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  • 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.
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  • Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
  • An Introduction to the IndieWeb
    An Introduction to the IndieWeb
    There's a better way to own and control your online identity
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    IndieWeb related articles
    Here's a selection of articles and pieces I've written about IndieWeb related technology and philosophy.
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    Need Help Publishing?
  • A New Way to “Know and Master Your Social Media Flow”
    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.
  • It's time to embrace open & disrupt social media
    It's time to embrace open & disrupt social media
    Feed reader revolution
  • The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem
    The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem
    How I temporarily cut my mom out of my social media life to reach a larger audience.
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    What I'm up to
  • Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities
  • On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals

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I use this website as my primary hub for online presence and communication and to some extent as my online commonplace book. I try to follow the tenets of the IndieWeb movement by publishing on my own site and owning all of my own data. When I participate in social silos (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), I post here first and syndicate duplicates out to them (POSSE). These posts either originate from here or my social stream. You’re welcome to subscribe to or consume them in any manner or on any platform you prefer.

Recent Posts in Information Theory, Complexity, and Molecular Biology

🔖 [1801.06022] Reconstruction Codes for DNA Sequences with Uniform Tandem-Duplication Errors | arXiv
🔖 [1801.06022] Reconstruction Codes for DNA Sequences with Uniform Tandem-Duplication Errors | arXiv
Reconstruction Codes for DNA Sequences with Uniform Tandem-Duplication Errors by Yonatan Yehezkeally and Moshe Schwartz (arxiv.org) DNA as a data storage medium has several advantages, including far greater data density compared to electronic media. We propose that schemes for data storage in the DNA of living organisms may benefit from studying the reconstruction problem, which … Continue reading "🔖 Reconstruction Codes for DNA Sequences with Uniform Tandem-Duplication Errors | arXiv"
“My ten hour white noise video now has five copyright claims! :)” by Sebastian Tomczak (Twitter) My ten hour white noise video now has five copyright claims! 🙂 pic.twitter.com/dX9PCM1qGx — Sebastian Tomczak (@littlescale) January 4, 2018 Information Theory and signal processing FTW! (Aside: This is a great example of how people really don’t understand our … Continue reading ""
📖 Read pages 19-52 of The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
📖 Read pages 19-52 of The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
📖 Read Chapter 1: What is Life? pages 19-52 in The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane (W.W. Norton, 2015, ISBN: 978-0393088816) Lane lays out a “brief” history of the 4 billion years of life on Earth. Discusses isotopic fractionation and other evidence that essentially shows a bottleneck … Continue reading "📖 Read pages 19-52 of The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane"
📗 Started reading The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
📗 Started reading The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane
📗 Started reading pages 1-18 Introduction: Why is Life the Way it is in The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane A quick, but interesting peek into where he intends to go. He lays out some quick background here in the opening. He’s generally a very lucid writer … Continue reading "📗 Started reading The Vital Question: Energy, Evolution, and the Origins of Complex Life by Nick Lane"
🔖 Quantum Information: What Is It All About? by Robert B. Griffiths | Entropy
🔖 Quantum Information: What Is It All About? by Robert B. Griffiths | Entropy
Quantum Information: What Is It All About? by Robert B. Griffiths (MDPI (Entropy)) This paper answers Bell’s question: What does quantum information refer to? It is about quantum properties represented by subspaces of the quantum Hilbert space, or their projectors, to which standard (Kolmogorov) probabilities can be assigned by using a projective decomposition of the … Continue reading "🔖 Quantum Information: What Is It All About? by Robert B. Griffiths | Entropy"
Energy and Matter at the Origins of Life by Nick Lane | Santa Fe Institute
Energy and Matter at the Origins of Life by Nick Lane | Santa Fe Institute
Energy and Matter at the Origin of Life by Nick Lane (Santa Fe Institute Community Event (YouTube)) All living things are made of cells, and all cells are powered by electrochemical charges across thin lipid membranes — the ‘proton motive force.’ We know how these electrical charges are generated by protein machines at virtually atomic … Continue reading "Energy and Matter at the Origins of Life by Nick Lane | Santa Fe Institute"
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"

Recent Posts in Mathematics

📺 Proving Brouwer’s Fixed Point Theorem | PBS Infinite Series on YouTube
📺 Proving Brouwer’s Fixed Point Theorem | PBS Infinite Series on YouTube
Proving Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem by Tai-Danae Bradley from PBS Infinite Series | YouTube There is a proof for Brouwer's Fixed Point Theorem that uses a bridge - or portal - between geometry and algebra. Analogous to the relationship between geometry and algebra, there is a mathematical “portal” from a looser version of geometry -- … Continue reading "📺 Proving Brouwer’s Fixed Point Theorem | PBS Infinite Series on YouTube"
📺 Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman | YouTube
📺 Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman | YouTube
Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman from YouTube Lecture one of six in an introductory set of lectures on category theory. Take Away from the lecture: Morphisms are just as important as the objects that they morph. Many different types of mathematical constructions are best described using morphisms instead of elements. (This isn’t … Continue reading "📺 Introduction to Category Theory 1 by Steven Roman | YouTube"
🔖 Nonlinear Dynamics 1 & 2: Geometry of Chaos by Predrag Cvitanovic
🔖 Nonlinear Dynamics 1 & 2: Geometry of Chaos by Predrag Cvitanovic
Nonlinear Dynamics 1 & 2: Geometry of Chaos by Predrag Cvitanovic (Georgia Institute of Technology) The theory developed here (that you will not find in any other course 🙂 has much in common with (and complements) statistical mechanics and field theory courses; partition functions and transfer operators are applied to computation of observables and spectra … Continue reading "🔖 Nonlinear Dynamics 1 & 2: Geometry of Chaos by Predrag Cvitanovic"

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