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Humor &Math &Science &Software &Words 01 Jun 2008 09:38 pm

Harry Potter vs David Mackay David MacKay: Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms: Humour

David MacKay: Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms: Humour
: “Comparison of Information Theory, Inference, and Learning Algorithms with Harry Potter”

The site for those who are debating buying a Harry Potter book or buying a machine leaerning book by David Mackay and need a little help in comparing the two.

Humor &Philosophy &Politics 24 Feb 2008 09:36 pm

Move over Brights, Facebook eases all

Bill Thompson of the New Humanist says, “Facebook knows I’m an atheist”.

“Perhaps Facebook will help, simply because it encourages us to treat religious views and sexual orientation as of no more significance than favourite movies or preferred pizza toppings. In the end this could matter more than any number of ‘Brights’ t-shirts or big red ‘A’s, because it will simply relegate religious belief to the level of other superstitions, habits and personal preferences. Where, of course, it belongs.”

Humor &Programming Languages &Science &Software 16 Jan 2008 05:22 pm

Problems Worthy of Attack

I found a great quote in the comments of Diomidis Spinellis’ blog entry Rational Metaprogramming:’Problems worthy of attack prove their worth by fighting back’ — Piet Hein

That’s a great way to put it!

Humor &Science 12 Jan 2008 05:16 pm

Funny Genes


(Via Bejerano Lab, Stanford University.)

Humor &Language 11 Dec 2007 08:40 pm

Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site

I found what seems like a quite amusing site: Fun With Words > The Wordplay Web Site. I haven’t looked fully into it yet, but I found it searching for a gift, a book on Spoonerisms, Stoopnagle’s Tale is Twisted.

While the site seems to have a lot of things, a review of the book is in order so you know what I mean. That, and because it is amusing.

Remember the story of Prinderella and the Since? It begins “Here is a story that will make your cresh fleep. It will give you poose gimples. Think of a poor little glip of a sirl, prery vitty, who, because she had two sisty uglers, had to flop the more and do all the other chasty nores, while her soamly histers went to a drancy-bess fall. Wasn’t that a shirty dame?”.

This book contains 43 of Colonel Stoopnagle’s fantastic spoonerism tales, including Beeping Sleauty, The Pea Little Thrigs, and The Woy Who Cried: “Boolf!”.

Reichard Lederer said “With whiz and witdom, Keen James entertainingly presents the tips of the slung and thud and blunder in our tough and rumble language. After reading these English terrors and tinglish errors, you’ll finish the book optimistically and misty optically.”

Humor &Philosophy &Software 16 Nov 2007 01:06 pm

Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook

Rands In Repose: The Nerd Handbook is funny, though not completely accurate. Still, it’s funny and this bit is scary funny:

“Your nerd has built an annoyingly efficient relevancy engine in his head. It’s the end of the day and you and your nerd are hanging out on the couch. The TV is off. There isn’t a computer anywhere nearby and you’re giving your nerd the daily debrief. “Spent an hour at the post office trying to ship that package to your mom, and then I went down to that bistro — you know — the one next the flower shop, and it’s closed. Can you believe that?”

And your nerd says, “Cool”.

Cool? What’s cool? The business closing? The package? How is any of it cool? None of it’s cool. Actually, all of it might be cool, but your nerd doesn’t believe any of what you’re saying is relevant. This is what he heard, “Spent an hour at the post office blah blah blah…”

You can be rightfully pissed off by this behavior — it’s simply rude — but seriously, I’m trying to help here. Your nerd’s insatiable quest for information and The High has tweaked his brain in an interesting way. For any given piece of incoming information, your nerd is making a lightning fast assessment: relevant or not relevant? Relevance means that the incoming information fits into the system of things your nerd currently cares about. Expect active involvement from your nerd when you trip the relevance flag. If you trip the irrelevance flag, look for verbal punctuation announcing his judgment of irrelevance. It’s the word your nerd says when he’s not listening and it’s always the same. My word is “Cool”, and when you hear “Cool”, I’m not listening.”

And the real question: “what is your trip word?”

(Via Ranchero.)

Humor &Software 12 Oct 2007 11:50 pm


The StupidFilter project has high goals.

“The solution we’re creating is simple: an open-source filter software that can detect rampant stupidity in written English. This will be accomplished with weighted Bayesian analysis and some rules-based processing, similar to spam detection engines. The primary challenge inherent in our task is that stupidity is not a binary distinction, but rather a matter of degree. To this end, we’re collecting a ranked corpus of stupid text, gleaned from user comments on public websites and ranked on a five-point scale.”

(Via Anarchaia.)

Humor &Language &Philosophy 11 Oct 2007 10:00 pm

How Brilliant is Pinker’s Article? Fucking!

Why We Curse. What the F***? by Steven Pinker. Leave it to a linguist to write such a filthy provocative article.

(Via TNR Online.)

Humor &Software 10 Oct 2007 12:39 pm

Exploits of a Mom

Her daughter is named Help I'm trapped in a driver's license factory.


Humor &Programming Languages 16 Jun 2007 10:34 am

One More Reason Generics in Java Suck

So, I decide to abstain from generics because they suck. Then I forget the previous pain and I decide I should try to use them again, but I keep running into things about generics that stink. Then I decide to abstain again. Time passes, then I think I should use them again, and without fail, I run into something else stupid about generics.

This particular case makes sense when you remember erasure of generic types at compile time, but still this seems like a huge cognitive flaw in using generics. If I can override non-generic methods, then I should be able to override generic methods. Duh!

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