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July 25, 2014

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5:05 PM | Tiny Little Crises.
Jesus I’m tired of myself. I’m tired of wanting to be right. Tired of wanting people to agree with me. Tired of arguing and striving. I’m doing it completely wrong. All of it. When I first got sober, there was an enormous relief that I felt in so many things. Relief that I didn’t have […]
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3:30 PM | It's Friday afternoon, it's Hamming's time: Higher Order Antipode Maps ?
When reading the presentation of Rod Kennedy on Kernel-Based Formulations of Spatio-Spectral and Three Related Transforms on the Sphere featured in the Science on the Sphere workshop, I was reminded of this earlier blog entry ( It's Friday afternoon, it's Hamming's time: Antipode Seismic Maps ? )Could the second map be roughly approximated through the use of correlation between zero-th, first and higher order harmonic on the sphere ? Join the CompressiveSensing subreddit or the Google+ […]
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3:00 PM | Last Call for Contributions - TCMM 2014 International Workshop on Technical Computing for Machine Learning and Mathematical Engineering, 8 - 12 September, 2014 - Leuven, Belgium
Marco just sent me the following:Dear Igor,could you be so kind to post the attached CFP  (last call for contributions - TCMM 2014) on Nuit Blanche?kind regardsMarco--dr. Marco SignorettoFWO research fellow,ESAT - STADIUS,Katholieke Universiteit Leuven,Kasteelpark Arenberg 10, B-3001 LEUVEN - HEVERLEE (BELGIUM)Homepage: http://homes.esat.kuleuven.be/~msignore/Sure Marco, here is the call:                        […]
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11:59 AM | Computational gastronomy – part 3 – ‘Cooking with Dirty Data’
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5:00 AM | Fast matrix completion without the condition number - implementation -
Fast matrix completion without the condition number by Moritz Hardt, Mary WoottersWe give the first algorithm for Matrix Completion whose running time and sample complexity is polynomial in the rank of the unknown target matrix, linear in the dimension of the matrix, and logarithmic in the condition number of the matrix. To the best of our knowledge, all previous algorithms either incurred a quadratic dependence on the condition number of the unknown matrix or a quadratic dependence on the […]
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2:30 AM | SSRN RCRN: Design of Communication (Topic)
Managing Communication in New Product Development Process: Virtual R&D Teams and Information TechnologyUnited Kingdom - Malaysia - Ireland Engineering Science Conference, pp. 495-502, 2011Nader Ale Ebrahim ,Shamsuddin Ahmed ,Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid andZahari Taha Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (UM)Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of […]
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2:29 AM | SSRN Top Downloads For RCRN: Design of Communication (Topic)
Managing Communication in New Product Development Process: Virtual R&D Teams and Information TechnologyNader Ale Ebrahim, Shamsuddin Ahmed, Salwa Hanim Abdul Rashid and Zahari Taha Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (UM)Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM), University of Malaya (UM), University of Malaya (UM) -

July 24, 2014

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11:41 PM | Disruptive technology: Twitter and marital breakups, maybe
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7:47 PM | The competitive spirit
I have often joked to the older son that I learned, far too late, that I didn’t have to do everything perfectly: I just had to do it better than everyone else. While that statement reeks of hubris, it comes with an extremely large side of truth.  More importantly, it was something that enabled me to […]
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5:20 PM | A Three Month Failure.
Over at Complex Roots, I’m closing up shop after deciding I don’t have what it takes to make that place in my vision.
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4:12 PM | Drone Finds Missing Elderly Man in 20 Minutes
An elderly Wisconsin man who had been missing three days was found with the help of a drone. Continue reading →
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3:52 PM | The 200 Million Dollar Assumption
There used to be the Six Million Dollar Man, but now with inflation and all, we have the 200 Million Dollar Assumption. In some of the Slides from the workshop on Science on the Sphere, you may have noticed this slide from Tom Kitching on Weak lensing on the sphereI went ahead and asked Tom what he meant by mentioning a 200M$ assumption, here is what he responded:Dear Igor,Thank you for your email.The the plot on the slide is from this paper http://arxiv.org/pdf/1007.2953.pdf where we […]
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2:33 PM | The Shale Boom is Big and Good (Bad) for the Economy
Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has flipped the global energy discussion on its head. Over the past five years, the world has watched the U.S. shift its focus from fears of peak oil and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:30 PM | iPhone 6 Could Arrive with Apple Wallet
The new iPhone could replace your wallet.
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2:20 PM | How Syria's Chemical Weapons Are Being Destroyed
A specially outfitted marine vessel will destroy the most dangerous chemicals at sea.
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1:40 PM | Amazing 3-D Flicks from Dome of 500 Cameras?
A new motion-capture technique could make 3-D movies easier to capture.
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12:02 PM | Oh: Brief Walks, and Chocolate Eaters
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9:10 AM | HIV-Killing Condoms: The real story from the dendrimer who knows
  In 2005, an estimated 4.1 million people worldwide were newly infected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) (UNAIDS 2006). – Rupp, Rosenthal and Stanberry, 2007 Who am I? My name is SPL 7013. I am the active ingredient in those fancy new “HIV-killing condoms” you’ve been hearing about on Facebook and Twitter. The Washington Post claimed I could kill the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that causes AIDS. That is not true, for several reasons which I will […]
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6:28 AM | How to Promote Your Article by Nader Ale Ebrahim :: SSRN
How to Promote Your ArticleNader Ale Ebrahim Department of Engineering Design and Manufacture, Faculty of Engineering, University of Malaya (UM); Research Support Unit, Centre of Research Services, Institute of Research Management and Monitoring (IPPP), University of Malaya (UM)June 23, 2014University of Malaya Research Bulletin, vol. 1, no. 1, 23 June, 2014. doi: 10.6084/m9.figshare.1083502 Abstract:     Writing an article for online distribution in a way that maximized […]
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5:00 AM | Euclid in a Taxicab: Sparse Blind Deconvolution with Smoothed $\ell_1/ell_2$ Regularization
Laurent Duval just sent me the following:Dear IgorNuit Blanche is a nest of choice for many sparsities. The ones of concern here are those approximated by an $l_1/l_2$, or Taxicab/Euclidean norm ratio, which was already covered in some of your posts: http://nuit-blanche.blogspot.fr/2012/04/compressive-sensing-this-week.htmlhttp://nuit-blanche.blogspot.fr/2012/03/old-and-new-algorithm-for-blind.htmlhttp://nuit-blanche.blogspot.fr/2008/05/cs-kgg-explanation-of-l0-and-l1.html We propose […]
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1:14 AM | How to Promote Your Article - E-LIS repository
How to Promote Your Article Ale Ebrahim, NaderHow to Promote Your Article., 2014[Newspaper/magazine article] TextHow to promote article - UM Bulletin Vol 1 2014.pdf - Published versionDownload (370Kb) | Preview Official URL: http://um.edu.my/doc/research/Vol12014/#p=38 http:...English abstractWriting an article for online distribution in a way that maximized the chances of citation hits, is different from preparing one for print journals in […]

July 23, 2014

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8:43 PM | False Balance: When Science Bloggers Get Science Right
“Let me start with an audacious assertion:  A major problem confronting science journalists is that they have trouble communicating what’s true. Even when competing claims are wildly lopsided — think climate change, for example — science journalists feel that they cannot tell their audience that one of the claims is surviving scientific scrutiny better than others.” – Sharon Dunwoody, on SciDev.net SciDev.net recently posted an excellent piece by Sharon […]
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7:18 PM | Banding-together of breeders: Seven sperm abreast
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5:17 PM | Don’t Panic at the Pump
Sometimes energy issues aren’t partisan, but are still poorly understood. According to the Spring 2014 UT Energy Poll, 84 percent of Americans say they are concerned about the cost of gasoline,... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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5:13 PM | Insta-Cake Comes in a Spray Can
An accelerant forces air bubbles into the batter, which helps the cake rise without baking soda or baking powder. Continue reading →
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4:59 PM | Quote o' the day: Ouchie!
From a discussion of the Hemingway app on Hacker News, jaxn writes, Could someone create a gmail plugin to filter my outgoing emails through this. Maybe it would help to make my emails clearer and more persuasive. To which fl0wenol replies, No, because instead of discerning if you're a dullard by the quality of your writing at a glance, I'll instead have to stumble through mechanically de-voiced inanity. At least without Hemmingway your stream-of-consciousness as committed to typed form can be […]
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4:45 PM | Medicine Will Never Cure Alcoholism.
A couple of online conversations have me thinking. I’m about to put forth a fairly long “No True Scotsman” description of alcoholism. I am friends with a bunch of neuroscientists. Many of them study addictions. I am not going to pretend that I understand the first thing about neuroscience. I don’t even understand basic cell biology […]
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3:30 PM | Slides: Summer School on Hashing: Theory and Applications, 2014
The webpage of the EADS Summer School on Hashing: Theory and Applications that took place on July 14-17, 2014 at University of Copenhagen, Denmark, now features the slides of the presentation made there:OVERVIEW AND GOALHashing is used everywhere in computing and is getting increasingly important with the exploding amount of data. The summer school will provide an in-depth introduction to hashing, both theory and applications. The topics range will from modern theory of hashing, […]
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2:57 PM | The Shale Boom is Big – and Good (Bad) for the Economy
Hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) has flipped the global energy discussion on its head. Over the past five years, the world has watched the U.S. shift its focus from fears of peak oil and... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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2:00 PM | Digital ‘Bandage’ Checks Vital Signs
A new wireless monitoring device provides early warnings to medical staff when a patient's health is suffering.
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