Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities
What is Information? by Christoph Adami
A proper understanding of information in terms of prediction is key to a number of disciplines beyond engineering, such as physics and biology.
To Purchase, Rent, or Pirate? The Broken Economics of Textbooks in the Digital Age
What's wrong with the economics of the textbook industry, and what students, parents, professors, and universities can do to mitigate the ever-rising price of textbooks.
On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals
Popular Science Books on Information Theory, Biology, and Complexity
I’m apparently the king of the microformat rel=”me”
The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem
How I temporarily cut my mom out of my social media life to reach a larger audience.
Complexity isn’t a Vice: 10 Word Answers and Doubletalk in Election 2016
How Donald Trump is leveraging an old Vaudeville trick to heavily contest the presidential election
A New Way to “Know and Master Your Social Media Flow”
On the anniversary of the death of FriendFeed, I update Louis Gray's flawed social media diagram.
Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
It's time to embrace open & disrupt social media
IndieWeb related articles
Here's a selection of articles and pieces I've written about IndieWeb related technology and philosophy.
What does Boffo Socko mean anyway?
“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast aka H’w’d.)
Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:
boffo (also boff, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)
socko (also sock) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)
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Recent Posts in Information Theory, Complexity, and Molecular Biology
a tweet by Michael Nielsen (Twitter) According to Google Scholar, Turing's paper inventing modern computing is only his _second_ most cited paper pic.twitter.com/T1M4k4dMYK — michael_nielsen (@michael_nielsen) October 7, 2015 Looks like Alan Turing, like Claude Shannon, was interested in microbiology too! I’ll have to dig into this.
Ergodic by John D. Cook (John D. Cook Consulting) Roughly speaking, an ergodic system is one that mixes well. You get the same result whether you average its values over time or over space. This morning I ran across the etymology of the word ergodic. I’d read this before, but had a nice reminder about … Continue reading "👓 Ergodic | John D. Cook"
The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced by Ed Yong (The Atlantic) It’s an endearing, giant, flightless, New Zealand parrot, and it’s a poster child for the quantified-self movement.
How the NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto by Alexander Muse (Alexander Muse | Medium) The ‘creator’ of Bitcoin, Satoshi Nakamoto, is the world’s most elusive billionaire. Very few people outside of the Department of Homeland Security know Satoshi’s real name. In fact, DHS will not publicly confirm that even THEY know the billionaire’s identity. Satoshi has … Continue reading "👓 How the NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto | Alexander Muse"
SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity (Complexity Explorer) SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the Institute’s first graduate degree program, a vision that dates to SFI’s founding. “With technology, a growing recognition of the value of online … Continue reading "SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer"
Recent Posts in Mathematics
Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms (Princeton University Press) In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of probability, setting the stage for a series of breakthroughs that enabled or transformed innumerable fields, from gambling, mathematics, statistics, economics, … Continue reading "🔖 Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms"
Adjoint School, ACT 2018 (Applied Category Theory) The Workshop on Applied Category Theory 2018 takes place in May 2018. A principal goal of this workshop is to bring early career researchers into the applied category theory community. Towards this goal, we are organising the Adjoint School. The Adjoint School will run from January to April … Continue reading "🔖 Adjoint School, ACT 2018 (Applied Category Theory)"
'A Sort of Everyday Struggle' by Hannah Natanson Women in Harvard's math department report a bevy of inequalities—from a discouraging absence of female faculty to a culture of "math bro" condescension. A story about math that sadly doesn’t feature equality. Oddly not featured in the story was any reference to the Lawrence H. Summers incident … Continue reading "👓 ‘A Sort of Everyday Struggle’ | The Harvard Crimson"
I originally made this compilation on May 31, 2016 to share with some friends and never got around to posting it. Now that I’m actually in the midst of a class on the topic, I thought I’d dust it off and finally publish it for those who are interested. If you’re aware of things I’ve … Continue reading "Video lectures for Algebraic Geometry"
The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory (IPAM (Special Events and Conferences)) When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT Where: UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095 While there is no mathematical formula for writing television comedy, for … Continue reading "📅 The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory at UCLA’s IPAM on 10/25"
📖 Read pages 63-88 of Abstract Algebra: An Introduction (First Edition) by Thomas W. Hungerford Chapter 3: Rings, Section 3 – Chapter 4: Arithmetic in F, Sections 1 & 2 Reviewing over some algebra for my algebraic geometry class
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