"Why don't people appreciate progress?"
"Why don't people appreciate progress?"
Robert Webb and Clementine Ford talking for the Wheeler Centre about his book How Not to Be a Boy.
Eric Schles describes his experiences working on social justice initiatives and the types of work that proved to be the most helpful to the groups that he was working with.
The story goes that Amsterdam in the 1630s was gripped by a mania for Tulip flowers. But then there was a crash in the market. People ended up bankrupt and threw themselves into canals. This story is still being trotted out when people talk about financial markets lately as a comparison to buying and selling bitcoin. But how much of what we know of the Tulip craze is fact, and how much is myth? We speak to Anne Goldgar at Kings College London who explains all.
This sounds very interesting - creating monitoring tools for data quality "by example".
An interesting static site content management system hybrid.
Chris Anderson talking with SpaceX president Gwynne Shotwell about BFR etc.
Really good interview with Don Hoffman explaining his theory that evolution selects against having an objective view of reality.
The Problem : Faces were not part of the deal.
Electricity Map is a live visualization of where your electricity comes from and how much CO2 was emitted to produce it.
Amazing how persistence of vision causes our brains to insist that this has to be the same object moving/changing shape, as we never evolved to consider rapid switching of images to even be a possibility...
An amazing pandigital approximation to e that is correct to 18457734525360901453873570 decimal digits found by R. Sabey in 2004.
Another really great Long Now talk - I'm definitely a believer!
Some very cool paintings!
Great conversation with Rodney Brooks (iRobot & Rethink Robotics) on the history & future of AI and robots, with some sobering arguments against the idea of a coming AI apocalypse.
org-mode is so much better with some rich formatting. It really
makes it appealing as a text format with embedded and actionable code —
whether that is as a source file for literate-programming or just some notes
with code snippets.
I've added the following to my
.emacs, based on
Org as a Word Processor:
;; org-mode formatting improvements (require 'org-bullets) (add-hook 'org-mode-hook (lambda () (org-bullets-mode 1))) (add-hook 'org-mode-hook (lambda () (whitespace-mode -1))) (setq org-hide-emphasis-markers t) (let* ((variable-tuple (cond ((x-list-fonts "Source Sans Pro") '(:font "Source Sans Pro")) ((x-list-fonts "Lucida Grande") '(:font "Lucida Grande")) ((x-list-fonts "Verdana") '(:font "Verdana")) ((x-family-fonts "Sans Serif") '(:family "Sans Serif")) (nil (warn "Cannot find a Sans Serif Font. Install Source Sans Pro.")))) (base-font-color (face-foreground 'default nil 'default)) (headline `(:inherit default :weight bold :foreground ,base-font-color))) (custom-theme-set-faces 'user `(org-level-8 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple)))) `(org-level-7 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple)))) `(org-level-6 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple)))) `(org-level-5 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple)))) `(org-level-4 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple :height 1.1)))) `(org-level-3 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple :height 1.25)))) `(org-level-2 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple :height 1.5)))) `(org-level-1 ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple :height 1.75)))) `(org-document-title ((t (,@headline ,@variable-tuple :height 1.5 :underline nil))))))
And then I start the .org files with the following parameters:
#+STARTUP: indent #+STARTUP: odd #+STARTUP: hidestars #+STARTUP: showall #+TITLE: document title
Some nice info on how to get emacs' org-mode looking nice (well, for a plain text format at least).
Very neat demo of org-mode code blocks.
That is some bizarre probability theory!
"We want a temporary use permit for the clock, eventually -- 10,000-year temporary use permit."!
Not long now?
Some good stuff in this: tele-presence and the usefulness of not fully autonomous robots.