang 
january 2018
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