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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.

Philosophy &Politics &Software &Words 23 Feb 2008 05:50 pm

The Future of Reputation

The Future of Reputation full text online.

Words 06 Oct 2007 12:24 pm

106 books owned but that no one ever reads

Kevin picked up on the 106 books owned but not read. I’m a copycat.

Bold shows ones read. Italics shows not well-remembered. I will bold those I only read part of with partial bolding.

  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell
  • Anna Karenina
  • Crime and Punishment
  • Catch-22
  • One Hundred Years of Solitude
  • Wuthering Heights
  • The Silmarillion
  • Life of Pi : a novel
  • The Name of the Rose
  • Don Quixote
  • Moby Dick
  • Ulysses
  • Madame Bovary
  • The Odyssey
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Tale of Two Cities
  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Guns, Germs, and Steel: the fates of human societies
  • War and Peace
  • Vanity Fair
  • The Time Traveler’s Wife
  • The Iliad
  • Emma
  • The Blind Assassin
  • The Kite Runner
  • Mrs. Dalloway
  • Great Expectations
  • American Gods
  • A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • Atlas Shrugged
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran : a memoir in books
  • Memoirs of a Geisha
  • Middlesex
  • Quicksilver
  • Wicked : the life and times of the wicked witch of the West
  • The Canterbury tales
  • The Historian : a novel
  • A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • Brave New World
  • The Fountainhead
  • Foucault’s Pendulum
  • Middlemarch
  • Frankenstein
  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Dracula
  • A Clockwork Orange
  • Anansi Boys
  • The Once and Future King
  • The Grapes of Wrath
  • The Poisonwood Bible : a novel
  • 1984
  • Angels & Demons
  • The Inferno
  • The Satanic Verses
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • Mansfield Park
  • One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • To the Lighthouse
  • Tess of the D’Urbervilles
  • Oliver Twist
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • Les Misérables
  • The Corrections
  • The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Dune
  • The Prince
  • The Sound and the Fury
  • Angela’s Ashes : a memoir
  • The God of Small Things
  • A People’s History of the United States : 1492-present
  • Cryptonomicon
  • Neverwhere
  • A Confederacy of Dunces
  • A Short History of Nearly Everything
  • Dubliners
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • Beloved
  • Slaughterhouse-five
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • Eats, Shoots & Leaves
  • The Mists of Avalon
  • Oryx and Crake : a novel
  • Collapse : how societies choose to fail or succeed
  • Cloud Atlas
  • The Confusion
  • Lolita
  • Persuasion
  • Northanger Abbey
  • The Catcher in the Rye
  • On the Road
  • The Hunchback of Notre Dame
  • Freakonomics : a rogue economist explores the hidden side of everything
  • Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance : an inquiry into values
  • The Aeneid
  • Watership Down
  • Gravity’s Rainbow
  • The Hobbit
  • In Cold Blood : a true account of a multiple murder and its consequences
  • White Teeth
  • Treasure Island
  • David Copperfield
  • The Three Musketeers

Miscellaneous &Programming Languages &Software &Words 19 Feb 2007 12:11 pm

Capistrano Manual Website as PDFs

Since the Ruby on Rails Manuals site seems to be permanently down, I created a zip file of pdfs of the website from the last version on the Internet Archive WayBack Machine as of June 2006.

There is also a handy cheat sheet for Capistrano that someone made.

Science &Words 29 Oct 2006 11:45 pm

The complete work of Charles Darwin

The complete work of Charles Darwin online. Very cool.

(Via Anarchaia.)

Philosophy &Politics &Words 31 Aug 2006 10:55 am

Liberty Fund, Inc.: The Online Library of Liberty

Liberty Fund, Inc.: The Online Library of Liberty has 1400 books online on liberty. I am impressed with the Liberty Fund’s mission. From their about page:

Liberty Fund, Inc. is a private, educational foundation established to encourage the study of the ideal of a society of free and responsible individuals. The Foundation develops, supervises, and finances its own educational activities to foster thought and encourage discourse on enduring issues pertaining to liberty.

These programs focus on the place individual liberty has in an intellectual heritage evident from ancient times and continuing through our own times. The programs are intended to enrich understanding and appreciation of the complex nature of a society of free and responsible individuals and to contribute to its preservation.

I discovered it when researching Dr. J Rufus Fears, the teacher of a course on the great books to which I have been listening from the Teaching Company.

The course is focused on the lessons we should take from great literature. Initially it was really annoying me, but I have come to appreciate what the teacher is trying to accomplish and how he has gone about it. I am still not done, so I will save that discussion for later. Suffice it say, I found this library of free books online. It includes such classics as The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, by Gibbon, and On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill.

Philosophy &Words 28 Aug 2006 01:36 pm

Logical Fallacy Name?

I assume my learned audience will be able to help me out with this question. What is the name of the logical fallacy that takes the form:

“Well, if we didn’t do it someone else would.”

Also, related to this is the logical fallacy,

“We’re just giving the people what they want.”

Anyone know the name of that fallacy? I think the second can be considered the fallacy, ad populum, Appeal to the Majority. In which, it is asserted that a statement is true because a large number of people believe it’s true.

If that is so, then I suspect that the first fallacy is a different kind.

Words 03 Apr 2005 01:06 pm

WordNet Rave

Searching for party on Wordnet returns some interesting matches.

Wordnet is a project to do semantic tagging of words for the purpose of identifying underlying concepts.

But here was the funny part of the result set for party:

“1. v. party.
Have or participate in a party; “The students were partying all night before the exam”.
Party is a type of:
 » celebrate, fete » meet, get together

Types of party include: rave”

Not birthday or anniversary, but, rave, is the only type of party listed. What does this say about the corpus from which this tagging was created?

Words 16 Feb 2005 12:55 am

After you see it used three times in one day, you just gotta know.


While it is still OK to say, I agree with their assessment of its impact completely. 🙂

Words 20 Aug 2004 01:04 am

Chicken Joke

A chicken crossing the road is poultry in motion

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