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Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart
Whoa. I have found my next knitting challenge... https://www.etsy.com/listing...
Whoa. I have found my next knitting challenge... https://www.etsy.com/listing/188110359/wiigora-braided-scarf-woven-cowl
Cool! - Tamara J. B.
Pretty and with a little extra work you can keep the zoo giraffes warm in winter - Steve C
With a little cinnamon, it could be tasty. - Todd Hoff
I love that! - Starmama from FFHound(roid)!
That looks like a new Scifi channel movie waiting to happen. Killer Knitting Project vs Octo-Monster. Who will choke you out first? - Eric
Tam & Starmama, you girls get me. <3 - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I'm still trying to figure out how it stays up like that. It must be arranged just so for the photoshoot but in reality it must scrunch down. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Todd Hoff
It's amazing any iphone app works at all.. What a mess. It's pretty clear nobody had embedded system programming experience when they started all this.
Extension by inserting code into a template is just really bad design: - (BOOL) application:( UIApplication *) application didFinishLaunchingWithOptions:( NSDictionary *) launchOptions { self.window = [[ UIWindow alloc] initWithFrame:[[ UIScreen mainScreen] bounds]]; // Override point for customization after application launch - Todd Hoff
Weak / Strong pointers is a crazy responsibility for programmers to handle. It's impossible when using tasks. - Todd Hoff
Chaining initializers is more bad design through excessive coupling: self = [super init]; - Todd Hoff
The lifecycles of when objects are created and when methods are created is implicit. I can't tell by looking when things happen. In other words, the dynamic behaviour of the code is not clear at all. - Todd Hoff
MVC. Love it hate it, put everything in the controller. - Todd Hoff
Generally I'm against making the programmer run a compiler in their head to understand what is actually getting called. So though property seems like a good idea it makes very hard to deduce when reading code what will be called when an assignment happens. - Todd Hoff
Cell reuse by a reuse identifier is kludgy and error prone. Why does it need to own the memory? - Todd Hoff
String based selectors are used all over the place. These are not typed so are large source of run time errors when they shouldn't be. - Todd Hoff
The compiler doesn't check for methods in the interface that aren't implemented? It's a runtime error? Wow. - Todd Hoff
Seems odd to create a view controller and then give controller of the memory to the navigation controller. Seem like unnecessary memory allocs/deallocs. - Todd Hoff
In example code I see the use of static variables inside functions. That's bad style. It's more invisible magic code. - Todd Hoff
You can't test anything like the full functionality in the simulator. Beacon stuff? No. Camera? No. The interfaces should be accessible so someone could at least try to write an advanced simulator. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
RibsNGibs comments on Convince me that a Tesla is a better use of my money than an equally priced, slightly used, supercar - http://www.reddit.com/r...
"I haven't been to a gas station in a year and a half. In the 1.5 years I've had it, that would have been ~60 gas station visits with another car. Ain't nobody got time for that shit. I haven't had my oil changed. In the 1.5 years I've had it, that would have been 3-4 oil changes with another car. I don't have to get smogged this year, or ever in the future. In another car, I would have to do it in the next few months. I have generated more electricity off the solar panels on my roof than I've used in the car. In my other car that would have been about 750 gallons of gasoline, or about $3,000 in gas, and I would have dumped about 7.5 tons of CO2 into the atmosphere. I HAVE had a few issues that I've needed to drop the car off for, but it was hassle free - I dropped the car off and hopped in 1) a faster, better Tesla, 2) a faster, better Tesla, 3) a Roadster for the day while they worked on mine. Each time they've taken it they've fixed my issue and improved my car in some other way... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
Think Tank Apologizes For 'Unconscionable' Tweet To Amnesty - NPR http://www.npr.org/blogs...
Amnesty International: "US can't tell other countries to improve their records on policing and peaceful assembly if it won't clean up its own human rights record" https://mobile.twitter.com/amnesty... - Victor Ganata
Center for Strategic and International Studies: ".@amnesty Your work has saved far fewer lives than American interventions. So, suck it." - Victor Ganata
John Cole's sarcastic reply made me laugh because it's too real. "@amnesty @nycsouthpaw Why not, we were decrying human rights abuses while torturing people. #AMERICAFUCKYEAH!" https://mobile.twitter.com/Johngco... - Victor Ganata
Suck it? Is a 5 year old running this think tank? - Eric
It looks like an intern accidentally tweeted over official channels. Possibly former intern. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Privates and interns. They seem to cause a lot of harm in the world. - Todd Hoff
Cristo
What's the best frequency for posting to a blog? Daily, weekly, bi-weekly?
I stuck to 2-3 times a week for years and then down to just a few times a month. - NOT THE CRICKET from iPhone
The ones I've had the easiest time following stick to a consistent schedule, and post 1-3 times a week. The consistency of the posting seems to be key more than the frequency, at least for my attention span. - Jennifer Dittrich
What are your goals? What can you do? - Todd Hoff
Well, I sort of explained the goal in: http://cristoblanco.com/2014.... What I can do is up for debate—I've got a lot on my plate right now, but so far it's been fun. - Cristo
Sounds like it's more of inspiration sort of thing then by schedule. I remember Printers Inc with fondness. For my area it was Computer Literacy. I guess meetups fill that role now. - Todd Hoff
I used to work with the guys who ended up buying out Computer Literacy. - Cristo
What ever that frequency you decide, stick to it. Otherwise you lose your audience. - Me
Buying CL was a fathead of an idea :) - Todd Hoff
That might be a bit taxing on me. - Cristo
What's the frequency... - Joe
"The consistency of the posting seems to be key more than the frequency" + 1 (So, bi-weekly would be better for consistency.) - elfaxi
IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE KENNETH! - Joe
The most popular and successful blogs all are run by teams and post multiple times a day (io9, boing boing, Engadget, etc.) but I find that overwhelming. I think of blogs like Paul Buchheit's or Allie Brosh's where they post rarely but when they do post it's great. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Paul's posts are great, but I'm trying to do something a bit different. Something like Mark Twain for Tech, although I'm not comparing myself to one of the greatest writers of all time—I think I'm a pretty mediocre writer. I'm aiming for around 500-700 words per post, although I don't plan to be dogmatic about it. - Cristo
The simple answer is post when you have something to say, share or inform us with. If you have a good enough story, you should be happy with it, even if you're the only reader. - Louis Gray
Louis is right. Nothing worse than forcing yourself to say something when you have nothing to say. Go for quality over quantity. And never hit publish while you are angry. Keep it in draft till you cool off and read it over. - April Russo
The best frequency? You need to ask Kenneth. - Friar Will
Who is this Kenneth? - Cristo
I might have to break the consistency rule. I posted the welsh rarebit recipe from my old blog because people were asking for it. However, I still have a new post in mind for today. - Cristo
See REM single from the 80s - Friar Will
I never liked 80s music. - Cristo
Cristo: Reference to this song: http://m.youtube.com/watch... which refers to http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki... - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Time—so valuable, yet so much of it wasted. - Cristo
I'm not sure if I'll keep updating this blog as frequently. It seems like traffic has died off, and although I enjoy the writing, there's other things to do with my time if nobody's reading. - Cristo
It really takes time to grow an audience, though. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
It takes years, or it takes highly visible people sharing you ... or you promoting it places. I wouldn't worry about the numbers at all. Just post your stories. - Louis Gray
Todd Hoff
BBC - Future - How to speak the language of thought - http://www.bbc.com/future...
BBC - Future - How to speak the language of thought
"For instance, using this technique, the team was able to show that the specific sequence of cell firing repeated in the brain of the rat when it slept after running the maze (and, as a crucial comparison, not in the sleep it had enjoyed before it had run the maze). Fascinatingly, the sequence repeated faster during sleep – around 20 times faster. This meant that the rat could run the maze in their sleeping minds in a fraction of the time it took them in real life." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Related topic at least tangentially. http://www.businessinsider.com/create-... - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Jason Griffey
That time you get excited about something you see online and go to add it to Pinboard, only to realize you added it literally a year ago.
hahaha happens to me all the time! - RepoRat
yeah - WarLord
I'll often write great new ideas in my journal, only to find out later I've duplicated an existing entry almost word for word. - Ken Morley
In fact, you you wrote this same tweet 4 years ago. - Todd Hoff
Look at the bright side, consistency is good #memorynotsomuch - WarLord
Todd Hoff
Utopian for Beginners - The New Yorker - http://www.newyorker.com/magazin...
Utopian for Beginners - The New Yorker
"Quijada’s invented language has two seemingly incompatible ambitions: to be maximally precise but also maximally concise. Photograph by Dan Winters. CREDIT TYPOGRAPHY BY AJ FRACKATTACK There are so many ways for speakers of English to see the world. We can glimpse, glance, visualize, view, look, spy, or ogle. Stare, gawk, or gape. Peek, watch, or scrutinize. Each word suggests some subtly different quality: looking implies volition; spying suggests furtiveness; gawking carries an element of social judgment and a sense of surprise. When we try to describe an act of vision, we consider a constellation of available meanings. But if thoughts and words exist on different planes, then expression must always be an act of compromise. Languages are something of a mess. They evolve over centuries through an unplanned, democratic process that leaves them teeming with irregularities, quirks, and words like “knight.” No one who set out to design a form of communication would ever end up with... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
"Brown never succeeded in creating more logical thinkers, and today the stronger versions of the Sapir-Whorf hypothesis have “sunk into . . . disrepute among respectable linguists,” as Guy Deutscher writes, in “Through the Looking Glass: Why the World Looks Different in Other Languages.” But, as Deutscher points out, there is evidence to support the less radical assertion that the... more... - Todd Hoff
"Human interactions are governed by a set of implicit codes that can sometimes seem frustratingly opaque, and whose misreading can quickly put you on the outside looking in. Irony, metaphor, ambiguity: these are the ingenious instruments that allow us to mean more than we say. But in Ithkuil ambiguity is quashed in the interest of making all that is implicit explicit. An ironic statement is tagged with the verbal affix ’kçç. Hyperbolic statements are inflected by the letter ’m." - Todd Hoff
"“For me [Lakoff], as a linguist looking at this, I have to say, ‘O.K., this isn’t going to be used.’ It has an assumption of efficiency that really isn’t efficient, given how the brain works. It misses the metaphor stuff. But the parts that are successful are really nontrivial. This may be an impossible language,” he said. “But if you think of it as a conceptual-art project I think it’s fascinating." - Todd Hoff
What language will computers use to talk to each other at higher levels? REST/JSON etc aren't really a language at all, the are ways to bind parts of a grammar. In a way computer to computer communication will be a kind of telepathy. Thoughts and data showing up in the mind of another. - Todd Hoff
It's all just bits, no? - Victor Ganata
That's the same as saying language is all phonemes. True, but it's an emergent layer or two too low. - Todd Hoff
I mean, when you say computers, do you mean what we have now, or do you mean AI? Because for what we have now, all meaning is supplied by the programmer and the user. - Victor Ganata
Like, a computer doesn't know that 1=true, 0=false. The programmer assigns those bits those meanings. - Victor Ganata
If knowing is doing then doesn't a computer know this in the very heart of its CPU? - Todd Hoff
But you could just as easily assign 1=false, 0=true, and write code accordingly, and the computer will still do what it does. - Victor Ganata
I mean, I guess we do have programs that write other programs without being a full-blown AI, so you'd really need to teach it a language, but it would nevertheless still be designed by humans and therefore be a human language. - Victor Ganata
Languages evolve out of utility. They accomplish something. There's nothing a human could devise that would last beyond the first emergent layer. So I guess it's silly of me to wonder what they would come up with. But I still wonder. - Todd Hoff
Well, the original spec wouldn't survive, but whatever emerges will use the original spec as raw material. - Victor Ganata
In the same way that a quark that makes up the proton in an atom relates to your typing the above message. You can drill down the emergent layers of life, which built on chemistry, which is built on physics, which is built on whatever the underlaying bits of the universe are made out of, but that quark has no direct relevance to your behaviour. - Todd Hoff
All I'm saying is that computers (at least today) don't have intentionality. They just process bits as instructed. You need intentionality to generate language. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
But that was the wonder. When they do, what will the language look like? I'm not sure what you are arguing about. - Todd Hoff
"intentionality" -- an interesting topic. I am not sure we fully understand what intentionality is. Intentionality may run seamlessly through the fabric of the entire universe -- or it may be an illusion. In any case, *simulating* intentionality as human beings understand it in machine intelligence shouldn't be too difficult. - Sean McBride
Ah, gotcha. I was unsure what you meant by "computer". - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Guardians of the Galaxy. Pleasantly surprised. Expected a silly stupid movie and it was a bit silly, but it was entertaining. Some great CGI given that a few of the major characters were synthetic. Awesome weapons that would make james bond jealous. We get our star wars weird aliens and bar scenes. Witty gang of thieves type banter.
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Groot is perhaps one of the best characters ever. Just an astonishing creation. If such a being doesn't exist it would be a shame. All the actors do a good job. The dialogue is sometimes too much tell and not show, but that's OK. The infinity stone plot device is sufficient, but it lacks the depth of Star Wars and the force. I loved that singing arrow. I want one. There's a formula to the movie and you feel it playing out through the movie, but it worked, so I guess that's the point. - Todd Hoff
Notice, if you've experienced the process of a loved one dying of cancer then the beginning of the movie is devastating and comes out of nowhere. Just be prepared. - Todd Hoff
GROOT - Amit Patel
We are all groot. - Todd Hoff
Kevin Fox
Email could never be invented today. All new successful comm platforms are about proprietary products that own the customer relationship.
To be fair email was an answer to a problem posed by the poor disconnected networks of the day. We have different systems today because the technology allows it. The rest is just greed. - Todd Hoff
But as long as you own the email addresses used by your customers, along with their entire address book, you own the relationships. - April Russo
Christine Lu
...maybe i'm too hard on brogrammers. maybe they just don't know how to act around women. who wants to help develop a workshop around this?
Living your life only best relating to machinery is not a good way to learn social skills or impulse control - WarLord
Not just around women. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Westeros transit map - http://kottke.org/14...
Westeros transit map
"Westeros transit map  AUG 15 2014 If the continent of Westeros from Game of Thrones had rail service, this is what the transit map might look like. Here's the King's Landing transport hub:" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Victor Ganata
I like to think that most people don't equate justice with might-makes-right, but maybe that's just a delusion and Hobbes was right all along.
Hobbes is about safety in a dangerous world, not justice. - Todd Hoff
I'm just thinking about how the natural course of life is solitary, poor, nasty, brutish, and short. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I would like Victor Ganata to respond to that statement. I think he might come to a different conclusion. - Todd Hoff
It is possible that the things I believe are utter delusions. :D You can't live that way, so I'm totally willing to believe in utter delusions, but pure incontrovertible truths are few and far between. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
To put it more concretely, I do believe "the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice" (even if justice is ill-defined) but I don't think I have high grade evidence that this is true and it might even be unprovable. Still, because I have to wake up every morning to face the vicissitudes of the world, I believe it anyway. - Victor Ganata from iPhone
Todd Hoff
Hopkins Scientists Show Hallucinogen In Magic Mushrooms Creates Universal 'Mystical' Experience - http://collectivelyconscious.net/article...
Hopkins Scientists Show Hallucinogen In Magic Mushrooms Creates Universal 'Mystical' Experience
"Using unusually rigorous scientific conditions and measures, Johns Hopkins researchers have shown that the active agent in “sacred mushrooms” can induce mystical/spiritual experiences descriptively identical to spontaneous ones people have reported for centuries. The resulting experiences apparently prompt positive changes in behavior and attitude that last several months, at least." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Greed destroyed us all: George W. Bush and the real story of the Great Recession - Salon.com - http://www.salon.com/2013...
"Two other distinctive features characterize boom-bust crises. First, the economic expansion is typically fueled by cheap and abundant credit. That is, bankers have a lot of money to lend, which they are willing to lend at low interest rates. This often occurs when the central bank follows a low interest rate policy. In earlier times, when gold constituted a substantial portion of the money stock, credit expansion could be the result of gold discoveries or gold imports, which made loanable funds plentiful and cheap. It could also be a consequence of an increased willingness on the part of banks to lend the funds that they already have on hand, or from the emergence of new ways of lending money, including the creation of new types of securities. Second, boom-bust cycles are often accompanied by increased speculation in a particular asset or class of assets, the price of which, fed by cheap and abundant credit, rises dramatically during the course of the boom—and then collapses... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
FuturePundit: Natural Selection For Less Aggression Enabled Complex Societies - http://www.futurepundit.com/archive...
"n order for human societies to grow in complexity and sophistication humans first had to evolve to become less aggressive. A greater capacity for cooperation was needed. Well, 50,000 years ago human skulls developed more rounded appearances with and brows became less heavy. Technology boom 50,000 years ago correlated with apparent reduction in testosterone DURHAM, N.C. -- Modern humans appear in the fossil record about 200,000 years ago, but it was only about 50,000 years ago that making art and advanced tools became widespread. A new study appearing Aug. 1 in the journal Current Anthropology finds that human skulls changed in ways that indicate a lowering of testosterone levels at around the same time that culture was blossoming. I've been reading a lot of books lately on rises and declines of great civilizations. I've wondered whether a large scale settled society selects for less aggressive males which eventually makes it vulnerable to being overrun by a neighboring society that... more... - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
The PC's Underappreciated Protector - http://www.tomshardware.com/picture...
The PC's Underappreciated Protector
The PC's Underappreciated Protector
The PC's Underappreciated Protector
"We often mention power supplies when we talk about the unsung heroes of enthusiast computing. But what about the humble power bar? Aside from the obvious task of providing multiple outlets for all of the gadgets you have around your computer, they also provide a central, common ground location for all of that equipment, minimizing ground loops. Most bars also give you some degree of surge suppression and power filtering." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Plants may use language to communicate with each other, Virginia Tech researcher finds - http://www.vtnews.vt.edu/article...
"“The discovery of this novel form of inter-organism communication shows that this is happening a lot more than any one has previously realized,” said Westwood, who is an affiliated researcher with the Fralin Life Science Institute. “Now that we have found that they are sharing all this information, the next question is, ‘What exactly are they telling each other?’.”" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Life will use every possible channel to communicate. And it's through feedback over these channels that life forms a synchronized whole. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Half of a Coin: Negative Probabilities [pdf] | Hacker News - https://news.ycombinator.com/item...
"Xcelerate 4 hours ago | link As the article hints toward the end, if you extend probabilities into the domain of complex numbers, you basically get quantum mechanics. Scott Aaronson has a well-written and thorough explanation on the matter: http://www.scottaaronson.com/democri..." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
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RT @omgLSP: Why is coffee only drinkable for such a short period of time? It goes from 10 minutes of molten, to perfect for 3 minutes, to cold 5ever.
Which is why I abandoned my coffee outside. It was fine, then...yuck. I still don't understand people who reheat it. *shudders* - Anika
I'm… starting to really like cold-brewed coffee. - Victor Ganata
Coffee is coffee. The very base of the food pyramid. Reminds me a little of...oh, nevermind. - Uli
Another victim of entropy. - Todd Hoff
And this is why I switched to tea. It seems to taste good, no matter what temperature it is. - April Russo
Reheated coffee is okay as long as it's less than a day old (preferably less than that). I like it either hot or cold, but not in between. - John (bird whisperer)
Iced coffee is the bomb.com. If I start out with hot coffee and it cools off, guess what? It's getting iced! - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
Todd Hoff
Disaster Capitalism. How can things get better when the money is in life getting worse? Traders Profit as Power Grid Is Overworked - NYTimes.com - http://www.nytimes.com/2014...
Disaster Capitalism. How can things get better when the money is in life getting worse? Traders Profit as Power Grid Is Overworked - NYTimes.com
"What no one here knew that day, May 30, 2013, was that the investment company, DC Energy, was reaping rewards from the swelter. Within 48 hours the firm, based in Vienna, Va., had made more than $1.5 million by cashing in on so-called congestion contracts, complex financial instruments that gain value when the grid becomes overburdened, according to an analysis of trading data by The New York Times" - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
As bad as this is it's small potatoes compared to what was planned by the creators of both derivatives and their failed CCX. - Eric Logan from FFHound!
Amit Patel
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman - http://www.thecoinsman.com/2014...
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
Inside a Chinese Bitcoin Mine - The CoinsmanThe Coinsman
"This week I traveled to northeast China to check out a bitcoin mining operation. After being received at the airport, my contact drove me for nearly an hour to a part of the country more remote than I was expecting. This was my first time checking out a mining operation of this size, so I don’t really know what I was expecting, but I was definitely surprised by how off the beaten path it was." - Amit Patel from Bookmarklet
Not only is this insane, but the author has no realization that it is insane, and his paean to libertarianism and capitalism at the end sounds like cloud cuckoo talk. Gold is irrational but at least it can be a paperweight. Paper money is irrational but at least you can wipe your ass with it. Bitcoin is literally nothing physical, the most irrational currency of all, and yet here's an operation spending $60k a month in electricity to generate irrational wealth. - Stephen Mack
Ain't humans strange? - Son of Groucho
To be fair, most of our government-backed currency is also stored as bits in computers. But the "government-backed" part is the thing. - Victor Ganata
Money is just one of those things not to think too deeply about. Otherwise the data streams collapse. - Todd Hoff
I just think about the resources used up to mine bit coins. It's so arbitrary. In my head it's equivalent to if tomorrow we declared that alligator teeth were worth millions apiece and people began tearing apart swamps. - Stephen Mack from iPhone
Not as scalable :-) - Todd Hoff
Well, that is kind of how the stock market and real estate and consumerism works…. :D - Victor Ganata from iPhone
I think back to the beanie baby bubble … but at least you got some beanie babies out of it. - Amit Patel
Kevin Fox
I've been getting 2 interesting startup ideas a week. Thinking of starting a blog series to set them into the world. Today's is a doosie.
What are you thinking of? - Todd Hoff
Plant, animal, or mineral? - Micah from FFHound(roid)!
Protoplasmic. - Todd Hoff
Soup on a stick? - Joe
Victor Ganata
RT @TEDTalks: Is reality just one big, extremely convincing illusion? A fun tribute to René Descartes: http://ed.ted.com/lessons...
Rene would say god would never allow your senses to be lied to like that. - Todd Hoff
Heh, the line he takes is that even if you are capable of being persuaded that the world is just an extremely convincing illusion perpetrated by a diabolical deceiver, that still proves you're a thinking thing, and therefore you exist. - Victor Ganata
Isn't the question exist as what? - Todd Hoff
I haven't read Descartes to know, really. I didn't think there was anything beyond "Cogito ergo sum." He just said he was. I didn't think he specified *what* he was (except, tautologically, a thinking thing.) - Victor Ganata
Since he was trying to know the truth of how things really are without faith or authority, to learn it was all a big puppet show wouldn't make him happy at all. - Todd Hoff
Todd Hoff
Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity | The Scientist Magazine® - http://www.the-scientist.com/...
Antibiotics, Immunity, and Obesity | The Scientist Magazine®
"A brief, low dose of antibiotics shortly after birth can have long-lasting consequences on gut microbes in mice and lead to obesity once the rodents reach middle age. These findings, published today (August 14) in Cell, suggest that the gut microbiome may influence the development of metabolic pathways during a critical time window early in life." - Todd Hoff from Bookmarklet
Todd Hoff
Will engineering improve with a move to 3D printing based manufacturing?
US products have often been considered crappy because of poor manufacturing. When a product becomes more intellectual I think the US will do well. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
Ignoring Emotions Is Not Rational - Skepchick http://skepchick.org/2014...
Hahaha, synchronicity. I was just thinking of how Vulcans ignoring their emotions seems really illogical. We know for a fact that pre-Surak, Vulcans had emotions (as do Romulans and Mintakans) suggesting they have at least some neuroanatomical pathways that (at least superficially) seem similar to human neurophysiology (and if Vulcans and humans can interbreed because they had common ancestors seeded by the Ancients, it seems inevitable that we have similar physiology, period) and humans ignoring their emotions is definitely illogical. While active repression of emotion does account for the emergence of homicidal rage in Vulcans whose mental statuses are compromised, I wonder if this is in fact a total failure to understand what Surak meant (a kind of anti-emotional fundamentalism, as it were) when what they're really supposed to do (and what all that meditation is for) is accept their emotional states as normal physiology but try not to make any decisions based solely on their emotional states. - Victor Ganata
It does crack me up that Dawkins' usual modus operandi is to say something fucked up, get called out for it, let the criticism get to him emotionally, then lash out at his critics for being "too emotional." - Victor Ganata
When they say "it's not logical" that means to me emotion is to play no part. Facts + logic = the correct decision. We now know this to be impossible in reality, but the show sets up the tug of war between the two in a very thoughtful way. - Todd Hoff
The thing is, emotions are integral to the proper function of the human brain. For one thing, emotions govern memory storage and retrieval. So the prefrontal cortex—the executive system that makes conscious logical decisions and which prioritizes tasks (and one of the candidates for the neuroanatomical correlate of sapience) can't function if the limbic system is malfunctioning. From a mechanistic standpoint, you can't really have correct logic without emotion. - Victor Ganata
In a human. But certainly logic only can exist on other substrata. - Todd Hoff
I think it depends on how you look at it, since formal logic is a human construct and anything capable of logic without emotion was still built by humans. - Victor Ganata
Is math universal or a human invention? Logic = math. I'll go with it being universal so there could be any number emotionless logic driven beings. - Todd Hoff
Sure, math may be universal, and formal logic can be expressed as math, but formal logic also needs axioms, which in practice we usually derive from empiric observation and/or make up as we go along. You can prove anything with logic if you start with the right axioms. Which is just another way of saying that while reality may objectively exist, our perception of reality is entirely constructed from our unexamined prejudices. - Victor Ganata
Shorter: numbers don't lie, but you can assign all sorts of crazy meanings to the numbers if you want to. - Victor Ganata
I'm not sure why logical beings could not come up with observations? They would have access to sensors. Data plus any of the internal rules that developed during their creation/evolution would be sufficient to get the ball rolling. - Todd Hoff
I suppose it's possible. We just haven't seen it done. You can certainly keep adding on more and more axioms, be we also know that it will never be able to describe all of reality *and* be consistent. - Victor Ganata
It seems quite possible that silicon based beings have evolved along digital lines out in the wide wide universe. You don't need more axioms. You just need beliefs you treat as axioms so the axiomatic core can be very small. Since survival is the business of every being, describing reality while being consistent could be both hubris and a luxury. - Todd Hoff
Exactly, which is why the living organisms we know about don't use formal logic. - Victor Ganata
Kevin Fox
Google's the biggest Net Neutrality proponent I know, so why do YouTube ads load instantly while the main video just spins for 30 seconds?
Ads are cached in the CDN so probably have better availability. - Todd Hoff
Jandy
But he’s the audience I’m interested in reaching. "I’ve heard of this director, but I don’t know anything at all…where should I start?"
Go the reverse. If you are interested in this movie you might be interested in this director and what they are about. Then search for people who talk about those movies and make sure you page rank high on those key words plus start relevant facebook groups. Fragment based on audience. - Todd Hoff
What you say sounds like the AV Club's "Gateways to Geekery" series. - Andrew C (✔)
I'm reading contagious and they recommend associating with triggers. Release of new movies is obvious. But I can thing of actor deaths, acto birthdays, movie birthdays, seasons, holidays, dates, weekends, Fridays, kids need something to do, romantic evening, weekends, when in front of your computer or tv, when doing something boring, taking a break, pizza night, etc. anything that would cause someone to think about a movie and reach out to satisfy that curiosity. - Todd Hoff
Victor Ganata
RT @heinousdealings: I can't be the only person on the Internet who'd, generally speaking, rather read walls & walls of text rather than watch a video.
Not really but I can relate. You can scrub a video to get to the good part. Skimming text to get to the good part is harder. - Zulema ❧ spicy cocoa tart from Android
I hate having to wait for video to download before being able to scrub reliably. Scrolling through text still feels better to me. - Victor Ganata
As someone who glosses a lot of videos I find each medium has strengths and weaknesses. People will make connections more generally in a video but they'll deep dive more readily in a text. Generally they are complimentary. - Todd Hoff
The main argument I have against video is guilt-by-association: the most empty-headed conspiracy theory bullshit tends to get spread via video instead of text. - Andrew C (✔)
On mobile, even on LTE, video is sloooow. On the desktop/laptop, I hate having to f- around with Flash updates. Music videos and memes and people's personal videos are one thing, but for speeches and lectures, If there's no transcript, I ain't looking. - Victor Ganata
I find I can generally get to the point faster with text than video. - John (bird whisperer)
Yes - video just seems to take forever; I read so much faster than people talk. - Jennifer Dittrich
I find I treat video as entertainment even if it's not intended that way--nothing gets through. Also, what Jennifer and John say: even a modest 600wpm is four times talking speed. (And you can skim a lot faster than that...) - Walt Crawford
Video is for cats. - Amit Patel
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