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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.

Science &Software 21 Feb 2008 08:17 am

Many Eyes

Many Eyes dataset visualization from IBM Research

Collective Intelligence FOO Camp

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

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(Via Bejerano Lab, Stanford University.)

History &Language &Philosophy &Politics &Programming Languages &Science &Software 02 Jan 2008 08:23 pm

Reading List that Inspired Smalltalk

Squeakland has a list put together by Alan Kay for his students that gives background on the ideas behind Smalltalk.

It looks like quite an interesting list.

Programming Languages &Science &Software 29 Nov 2007 04:32 pm

Comments on “A Program is an Idea”

“A computer is like a violin. You can imagine a novice trying first a phonograph and then a violin. The latter, he says, sounds terrible.”

Eugene Wallingford comments on comments received on his recent entry, ‘A Program is an Idea.’

This is timely given recent conversations I’ve had about getting kids interested in programming. Mark Guzdial’s recent discussion of introducing programming is relevant as well.

(Via Knowing and Doing.)

Programming Languages &Science 16 Nov 2007 02:08 pm

Ruby used on the Enterprise RubyWorks overview – ThoughtWorks Studios

RubyWorks at ThoughtWorks Studios
: “More than forty percent of ThoughtWorks’ new consulting projects in the U.S are now developed using Ruby on Rails.”

Sweet. I am not surprised at all.

Art &Math &Science &Software 07 Oct 2007 03:34 pm

Turing Machine in Conway’s Life

Vadim Bultiko site has a cool paper by Paul Rendell on creating a Turing Machine in Life. I didn’t get to read it all in detail yet, but this looks pretty clever.

There is a lot more, including the data and patterns, on Paul Rendell’s site.

Great Outdoors &Science 07 Oct 2007 02:50 pm

The Palumbi Lab – Red Snapper or Not — DNA test

The Palumbi Lab: “Did you know that when you buy ‘Pacific Red Snapper’ it often isn’t Red Snapper at all? Pacific Red Snapper actually isn’t a species at all, it describes a number of different species, usually of Rockfish which are sold under that name. Steve shows Lynne Rosetto Kaspar (of NPR’s ‘The Splendid Table’) how to extract and sequence DNA from supermarket fillets to tell what kind of fish they really are.”

This includes a movie, of limited value.

Via the Palumbi Lab’s “Short Attention Span Science Theater.”

Great Outdoors &Science 07 Oct 2007 02:39 pm

Squirrels Zap Rattlesnakes with Remote Ground squirrels use an infrared signal to deter rattlesnake predation — Rundus et al., 10.1073/pnas.0702599104 — Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

Ground squirrels use an infrared signal to deter rattlesnake predation — Rundus et al., 10.1073/pnas.0702599104 — Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Sweet! Squirrels with infrared tails fight off predatory rattlesnakes.

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