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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

The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis by Alan Turing
The Chemical Basis of Morphogenesis by Alan Turing
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.
👓 A 2017 Nobel laureate says he left science because he ran out of money and was fed up with academia | QZ
👓 A 2017 Nobel laureate says he left science because he ran out of money and was fed up with academia | QZ
A 2017 Nobel laureate left science because he ran out of money (Quartz) Jeffrey Hall, a retired professor at Brandeis University, shared the 2017 Nobel Prize in medicine for discoveries elucidating how our internal body clock works. He was honored along with Michael Young and his close collaborator Michael Roshbash. Hall said in an interview from … Continue reading "👓 A 2017 Nobel laureate says he left science because he ran out of money and was fed up with academia | QZ"
👓 Ergodic | John D. Cook
👓 Ergodic | John D. Cook
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"
🔖 Upcoming Special Issue “Information Theory in Neuroscience” | Entropy (MDPI)
🔖 Upcoming Special Issue “Information Theory in Neuroscience” | Entropy (MDPI)
Special Issue "Information Theory in Neuroscience" (Entropy | MDPI) As the ultimate information processing device, the brain naturally lends itself to be studied with information theory. Application of information theory to neuroscience has spurred the development of principled theories of brain function, has led to advances in the study of consciousness, and to the development … Continue reading "🔖 Upcoming Special Issue “Information Theory in Neuroscience” | Entropy (MDPI)"
👓 How the NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto | Alexander Muse
👓 How the NSA identified Satoshi Nakamoto | Alexander Muse
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 ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer
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"
🔖 Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space
🔖 Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space
Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space by Tal Kachman, Jeremy A. Owen, and Jeremy L. England (Physical Review Letters) ABSTRACT Recent studies of active matter have stimulated interest in the driven self-assembly of complex structures. Phenomenological modeling of particular examples has yielded insight, but general thermodynamic principles unifying the rich diversity of … Continue reading "🔖 Self-Organized Resonance during Search of a Diverse Chemical Space"

Recent Posts in Mathematics

📅 The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory at UCLA’s IPAM on 10/25
📅 The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory at UCLA’s IPAM on 10/25
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 chapter one of Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
📖 Read chapter one of Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil
📖 Read chapter one of Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy by Cathy O’Neil I don’t think she’s used the specific words in the book yet, but O’Neil is fundamentally writing about social justice and transparency. To a great extent both governments and increasingly large corporations are using these Weapons of Math … Continue reading "📖 Read chapter one of Weapons of Math Destruction by Cathy O’Neil"

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