👓 John Heard, the Frazzled Father in ‘Home Alone,’ Dies at 71 | New York Times

John Heard, the Frazzled Father in ‘Home Alone,’ Dies at 71 by Annie Correal (New York Times)
Mr. Heard played pained characters in dramas but was best known as the dad who embarked on a family trip to Paris without his youngest son.

The family is actually quoted as saying he wanted to be known for his other work rather than for Home Alone, yet the New York Times choose to dishonor him anyway. It’s so sad as he was a really solid character actor with a great body of work. I’m hoping that his obit will get more people to go back and dig up Cutter’s Way.

I recall thinking about him fondly a month ago as I watched The Pelican Brief, but may remember him best for his frustrating turn in Big as well as a bevvy of great guest roles on television.

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👓 In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon | Washington Post

In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon by Ashley Parker and David Nakamura (Washington Post)
The president said a Post report of Attorney General Jeff Sessions's discussions with the Russian ambassador was based on leaks that “must stop.”

I suspect there would be a revolution if Trump pulled out pardons for family or campaign aides much less himself.

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👓 Kaisa Matomäki Dreams of Primes | Quanta Magazine

Kaisa Matomäki Dreams of Primes by Kevin Hartnett (Quanta Magazine)
Kaisa Matomäki has proved that properties of prime numbers over long intervals hold over short intervals as well. The techniques she uses have transformed the study of these elusive numbers.
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👓 In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium | Quanta Magazine

In Game Theory, No Clear Path to Equilibrium by Erica Klarreich (Quanta Magazine)
John Nash’s notion of equilibrium is ubiquitous in economic theory, but a new study shows that it is often impossible to reach efficiently.

There’s a couple of interesting sounding papers in here that I want to dig up and read. There are some great results that sound like they are crying out for better generalization and classification. Perhaps some overlap with information theory and complexity?

To some extent I also find myself wondering about repeated play as a possible random walk versus larger “jumps” in potential game play and the effects this may have on the “evolution” of a solution by play instead of a simpler closed mathematical solution.

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👓 Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business? | Hack Education

Why Are Coding Bootcamps Going Out of Business? by Audrey Watters
Within the past week, two well-known and well-established coding bootcamps have announced they’ll be closing their doors: Dev Bootcamp, owned by Kaplan Inc., and The Iron Yard, owned by the Apollo Education Group (parent company of the University of Phoenix). Two closures might not make a trend… yet. But some industry observers have suggested we might see more “consolidation” in the coming months.

Some great observations on non-profit vs. for-profit educational institutions and the social inequality that exists between the two.

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👓 USC moves to fire, ban from campus former medical school dean over ‘egregious behavior’ | LA Times

USC moves to fire, ban from campus former medical school dean over 'egregious behavior' by Paul Pringle, Sarah Parvini and Adam Elmahrek (LA Times)
Former U.S. Attorney will investigate drug allegations involving former USC medical school dean
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👓 Petition to Re-License React has been Escalated to Facebook’s Engineering Directors | WP Tavern

Petition to Re-License React has been Escalated to Facebook’s Engineering Directors by Sarah Gooding (WP Tavern)
React users are petitioning Facebook to re-license React.js after the Apache Software Foundation announced its decision to ban Apache PMC members from using any technology licensed with Facebook’s BSD+Patents License. So far the GitHub issue has received 627 “thumbs up” emoji and 66 comments from concerned React users who are hoping for a change in licensing. Many respondents on the thread said that ASF’s decision affects their organizations’ ability to continue using React in projects. “Apache CouchDB and others will switch away from React if we have to,” CouchDB committer Robert Newson said. “We’d rather not, it’s a lot of work for no real gain, but we don’t have a choice. Changing license can be simple (RocksDB completed that change in a day).”
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Johns Hopkins Hat (Johns Hopkins Official Store)
Cotton twill hat features a full color embroidered Johns Hopkins lacrosse design showcasing our shielded blue jay. Unstructured low profile fit. Just the right wash; renowned perfect fit. Fabric strap closure with brass slide buckle. 100% cotton twill. Adjustable. Black. By Legacy.

I’d love to have a Johns Hopkins hat just like this with “Math” instead of “Lacrosse”. Surely the department has them made occasionally?

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👓 Why Is Anthony Scaramucci Following Me on Twitter? | The Atlantic

Why Is Anthony Scaramucci Following Me on Twitter? by Adrienne Lafrance (The Atlantic)
Yes, this is probably a Taye Diggs situation.
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👓 Anthony Scaramucci Loved Hillary, Gave to Obama, and Deleted Anti-Trump Tweets | Daily Beast

Anthony Scaramucci Loved Hillary, Gave to Obama, and Deleted Anti-Trump Tweets by Ben Collins and Brian Patrick Byrne (The Daily Beast)
The new White House communications director didn’t always like his boss and started deleting tweets within hours of getting the gig.
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👓 Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show | Washington Post

Sessions discussed Trump campaign-related matters with Russian ambassador, U.S. intelligence intercepts show by Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Greg Miller (Washington Post)
The accounts from Sergey Kislyak to his superiors, intercepted by U.S. spy agencies, contradict public assertions by the attorney general.
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