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Marcel PROUST :: Mon cher petit grand-père (1888) - http://www.lettersofnote.com/2013...
Marcel PROUST :: Mon cher petit grand-père (1888)
Marcel PROUST :: Mon cher petit grand-père (1888)
historical note... "Proust as a teenager was obsessed with masturbation. This caused problems for his family, not least his father, a professor of hygiene, who like many of the day believed that such a worrying habit could cause homosexuality if left unchecked. And so, in May of 1888, in an effort to cure him of this "problem" having recently walked in on him "on the job," Dr. Proust gave his 16-year-old son 10 francs and sent him off to a local brothel. As evidenced by the following letter to his grandfather, and possibly due to the fact that Marcel was in fact homosexual, the visit didn't go to plan." Translation included :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
History exam embarrassment :: BattleTech Marauder slips into Kochergin's "Storming the Winter Palace" - http://www.theage.com.au/nationa...
History exam embarrassment :: BattleTech Marauder slips into Kochergin's "Storming the Winter Palace"
History exam embarrassment :: BattleTech Marauder slips into Kochergin's "Storming the Winter Palace"
"Doctored image depicting a giant robot assisting socialist revolutionaries in 1917 was accidentally used in a history exam. It is the second year in a row the Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority has been forced to apologise following debacles in the end-of-year exams. Purnell said while some students didn't notice the robot, others wasted time trying to work it out: ''One student suggested it was a statue of Alexander Kerensky, head of the Mensheviks. Another student thought it was the battleship Aurora - it's clear several students were thrown by it.''" cf. CogSci experiment where gorilla image implanted in x-rays was not noticed by expert radiologists :-) - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Football :) Fake punt pass, no... Free kick fake . [Unexpected] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Football :) Fake punt pass, no... Free kick fake . [Unexpected]
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Breaking Bad :: celebration after Emmy awards (2013)
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photo captures the wonderful joy of the cast. - Adriano
Writing on the wall :) self-referential humour
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Gödel might have cracked a smile at this :-) - Adriano
Yves KLEIN :: FC1 (1962) . [Feu Couleur 1] - http://fr.blouinartinfo.com/news...
Yves KLEIN :: FC1 (1962) . [Feu Couleur 1]
"Feu Couleur 1 était réalisée par Yves Klein quelques mois avant que l’artiste mourut d’une crise cardiaque en juin 1962, à l'âge de 34 ans. Estimée entre 23 et 30 millions d'euros, l’œuvre devrait établir un nouveau record aux enchères pour Klein - et peut-être le meilleur prix pour un artiste européen d’après-guerre. Ce panneau unique, large de trois mètres et haut de 14, reprend l'ensemble des techniques expérimentées par Klein en peinture. FC1 avait été réalisée durant une performance filmée au Centre d'essai de Gaz de France, ou deux modèles féminins, aspergés d’eau, s'étaient plaqués sur le panneau ignifugé, avant qu'Yves Klein fasse apparaître leurs silhouettes au lance-flamme. Dans une deuxième étape, les mêmes modèles, enduits de peinture bleu Klein (ce bleu électrique dont le peintre avait déposé le brevet), revenaient se plaquer sur la toile, imprimant des anthropométries, les contours de leurs corps étant vaporisés de peinture afin de souligner leurs silhouettes." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Yves KLEIN :: Blue . [approx. RGB 0,46,167 / Hex 002EA7] - http://www.colourlovers.com/color...
Yves KLEIN :: Blue . [approx. RGB 0,46,167 / Hex 002EA7]
According to William Gibson's novel _Zero History_, "Yves Klein Blue" is an example of a color that cannot be represented on a computer monitor. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Alison GOPNIK :: Could David Hume have known about Buddhism? (2009) - https://goo.gl/dsJUv9
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In his Treatise (Book 1, Part 4, sec. 6) David Hume suggested that the idea of an enduring discoverable self was unfounded. Introspection revealed "nothing but a bundle or collection of different perceptions, which succeed each other with an inconceivable rapidity, and are in a perpetual flux and movement." Many people have noticed the similarity between Hume's position here and Buddhist discussion of the self. Listen also to podcast: http://traffic.libsyn.com/philoso... Gopnik is a psychology professor at Berkeley. - Adriano
Dog-gone interesting :) Bandit escapes from kitchen! - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Dog-gone interesting :) Bandit escapes from kitchen!
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"my friends dog Bandit kept mysteriously getting out of the kitchen so he set up his laptop to see how he was doing it, the following happened..." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Sacha Baron COHEN :: One-minute speech on American Democracy . [The Dictator (2012)] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Sacha Baron COHEN :: One-minute speech on American Democracy . [The Dictator (2012)]
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almost as funny when Ali G interviewed Noam Chomsky. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
:-) - Amira
tricot :: 『爆裂パニエさん』 (2011) . [proof that Japanese girls can do awesome math... ROCK] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
tricot :: 『爆裂パニエさん』 (2011) . [proof that Japanese girls can do awesome math... ROCK]
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just astonishing, wow! (The neck of the Fender bass is almost as tall as the bassist.) Their live performances lead me to believe that they are not a "front" band. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Alex ROSENBERG :: What Is Economics Good For? . [uncertain outcomes from central bank policies] - http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2013...
Alex ROSENBERG :: What Is Economics Good For? . [uncertain outcomes from central bank policies]
"Economics employs partial differential equations like those in a Black-Scholes account of derivatives markets, equations that look remarkably like ones familiar from physics. The trouble with economics is that it lacks the most important of science’s characteristics — a record of improvement in predictive range and accuracy. [L]ike musicians’, economists’ expertise is still a matter of craft. They must avoid the hubris of thinking their theory is perfectly suited to the task, while employing it wisely enough to produce some harmony amid the cacophony." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Strangest Homes :: conversion from a Church in Netherland - http://imgur.com/a...
Strangest Homes :: conversion from a Church in Netherland
Strangest Homes :: conversion from a Church in Netherland
Wondered about this sometimes... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Bodybuilder in Underpants Partied in German Government Jet for Chancellor MERKEL :: +1 for Volkan T. [for Turkey? via Spiegel] - http://www.spiegel.de/interna...
Bodybuilder in Underpants Partied in German Government Jet for Chancellor MERKEL :: +1 for Volkan T. [for Turkey? via Spiegel]
"German prosecutors are probing how a man was able to board an empty government jet used by Chancellor Angela Merkel. Wearing only underpants and high on drugs, he danced on a wing, sprayed foam around and pushed cockpit buttons. In the annals of Germany's security services, the following event won't be recorded as their finest hour. On the night of July 25, a 24-year-old man clutching a bag full of marijuana and ecstasy pills managed with relative ease to get on board an empty government jet used frequently by Chancellor Angela Merkel, while it was parked at a closed military section of the Cologne airport. The man, a bodybuilder of Turkish descent named as Volkan T., proceeded to stage a raucous, one-man party. Reports said he stripped down to his underpants, sprayed fire extinguisher foam around the elegant cream and beige interior, pushed buttons in the cockpit, released an inflatable emergency slide and danced on the wing of the Airbus 319." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Pretty funny story. - Eric Logan
Milton FRIEDMAN :: The Island of Stone Money (1991) . [must read 7-page paper in economics] - https://docs.google.com/viewer...
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What is something worth? A very basic question which has many complicated answers. Friedman, a Nobel prize winning economist, shares a short story without any mathematical equations which illustrates the point that valuation is an emergent property of collective beliefs. Even gold in central bank vaults is like that huge stone shown in the photograph above. - Adriano
It sounds like Bitcoin. :-) - Amira
Melanie Mitchell :: Intro to COMPLEXITY (2013) . [online course via Santa Fe Institute] - http://www.complexityexplorer.org/online-...
Materials still available: "You'll learn about the tools used by scientists to understand complex systems -- topics include dynamics, chaos, fractals, information theory, self-organization, agent-based modeling, and networks. You’ll also get a sense of how these topics fit together to help explain how complexity arises and evolves in nature, society, and technology. There are no prerequisites. You don't need a science or math background to take this introductory course." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Google search box :: Online TIMER . [reminder of upcoming tasks / limit browsing time :-] - http://www.labnol.org/interne...
Google search box :: Online TIMER . [reminder of upcoming tasks / limit browsing time :-]
"timer for <time>" will actually emit sound at zero. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Tragic pilgrimage :: Train derailment near Santiago de Compostela, Spain . [24 July 2013, CCTV, 11 seconds] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Tragic pilgrimage :: Train derailment near Santiago de Compostela, Spain . [24 July 2013, CCTV, 11 seconds]
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Actual speed on that curve was 50% over the designated limit... over 78 people were killed in the crash. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Hanneke Schutte :: Saving Norman (2013) . [starring Willem DAFOE, 10-min short feature film] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Hanneke Schutte :: Saving Norman (2013) . [starring Willem DAFOE, 10-min short feature film]
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Dafoe plays a "hikikomori" (Japanese term which refers to persons refusing to leave their home, for decades in some cases) until one day... [NO SPOILER, but here's a surprise 37 seconds for you to watch thereafter, http://www.youtube.com/watch... :-] - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Tom THUM :: Beatbox Brilliance . [2013, TEDxSydney, 12-min video] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Tom THUM :: Beatbox Brilliance . [2013, TEDxSydney, 12-min video]
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"Armed with just a microphone, Thum pushes the limits of the human voice to create incredible soundtracks of impossible beats and phenomenal sounds, with scratched vinyl, the Michael Jackson back-catalogue, the didgeridoo and an entire fifties jazz band amongst his vocal repertoire." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
So cool! :-) - Amira
Remarkable evolutionary design :: Bird in flight to B-2 bomber . [scale normalized :-]
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Nature does not need supercomputers to figure out the optimal drag and stress coefficients :-) - Adriano
Michel FOUCAULT :: Surveiller et punir (1975) - http://www.babelio.com/livres...
Michel FOUCAULT :: Surveiller et punir (1975)
"Surveiller et punir est incontournable pour déchiffrer les mécanismes moderne d'exercice du pouvoir disciplinaire. Prison, école, hôpital...toutes les institutions apparaissent progressivement comme des espaces de contrôle des corps, d'administration des âmes et de normalisation de la pensée. Plus qu'un ouvrage philosophique, Surveiller et punir se veut une généalogie, le produit d'un archéologue qui fouille dans les strates de l'histoire de la pensée, à la recherche des motifs qui ont conduit à la fabrication du pouvoir moderne." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
write LaTeX :: online editor with collaboration features - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
write LaTeX :: online editor with collaboration features
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Edward Tufte recommended this cool site to collaboratively write scientific papers or technical presentations in LaTeX. Amazingly there's no software to download, it's all in the cloud. The WYSIWYG viewer in the browser is worth checking out. You can get an extra 50 MB for your free account using this invitation link: https://www.writelatex.com/signup... Every document you create has a secret link. Just send it to your co-authors, and they can review, comment and edit. Outputs PDF, of course. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Transitioning from Google READER to Feedly and other RSS services :: Reader will shut down 1 July 2013 - http://blog.feedly.com/2013...
Transitioning from Google READER to Feedly and other RSS services :: Reader will shut down 1 July 2013
"We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless. If you are a Google Reader, give feedly a try before July 1st, and you will be able to migrate seamlesly for: iOS, Android, Chrome, and Safari." \\ Also recommend BACKING UP Reader data via http://www.dataliberation.org/google... which will create a zip file containing subscriptions.xml and useful json files. \\ Alternative services: http://www.zdnet.com/goodbye... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
HN poll and comments on alternatives: https://news.ycombinator.com/item... \\ 1. Feedly 2. NewsBlur (which is surprising) -- additional comments? Feedly removed search, which I hope will return. \\ If your Feedly is choking your browser, use http://cloud.feedly.com/#my as a landing page instead. \\ Other alternatives via Lifehacker: http://lifehacker.com/google-... - Adriano
"Feedspot [public beta] isn't perfect—there are no mobile apps (although visiting Feedspot on your phone gives you a functional mobile version of the site), and while the service is free, some of the best features are only available to "Gold" users (including the sharing and sub-feed features we mentioned, along with faster feed updates and priority support) which you only become by... more... - Adriano
I guess I need to finally decide this weekend, eh? - Amit Patel
28 June 2013: Feedly now does *not* depend on its browser extension. Thus it performs much better on the desktop Chrome browser than on Firefox, due to faster V8 javascript processing. (Runs on IE and Opera, too, but no comment there from me :-) Firefox will stall on Feedly, requiring a restart of the browser (click off the Feedly tab in the restore menu). \\ Feedly app for Android... more... - Adriano
What does WRITING look like? :: 32 images - http://imgur.com/a/mL6ll
What does WRITING look like? :: 32 images
What does WRITING look like? :: 32 images
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These three are really interesting: 1\ With an alphabet that's been around since around 400 CE, Armenian is one of the most distinct relatives of the majority of other European languages. 2\ Mongolian - written vertically, this script is only written in cursive, and was displaced in large part by the Cyrillic alphabet in the Soviet era. 3\ The Lontara alphabet is a radical simplification of the Brahmic script -- it may look almost ridiculously simple, but it's no more so than any other, and is actually an abugida like some other scripts above. - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Funny that it remarks that Hebrew is without vowels yet shows a version with vowels. - Akiva
Decline of pan-Arabism :: inability of Arabs to move around the region, speak naturally and be easily understood is a big reason they do not always feel themselves to be one . [The Economist] - http://www.economist.com/blogs...
Decline of pan-Arabism :: inability of Arabs to move around the region, speak naturally and be easily understood is a big reason they do not always feel themselves to be one . [The Economist]
"All educated Arabs learn the Koranic-based language that linguists call "modern standard Arabic". It is used in political speeches, news broadcasts and nearly all writing—but nobody speaks it spontaneously in the marketplace or over the dinner table. Most people struggle to write it correctly." \\ Spoken dialects lack mutual intelligibility. http://www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWeb... - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Rolf Dobelli :: AVOID NEWS (2010 pdf) - https://docs.google.com/viewer...
Rolf Dobelli :: AVOID NEWS (2010 pdf) - http://goo.gl/0R3J3
Why news is to the mind, what sugar is to the body... MUST READ, concentrate if you must :-) then diet. I'm starting today. Dobelli's paper articulates how I've been feeling lately (bloated), especially with yummy Android apps like Flipboard, Pulse, Currents, and Bloomberg. His arguments are reasonable and perceptive. \\ The German version is here: http://dobelli.com/... includes FAQS in English. - Adriano
So true... This is why lately I went back to the old habit of reading more books rather than newspapers. - Amira
another must read: https://medium.com/i-m-h-o... by Stef Lewandowski. - Adriano
FOALS :: Late Night (2013 music video) - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
FOALS :: Late Night (2013 music video)
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à la Bibliothèque de l'Hôtel de Ville de Paris ! - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Anthony CAPORALE :: Science of Whiskey . [2013 video, 64-min, GoogleTalks] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Anthony CAPORALE :: Science of Whiskey . [2013 video, 64-min, GoogleTalks]
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"Institute of Culinary Education Chef Instructor Anthony Caporale takes you on a guided tour of the history, chemistry, and technology behind whiskey, Bourbon, and Scotch! He'll ferment beer, distill moonshine, and talk about how production techniques such as malting affect flavor. Learn the science behind dark spirits." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Stephen WOLFRAM :: lecture on his book, "A New Kind of Science" . [2008 video, 87-min] - http://www.youtube.com/watch...
Stephen WOLFRAM :: lecture on his book, "A New Kind of Science" . [2008 video, 87-min]
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Completely mind-blowing... Wolfram presents highlights from his big fat NKS book: starts very simple with cellular automata, but eventually rule 110 becomes a universal computation machine which can emulate Ricci tensor from relativity and Feynman diagrams in quantum physics. Imagine an experiment where the universe is a Turing machine. The discussion of his Principle of Computation Equivalence is important for the limits of current science and the foundations of mathematics. Computational irreversibility shows how nature is undecidable in Godel's sense, and thus is unpredictable... we can only observe how complex things will evolve :-) - Adriano
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