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Progressive or conservative? Political leanings are so hardwired that they can be second-guessed by how people’s brains process a picture. #brain #neuronet -
Progressive or conservative? Political leanings are so hardwired that they can be second-guessed by how people’s brains process a picture. #brain #neuronet
"Remarkably, brain responses to a single disgusting stimulus were sufficient to make accurate predictions about an individual subject’s political ideology.” - centralasian from Bookmarklet
Only the disgusting images evinced neural responses that correlated with political orientation. This suggests that political attitudes are built over “pre-established neural responses that may have served to defend our forebears against environmental threats.” - centralasian
Robert Scoble
In the house: Flipboard's cofounders showing version 3 -
In the house: Flipboard's cofounders showing version 3
Flipboard -- flipping pages -- is ergonomically inefficient compared to Zite and SmartNews -- simple scrolling. - Sean McBride
Good video -- great product overall. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
Genetically Modified Organisms Risk Global Ruin, Says Black Swan Author -
"A key difference between these types of risks is the statistical structure of their impact. This structure is either dependent on scale or independent of scale. An example of a scale -dependent distribution is the weight of an adult human which is generally never greater than about 10 times the weight of an average human. However, a single individual can be richer than the poorest 2 billion humans. So wealth follows a scale independent distribution. When it comes to risk, the harm from scale dependent risks comes from the collective effect of many events, since no single event alone can dominate the total. “It is practically impossible for a single data account for 99 percent of all heart attacks in a given year,” say Taleb and co by way of an example. By contrast, the harm from scale independent risks can be dominated by a single event. For example, the Earth is constantly bombarded by small rocks from space that have little effect. Nevertheless, a single large rock could wipe out the entire human race. " - Todd Hoff
So why does redirect to https? Just leave the URL alone. - Todd Hoff
Crabby and Evelyn, An Assessment of Evelyn Waugh's Life and Work | New Republic -
"To mark its 100th anniversary, The New Republic is republishing a collection of its most memorable articles. This week's theme: Literary birthdays. This piece originally appeared at The New Republic on May 8, 1995." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"My life is roughly speaking over. I sleep badly except occasionally in the morning. I get up late. I try to read my letters. I try to read the paper. I have some gin. I try to read the paper again. I have some more gin. I try to think about my autobiography. Then I have some more gin and it's lunch time. That's my life. It's ghastly." - Maitani
The first longer paper in my life I chose to write on Brideshead Revisited, many years ago. - Maitani
Bluesun 2600
"Solar energy will soon "undercut even the cheapest fossil fuels in many regions of the planet"" via Boing Boing
"Solar energy will soon "undercut even the cheapest fossil fuels in many regions of the planet"" via Boing Boing
Amit Patel
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite -
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
Set Your Thoughts Free - Hemingwrite
"The Hemingwrite is-a single purpose, distraction-free writing composition device. It combines the simplicity of a 90s era word processor with the modern tech we all require like cloud backups and integration into our favorite document editors like Google docs and Evernote." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Sadly, my distraction-free writing now requires Zotero integration :( But I love this idea! - RudĩϐЯaЯïan
Everything old is new again Now we are back to Typewriters - all dressed up but pretty much typewriters - WarLord
This could be a good concept -- but the proof of the pudding is in the eating -- one needs to give it an actual workout. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
Quantum weirdness is everywhere in life – Johnjoe McFadden – Aeon -
Quantum weirdness is everywhere in life – Johnjoe McFadden – Aeon
"Beneath all these quantum solutions to puzzling vital phenomena, we find ourselves with a deeper mystery. Quantum coherence is an immensely delicate phenomenon, depending on those in-tune particle waves. To maintain it, physicists usually have to enclose their systems within near-perfect vacuums and cool them down to very close to absolute zero temperature to freeze out any heat-driven molecular motion. Molecular vibrations are the mortal enemy of quantum coherence. How, then, does life manage to maintain its molecular order for long enough to perform its quantum tricks in warm and wet cells? That remains a profound riddle. Recent research offers a tantalising hint that, instead of avoiding molecular storms, life embraces them, rather like the captain of a ship who harnesses turbulent gusts and squalls to maintain his ship upright and on-course. As Schrödinger predicted, life navigates a narrow stream between the classical and quantum worlds: the quantum edge." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Attended a speech by Jim Al-Khalili (mentioned in the article) last month on that subject. - Mark H
Wow, that must have been interesting. Anything stand out? - Todd Hoff
It was a general overview of quantum biological processes with the most amount of time spent on the way robins navigate. It was difficult to concentrate fully on the talk as it was held on a glass-bottomed boat in an aquarium with sharks, rays, and turtles swimming around, with the turtle often coming up to the boat and slapping it with its flipper much to everyone's amusement. - Mark H
That sounds fascinating - MoTO: Team Marina
Todd Hoff
The Three Breakthroughs That Have Finally Unleashed AI on the World | WIRED -
"In the past, we would have said only a superintelligent AI could drive a car, or beat a human at Jeopardy! or chess. But once AI did each of those things, we considered that achievement obviously mechanical and hardly worth the label of true intelligence. Every success in AI redefines it. But we haven't just been redefining what we mean by AI—we've been redefining what it means to be human. Over the past 60 years, as mechanical processes have replicated behaviors and talents we thought were unique to humans, we've had to change our minds about what sets us apart." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Robert Scoble
Amit Patel
"Have you ever heard of Google Notebook? How about Knol? iGoogle? Wave? Buzz? PigeonRank? These were all Google products that, while they had some merit, never caught on with users. They weren't good enough, and so they died a deserved death."
PigeonRank? Really??? - Amit Patel
I loved the PigeonRank paper. - NOT THE CRICKET
This is from Eric Schmidt's new book - Amit Patel
lol, maybe he's trying to see if people are paying attention, by monitoring change in number of hits to the PigeonRank page. - NOT THE CRICKET
His book about Google is not even in Google Books! - Amit Patel
They didn't really give wave much of a chance. - Todd Hoff
I loved the Pigeon Rank paper. - bentley
Google Reader was very good - Smeerch
RIP Google Reader (makes crossing signs) - Todd Hoff
Google Reader was my favorite news service from the first week it was released. Now I make due with Zite, Prismatic and SmartNews. - Sean McBride
Feedly was on my radar for a time, but I lost interest once it became clear that it was not interested in developing artificial intelligence approaches for personalized news recommendations. If news isn't smart, I'm not interested. - Sean McBride
I love feedly precisely because I can look at all my feeds. That's the only way to go truly deep. Sometimes the deepest nuggets are in an HN thread, a stackoverflow thread, an email list, or on google groups. Your algorithm will never surface those unless somebody bootstraps them first. Who are the bootsrappers? - Todd Hoff
Have you tried using Zite enough for it to calibrate itself to your interests with depth and precision? It regularly pushes the most esoteric and valuable stuff to the top of my queue. I don't have time to browse through the more than 1,000 feeds I subscribe to on Feedly. I need a smart service to browse for me. Feedly is a "dumb" news service (in the technical sense). - Sean McBride
Over time I used Google Reader more and more as a dumb reader. It's not able to guess my mood — whether I want to read long essays or whether I want to read about new software or whether I want to read comics. - Amit Patel
[insert Cristo comment about being mad at iGoogle's removal] - Stephen Mack
I am impressed by the user interface for [SmartNews] -- anyone else agree? - Sean McBride
I miss Google Reader. - Vampire Hunter DYSP
But the Google Reader interface now looks ancient, clunky and dusty. - Sean McBride
Impakt Festival 2014 – critical and creative views on contemporary media culture. 29.10- 2.11 Utrecht -
Impakt Festival 2014 – critical and creative views on contemporary media culture. 29.10- 2.11 Utrecht
Soft Machines: Where the Optimized Human Meets Artificial Empathy - centralasian from Bookmarklet
upping: в пост призываются @courant, @cmarat, @bylin, а также "младоголландцы" @squadette & @liquidgold (буде в окрестностях). если я кого-то забыл, на обижайтесь, а просто приезжайте, мы будем на открытии точно, и может на каких-то других штуках тоже. зы: & @explanent - centralasian
o, & @ay4 ! - centralasian
заеду как освобожусь -- вечером, в районе 6! - былин
Mondoweiss on Friendfeed
Jebreal debunks Netanyahu’s ‘American values’ claim in NYT piece on ‘hate policies’ -
Why did John Kerry meet with Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman when Lieberman has endorsed the transfer of Palestinian citizens from Israel? Rula Jebreal itemizes the country's "hate policies" on the Int'l New York Times op-ed page and calls for a "civil rights movement."
"This place breeds hate everywhere!" - Sean McBride
"On the same trip, I attempted to renew her Israeli passport. “She is not Jewish,” an official told me, “and therefore we are not sure she is entitled to citizenship.”" - Sean McBride
"For Israeli Palestinians — and we make up 20 percent of the population — these are ordinary humiliations. But I wonder what my parents, both now dead, would have made of the graffiti that recently appeared on the walls of our family home in Haifa, a mixed city in the north of Israel. “Death to Arabs,” it read." - Sean McBride
"During the recent war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, my cousin was walking on the beach near her home, also in Haifa. She overheard a group of Israeli sunbathers casually discussing how the Israeli Army should deal with the residents of Gaza — “Just kill them all,” she heard one say." - Sean McBride
"Israel is increasingly becoming a project of ethno-religious purity and exclusion. Religious Zionist and ultra-Orthodox parties occupy 30 of the 120 seats in the Knesset, and are part of the coalition government. Central to their politics is a program of discriminatory legislation, designed to curtail the civil rights of Palestinian Israeli citizens." - Sean McBride
Top comment: "The sooner we move away from the manufactured narrative that Israel is the only Democracy in West Asia, and towards the reality that it is effectively an Apartheid State, the better we can make our policy towards ME a rational one that serves our interests and that of world peace." - Sean McBride
Stephen Colbert Reads Ray Bradbury Classic Sci-Fi Story "The Veldt" | Open Culture -
Stephen Colbert Reads Ray Bradbury Classic Sci-Fi Story "The Veldt" | Open Culture
"I rarely think back to memories from that busywork-intensive containment unit known as American elementary school, but when I do, I usually arrive at listening to a Ray Bradbury story — something about a faraway planet, something about monsoons, I can never remember which one — during read-aloud time. Even then, on some level, I understood that the author of Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles (not that I yet had any idea at the time about books like Fahrenheit 451 and The Martian Chronicles) wrote with the human voice in mind. Not necessarily the momentarily defamiliarized voice of a teacher reading to a post-lunch classroom of ten-year-olds, and not necessarily the flawlessly pronouncing and pausing, many-takes-recorded-per-sentence voice of the professional audiobook narrator (though Bradbury’s work did provide material for a few proto-audiobooks), but, perhaps, the voice of the mind. Of all Bradbury’s tales we love to read aloud, few seem quite so effective in this way as “The Veldt.“" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
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UCLA Hillel partners with PR firm to fight BDS movement -
A California Hillel chapter has partnered with a D.C.-linked public relations firm to fight the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, according to leaked emails obtained by Mondoweiss. The PR firm 30 Point Strategies has discussed how to combat BDS at the University of California, Los Angeles campus with Hillel staffers there. 30 Point staffers have advised UCLA’s Hillel to stay largely silent in the event of a student government resolution that recommends divestment from Israeli military-linked corporations. The revelation that a Hillel chapter has turned to a professional public relations firm shows that UCLA Hillel is stepping up its work to fight BDS on campus.
Mondoweiss on Friendfeed
Another New York Times’ reporter’s son is in the Israeli army -
Yet another reporter for the New York Times has a son in the Israeli Defense Forces. Isabel Kershner, a correspondent in the newspaper’s Jerusalem bureau, says that her son is in training in the army. This is the third time in recent years that a writer who covers the conflict for America’s leading newspaper has a son serving in an army that is regularly accused of human rights abuses. On each of those occasions, an outside publication has disclosed the army servic
Bluesun 2600
RT @neiltyson: In Court you can win even if ideas you defend are not true. But in science, Nature is the ultimate judge, jury & executioner
Paul Buchheit
Last friday I taped an iPhone to my head and ran around Paris capturing the most famous sights in a single (somewhat shaky) shot. Here's the video:
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*spot reserved for a later comment* - Micah from iPhone
Now we know what that 94 minute video was. :) - NOT THE CRICKET
that explain other FF posts, looking for tapes and where can one upload large video files ;-). - Tzury Bar Yochay
Yeah, I never did get the duct tape though, so I had to use clear packaging tape instead (with a sock stuffed between the iPhone and my hat to get the correctish angle). - Paul Buchheit
Patent it NOW - Josh Haley
Well, this is just genius! - Eric - It's My Thing
When you said you ran you weren't speaking metaphorically. - Eric - It's My Thing
Very Cool Paul! - Jeff P. Henderson
great and inspiring - Nenko Ivanov
this was perfect, I opened up my Paris map and followed you :) - İpek Aral
I'm surprised you were able to follow. I didn't have a map (my iPhone was taped to my head!) so I made a number of wrong turns, though the high-level route was pretty basic. - Paul Buchheit
Saw the vimeo on your stream and watched a little of it. Great stuff! Cool to see new iphone vid quality. (er 3gs? quality, hmm) Oh yeah, and enjoy Paris! - Jay
It's actually a 3GS, not an iphone 4. - Paul Buchheit
I think I might tape a photo of Paul with an iPhone taped to his head to my head because I want to get arrested for being a menace. - Akiva
You can fit an iPad on my forehead. - Josh Haley
Ahhh this explains the "ducktape in Paris" stuff LOL :D (that picture is full of geeky win!) - Susan Beebe
@Paul just curious how much battery did you have left after you were done recording? - BRҰANSAҰS
Something like 22%, as I recall. I had put the phone in airplane mode to reduce wireless consumption and also because I'm concerned that an incoming call would stop the video or something. - Paul Buchheit
Not bad. I guess you could get at least 2 hours of recording on one charge. - BRҰANSAҰS from BuddyFeed
Nice idea, OP - LANjackal
this is definitely on the list of 'quirkiest things ever done with an iPhone'. :-) - Olivia Lovag
this is so romantic - τorƍue
awesome, you just needed a gun and it would make a cool REAL-time FPS :) - Emil Kirichev
oh thanks you soo much!!! I love it! - Bojan Babic
surprisingly un-shaky - Sally Relton Shakespeare
Avg. speed: 9.48 km/h (9.23 mi in 94 min, see red track - Jérôme
Paul had the initial idea for Google Glass exactly two years before Google launched Glass. :) - Space Cowboy
Now, if only he had thought of Gmail. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
I hope this isn't the start of a "people walk around cities w/smartphones taped to their hats" trend. - rönin
I hope it is - Mo Kargas
If so, it'll just be transitional until smartphones are replaced by glasses-phones. Or smart glasses. Do we have an official name for those yet? - Andrew C (✔)
Iphone taped to the forehead, what a nice way to show #IamAmerican abroad :) - непростые коротышки
first laugh of the day, ty a.t. - chaz2b
LOL, Google Glass back in the days. Monsieur: Martini? Great stuff as I was doing myself a lot of these then too... 9) - Zu from AOD
up di apprezzamento dall'Italia - naltro
Not quite last Friday. - Joe
TÉMOIGNAGE: Si vous voulez faire un prêt entre particulier merci prendre contacte ( ) avec cette MME D'HAVE qui m'a rendu le sourire aux lèvres. J'ai plusieurs collègues qui ont aussi reçus des prêts à son niveau sans problèmes au lieu de vous faire avoir par des individus mal intentionnés qui prennent pour travail à escroquer les innocents. Je publie ce... more... - josiane
Barking up the wrong trees, Laina. - Joe
Todd Hoff
Peak Google: Search advertising market is $50 billion. Google has most of that. Total advertising market is over $500 billion. Most of that is brand advertising. Google can't capture this market through search. In-stream, native advertising is the future. Very low down in the funnel. Biggest opportunity, top of the funnel, generating brand affinity
True money is not direct response, but brand advertising. Techies only focus on the direct response. - Todd Hoff
Or is the nature of brands changing? Not a pushed top down process where the guy with the most money wins. Brands now built more bottom up from social commentary and reactions. The quality of experience is what matters. - Todd Hoff
Google will not shrink. It will keep the search market. But the total online market is growing to $100-$200 billion and google is not in a good place to capture new forms of advertising. - Todd Hoff
You figured it out -- the top-down model is kaput. - Sean McBride
This was from a podcast in the link above. - Todd Hoff
there's this dual (or triple?) celebrity/band/consumer thing going on, like what Taylor Swift has been doing lately. Your brand gets associated with a lifestyle through being "naturally" embedded in entertainment, social etc. - Laura Norvig
Todd Hoff
For children are innocent and love justice, while most of us are wicked and naturally prefer mercy. — G. K. CHESTERTON
Fwd: Sour cream chicken nachos with poblano salsa verde | Homesick Texan - (via
Fwd: Sour cream chicken nachos with poblano salsa verde | Homesick Texan - (via
Forthcoming: Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches -
Forthcoming: Grammatical theory: From transformational grammar to constraint-based approaches
"This book introduces formal grammar theories that play a role in current linguistics or contributed tools that are relevant for current linguistic theorizing (Phrase Structure Grammar, Transformational Grammar/Government & Binding, Generalized Phrase Structure Grammar, Lexical Functional Grammar, Categorial Grammar, Head-Driven Phrase Structure Grammar, Construction Grammar, Tree Adjoining Grammar). The key assumptions are explained and it is shown how the respective theory treats arguments and adjuncts, the active/passive alternation, local reorderings, verb placement, and fronting of constituents over long distances. The analyses are explained with German as the object language." - Maitani
Amit Patel
Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Dancing Plague of 1518 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Dancing Plague (or Dance Epidemic) of 1518 was a case of dancing mania that occurred in Strasbourg, Alsace (then part of the Holy Roman Empire) in July 1518. Numerous people took to dancing for days without rest, and, over the period of about one month, some of those affected died of heart attack, stroke, or exhaustion." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The outbreak began in July 1518, when a woman, Frau Troffea, began to dance fervently in a street in Strasbourg. This lasted somewhere between four to six days. Within a week, 34 others had joined, and within a month, there were around 400 dancers. Some of these people eventually died from heart attacks, strokes, or exhaustion." - Amit Patel
"The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment, delivering broadband to the whole planet. This technology will replace satellites, fiber, and copper, and fundamentally change the broadband industry. Call it Skynet" -
"The future of communications is high-altitude solar-powered drones, flying 13 miles above the ground, running microwave wireless equipment, delivering broadband to the whole planet. This technology will replace satellites, fiber, and copper, and fundamentally change the broadband industry. Call it Skynet"
Just FYI, Google bought Titan Aerospace. - Todd Hoff
It won't replace fiber in cities, I suppose. And the picture is lacking the constellation of microwave 'platters' a MW link would require. - 9000
Todd Hoff
[1410.5401] Neural Turing Machines -
"We extend the capabilities of neural networks by coupling them to external memory resources, which they can interact with by attentional processes. The combined system is analogous to a Turing Machine or Von Neumann architecture but is differentiable end-to-end, allowing it to be efficiently trained with gradient descent. Preliminary results demonstrate that Neural Turing Machines can infer simple algorithms such as copying, sorting, and associative recall from input and output examples." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Another month, another global heat record broken -
"WASHINGTON (AP) — September brought more record heat globally, and meteorologists say Earth is now on pace to tie for the hottest year ever recorded. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced Monday that last month the globe averaged 60.3 degrees Fahrenheit. That was the hottest September in 135 years of record keeping. It was the fourth monthly record set this year, along with May, June and August. The first nine months of 2014 have a global average temperature of 58.72 degrees, tying with 1998 and 2010 for the warmest first nine months on record. While parts of the U.S. Midwest, Russia and central Africa were slightly cool in September, it was especially hotter than normal in the U.S. West, Australia, Europe, northwestern Africa, central South America and parts of Asia." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain -
Philosophy Monkey: Steven Pinker - Linguistics as a Window to Understand the Brain
"One of the things I first enjoyed when I was introduced to philosophy was its recursive nature: we could use thought to investigate the nature, the rules, the structure and the limits of thought itself (and what that could tell us about the human mind). For a very similar reason I have a certain appreciation and fondness for linguistics. Most of our communication takes place through language, and linguists are hard at work trying to understand what they can about human cognition, nature and culture, by paying close attention to the way in which we use language." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"In the following lecture, Steven Pinker provides a fascinating introduction to questions such as how syntax (the study of linguistic structure), phonology (the study of sound), semantics (the study of meaning) and pragmatics (the study of the social and cultural role and context of language), all help us to understand how language works. He also provides a lesson on the nature of the... more... - Maitani
Cartesianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Cartesianism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Linguistic necromancy: a guide for the uninitiated | OUPblog -
Linguistic necromancy: a guide for the uninitiated | OUPblog
"It’s fairly common knowledge that languages, like people, have families. English, for instance, is a member of the Germanic family, with sister languages including Dutch, German, and the Scandinavian languages. Germanic, in turn, is a branch of a larger family, Indo-European, whose other members include the Romance languages (French, Italian, Spanish, and more), Russian, Greek, and Persian." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
"Being part of a family of course means that you share a common ancestor. For the Romance languages, that mother language is Latin; with the spread and then fall of the Roman empire, Latin split into a number of distinct daughter languages. But what did the Germanic mother language look like? Here there’s a problem, because, although we know that language must have existed, we don’t have any direct record of it." - Maitani
"The earliest Old English written texts date from the 7th century AD, and the earliest Germanic text of any length is a 4th-century translation of the Bible into Gothic, a now-extinct Germanic language. Though impressively old, this text still dates from long after the breakup of the Germanic mother language into its daughters." - Maitani
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Judt on Brooks and Friedman’s role in pushing the criminal invasion of Iraq -
The late Tony Judt on David Brooks and Tom Friedman pushing the Iraq war: "catastrophic acquiescence in authority and plain, old-fashioned dumb ignorance masquerading as commentary. These were the circumstances which allowed a criminal political action to be pushed through the public space with very little opposition."
Louis Gray
Cloud Powered Near Instant PC, Mobile Upgrades Are the New Reality -
Cloud Powered Near Instant PC, Mobile Upgrades Are the New Reality
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Last week I got my wife a new laptop. She didn't have to install anything or migrate any data. It had everything she needed just by logging in. This is the new reality on desktop and mobile, if you live a Cloud-centric lifestyle. - Louis Gray from Bookmarklet
The way it should be and the way it will be. - Sean McBride
Love love LOVE mine! - Sherry BakerBrio
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