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Overwhelmingly Large Telescope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia -
Overwhelmingly Large Telescope - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"The Overwhelmingly Large Telescope (OWL) was a conceptual design by the European Southern Observatory (ESO) organization for an extremely large telescope, which was intended to have a single aperture of 100 meters [≈ height of the Statue of Liberty, foundation of pedestal to torch] in diameter." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"The OWL could be expected to regularly see astronomical objects with an apparent magnitude of 38; or 1,500 times fainter than the faintest object which has been detected by the Hubble Space Telescope." - Amit Patel
Wow, this will make the 200 inch Palomar look like a toy. - Joe
Yeah, I love the comparison diagram, although I didn't realize OWL was on there at first - Amit Patel
RT @redblobgames: My writing process: sketch out an explanation and diagrams on paper. JS prototype, then back to paper to iterate.
RT @redblobgames: My writing process: sketch out an explanation and diagrams on paper. JS prototype, then back to paper to iterate.
Announcing the Arethusa Annotation Framework
"Developers Gernot Höflechner, Robert Lichtensteiner and Christof Sirk, in collaboration with the Perseus Digital Library at Tufts (via the Libraries and the Transformation of the Humanities and Perseids projects) and the University of Leipzig’s Open Philology Project, have released Arethusa, a framework for linguistic annotation and curation. Arethusa was inspired by and extends the goals of the Alpheios Project, to provide a highly configurable, language-independent, extensible infrastructure for close-reading, annotation, curation and exploration of open-access digitized texts. While the initial release highlights support for morpho-syntactic annotation, Arethusa is designed to allow users to switch seamlessly between a variety of annotation and close-reading activities, facilitating the creation of sharable, reusable linguistic data in collaborative research and pedagogical environments." - Maitani
Linguistic Utopia :: John QUIJADA's invented language strives to be maximally precise and very concise, The New Yorker (2012) -
Linguistic Utopia :: John QUIJADA's invented language strives to be maximally precise and very concise, The New Yorker (2012)
Utterly amazing from a DMV guy... worth reading if you are interested in analytical philosophy: what the practice of early Wittgenstein might mean in a "conventional" language, to the implications of the private language argument, then back to trying to express the ineffable in ordinary experience. For gaps in meanings, along the way we get to actually encounter Lakoff at his Berkeley home: metaphor is in the idea and can't be wished away with grammar (ontology embedded in language as revealed by the taxonomy behind word units). [Thanks @maitani for showing me this article :-] - Adriano from Bookmarklet
Even before _Philosophical Investigations_, Wittgenstein had thought about the verification problem of whether a mentioned color in a conversation was in fact the same to participants, cf. Blue and Brown notebooks. (Only the rotational shift in their color wheels needs to be consistent during the conversation :-) -- but more generally see "trippy" So, so much for conciseness, and what were we talking about? - Adriano
Todd Hoff
Deric's MindBlog: The stability of the authoritarian state. -
"Censorship in China is used to muzzle those outside government who attempt to spur the creation of crowds for any reason—in opposition to, in support of, or unrelated to the government. The government allows the Chinese people to say whatever they like about the state, its leaders, or their policies, because talk about any subject unconnected to collective action is not censored. The value that Chinese leaders find in allowing and then measuring criticism by hundreds of millions of Chinese people creates actionable information for them and, as a result, also for academic scholars and public policy analysts." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Conscious Entities » Blog Archive » The Intuitional Problem -
Conscious Entities » Blog Archive » The Intuitional Problem
"Anyway O’Brien’s case rests on two assumptions: Naturalism is true. The laws of physics are computable, that is, any physical process can be simulated to any desired degree of precision by a computer. It’s immediately clear where he’s going. T0 represent it crudely, the intuition here is that naturalism means the world ultimately consists of physical processes, any physical process can run on a computer, ergo anything in the world can run on a computer, ergo it must be possible to run consciousness on a computer." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Louis Gray
Five years later, I still point people to the FriendFeed changelog as an example of best practices for transparency.
"Description: too tired to finish this right now" lol - Brent Schaus
^ Sleep is unproductive and a waste of time. - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
"steampunk tweaks from kevin" - Steve C Team Marina
"Because I have to stop working now, computer is going away :(" - L'Andre
That is strangely fascinating - Laura Norvig from iPhone
At first I was all "Ooh, I haven't looked at this for years." But then I was all "Since August of 2009, in fact." - Slippy
That changelog is a beautiful thing. - Sean McBride
Todd Hoff
Global Analysis - August 2014 | State of the Climate | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) -
Global Analysis - August 2014 | State of the Climate | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
Global Analysis - August 2014 | State of the Climate | National Climatic Data Center (NCDC)
"The combined average temperature across global land and ocean surfaces for August 2014 was record high for the month, at 0.75°C (1.35°F) above the 20th century average of 15.6°C (60.1°F), topping the previous record set in 1998." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Life Is Random: Biologists now realize that “nature vs. nurture” misses the importance of noise
"Is our behavior determined by genetics, or are we products of our environments? What matters more for the development of living things—internal factors or external ones? Biologists have been hotly debating these questions since shortly after the publication of Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. Charles Darwin’s half-cousin Francis Galton was the first to try to understand this interplay between “nature and nurture” (a phrase he coined) by studying the development of twins." - Maitani
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Aboutness has been studied from any number of angles. But it has played no real role in philosophical semantics (тыдынц). This is surprising; sentences have aboutness-properties if anything does. Aboutness is the first book to examine through a philosophical lens (ТЫН ДЫДЫНЦ! Сквозь мутную философскую линзу, или Как Алиса всех передумала) - ҀҾ Ѧmazement from Bookmarklet
чёрт, я второй раз уже смотрю на этот пост, и второй раз глупо ржу, вспоминая канадцев в South Park ("итс эбут фридом!") - меньше или больше умнее
я так ждал "чорд"... - ҀҾ Ѧmazement
ҀҾ Ѧmazement
Forget battlefield smartphones: the future of soldier-to-soldier communication may be electronic telepathy - Actual Telepathy Is One Step Closer to the Battlefield -
Forget battlefield smartphones: the future of soldier-to-soldier communication may be electronic telepathy - Actual Telepathy Is One Step Closer to the Battlefield
Война будет на кто кого передумает - ҀҾ Ѧmazement from Bookmarklet
Amit Patel
Bret Victor - Friday 24 October - SPLASH 2014 -
Bret Victor - Friday 24 October - SPLASH 2014
"New representations of thought — written language, mathematical notation, information graphics, etc — have been responsible for some of the most significant leaps in the progress of civilization, by expanding humanity’s collectively-thinkable territory." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
"But the dynamic medium offers the opportunity to deliberately invent a humane and empowering form of knowledge work. We can design dynamic representations which draw on the entire range of human capabilities — all senses, all forms of movement, all forms of understanding — instead of straining a few and atrophying the rest." - Amit Patel
How would FriendFeed be different if it was designed and built today?
For one, it wouldn't support iGoogle. - Cristo
Flatter design? - Jennifer Dittrich
It would probably be run over SSL. - Cristo
Jennifer, FriendFeed is already pretty flat, isn't it? - Cristo
Interesting question. From my perspective, it is still more advanced than Twitter, Facebook and Google+ regarding user interface and features. - Sean McBride
It is, but you do see a lot of rounded corners, etc., and some shading. I'm guessing you'd see something a bit more boxy. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe, but it's still possible the designer would have taste. ;) - Cristo
Very true. I'd expect it to be less vertical - or at the least, use width a bit more broadly. - Jennifer Dittrich
Every third post in your feed would be an advertisement. - Stephan #TeamMarina from iPhone
It would be possible to like individual comments. - Joe
There would be ads on the side advertising whatever stuff was mentioned by people on that page. Apple Watch, coors, food, etc. - Joe
Joe, it would be challenging to allow liking of comments and have it not be busy looking. I do wish they would add the advertising feature though. I feel disconnected from Madison Avenue when I'm on FriendFeed. - Cristo
It'll have a screensaver :P - imabonehead from Android
It would be mobile first. - Louis Gray
I question the mobile first mantra. Mobile is usually a much more constrained experience. Without a website it's hard to know what your mobile app should focus on. - Cristo
Photos would be much larger. - Louis Gray
Meh. I don't have an issue with photo size. - Cristo
I actually know the answers. I'm just not telling. ;) - Cristo
In other words, it would be more like Facebook? - Joe
Why would it be like Facebook? Would you design a new web app that behaved like Facebook? - Cristo
Heck, no. - Jennifer Dittrich
Maybe you would be forced to read comments. :) - Cristo
Maybe you would be forced to delete comments. :) - Louis Gray
It would only have you, instead of Scoble, Arrington, and MG Siegler. - Cristo
Would be nice. But then, that wouldn't be too different than now. - Louis Gray
True. ;) - Cristo
It would support clustering by topic, would make it much easier to engage non-FriendFeed users in FF content, Q&A like Quora and group conversation and task management like Asana. - Kevin Fox from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Super Ball Bot | NASA -
Super Ball Bot | NASA
"Super Ball Bot is an all-in-one landing and mobility platform based on tensegrity structures, allowing for lower-cost, and more reliable planetary missions. Inspiration strikes from the most unlikely sources. Adrian Agogino and Vytas Sunspiral of NASA’s Intelligent Systems Division and Fellows of the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts program ( are in the process of developing a Super Ball Bot--a collapsible, terrestrial robot based on a tensegrity toy that could one day become important to NASA’s exploration goals. These planetary surface explorers are sturdier and can withstand a substantial impact. The Super Ball Bot has a sphere-like matrix of cables and joints that could withstand being dropped from a spacecraft high above a planetary surface and hit the ground with a bounce. Once on the planet, the joints could adjust to roll the bot in any direction while housing a data collecting device within its core. The lighter weight and maneuverability of the Super Ball... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
With these we'll be the coolest aliens ever to land on mars. - Todd Hoff
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Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | Just English -
Free books: 100 legal sites to download literature | Just English
The Origins of Yiddish—A Response to Philologos, Part
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"The Jewish Daily Forward has recently published a four-part essay by “Philologos” on the origins of Yiddish (see here, here, here, and here). While the essay is well-researched and superbly written, I do feel that some clarifications, corrections, and a more in-depth look at some aspects of this problem are in order. Inspired by both Philologos’ original essay and the Jewish Passover tradition revolving around the number four, this response is quadripartite. I begin by summarizing the four (!) hypotheses relating to the origin of Yiddish reviewed by Philologus." - Maitani
could the khazarian hypothesis be more implausible you think? - Jarolim Gayri
I don't know enough about the genetic theory, but it seems clear that Khazarian as a Turkic language can't possibly be a major source of Yiddish, which is Germanic. - Maitani
Btw, the few times I listened to a person speaking Yiddish, I never had difficulties understanding what they were saying. There were a few words I hadn't heard before, or some whose usage seemed weird to me, but syntax, morphology and even most of the words sounded familiar. - Maitani
I was always taught that Yiddish could be considered a Middle High German offshoot. - kendrak
That's how it sounds. :-) The Rheinland hypothesis and the Bavarian scenario are both based on this assumption, they just elaborate on it historically and linguistically.I am interested in learning how the Sorbian scenario fits in the picture. I haven't learned enough yet, so far I have read only part 1 of the series. - Maitani
I need to read the study, obviously. :) Sorbisch is a weird element, because it's not Mittlehochdeutsch, but at the same time it's also not Niederdeutsch. Man am I out of practice. - kendrak
Sorbian is a Slavic language/a group of West Slavic dialects still spoken by a few people in parts of Eastern Germany. - Maitani
Kendra, if it interests you, I really recommend having a look at Asya's article. She is absolutely on top of things, and at the same time entertaining. - Maitani
RT @arrington: Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios via @sharethis
RT @arrington: Stanford engineer aims to connect the world with ant-sized radios via @sharethis
Smart phone timeline from 2002-2014:
Smart phone timeline from 2002-2014:
Siemens SX45? - Johnny from iPhone
None of these is a Siemens SX45. - Cristo
I think he's talking about the Sidekick 2. - NOT THE CRICKET
It's interesting that the Android looks like it has a better light balance than the iPhones. - NOT THE CRICKET
Should have phrased thst better. Is the SX45 classed as a smartphone? - Johnny
Jimminy, yeah it's right in the middle light range. - Cristo
Johnny, I dunno. I don't remember it. The sidekick/hiptop was definitely ahead of its time though, sporting downloadable apps from an app store. - Cristo
I had to import it from Germany. It was a Windows CE PDA with phone built in (although you could only use it via earphones). - Johnny
Idea: Crowdsourcing live TV data, so breaking news and games with rain delays are recorded using aggregated user data.
Amit Patel
Building a deeper understanding of images | Research Blog -
Building a deeper understanding of images | Research Blog
"These technological advances will enable even better image understanding on our side and the progress is directly transferable to Google products such as photo search, image search, YouTube, self-driving cars, and any place where it is useful to understand what is in an image as well as where things are." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
TL;DR: Google's brain has learned how to identify the objects it sees - Amit Patel
John Cage on the Necessity of Boredom - Study Hacks - Cal Newport -
John Cage on the Necessity of Boredom - Study Hacks - Cal Newport
"“If something is boring after two minutes, try it for four. If still boring, then eight. Then sixteen. Then thirty-two. Eventually one discovers that it is not boring at all.”" - Maitani from Bookmarklet
if only i could get my oldest to think this way about math. - Big Joe Silence
adam haklıymış hacımsılar v__v - Alfonker Tapir
the man has a point, quasi-pilgrims v__v - Alfonker Tapir
"You're not bored. You're boring." Wisdom from one of my ex-boyfriends. :) - Lisa L. Seifert from iPhone
CLICS Database of Cross-Linguistic Colexifications -
CLICS Database of Cross-Linguistic Colexifications
"CLICS is an online database of synchronic lexical associations ("colexifications", see here for more information) in currently 221 language varieties of the world. Large databases offering lexical information on the world's languages are already readily available for research in different online sources. However, the information on tendencies of meaning associations they enshrine is not easily extractable from these sources themselves. This is why CLICS was created. It is designed to serve as a data source for work in lexical typology, diachronic semantics, and research in cognitive science that focuses on natural language semantics from the viewpoint of cross-linguistic diversity. Furthermore, CLICS can be used as a helpful tool to assess the plausibility of semantic connections between possible cognates in the establishment of genetic relations between languages." - Maitani
Frequently asked questions - Maitani
Semantic map of "give" - Maitani
"In the context of CLICS, we use the term colexification (coined by François 2008[PDF]) to refer to the situation when two or more of the meanings in our lexical sources are covered in a language by the same lexical item. For instance, we would say that Russian рука colexifies ‘hand’ and ‘arm’, that is, concepts that are semantically related to each other. Roughly spoken, colexification... more... - Maitani
RT @benatkin: Here's one way to use twitter purely as a microblog:
Thucydides’ moral chaos | TLS -
Thucydides’ moral chaos | TLS
"In the long hot summer of 427 BC, a quarrel broke out in the small Greek island city of Corcyra (modern Corfu). The city was then allied to Athens, the democratic superpower of the eastern Mediterranean. A group of Corcyrean aristocrats launched an abortive coup, in the hope of handing the city over to Athens’ rivals, the military oligarchy of Sparta. Corcyra fell into a savage civil war between pro-Athenian and pro-Spartan factions, ending (thanks to the arrival of an Athenian fleet) with complete victory for the democrats. For seven days, under the approving eye of an Athenian admiral, the pro-Athenian party systematically butchered their opponents. Fathers killed their own sons; men were dragged from the safety of the temples and slaughtered on the altars of the gods." - Maitani from Bookmarklet
maitani check out the following books of Sahlins if or when you have time regarding Thucydides' ethical dilemmas and his impact on western thought: ; - Alfonker Tapir
Thank you! I have added Apologies to Thucydides to my reading list. - Maitani
Should you leave your enemies to coup another day? - Todd Hoff
Well, as we're once again finding out in real time, purging an entire faction tends to create power vacuums that get filled by people who are even worse than the ones you purged. - Victor Ganata
The Mongols decapitated the ruling class when they conquered. The US style of purge leaves a vacuum. But it doesn't have to. - Todd Hoff
We pretty much decapitated the Baathists in Iraq and now we have ISIS. Should we just have nuked all of Mesopotamia instead? - Victor Ganata
You decapitate to get rid of potential rebellion leadership. To occupy you use other strategies. The problem is the US doesn't want to occupy so the decapitation is counter productive. If we don't want to occupy and we can't find a strongman proxy to do the dirty work, then we shouldn't bother. - Todd Hoff
All through the Cold War we purged regimes that could potentially be sympathetic to Communists and replaced them with strongman proxies backed by U.S. armed forces, and that hasn't seemed to have turned out all that well, either. Although I guess we did win the Cold War, so it does depend on PoV and what you pick as your end point. - Victor Ganata
Worked pretty well, we didn't have WWIII. - Todd Hoff
Well, not yet, at least. But I suppose all you can really hope for is to delay the inevitable. - Victor Ganata
inevitable? I think you need an ice cream. - Todd Hoff
So you think somehow the American Empire really is exceptional enough to avoid the fate of all empires? Well, I suppose one way or the other, I'm not ever going to find out. - Victor Ganata
Todd Hoff
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian -
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
Milky Way is on the outskirts of 'immeasurable heaven' supercluster | Science | The Guardian
"Astronomers discover that our galaxy is a suburb of a supercluster of 100,000 large galaxies they have called Laniakea" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Perhaps this is why we don't get visitors from other planets. We live in the sticks. - MoTO: Team Marina
Which could be a good thing. - Todd Hoff
A cosmic cul-de-sac? - (Curtis) Alan Jackson
this is an awesome simulation video.. shows how small our earth is - Peter Dawson
Barry, It's like UPS. When you live in the sticks, the deliveries don't arrive until later in the day. - Ken Morley
Todd, yes indeedy. Ken, yup. I wish my brain were big enough to take all this stuff in though. But even my tiny little brain is fascinated by this stuff. By the way, a big ol' comet is supposed to pass near Mars around Oct. 18th. Should be visible with a pair of binoculars. Or so I'm told. - MoTO: Team Marina
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 - Poppa Large
When you said you ran you weren't speaking metaphorically. - Eric - Poppa Large
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
Fwd: Your Brain on Metaphors - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education - (via
Fwd: Your Brain on Metaphors - The Chronicle Review - The Chronicle of Higher Education - (via
Todd Hoff
World's Largest Private Bank Says Solar Power Could Dominate − -
World's Largest Private Bank Says Solar Power Could Dominate −
"Zurich-based bank UBS sent a briefing paper to some its clients saying that conventional power plants could become irrelevant within two decades. Instead, they say clean energy could replace them and that means home and business owners may generate their own power, rather than rely on conventional fossil fuel plants." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
According to some analyses, the return on investment from purchasing solar panels today beats the S&P 500 in 13 states and beats 5-year CDs in 43 states. - Ken Morley
That's interesting. ROI is always a winner. - Todd Hoff
Fwd: A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source - (tramite
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