The Universe of Discourse : I found the best anagram in English
The key technique is to reduce each word to a normal form so that two words have the same normal form if and only if they are anagrams of one another. In this case we do this by sorting the letters into alphabetical order, so that both megalodon and moonglade become adeglmnoo.
anagram  scoring 
Teller Reveals His Secrets | Arts & Culture | Smithsonian
The smaller, quieter half of the magician duo Penn and Teller talks about how magicians manipulate the human mind.
perception  magic  illusions  misdirection 
3 days ago
Apollo Robbins: The art of misdirection | TED Talk |
Hailed as the greatest pickpocket in the world, Apollo Robbins studies the quirks of human behavior as he steals your watch.
video  pickpocket  attention  misdirection 
3 days ago
A Pickpocket’s Tale - The New Yorker
Robbins, who is thirty-eight and lives in Las Vegas, is a peculiar variety-arts hybrid, known in the trade as a theatrical pickpocket. Among his peers, he is widely considered the best in the world at what he does, which is taking things from people’s jackets, pants, purses, wrists, fingers, and necks, then returning them in amusing and mind-boggling ways. Robbins works smoothly and invisibly, with a diffident charm that belies his talent for larceny.
apollo  psychology  pickpocket  magic  attention  theft  con  neuroscience 
3 days ago
The Day of The Tentacle: Dependency Graph Analysis | The Website is Down Dev Blog
While cartoonish on the surface this game is highly polished with an elaborate design and complex puzzle structure. This post will focus on the puzzle dependency graph and the way in which the puzzles are integrated into the narrative.
game  design  graph  analysis  story  puzzle 
13 days ago
Ignition of the atmosphere with nuclear bombs
A document from August 1946 showing that nuclear bombs would not ignite the atmosphere.
atmosphere  ignite  nuclear  bomb  oxygen  burn 
4 weeks ago
mixu/electroshot: Capture website screenshots with optional device and network emulation as jpg, png or pdf (with web fonts!) using Electron / Chrome.
Capture website screenshots with optional device and network emulation as jpg, png or pdf (with web fonts!) using Electron / Chrome.
screenshot  web  render  pdf  png  testing  grab  screen 
5 weeks ago
A Kaggle Master Explains Gradient Boosting | No Free Hunch
If linear regression was a Toyota Camry, then gradient boosting would be a UH-60 Blackhawk Helicopter. A particular implementation of gradient boosting, XGBoost, is consistently used to win machine learning competitions on Kaggle. Unfortunately many practitioners (including my former self) use it as a black box. It’s also been butchered to death by a host of drive-by data scientists’ blogs. As such, the purpose of this article is to lay the groundwork for classical gradient boosting, intuitively...
mathematics  machinelearning  kaggle  DataScience 
5 weeks ago
Generate syntax diagrams (also known as railroad diagrams) for parser grammars written in PEG.js
grammar  diagram  parser  railroad 
6 weeks ago
ANU Quantum Random Number Server
This website offers true random numbers to anyone on the internet. The random numbers are generated in real-time in our lab by measuring the quantum fluctuations of the vacuum.
api  generator  quantum  integers  random 
6 weeks ago
Grasp - JavaScript structural search, replace, and refactor
Grasp is a command line utility that allows you to search and replace your JavaScript code - but unlike programs such as grep or sed, it searches the structure behind your code (the abstract syntax tree), rather than simply the text you've written
javascript  regex  search  code 
7 weeks ago
Best Webfoot Forward » programmer productivity update
Lutz Prechelt wrote a technical report way back in 1999 that did a more rigorous, mathematical analysis of the variance in the time it takes programmers to complete one task. He finds that the distribution is wickedly skewed to the left, and the difference between the top and kinda-normal programmers is about 2.
productivity  programming  10x  programmer  tasks  research 
8 weeks ago
shagunsodhani/papers-I-read: A-Paper-A-Week
I am trying a new initiative - a-paper-a-week. This repository will hold all those papers and related summaries and notes.
research  papers 
8 weeks ago
Jerusalem syndrome - Wikipedia
The best known, although not the most prevalent, manifestation of Jerusalem syndrome is the phenomenon whereby a person who seems previously balanced and devoid of any signs of psychopathology becomes psychotic after arriving in Jerusalem. The psychosis is characterised by an intense religious theme and typically resolves to full recovery after a few weeks or after being removed from the area.
psychology  jerusalem  syndrome  psychotic  religion 
8 weeks ago
How many floating-point numbers are in the interval [0,1]? – Daniel Lemire's blog
One of my readers left a comment suggesting that picking an integer in [0,232) at random and dividing it by 232, was equivalent to picking a number at random in [0,1)....That’s certainly “approximately true”, but we are making an error when doing so. How much of an error?

development  programming  floatingpoint  number  random 
8 weeks ago
Why don't more physicists subscribe to pilot wave theory? - Quora
I particularly like Paul Mainwoods answer that covers some of the conceptual awkwardnesses with Pilot wave.
physics  pilotwave  pilot  quantum  determinism  bohm  debroglie 
8 weeks ago
Why Kakoune — The quest for a better code editor
Inspired by VI, an editor based on a rethought editing language.
edit  language  vi  vim  editor 
8 weeks ago
Learn from your mistakes | Blog •
Chess program that finds mistakes in the games you play and helps you learn from them.
chess  learning  mistakes  analysis 
8 weeks ago
How to build a medieval castle | History Extra
The Norman Conquest triggered a boom in castle building, but the process of creating a fortress from scratch was far from simple, as John Goodall finds out...
castle  norman  construction  history 
8 weeks ago
5 day fast mimicking diet, with research suggesting a variety of beneficial effects.
fast  diet  food  immune  health 
8 weeks ago
How to Self-Publish a Novel in 2017
The process of self-publishing a paperback novel.
amazon  novel  paperback  scifi  publish  self  publishing 
8 weeks ago
Parsers turn strings of characters into meaningful data structures (like a JSON object!). nearley is a fast, feature-rich, and modern parser toolkit for JavaScript.
javascript  js  parser  node 
january 2017
Feathers | Instant Realtime and REST APIs with Node.js
An open source REST and realtime API layer for modern applications.
javascript  api  framework  rest  nodejs 
january 2017
Stepping into math: Open-sourcing our step-by-step solver
Our app lets you take a picture of a homework question, and we teach you how to answer it — magic!
math  recognition  step  maths  homework  photo 
january 2017
A very casual introduction to Fully Homomorphic Encryption – A Few Thoughts on Cryptographic Engineering
Encrypting a document isn’t the same as putting it into a physical lockbox. And this is a good thing! Because in fact, there is a kind of encryption that allows us to bypass some of these limitations. We refer to this as homomorphic encryption, and its defining characteristic is this: you can perform useful operations on encrypted values without decrypting them first.
crypto  encryption  math  programming  homomorphic 
january 2017
The Most Effective Weapon on the Modern Battlefield is Concrete - Modern War Institute
Concrete is as symbolic to their deployments as the weapons they carried. No other weapon or technology has done more to contribute to achieving strategic goals of providing security, protecting populations, establishing stability, and eliminating terrorist threats.
concrete  warfare  weapon  war  iraq  fortification 
november 2016
Tom Smith and His Incredible Bread Machine | Mises Institute
A fairly randian poem, but here's a great stanza:

The rule of law, in complex times,
Has proved itself deficient.
We much prefer the rule of men!
It's vastly more efficient.
poem  economics  government  competition  freedom  freemarket 
november 2016
Google’s iron grip on Android: Controlling open source by any means necessary | Ars Technica
It's easy to give something away when you're in last place with zero marketshare, precisely where Android started. When you're in first place though, it's a little harder to be so open and welcoming. Android has gone from being the thing that protects Google to being something worth protecting in its own right. Mobile is the future of the Internet, and controlling the world's largest mobile platform has tons of benefits. At this point, it's too difficult to stuff the open source genie back into the bottle, which begs the question: how do you control an open source project?
android  google  opensource  mobile 
november 2016
Mars Explorers Wanted Posters
NASA originally commissioned these posters for an exhibit at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor's Complex in 2009. As part of our Journey to Mars, these versions are now available to everyone online.
art  nasa  space  mars  posters  recruitment 
august 2016
Generating fantasy maps
I wanted to make maps that look like something you'd find at the back of one of the cheap paperback fantasy novels of my youth. I always had a fascination with these imagined worlds, which were often much more interesting than whatever luke-warm sub-Tolkien tale they were attached to.
javascript  art  graphics  maps  programming  generative  cartography  myth  legend 
august 2016
70's Interstellar Spacecraft Project Was Huge - Project Daedalus : space
Project Daedalus was a design from the British Interplanetary Society for an interstellar spacecraft.
interstellar  spacecraft  spaceship  big 
july 2016
Quantopian inspires talented people everywhere to write investment algorithms.
Select authors may license their algorithms to us and get paid based on performance.
finance  python  trading  algorithms  fintech  backtest  investment 
july 2016
"Reverse Engineering for Beginners" free book
Dennis @Yurichev has published an impressive (and free!) book on reverse engineering
book  security  analysis  engineering 
july 2016
The Inner JSON Effect - The Daily WTF
“So you have ‘customers.json’ and ‘customers.js’. The JSON file is the metadata and the JS file has all the code. So the list of functions in the JSON file tells JDSL to look up those revisions of the JS file to find what functions are available. In this case the actual code is in revisions 568, 899, 900, 901, and so on.”
json  dsl  database  subversion  vcs  code  wtf 
july 2016
The Craziest Poker Bet of the Decade — The Ringer
Winning 3 events at a single WSOP is not easy.

"Selbst and Mercier negotiated. Eventually they shook hands on 180-to-1 odds. Mercier handed over the $10,000 that very night."
poker  bracelet  wsop  sidebet  bet 
july 2016
Model Penal Code United States of America 1962.pdf
The Model Penal Code has served as a guide for changes to laws in many states in the USA.
law  example  legal  system  punishment  guilt  framework 
july 2016
The Cabinet Manual - cabinet-manual.pdf
A guide to laws, conventions
and rules on the operation
of government
politics  uk  work  constitution  cabinet 
july 2016
A Nihilist’s Guide to Meaning | Melting Asphalt
What follows is my attempt at figuring out what people mean when they talk about meaning. In particular, I want to rehabilitate the word — to cleanse it of wishy-washy spiritual associations, give it the respectable trappings of materialism, and socialize it back into my worldview. This is a personal project, but I hope some of my readers will find value in it for themselves.
philosophy  nihilism  religion  meaning 
july 2016
Video Conference Part 1: These Things Suck – Ben Garney
I wrote my own (prototype) video conferencing app. It turned out pretty well. And that’s what these posts are about.
compression  programming  video  c++ 
july 2016
Why Feynman Diagrams Are So Important | Quanta Magazine
“There’s something else I’ve been thinking a lot about: Why doesn’t empty space weigh anything?”

Feynman, normally as quick and lively as they come, went silent. It was the only time I’ve ever seen him look wistful. Finally he said dreamily, “I once thought I had that one figured out. It was beautiful.” And then, excited, he began an explanation that crescendoed in a near shout: “The reason space doesn’t weigh anything, I thought, is because there’s nothing there!”
quantum  feynman  darkenergy  vacuum  void 
july 2016
Lightweight javascript in-memory database: LokiJS
A fast, in-memory document-oriented datastore for node.js, browser and cordova
javascript  library  database  js  mobile  browser  sync 
july 2016
Introducing Research for Practice - ACM Queue
Research for Practice is born from the potential of this combination. In every RfP column, two experts will introduce a short curated selection of papers on a concentrated, practically oriented topic. Want to learn about the latest and greatest developments in operating systems for data- center workloads? RfP will provide an essential crash course from a world authority by describing the trends in this space, selecting a handful of papers to read, and providing motivation and the critical insights behind each.
programming  research 
july 2016
My First 10 Minutes On a Server - Primer for Securing Ubuntu
My First 5 Minutes on a Server, by Bryan Kennedy, is an excellent intro into securing a server against most attacks. We have a few modifications to his approach that we wanted to document as part of our efforts of externalizing our processes and best practices. We also wanted to spend a bit more time explaining a few things that younger engineers may benefit from.
server  linux  security  setup 
july 2016
The Ghost in the Quantum Turing Machine
I focus relatively
narrowly on a notion that I call “Knightian freedom”: a certain kind o
f in-principle physical un-
predictability that goes beyond probabilistic unpredictability. Other
, more metaphysical aspects
of free will I regard as possibly outside the scope of science
philosophy  physics  quantum 
july 2016
Shtetl-Optimized » Blog Archive » Daddy, why didn’t you blog about Trump?
Suppose my family somehow survives whatever comes next, and one day my daughter Lily comes to me across the rubble of the post-thermonuclear hellscape and says, “daddy, in the Good Days, the days before the War of the Small-Hands Insult, the days when there was plentiful food and water and Internet, didn’t you have what used to be called a ‘blog’? Then why didn’t you speak out on this blog, why didn’t you do whatever tiny amount you could to prevent this?”
trump  politics 
july 2016
Gone Full Unikernel · deferpanic eng blog
For the purposes of this article we are defining a unikernel as a small, secure, bootable virtual machine image that includes only the necessary bits for an application to work - and in our case that mostly means web services. Unlike the JeOS (Just Enough Operating System) movement from a few years ago by stripping out un-needed parts unikernels piece in only what they need instead. That - and there’s a “few” architectural changes. :
container  unikernel  go 
july 2016
A-Frame – Building Blocks for the VR Web
Building blocks for the
virtual reality web
Use markup to create VR experiences that work across desktop, iOS, Android, and the Oculus Rift.
javascript  web  3d  framework  vr 
july 2016
Hello, TensorFlow! - O'Reilly Media
The TensorFlow project is bigger than you might realize. The fact that it's a library for deep learning, and its connection to Google, has helped TensorFlow attract a lot of attention. But beyond the hype, there are unique elements to the project that are worthy of closer inspection
machineelearning  ai  tutorial  tensorflow  google  artificalintellgence 
july 2016
∈ | Gowers's Weblog
A mathematician talks about eu and brexit.
politics  europe  tribe  membership  supranational  brexit. 
july 2016
Velocity Raptor | Relativity Game | TestTubeGames
You are velocity raptor who must use relativity to complete a series of levels.
time  dilation  relativity 
june 2016
vox.SPACE: Being privacy-aware in 2016
As more and more people are living a digital life inside their computers, discussions about privacy and whether or not we can expect to be protected from intrusions in our private lives are taking over the Internet. Regardless of your thoughts on the subject, if you are just a concerned citizen or the newest whistle-blower, there are some ways you can protect your privacy while browsing the Internet or visiting a new country. This is not an exhaustive list, it's just a compilation of useful information I gathered.
encryption  privacy  security 
june 2016
Java Generics are Turing Complete - 1605.05274v1.pdf
This note proves that nominal subtyping with contravariance is
undecidable even in the absence of multiple instantiation inheritance,
thus solving an open problem posed by Kennedy and Pierce in 2007
java  compsci  paper  type  turing 
may 2016
Celemony | What can Melodyne do?
The Melodic and Polyphonic algorithms offer you, in the case of vocals as well as both mono- and polyphonic instruments, full access to the notes of which the sound is composed as well as to their musical parameters.
music  notation  software  pitch  decomposition  orchestra 
may 2016
Pixar in a Box | Khan Academy
A Khan Academy course on the challenges in making a pixar film
education  animation  math  academy  3d  pixar 
may 2016
Canvas made of pixels
A high resolution display in a picture frame with luminence matching and being-looked-at detection.
apple  art  hardware  display 
may 2016
The (Mostly) True Story of Helvetica and the New York City Subway
The first “signs” in the New York City subway system were created by Heins & LaFarge, architects of the IRT. In 1904 they established the now-familiar tradition of mosaic station names on platform walls. The name tablets were composed of small tiles in both serif and sans serif roman capitals. The BRT/BMT followed suit under Squire J. Vickers, who took over the architectural duties in 1908. Neither line had a uniform lettering style even though the designs were prepared in studio and then shipped in sections to the stations. Thus, there is a surprising amount of variety within the mosaic station names.
subway  history  typography  design 
may 2016
GitHub - nlp-compromise/nlp_compromise: a cool way to use natural language in javascript
nlp.statement('She sells seashells').negate().text()
// She doesn't sell seashells

nlp.sentence('I fed the dog').replace('the [Noun]', 'the cat').text()
// I fed the cat

nlp.text("Tony Hawk did a kickflip").people();
// [ Person { text: 'Tony Hawk' ..} ]
javascript  library  language  opensource  nlp 
may 2016
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