On Choosing Your Own Textbooks: General advice for choosing the right textbook for your educational goals
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.
I’m apparently the king of the microformat rel=”me”
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.
Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
An Introduction to the IndieWeb
There's a better way to own and control your online identity
Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities
IndieWeb related articles
Here's a selection of articles and pieces I've written about IndieWeb related technology and philosophy.
The Facebook Algorithm Mom Problem
How I temporarily cut my mom out of my social media life to reach a larger audience.
Popular Science Books on Information Theory, Biology, and Complexity
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.
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Recent Posts in Information Theory, Complexity, and Molecular Biology
On digital archaeology by Andrew Eckford (A Random Process) The year is 4018. German is widely studied by scholars of classical antiquity, but all knowledge of the mysterious English language has died out. Scene: A classics department faculty lounge; a few professors are relaxing. I worry about things like this all the time. Apparently it’s … Continue reading "👓 On digital archaeology | Andrew Eckford"
NetSci 2018 (NetSci 2018) NetSci 2018, the flagship conference of the Network Science Society, aims to bring together leading researchers and practitioners working in the emerging area of network science. The conference fosters interdisciplinary communication and collaboration in network science research across computer and information sciences, physics, mathematics, statistics, the life sciences, neuroscience, environmental sciences, … Continue reading "🔖 NetSci 2018 11-15 June 2018 in Paris, France"
9th International Conference on Complex Systems | NECSI (necsi.edu) The International Conference on Complex Systems is a unique interdisciplinary forum that unifies and bridges the traditional domains of science and a multitude of real world systems. Participants will contribute and be exposed to mind expanding concepts and methods from across the diverse field of complex … Continue reading "🔖 9th International Conference on Complex Systems | NECSI"
Decoding Anagrammed Texts Written in an Unknown Language and Script by Bradley Hauer, Grzegorz Kondrak (Transactions of the Association for Computational Linguistics) Algorithmic decipherment is a prime example of a truly unsupervised problem. The first step in the decipherment process is the identification of the encrypted language. We propose three methods for determining the source … Continue reading "🔖 Decoding Anagrammed Texts Written in an Unknown Language and Script"
Sexual harassment allegations roil Princeton University by Avi Wolfman-Arent (WHYY) Another high-profile instance of sexual harassment has rocked a major institution — this time Princeton University in New Jersey. And students say administrators didn’t act transparently or strongly enough when disciplining the alleged perpetrator, a decorated professor. Once you start reaching Sergio Verdu’s age, and … Continue reading "👓 Sexual harassment allegations roil Princeton University | WHYY"
Recent Posts in Mathematics
UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building Algebraic Geometry
Flu Vaccines and the Math of Herd Immunity by Patrick Honner (Quanta Magazine) Simple math shows how widespread vaccination can disrupt the exponential spread of disease and prevent epidemics. This is a very clear and lucid article with some very basic math that shows the value of vaccines. I highly recommend it to everyone.
📖 Read pages 163-194, Part 4: Fat-Based Sauces, of Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking by Michael Ruhlman (Scribner, 2009, ISBN: 978-1-4165-661-3) Mayonnaise: 20 parts oil: 1 part liquid: 1 part yolk Hollandaise: 5 parts butter: 1 part liquid: 1 part yolk Vinaigrette: 3 parts oil: 1 part vinegar Rule of … Continue reading "📖 Read pages 163-194 of Ratio by Michael Ruhlman"
Losing Count by Adrienne Raphel (The Paris Review) How do nonsensical counting-out rhymes like these enter the lexicon? I’d read this a year or two ago for a specific purpose and revisited it again today just for entertainment. There’s some interesting history hiding in this sort of exercise. I also considered these rhymes as simple … Continue reading "👓 Losing Count | The Paris Review"
a tweet by Stephanie Hurlburt (Twitter) Okay so right now I go to coffee shops to solve math problems alone, it's peaceful, I like it But someone mentioned they do cute tea parties with their girl squad & I said wow I want something like that but we all bring math textbooks & solve problems … Continue reading "Reply to Stephanie Hurlburt on Twitter"
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