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Ken Morley

Ken Morley

Basking in the simple joy of existence.
The Master Switch: The Rise and Fall of Information Empires -
How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic -
Hairy ball theorem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Hairy ball theorem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hairy ball theorem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The hairy ball theorem of algebraic topology states that there is no nonvanishing continuous tangent vector field on even-dimensional n-spheres. For the ordinary sphere, or 2‑sphere, if f is a continuous function that assigns a vector in R3 to every point p on a sphere such that f(p) is always tangent to the sphere at p, then there is at least one p such that f(p) = 0. In other words, whenever one attempts to comb a hairy ball flat, there will always be at least one tuft of hair at one point on the ball. The theorem was first stated by Henri Poincaré in the late 19th century." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
The Open-Source Everything Manifesto: Transparency, Truth, and Trust -
Raspberry Pi Controlled Aquaponics -
Raspberry Pi Controlled Aquaponics
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Go Tell It on the Mountain -
Game Theory Makes New Predictions for Evolution -
Game Theory Makes New Predictions for Evolution
"In what appears to be the first study of its kind, computer scientists report that an algorithm discovered more than 50 years ago in game theory and now widely used in machine learning is mathematically identical to the equations used to describe the distribution of genes within a population of organisms. Researchers may be able to use the algorithm, which is surprisingly simple and powerful, to better understand how natural selection works and how populations maintain their genetic diversity." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist? -
If the World Began Again, Would Life as We Know It Exist?
"Gould saw the incredible diversity of the Burgess animals and theorized that life today would have been different had history unfurled in another way. Random mutations and chance extinctions—events Gould called “historical contingencies”—would build on each other, he suggested, driving the evolution of life down one path or another. In Gould’s view, the existence of every animal, including humans, was a rare event that would have been unlikely to re-occur if the tape of life were rewound to the Cambrian period and played again. One of the paleontologists—Simon Conway Morris of Cambridge University—whose work on the Burgess fossils was heavily cited by Gould in his book, strongly disagrees with this viewpoint." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"Conway Morris believes that, over time, natural selection leads organisms to evolve a limited number of adaptations to the finite number of ecological niches on Earth. This causes unrelated organisms to gradually converge on similar body designs. “Organisms have to configure themselves to the realities of the physical, chemical, and also biological world,” he says. In Conway Morris’s... more... - Ken Morley
"Both scholars recognized that convergence and contingency exist in evolution. Their debate instead revolved around how repeatable or unique key adaptations, like human intelligence, are. Meanwhile, other biologists have taken up the puzzle, and shown how convergence and contingency interact. Understanding the interplay of these two forces could reveal whether every living thing is the... more... - Ken Morley
"The Fire Phone is like a tricorder for the world around you... a tricorder that enables you to spend your money at Amazon at warp speed."
The Medieval Origin Story of the Balcony -
The Medieval Origin Story of the Balcony
"The hourd was a mountable, wooden scaffolding that was installed on the upper walls or towers of a castle when a battle was imminent - sometimes even during battle. Quick and easy to assemble, this proto-plug-in architecture added an extra layer of protection while providing a way to flank attacking forces from up high, and allowing defenders to see over the wall without exposing half their body. With the hourd attached, the castle crenellations were like doorways leading onto the balcony-like defense, whose covering was typically clad in slate tiles and the occasional wet animal skin (or even manure) to protect defenders from the slings and arrows of attackers while dropping rocks on the maniacal hordes trying to breach the castle walls." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
How many 5th graders could you take in a soccer match?
The video is hysterical! Two pros navigate through a sea of red shirts. :) - Ken Morley
Need.... more.... goalies - Ken Morley
!!! - Stephen Mack
Conversations with Maya Angelou -
Ancient Empires before Alexander (The Great Courses #3150) -
The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves -
Are you a “super-forecaster"? -
Are you a “super-forecaster"?
"A small group of people have a surprising knack for correctly predicting the course of world events – and you could be one of them, says David Robson. " - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"One of the main aims was to see whether certain forecasters were consistently good. So after one year Tetlock checked the results of more than 2,000 participants and siphoned off the top 2% – the so called “super forecasters”, who then formed teams for the rest of the tournament. At the end of the second year, their performance was up to four times more accurate than other participants." - Ken Morley
"As you might expect, these elite forecasters tended to score better on measures of intelligence than the other participants. But they all shared one other trait too: open-mindedness. In everyday life, open-mindedness may be mistaken for having liberal political views, but in psychology it is thought to reflect how well you deal with uncertainty. Crucially, open-minded people tend to be... more... - Ken Morley
"Research suggests that you could come to more accurate predictions if you instead take a step back and simply look at past historical data. So in the case of Mugabe, you might consider how long the average dictator clings to power, before refining your estimate. Other strategies were aimed at reducing known cognitive biases. For instance, research has shown people tend to make better... more... - Ken Morley
"Tetlock is also looking into ways to exploit the forecasters’ collective intelligence. Many psychologists believe that experts working in teams perform worse than those working individually, since they soon become “yes men” who reinforce each other’s biases. “It becomes the madness of the crowds,” says Tetlock. But with some training on how to critique others’ views, and respond... more... - Ken Morley
"A good cook broods over the range like a doting mother, or like an alchemist distilling the elixir of immortality from rare herbs. The preparation must be as delightful for its own sake as the feast, if the feast is to be worth eating. For the cook is, after all, a priest offering sacrifice, and the stove is an altar."
Does it matter? by Alan Watts - Ken Morley
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I really have no recollection of ordering this. - Ken Morley
I'm considering setting up a webcam to monitor my nocturnal activity. - Ken Morley
I do. *pats video camera* - Mo Kargas
Did your wife order the shoes? - NOT THE CRICKET
It’s Time To Publicly Execute Ronald McDonald -
"Seeing Ronald McDonald get hanged, drawn, and quartered on primetime television could save up to 1.5 million children from Type 2 diabetes." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
[ClickHole, the viral parody site from The Onion, launched on Thursday. The site skewers digital media in much the same way it lampoons traditional print media. It includes all the classic viral media formats — listicles, quizzes and even some "sponsored" content.] - Ken Morley
[ClickHole's announcement made clear that the site has one priority: to generate traffic at all costs. "We strive to make sure that all of our content panders to and misleads our readers just enough to make it go viral," the release read.] - Ken Morley
What America Thinks About The Minimum Wage -
"Highlights from a reading of 200-plus letters to the editor, from newspapers in all 50 states, to determine what Crazy America thinks about raising—or lowering—the minimum wage." - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
Lundqvist! - Ken Morley
Zuccarello! - Eivind
Kopitar + Gáborík = scary as hell! - Ken Morley
I'm not familiar with this type of math :) - Eivind from Android
How do geckos stick on der Waals?
Van der Waals forces them. - Eivind
And where are the gecko gloves we were promised in 2006? - Ken Morley
They'll be here before we get rocket belts and robot butlers, you mark my words :-) - Slippy
Death map: The most common causes of death in each state of the union -
Death map: The most common causes of death in each state of the union
I wonder if the higher cancer rates in the north could be related to vitamin D deficiency? Or maybe the rate of heart disease is just lower there. - Ken Morley
I know WA had a measurable decrease in heart disease after public smoking was banned, so I'd guess the latter here. - Jennifer Dittrich
Pennsylvania, home of butter, bacon, lard. Not surprised to see stroke. - Janet
Re the North: Living on granite. - David Lounsbury
Oh interesting! So maybe radon is part of the reason. Doesn't really explain Washington and Oregon though. - Ken Morley
My mom and her 4 siblings all died of lung cancer. They grew up in Saskatchewan. Maybe radon exposure was a contributing factor? - Ken Morley
This is so accurate ... scary :-)) - Sepi ⌘ سپی
New Jersey seems to have a problem with septicemia. (Of course, part of that is probably that it has lower than average rates of most other health problems.) - John (bird whisperer)
MakerFaire2014: Computer generated metal plated Farady cage dress -
MakerFaire2014: Computer generated metal plated Farady cage dress
This needed to be done. It is done now. - Ken Morley from Bookmarklet
"NOTE: Don't wear this dress to a bar, as sitting was impossible with the metal plates." - Ken Morley
& dont wear in the rain - chaz2b
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