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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
Assembled Tree of Life :: David Hillis, Derrick Zwickl and Robin Gutell analyzed small sub-unit rRNA sequences sampled from about 3,000 species - http://www.zo.utexas.edu/faculty...
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See the beautiful tattoo visualization via Monica Quast, who is a Ph.D. student at the University of Campinas, Brazil, working on bivalve phylogeography. The organisms depicted are (going clockwise): a cyanobacterium, a foraminiferan, 3 diatoms, an oak leaf and acorn, a Spirogyra cell, a red cage fungus, a stauromedusa, a nautilus, a tardigrade, an ophiuroid, and a badger. \\ At first biologists could draw only small trees, typically with a dozen branches at most. They were held back by the fact that a group of species may possibly be related in many different ways. If a biologist adds more species to a group, the possibilities explode. For 80 species, there are more trees than there are atoms in the known universe. Simply comparing every single tree would be impossible. Fortunately, mathematicians developed statistical methods for searching quickly through potential trees to find the ones that do the best job of explaining all the evidence. - Adriano
Vladmir NABOKOV :: unusual work habits... index cards. - http://www.quora.com/What-ar...
Vladmir NABOKOV :: unusual work habits... index cards.
Vladmir NABOKOV :: unusual work habits... index cards.
"Vladimir Nabokov wrote most of his drafts on index cards so that he could shuffle them about and carry them along with him on his butterfly expeditions [http://ff.im/QPF8V]. He kept blank cards under his pillow for whenever inspiration struck." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
re: _The Original of Laura_ : before Nabokov's death in 1977, he instructed his wife to burn the unfinished first draft—handwritten on 138 index cards—of what would be his final novel. She did not, and Nabokov's son, Dmitri, released them to the world. This very unfinished work reads largely like an outline, full of seeming notes-to-self and brief flashes of spectacular prose: http://i.imgur.com/ucUQu.jpg <- Knopf ed. w/ index cards! - Adriano
original of laura, he mi. o neymiş lan. - Alfonker Tapir
Lord Martin REES :: Asteroid Hunting... our future is affected by the motion of astronomical bodies, sometimes those heavenly bodies actually run into Earth (2013) . [tail risks] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Lord Martin REES ::  Asteroid Hunting... our future is affected by the motion of astronomical bodies, sometimes those heavenly bodies actually run into Earth (2013) . [tail risks]
"The impact on Earth from a 3,000-foot-wide asteroid would cause an explosion equivalent to 40,000 megatons of TNT—and would likely end human civilization altogether, regardless of where it hit. The odds that such an asteroid impact would make us the last generation of human civilization are no lower than the odds of an average American dying in an earthquake (about 0.001%). \\ The chance in your lifetime of an asteroid impact with explosive energy of 100 megatons of TNT is about 1%. Such an impact would deliver many times the explosive energy of all the munitions used in World War II, including the atomic bombs." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
(thought the Lord part of the title added drama... well, Rees is an astronomer royal of the U.K. :-) "The B612 Foundation was established in 2002 and since 2012 has been building the Sentinel Space Telescope to find threatening asteroids before they find us. It is part of the most ambitious and important private space mission in history. The Sentinel telescope will give humanity decades of warning before a future asteroid impact so we can employ space technology to protect the planet." Always plan ahead. - Adriano
This is a video from today... http://www.bbc.co.uk/news... (and here https://www.youtube.com/watch...) meteorite landing in the Urals.. You never know when something will fly out of the sky. ;-) - Amira
See also discussion on Quora: http://www.quora.com/Meteor-... and this latest NASA paper: Yarkovsky-driven impact risk analysis for asteroid (99942) Apophis... more... - Amira
Napolean CHAGNON :: Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists (2013) . ["one of the most interesting anthropology books I have ever read"] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Napolean CHAGNON :: Noble Savages: My Life Among Two Dangerous Tribes -- the Yanomamo and the Anthropologists (2013) . ["one of the most interesting anthropology books I have ever read"]
"Alpha males almost invariably acquire authority by killing their enemies—think of the generals that Americans have elevated to the presidency. The general's ability to order people around is, paradoxically, a first step "in the direction of law." Yanomamö men fought over women and that this male conflict was not only the fundamental cause of war in simple societies but "the most important single force in shaping the evolution of political society in our species." [T]hese people are not "pure" or "pristine"; they are dispossessed. Their existence in small bands is reflective not of humankind's ancient past but of a shattered society that has preserved its liberty by retreat." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
I should kill my enemies… - Amit Patel
Guido van ROSSUM :: spending time with his Python :-)
Guido van ROSSUM :: spending time with his Python :-)
python maintenance by Guido - newtover
photo probably taken before his Dropbox t-shirt days :-) - Adriano
BYOB :: Bring your own Be{a,e}r
BYOB :: Bring your own Be{a,e}r
Massimiliano GIONI :: "Contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." [2013 Venice Biennale] - http://online.wsj.com/article...
Massimiliano GIONI :: "Contemporary art is first of all a form of conceptual gymnastics, in which we learn to coexist with what we don't understand." [2013 Venice Biennale]
"As the youngest curator to direct the Venice Biennale in more than a hundred years, Gioni will test his gritty-yet-glamorous approach to modern art when the prestigious fair opens this summer. His International Exhibition, titled "The Encyclopedic Palace," takes its name from a project by 20th-century outsider artist Marino Auriti, an eccentric self-taught architect and philosopher manqué who devoted years of his life to the construction of a gigantic skyscraper-temple that would house the combined wisdom of the human race." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Richard III reconstructed :: 3D-printed face (2013) . [stereolithography] - http://mashable.com/2013...
Richard III reconstructed :: 3D-printed face (2013) . [stereolithography]
"Two days after the long lost bones of Richard III were found in a parking lot, 528 years after his death, we can take a look at a 3D-printed reproduction of his face. The project, funded by the Richard III Society, was led by Caroline Wilkinson, Professor of Craniofacial Identification at the University of Dundee. She used 3D scanning and printing, with a technique called stereolithography, to reconstruct Richard III's head, based on his actual remains. An artist, guided by Wilkinson, then painted the colorless head and added glass eyes, a wig, a hat and the appropriate clothes. Richard III has always been one of the most mysterious and vilified kings in British history. Historically, he's always been portrayed as a malformed, hideous person. This 3D-printed replica of his face seems to contradict at least the claims about his appearance." - Adriano from Bookmarklet
@grossdm: "Ironic. Remains of Richard III, who said, "my kingdom for a horse" unearthed at same time kingdom revealed to be eating horse en masse." - Adriano
Claude MONET :: Les Nymphéas . [Musée de l'Orangerie, Paris]
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Image retouched and color-corrected (click on it to enlarge). One of my favorite rooms in the world :-) - Adriano
this is a rare treat: Monet photographed painting water lilies on giant canvas, http://ff.im/1dyzVh - Adriano
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