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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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📗 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
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👓 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)"

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RSVP to MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel | UCLA Extension
RSVP to MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel | UCLA Extension
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MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel | UCLA Extension
MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel | UCLA Extension
MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel (UCLA Extension) Algebraic geometry is the study, using algebraic tools, of geometric objects defined as the solution sets to systems of polynomial equations in several variables. This course is the second in a two-quarter introductory sequence that develops the basic theory of this classical mathematical field. … Continue reading "MATH X 451.43 Introduction to Algebraic Geometry: The Sequel | UCLA Extension"
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🔖  Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms
🔖 Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms
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