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Ergodicity, what's 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

nonbeard 2021-04-03 00:15:33.887000

Docker login using pass credential store


womp womp womp docker credentials

beard 2021-03-29 15:08:10.101353

Five SF Stories in Which Kindness Prevails | Tor.com


Via Bryn

nonbeard 2021-03-21 22:40:04.978672

Entelecheia - definition of Entelecheia by The Free Dictionary


"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


"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."


nonbeard 2021-03-13 12:22:00.341063

PMD source analyzer


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


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


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


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


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

nonbeard 2021-03-09 22:56:42.218903

Anmitsu - Wikipedia


Ancient desert of red bean paste on agar.

nonbeard 2021-03-09 22:35:42.124718

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


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


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


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


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


"Background: Air conditioners are just refrigerators with fans"

nonbeard 2020-08-10 23:58:58



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



beard 2020-07-26 23:22:45

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


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


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


"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


Stuff to read about CSP.

nonbeard 2020-03-20 14:46:52

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


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

2020-03-11 02:40:57

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


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


Also supports encrypted disk images (though not sparsely).

beard 2020-02-07 20:46:18

Guide to the London Startup Ecosystem | Hacker News

beard 2020-02-07 18:56:04

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


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


Web graphs

nonbeard 2020-01-30 12:12:44

Johari window - Wikipedia


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

nonbeard 2020-01-20 16:58:21

Deconstructed Pavlova - A Perfect Pantry

2019-12-28 12:15:05

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


Delicious vego onion soup recipe.

nonbeard 2019-12-01 23:30:46

rr: lightweight recording & deterministic debugging


full recording allows executing backwards (hn)

nonbeard 2019-11-29 10:28:13

Lasagne with spinach and ricotta Recipe | Better Homes and Gardens


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


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.


Japanese train route finder.

nonbeard 2019-11-03 02:43:17


nonbeard 2019-10-25 13:35:18

Basic Biscuit Recipe - Real Recipes from Mums


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


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


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


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


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


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

Common degu - Wikipedia


A small Chilean rodent. "As a pet, the animal is larger than a golden hamster but smaller than a fancy rat."

nonbeard 2019-06-12 05:33:53

Poems | Judith Crispin


Australian poet

nonbeard 2019-04-28 10:08:58

xeno-canto :: Sharing bird sounds from around the world

nonbeard 2019-04-20 07:53:20

historicalsource (Historical Source) / Repositories · GitHub


Infocom game source. Interesting to see the .zil.

nonbeard 2019-04-17 01:17:48
📜 Boyfriend of Zelda