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Book review: "A Thousand Brains" by Jeff Hawkins - LessWrong

https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ixZLTmFfnKRbaStA5/book-review-a-thousand-brains-by-jeff-hawkins

Seems like Hawkins has been saying the same thing for 15 years and without much to show.

nonbeard 2021-04-13 21:07:19.515981

Compressing and enhancing hand-written notes

https://mzucker.github.io/2016/09/20/noteshrink.html

The main trick here is thresholding in HSV space.

Author points at at the end that he still needed to tweak parameters depending on the set of notes he's dealing with. I guess coming up with suitable defaults based on how the notes look might be something that would add value to commercial implementations of this such as Office Lens.

nonbeard 2021-04-12 11:18:08.188132

Shirataki noodles - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shirataki_noodles

translucent, gelatinous traditional Japanese noodles made from the konjac yam.

nonbeard 2021-04-09 22:37:00.274556

Python Releases for Windows | Python.org

https://www.python.org/downloads/windows/

I should be using the Python "embeddable package" for Windows, which is smaller than the normal one apparently.

nonbeard 2021-04-09 14:45:33.738949

Ergodicity, what's it mean

https://avoidboringpeople.substack.com/p/ergodicity-whats-it-mean

"Ergodicity means that the ensemble average is the same as the time average.". Very nice explanation though. (HN)

nonbeard 2021-04-03 18:44:51.246983

Butterick’s Practical Typography

https://practicaltypography.com/
nonbeard 2021-04-03 00:15:33.887000

Docker login using pass credential store

https://steinbaugh.com/posts/docker-credential-pass.html

womp womp womp docker credentials

beard 2021-03-29 15:08:10.101353

Five SF Stories in Which Kindness Prevails | Tor.com

https://www.tor.com/2021/03/16/five-sf-stories-in-which-kindness-prevails/

Via Bryn

nonbeard 2021-03-21 22:40:04.978672

Entelecheia - definition of Entelecheia by The Free Dictionary

https://www.thefreedictionary.com/Entelecheia

"In the philosophy of Aristotle, the actualization of the potential form or function of a substance."

This is part of the rules for /r/programmingcirclejerk, and I can say that it definitely had the (presumably) desired effect.

nonbeard 2021-03-19 21:56:01.316450

What Is A Tulpa? — Tulpa.io

https://tulpa.io/what-is-a-tulpa

"A tulpa is an autonomous entity existing within the brain of a “host”. They are distinct from the host in that they possess their own personality, opinions, and actions, which are independent of the host’s, and are conscious entities in that they possess awareness of themselves and the world. A fully-formed tulpa is, or highly resembles to an indistinguishable point, an actual other sentient, sapient being coinhabiting with the host consciousness."

Gosh.

nonbeard 2021-03-13 12:22:00.341063

PMD source analyzer

https://pmd.github.io/

I'm using it to find duplicates with pmd-bin-6.32.0/bin/run.sh cpd --minimum-tokens 100 --language python --files .

nonbeard 2021-03-11 14:21:59.546366

On repl-driven programming - by mikel evins

https://mikelevins.github.io/posts/2020-12-18-repl-driven/

The key part of this (at least according to mikel evins) is that you can stop at any point (and in particular at a stack trace), inspect and modify live state including code *and then resume*. Few nonscheme things can do this.

nonbeard 2021-03-10 23:12:17.432493

wmctrl - focus most recent window of an app - Ask Ubuntu

https://askubuntu.com/questions/269574/wmctrl-focus-most-recent-window-of-an-app

Activating an application cycles through its windows, so this script finds the most recent window by looking at the stack order of the root window. Didn't know this was possible.

nonbeard 2021-03-10 14:48:28.011553

Guest Blogger: Triangular Eating in Japan | Fed Up With Lunch

http://fedupwithlunch.com/2010/05/guest-blogger-triangular-eating-in-japan/

A way of eating taught to kids to encourage balanced eating in which you eat a portion of each of mains, carbs, vegetables in sequence, then repeat. EG: omlette, rice, salad.

nonbeard 2021-03-09 22:57:29.991860

Punschkrapfen - Austrian recipes

https://www.strudelandschnitzel.com/punschkrapfen/

Recipe for essentially petit fours with alcohol, a satisfyingly German name, and a history.

nonbeard 2021-03-09 22:56:42.218903

Anmitsu - Wikipedia

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anmitsu

Ancient desert of red bean paste on agar.

nonbeard 2021-03-09 22:35:42.124718

Spinach Puff Pastry Rolls with Feta & Ricotta

https://www.sidechef.com/recipes/2547/spinach_puff_pastry_rolls_with_feta_ricotta

This recipe worked really well!

nonbeard 2021-03-09 22:20:28.149071

Weird machines, exploitability, and provable unexploitability

http://www.dullien.net/thomas/weird-machines-exploitability.pdf

Provides a definition of exploitability in terms of finite state machines: when the real state of the system can not be mapped to any state of the intended system (or an intermediate state when transitioning between any two intended states). Interesting notion of programming as writing an emulator for the IFSM.

nonbeard 2021-02-21 21:51:57

Managing damp problems in old buildings

https://www.heritage-house.org/damp-and-condensation/managing-damp-in-old-buildings.html

Very entertaining. "Yet another classic - the surveyor recommended these people have an injection damp proof course installed. Idiot!"

nonbeard 2021-01-31 23:05:09

[Information] Vulnerable Driver Megathread

https://www.unknowncheats.me/forum/anti-cheat-bypass/334557-vulnerable-driver-megathread.html

Collection of signed system drivers that let you read/write privileged memory or expose some other serious vulnerability. If the driver has input buffer validation for IOCTL codes please state so before submitting to the list.

nonbeard 2021-01-15 01:53:24

Okra curry recipe - BBC Food

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/okra_curry_68708

Okra curry with kashmiri curry masala

nonbeard 2021-01-11 00:58:11

Single hose air conditioners can't cool a room: Convert them to dual hose - Woolie.co.uk

https://www.woolie.co.uk/article/convert-ac-from-single-hose-to-dual-hose/

"Background: Air conditioners are just refrigerators with fans"

nonbeard 2020-08-10 23:58:58

THE CORRECT PRONUNCIATION OF LATIN ACCORDING TO ROMAN USAGE

http://archive.ccwatershed.org/media/pdfs/12/07/05/19-20-13_0.pdf

GAHoo-deh-teh, GAHoo-deh-teh CHREE-stoos est NAH-toos / ex mah-REE-ah VEER-jee-neh GAHoo-deh-teh

nonbeard 2020-08-03 22:19:47

Small Mailserver Best Current Practices : The Grumpy Troll

https://bridge.grumpy-troll.org/2020/07/small-mailserver-bcp/

Ffs

beard 2020-07-26 23:22:45

On Moving from Statistics to Machine Learning, the Final Stage of Grief – r y x, r

https://ryxcommar.com/2019/07/14/on-moving-from-statistics-to-machine-learning-the-final-stage-of-grief/

Really interesting take, via HN, of the difference between statistics and data science -- the former is focused on explaining the parameters, the later is focused on predicting the future. "The big one that made no sense to me the first time I encountered it back in 2017 is that data scientists split their data into “training data,” “validation data,” and “testing data.”"

nonbeard 2020-07-03 10:50:48

Migrate a windows vmware virtual machine to Linux KVM - stafwag Blog

https://stafwag.github.io/blog/blog/2018/07/01/migrate-a-windows-vmware-vrtual-machine-to-kvm/

virt-v2v mysteriously disappeared from libvirt-tools recently. This page was helpful -- once I realised that I needed to find the correct snapshot vmdk for the conversion.

nonbeard 2020-06-30 21:24:46

Why Do Dogs Look So Sad? - The Atlantic

https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2019/06/domestication-gave-dogs-two-new-eye-muscles/591868/

"A paper published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found that dogs’ faces are structured for complex expression in a way that wolves’ aren’t, thanks to a special pair of muscles framing their eyes. These muscles are responsible for that “adopt me” look that dogs can pull by raising their inner eyebrows. It’s the first biological evidence scientists have found that domesticated dogs might have evolved a specialized ability used expressly to communicate better with humans." This is quite terrifying.

nonbeard 2020-06-19 16:58:32

occam-pi and KRoC: blending CSP and the pi-calculus

https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/projects/ofa/kroc/

Stuff to read about CSP.

nonbeard 2020-03-20 14:46:52

Developing Brains Fold Like Crumpled Paper to Get Their Convolutions - Scientific American

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/developing-brains-fold-like-crumpled-paper-to-get-their-convolutions1/

Brains fold like paper folds. More surface area = more folding. Thicker cortex = less folding. Gyri from in densely-interconnected regions. Sulci form between less-well-connected regions.

nonbeard 2020-03-18 01:36:15

Research on the cerebellum yields rewards | Hacker News

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22531504
2020-03-11 02:40:57

Setup LAN/WLAN Bridge with OpenWrt (LuCI) (updated) - Nerd Quickies

https://www.nerd-quickies.net/2019/08/20/setup-lan-wlan-bridge-with-openwrt-luci/

Loath as I am to bookmark a site called "nerd quickies", this worked as a transparent bridge, except for the firewall part which I had to do by manually editing /etc/config/firewall.

nonbeard 2020-02-07 21:56:49

HowTos/EncryptedFilesystem - CentOS Wiki

https://wiki.centos.org/HowTos/EncryptedFilesystem

Also supports encrypted disk images (though not sparsely).

beard 2020-02-07 20:46:18

Guide to the London Startup Ecosystem | Hacker News

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=22266722
beard 2020-02-07 18:56:04

#892841 - Opening a file with O_CREAT fails - Debian Bug report logs

https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=892841

smbnetfs patch -- this has been around for years but only just went in and isn't in debian

beard 2020-02-01 23:44:52

Dash by Plotly - Plotly

https://plot.ly/dash/

Web graphs

nonbeard 2020-01-30 12:12:44

Johari window - Wikipedia

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johari_window

The Johari window is a technique[1] that helps people better understand their relationship with themselves and others.

nonbeard 2020-01-30 12:11:33

Myths about postdocs

https://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/people/staff/srk21/blog/2019/12/02/#postdoc-myths
nonbeard 2020-01-20 16:58:21

Deconstructed Pavlova - A Perfect Pantry

https://www.aperfectpantry.com.au/easyblog/entry/deconstructed-pavlova
2019-12-28 12:15:05

The ultimate makeover: French onion soup recipe | BBC Good Food

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/9079/the-ultimate-makeover-french-onion-soup

Delicious vego onion soup recipe.

nonbeard 2019-12-01 23:30:46

rr: lightweight recording & deterministic debugging

https://rr-project.org/

full recording allows executing backwards (hn)

nonbeard 2019-11-29 10:28:13

Lasagne with spinach and ricotta Recipe | Better Homes and Gardens

https://www.bhg.com.au/lasagne-with-spinach-and-ricotta

For when the supermarket doesn’t have cannelloni tubes, which is too often.

nonbeard 2019-11-17 19:13:22

System design hack: Postgres is a great pub/sub & job server

https://layerci.com/blog/postgres-is-the-answer/

Good example of how an ORM implicitly limits design choices: in Django I don’t think it would be obvious to even consider this option, because the relevant SQL requires bypassing the ORM.

nonbeard 2019-11-09 09:18:59

HyperDia | Timetable and Route Search in Japan.

http://www.hyperdia.com/sp/

Japanese train route finder.

nonbeard 2019-11-03 02:43:17

www.canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk

http://www.canningtonwalledgardens.co.uk/
nonbeard 2019-10-25 13:35:18

Basic Biscuit Recipe - Real Recipes from Mums

https://mouthsofmums.com.au/recipe/basic-biscuit-recipe/

Four-ingredient biscuits. Thanks, mums.

nonbeard 2019-10-11 10:18:47

This Japanese Toaster Costs $270. It Only Makes One Slice at a Time - Bloomberg

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-05-16/this-japanese-toaster-costs-270-it-only-makes-one-slice-at-a-time

Amazing Japanese toaster via Bryn: the Bread Oven. “We wanted to focus on the single slice, and treat it with respect” 

nonbeard 2019-09-03 13:50:36

An ethology reading list | neuroecology

https://neuroecology.wordpress.com/2019/08/26/an-ethology-reading-list/

Looking to animal behaviour to learn more about neuroscience. (Also explains the slightly odd title of the blog.)

nonbeard 2019-08-27 01:09:20

Health Star Rating - Guide for Industry

http://healthstarrating.gov.au/internet/healthstarrating/publishing.nsf/Content/guide-for-industry-document

Australian foods sometimes have a rating out of five stars on the front. The way this works is you give it points for total energy, fat, and sodium, then you subtract "redeeming feature" points for protein, fibre, and percentage of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes. You then convert that raw score into a star rating, with the higher the score the fewer the stars. The rating was created in collaboration with, and applied by, industry, and it really shows. For example, the rating system is supposed to allow shoppers to compare products across a category, but dairy and non-dairy beverages are in separate categories. That presumably benefits the beverage industry. But for someone looking for a drink, that doesn't make much sense. Also, weird things like: you can't subtract protein points if your baseline points are over 13, unless you have at least 5 fibre points. So if you've got a horrible product you can stuff fibre into it to add stars, and if you manage to get enough fibre in there you can put protein in as well to add even more stars.

nonbeard 2019-08-09 01:21:34

Pebble howtos

http://www.pebblejunkies.com/how_to-s.html

Pebble Time Round battery replacement, among other things.

nonbeard 2019-07-31 04:47:38

debian - systemd attempts to mount davfs2 too early - before DHCP address received - Server Fault

https://serverfault.com/questions/949715/systemd-attempts-to-mount-davfs2-too-early-before-dhcp-address-received

Most of the internet: add _netdev to your mounts so that it will come up when the network comes up. Reality: the mount is tried when an interface is enabled but before it has been assigned an IP (if those two things are distinct, e.g. DHCP). Also "network comes up" isn't a thing in modern Linux and what apparently happens is that the mount is tried every time an iface comes up until it works.

nonbeard 2019-06-30 06:32:21
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