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December 16, 2014

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1:27 PM | Franco Moretti: The very small, the very large and the object of digital humanities
La visualisation de données pose problème: on y navigue entre le très petit et le très grand sans intermédiaire susceptible de permettre une lecture critique. Ce billet est le compte-rendu de la conférence Micromégas: the very small, the very large and the object of digital humanities donnée par Franco Moretti le 15 décembre 2014 à l’Université de Lausanne. Elle entre en résonance avec mes propres […]
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7:35 AM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Android Wear
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7:30 AM | Kutsu: Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja 2015, uusi päätoimittaja
[Finnish Yearbook of Game Studies, call for 2015] Pelitutkimuksen vuosikirja jatkaa toimintaansa edelleen myös ensi vuonna. Päätoimittaja vaihtuu: vuosikirjan perustamisesta vuodesta 2009 suuren työn tehnyt professori Jaakko Suominen luovuttaa valtikan Jyväskylän yliopiston nykykulttuurin professorille Raine Koskimaalle, joka aloittaa vuoden alusta … Continue reading →
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6:00 AM | Learning Multidimensional Fourier Series With Tensor Trains - implementation -
Ah ! Tensor Trains versus Random Features (and an implementaiton in Julia)Learning Multidimensional Fourier Series With Tensor Trains by Sander Wahls, Visa Koivunen, H. Vincent Poor and Michel VerhaegenHow to learn a function from observations of inputs and noisy outputs is a fundamental problem in machine learning. Often, an approximation of the desired function is found by minimizing a risk functional over some function space. The space of candidate functions should contain good […]
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1:15 AM | Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 1
Tested Builds: LED Hypnocube, Part 1

December 15, 2014

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11:59 PM | What colour is it?
A mesmerising display of time through hexadecimal colour values.Filed under: Miscellany
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9:59 PM | Stress: Competition and Ranking
One issue I keep seeing in comments here and elsewhere on this issue is that academia is very competitive, with everyone worried about their rank.  In my last post, I admitted that it would be hard to completely deny that there is competition, particularly when people are younger, which tends to come out when jobs are at stake.  But, for the most part, I think the role of competition is completely exaggerated, strangely so.  Academia -- at least, certainly, my branch of it -- […]
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8:00 PM | Recording the Millennium Falcon's Hyperdrive Malfunction Sounds
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7:00 PM | In Brief: Dayton Allen's Custom Alien Figures
One of my favorite magazines growing up was Wizard's ToyFare, which in addition to reporting on new action figure releases, showcased the custom toy modifications and builds and sculptors who made their own figures. These makers could take a Punisher figure, for example, and swap out its head and paint job to make it a kick-ass Bullseye figures. Custom figure sculpts have come a long way since then, and the quality of figures like the ones made by artist Dayton Allen are just as good (if not […]
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2:26 PM | Intellectual Cooperation: multi-level network analysis of an international organization
This paper presents an analysis of the work and functioning of the International Committee on Intellectual Cooperation (ICIC) between 1919 and 1927 by setting up a database containing metadata of thousands of documents contained in the ICIC funds (UN Archives, Geneva)1. Visualized as a network of nearly 1700 people (tens of thousands of relationships), this archive gives us a new understanding of the internal organization of the Intellectual Cooperation under […] The post Intellectual […]
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8:30 AM | Adam's Tour Diaries #19: A Day of Writing and Research
Dec 10. 2014: Sigh. Another day I didn’t leave the bus. After the feverish activity of Omaha (well, it certainly FELT feverish) I felt due for a day of simply writing and research. It was quite productive in its own way. Seriously: I got a lot done.When I finally DID make my way over to the Orpheum Theatre, I was graced with another lovely dressing room! I was reluctant to leave.I felt very comfortable here.But once onstage I had a phenomenal assistant.My on-stage assistant.You never […]
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8:15 AM | Google Play App Roundup: Action Launcher 3, Inferno 2, and Scrolls
Your Android phone is capable of a lot of cool things, but not because of what Google built in. Developers have access to all sorts of hooks in the system to make your phone do amazing things, you just have to find the right apps. That's what the weekly Google Play App Roundup is all about -- helping you find the right apps. Just click on the app name to head right to the Play Store and pick it up yourself.This week it's time for a home screen makeover, shooters get glowing, and Mojang is […]
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8:00 AM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Essential Workshop Instruments
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December 14, 2014

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9:16 PM | Sunday Morning Insight: The Stuff of Discovery
In machine learning, they call the connundrum "exploitation versus exploration", in other circles we talk about "improving stuff versus discovery". There are many ways discovery can be defined. For instance in Crossing into P territory, we noted that a new kind of sensor (a genome sequencer) could enable experimentations in polynomial time thereby clearly expanding the possibilities to do real discovery. While both the PacBio and Oxford Nanopore technologies have just been made available before […]
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8:01 PM | Adam's Tour Diaries #18: Omaha!
Dec. 9, 2014: I remember Omaha! I remember it from watching Wild Kingdom as a kid. “Mutual of Omaha is people … you can count on when the going’s … wrong ...” or something like that. I’m too lazy to look it up on the Google.We landed in Omaha for a much desired day of R&R and then a performance.The hotel was across the street from the theater and was very, very nice. Super comfortable. TERRIBLE wifi. But not worse than most. In my experience, wifi in […]
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7:06 PM | Comment obtenir 100 avec 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 dans l’ordre ?   Modifié récemment
A la recherche d'un petit article vite fait, j'ai vu ce problème sur Quora et je me suis dit : soit c'est encore un "jeu de l'année" , soit il y a un piège genre 33. Alors je l'ai lu, et ça n'avait pas l'air trop difficile, vu le nombre de solutions proposées
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6:15 PM | Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python (MIT/edX)
6.00.1x is an introduction to computer science as a tool to solve real-world analytical problems. This course is the first of a two-course sequence: Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python, and Introduction to Computational Thinking and Data Science. Together, they are designed to help people with no prior exposure to computer science or… Read more → The post Introduction to Computer Science and Programming Using Python (MIT/edX) appeared first on Tuxar.uk.
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8:01 AM | 12 Days of Christmas: Favorite Cooperative Board Game
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12:31 AM | Chats
Error correction for chatting Bernhard Haeupler is an Assistant Professor in Computer Science at CMU. He previously spent a year as a postdoc at Microsoft Research, Silicon Valley, and a year visiting Bob Tarjan at Princeton. He is currently hard at work on the Program Committee of STOC 2015. Today we wish to talk about […]

December 13, 2014

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7:19 PM | A Stop by the Glenn Research Center
On Dec. 5, before our MythBusters: Behind the Myths performance, I stopped by the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, and they couldn’t have been nicer.I saw the wind tunnel in which Kari, Grant and Tori tested their Blue Ice story, and then the center's ballistics lab, where they investigated the Columbia Space Shuttle disaster. That accident involved insulating foam coming off the oxygen tanks and damaging the shuttle wing. I hadn't realized that what did the damage to that wing […]
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7:13 PM | Adam's Tour Diaries #17: The Hyneman Comes Home
Dec. 7, 2014: Finally we got to Jamie’s home state: Indiana! You should have heard the crowd roar when I reminded them he’s a Hoosier.Later, after the show, I was on the phone with Mrs. Dontrrythis, and she said, “Take a picture of what you’re looking at right now.” So I did.My dressing room.About the least interesting shot I’ve ever taken. To be perfectly honest, most dressing rooms are like this.Another pattern I’m seeing on tour: I seem to be […]
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7:00 PM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Walking Dead Building Sets
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4:33 PM | NIPS2014 Poster papers
While I listed the proceedings of NIPS recently, it did not seem to include posters at workshops that are taking place today (and took place yesterday). Here are the ones I could find from the workshop pages, enjoy ! Deep Learning and Representation Learning Workshop: NIPS 2014cuDNN: Efficient Primitives for Deep Learning (#49) Sharan Chetlur, Cliff Woolley, Philippe Vandermersch, Jonathan Cohen, John Tran, Bryan Catanzaro, Evan Shelhamer Distilling the Knowledge in a Neural Network (#65) […]
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4:07 PM | Symbol blog posts
I’ve taken the posts from my defunct Symbolism blog and combined them into a couple pages on this site, one for mathematical symbols and other for all other symbols.
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2:39 PM | Why assign two characters to the same symbol?
Unicode often counts the same symbol (glyph) as two or more different characters. For example, Ω is U+03A9 when it represents the Greek letter omega and U+2126 when it represents Ohms, the unit of electrical resistance. Similarly, M is U+004D when it’s used as a Latin letter but U+216F when it’s used as the Roman […]

December 12, 2014

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9:31 PM | Hamming's time: Scientific Discovery Enabled by Compressive Sensing and related fields
I was recently asked an interesting yet challenging question. I have two or three answers and also feel the question is somewhat unfair but it picked my interest. The question was: Has compressive sensing helped in making discoveries in the realm of general science (as opposed to computer science, signal processing, better solvers, etc...) ?It could be better reframed as:Has any of the compressive sensing pipeline tools (measurement matrices, randomization, L1 or better solvers) allowed […]
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6:47 PM | Adam's Tour Diaries #16: Myyyyyyy Kinda Town
Dec. 6, 2014: Man, oh, man. Chicago is the best. Pulled in around 7 a.m. Woke up and headed over to my good friend and never-not-fun-to-talk-to Peter Sagal’s house, where he made me breakfast while we discussed Kubrick, film, radio, and a few dozen other topics over the course of a couple hours.Our bus was parked right under the El.This is awesome. Spotted on the street in Chicago. I think it’s for when the power goes out? I guess a stop sign CAN be stopped.Myth Busted.Then Peter […]
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5:00 PM | Print the Mystery Object: Do Do Do Do, Do Doo, Doot
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11:17 AM | CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science (Harvard/edX)
CS50x is Harvard College’s introduction to the intellectual enterprises of computer science and the art of programming for majors and non-majors alike, with or without prior programming experience. An entry-level course taught by David J. Malan, CS50x teaches students how to think algorithmically and solve problems efficiently. Topics include abstraction, algorithms, data structures, encapsulation, resource… Read more → The post CS50x: Introduction to Computer Science […]
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8:00 AM | 12 Days of Tested Christmas: Anker 5-Port USB Charger
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