Popular Science Books on Information Theory, Biology, and Complexity
Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities
On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals
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
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.
The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem
How I temporarily cut my mom out of my social media life to reach a larger audience.
I’m apparently the king of the microformat rel=”me”
It's time to embrace open & disrupt social media
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.
Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
IndieWeb related articles
Here's a selection of articles and pieces I've written about IndieWeb related technology and philosophy.
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.
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"
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
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
📖 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"
📖 Read pages 39-62 of Abstract Algebra: An Introduction (First Edition) by Thomas W. Hungerford Chapter 3: Rings, Sections 1 and 2 Reviewing over some algebra for my algebraic geometry class
UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building Algebraic Geometry lecture 3 Math Sciences, Los Angeles, California, United States of America
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Boffo! Socko! They're back in stock! #boffobar #boffosocko Instagram filter used: Clarendon Photo taken at: Trader Joe’s-Montrose,CA Trader Joe's-Montrose,CA
Docteur Jerry et Mister Love ❤️⚗️👓🎬 I found this original French one sheet 47" X 63“ after the move. Will have to get it mounted and framed for the office. #nuttyprofessor #jerrylewis #science #love...
If it's the first weekend in October, it's time for apples! 🍎🍏 Instagram filter used: Normal Photo taken at: Los Rios, Oak Glen Los Rios, Oak Glen
Elementary Algebraic Geometry #mathporn #brownpaperwrapping #math #whatimreading Instagram filter used: Gingham
WordCamp Los Angeles #wclax Instagram filter used: Reyes Photo taken at: California State University, Los Angeles California State University, Los Angeles
Been waiting a while for the homemade sauercraut to finish fermenting... Instagram filter used: Clarendon
The library is finally unpacked! 📚👓 Instagram filter used: Clarendon
Those faeries from the Bacchanalia the other day really got wrecked! #faerie #mushroomcircle Instagram filter used: Clarendon Photo taken at: Dunsmore Park Dunsmore Park
I know which mushroom circle the fairies danced around last night #bacchanal #faerie #mushrooms Instagram filter used: Clarendon Photo taken at: Dunsmore Park Dunsmore Park
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