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Book reviews of imaginary books

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=31420828

Borges absolutely would not stop [writing book reviews of imaginary books]. His reasoning was that writing whole books was a lot of work, whereas writing book reviews was much easier, and let you get much the same ideas across.

nonbeard 2022-05-18 13:12:22.466253

OCaml Programming: Correct + Efficient + Beautiful — OCaml Programming: Correct + Efficient + Beautiful

https://cs3110.github.io/textbook/cover.html

ocaml tutorial recommended on the subreddit.

Unlike Real World OCaml, this doesn't use Jane Street libraries.

nonbeard 2022-05-17 10:10:25.271632

BirdNET-Pi – BirdNET in Raspberry Pis

https://birdnetpi.com/

This is cute! Very detailed automated birdwatching

nonbeard 2022-05-04 21:23:59.894288

The Dunning-Kruger Effect is Autocorrelation – Economics from the Top Down

https://economicsfromthetopdown.com/2022/04/08/the-dunning-kruger-effect-is-autocorrelation/

If you plot x = test score and y = perceived ability - test score, when both test score and perceived ability on test score are generated randomly, you get the type of graph which Dunning and Kruger reported in their paper. This is because y is effectively x plus some noise; if you have a low (randomly-generated) test score then you are more likely to have a high (randomly-generated) self-evaluation simply because there are more numbers to choose from above; and vice versa.

That implies that it's not obvious that there's an effect which is specific to human psychology: since you can get the effect with random numbers, it just comes down to "pick a random number between 0 and 100" being more frequently above low numbers and more frequently below high numbers.

It also happens to be the case that when you remove the correlation, by separating actual test score from perceived ability on test score (e.g. by using two different tests), the Dunning-Kruger effect disappears. In other words, the effect is purely a result of correlation between x and y axes.

So the Dunning-Kruger effect doesn't exist, and Dunning and Kruger used an invalid test method to generate data which led them to a false conclusion because it was correlated with itself.


nonbeard 2022-04-15 10:22:17.054957

Castella - Wikipedia

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

Classic Japanese sweet a little like madeira, brought from Portugal to Japan in the 16th century.

nonbeard 2022-04-09 21:41:10.027027

[SH17A] Lake Drops deobfuscated

https://www.shadertoy.com/view/wtsfzN

Nice simple water droplet effect from the famous shader showdown champion, fizzer!

nonbeard 2022-03-29 13:17:35.833691

House of the Weeping Widow - Wikipedia

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

A building for receiving foreign dignitaries in Kyiv. "when it rains water pours over the woman's face on the facade, running down her cheeks like tears."

nonbeard 2022-03-29 11:24:50.535565

Cat Printer | Hacker News

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30804204

:3

nonbeard 2022-03-27 17:17:24.265550

NES Cartridge Circuit Board MMC1/MMC3 | Etsy UK

https://www.etsy.com/uk/listing/943991640/nes-cartridge-circuit-board-mmc1mmc3?click_key=7d81d3b6a83f85e61f6e594c883f6cee1ea595e8%3A943991640&click_sum=a1c01a66&ref=shop_home_feat_4&pro=1&variation0=2311152374
nonbeard 2022-03-22 18:30:08.805740

Detecting pitch with the Web Audio API and autocorrelation | Hacker News

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30748042
nonbeard 2022-03-22 08:33:47.711989

Irredentism - Wikipedia

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

Irredentism refers to political or popular movements whose members claim and seek to occupy (usually on behalf of their nation) territory they consider "lost" (or "unredeemed") to their nation, based on history or legend.

nonbeard 2022-03-21 16:22:15.094183

Deceit, Desire, and the Literature Professor: Why Girardians Exist

https://arcade.stanford.edu/rofl/deceit-desire-and-literature-professor-why-girardians-exist

On Girard: "All desire is mimetic" is a fascinating proposition, but is obviously wrong (plenty of desires arise purely internally). "Some desire is mimetic" is pretty clearly true, but also boring -- we all already knew that.

nonbeard 2022-03-20 11:06:52.240717

GitHub - tmux-plugins/tmux-resurrect: Persists tmux environment across system restarts.

https://github.com/tmux-plugins/tmux-resurrect
nonbeard 2022-03-17 10:45:18.605237

Onigiri recipe - BBC Food

https://www.bbc.co.uk/food/recipes/onigiri_39079

Umeboshi onigiri (is a fun thing to say)

nonbeard 2022-03-08 15:18:21.184248

Virtual devices · Wiki · PipeWire / pipewire · GitLab

https://gitlab.freedesktop.org/pipewire/pipewire/-/wikis/Virtual-devices

Basic framework for creating a loopback monitor device combining system audio and microphone in Pipewire.

nonbeard 2022-03-08 15:04:18.369470

Sleepy Girls | Lazy Susan - YouTube

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=S1POpi5rHDI
2022-03-04 01:17:23.847350

Things could be good | Dazed

https://www.dazeddigital.com/politics/article/55532/1/uk-britain-cynicism-nihilism-could-actually-be-good-adam-curtis

> There is something haunting and desperate about the chokehold that white, sallow humans from southern England have over the identity of the UK. [Adam Curtis] suggests many white people entered a state of prolonged philosophical mourning over the loss of the empire; sleepwalking through a kind of ambient identity crisis, confused as to what their "story" now was.

This article reflects some of my views of the UK, but offers little in the way of explanation beyond the above. It seems plausible (it occurred to me as well), but it's been a long time since Empire -- societies can change much faster than this, why hasn't the UK?

nonbeard 2022-03-01 20:43:26.203749

Plausibly-deniable encryption

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=30389313

One of the activists mentioned in the article shows up in the thread.

"I was one of the activists who had their computers seized. I told the police to kiss my ass and they gave up trying to get my password. Though I guess a 6 month concurrent sentence when you’ve already got 4 years isn’t worth the paperwork. Prison was butlins btw. I highly recommend it. Plenty of time to read books"

nonbeard 2022-02-18 20:22:33.492044

TRS-80 Color Computer Archive

https://colorcomputerarchive.com/repo/Documents/Magazines/Australian%20Coco%20Magazine/

My first computer, a Color Computer 3, came with two issues of Australian CoCo magazine, August '87 and July '87. They were not designed for beginners and I had no clue what any of it was about, but I did manage to type in most of the listing for Chatwin Manor.

nonbeard 2022-02-15 16:54:32.483109

Because This Is My First Life - Wikipedia

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

Katja's favourite Korean comedy

nonbeard 2022-02-12 20:20:56.359390

Stakhanovite movement - Wikipedia

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

The term Stakhanovite (стахановец) originated in the Soviet Union and referred to workers who modeled themselves after Alexey Stakhanov. These workers took pride in their ability to produce more than was required, by working harder and more efficiently, thus strengthening the socialist state.

nonbeard 2022-02-09 14:09:25.213728

John Locke’s recipe for Pancakes | Cooking in the Archives

https://rarecooking.com/2021/12/14/john-lockes-recipe-for-pancakes/

Half a grated nutmeg
& litle orangeflower water. Frie it without butter.
This is the right way

nonbeard 2022-01-30 17:58:05.300026

Encore64

https://encore64.com/

via gabi

nonbeard 2022-01-26 13:27:07.313525

How to Make the Best Fried Rice | The Food Lab

https://www.seriouseats.com/the-food-lab-how-to-make-best-fried-rice

Obsessive fried rice

nonbeard 2022-01-24 19:53:43.046364

Pink Floyd - "Pigs on the Wing" Rare Guitar Solo from 8-Track - YouTube

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=EnbO7jjoDIs

Apparently because the 8 track looped around.

nonbeard 2022-01-22 01:10:15.081787

OpenGOAL Project Update – September 2020

https://blog.jakspeedruns.com/opengoal-project-update-september-2020/

Reverse engineering Naughty Dog's proprietary Lisp, with the goal of decompiling all the GOAL code in Jack and Daxter in order to provide a reimplementation.

The generated assembly for their factorial function is very nice, in that it looks like the output of an unoptimised C compiler rather than a Lisp compiler.

nonbeard 2022-01-18 23:54:00.295199

Why are there 3 Minor Scales? | School of Composition

https://www.schoolofcomposition.com/why-are-there-3-minor-scales/

Because we started with one which is just the aolian mode (natural minor), then sharpened the 7th to get more satisfying harmonic progressions, particularly when leading from chords involving the 7th to the tonic (harmonic minor), then sharpened the 6th as well on the way up to make it sound less weird when singing, but reverted to aolian when desending (melodic minor).

Basically, because they sound good in different contexts.

Wish I'd learnt more music theory.

nonbeard 2022-01-15 02:48:22.336840

Writing a Game Boy Emulator in OCaml - The Linoscope Machine

https://linoscope.github.io/writing-a-game-boy-emulator-in-ocaml/
nonbeard 2022-01-12 00:01:35.462887

Picrew|つくってあそべる画像メーカー

https://picrew.me/discovery

doll design via k

nonbeard 2022-01-04 19:32:47.466720

Canon Cat - YouTube

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jErqdRE5zpQ

The Canon Cat, designed by Jef Raskin and released in 1987, stores what it was displaying when you switch it off, so what when you switch it on again it can show you that screen quickly while it boots in the background. Very funny that Apple ripped *this* feature off, too, when designing how iPhone apps would work in the face of app suspend (send to background) and resume.

nonbeard 2022-01-04 01:25:28.668962

Yuna Chun

https://www.yunachun.com/

Artist.

nonbeard 2022-01-03 20:54:12.545811

Rosenkrantz (noble family) - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosenkrantz_(noble_family)

Rosenkrantz Tower in Bergen, and the Hamlet character.

nonbeard 2021-12-24 16:14:38.155021

Observations on a strange vegetable - the snake gourd | Kew

https://www.kew.org/read-and-watch/observations-strange-vegetable-snake-gourd

Even snake gourds become Buddhas — Shiki

nonbeard 2021-12-22 02:19:40.768973

Designing a new PRNG. Rust needs a better non-cryptographic… | by Tom Kaitchuck | Medium

https://tom-kaitchuck.medium.com/designing-a-new-prng-1c4ffd27124d

Every so often I revisit the pcg-random vs xoshiro-family rng feud.

nonbeard 2021-12-21 00:31:46.136446

Project Zero: A deep dive into an NSO zero-click iMessage exploit: Remote Code Execution

https://googleprojectzero.blogspot.com/2021/12/a-deep-dive-into-nso-zero-click.html

This is so cool. The exploited code is in the JBIG2 image compression algorithm, which lets you apply arbitrary logical operators to arbitrary portions of the image. So the exploit builds a small computer out of logic gates which it can then "run" by applying logical functions to various parts of the image at decompression time.

nonbeard 2021-12-15 19:09:39.839451

Gochujang Sauce aka Bibimbap Sauce | The Subversive Table

https://thesubversivetable.com/gochujang-sauce/

magic bibimbap sauce.

nonbeard 2021-12-14 18:40:11.310495

Easy bibimbap recipe | BBC Good Food

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/cheats-bibimbap

food for my rice cooker

nonbeard 2021-12-14 18:39:41.324625

Donut Dilemma 2019

https://nickmarentes.com/ProjectArchive/donut2019.html

One of the first games I ever played was re-released in 2019 with upgrades to make it work better on the original machine I played it on

nonbeard 2021-12-10 15:59:03.756296

Nextstrain / ncov / gisaid / global

https://nextstrain.org/ncov/gisaid/global

covid-19 variant prevalence over time.

nonbeard 2021-12-02 20:46:10.204729

SABO tea

http://www.sabotea.uk/

This looks nice, includes mugicha, and their stockists also all look like fun places to visit.

nonbeard 2021-12-02 20:43:43.935064

A Day in Autumn, by R. S. Thomas

https://www.poeticous.com/r-s-thomas/a-day-in-autumn

It will not always be like this,
The air windless, a few last
Leaves adding their decoration
To the trees’ shoulders, braiding the cuffs
Of the boughs with gold; a bird preening

In the lawn’s mirror. Having looked up
From the day’s chores, pause a minute,
Let the mind take its photograph
Of the bright scene, something to wear
Against the heart in the long cold.

nonbeard 2021-11-15 01:04:19.512868

Sexy weasels in Renaissance art

https://ridiculouslyinteresting.com/2019/05/14/weasels-in-renaissance-art/
nonbeard 2021-11-04 13:19:36.481310

Famicom Party

https://famicom.party/book/

Making NES Games in Assembly (hn)

nonbeard 2021-11-01 17:16:41.336181

A Simple and Convenient Synthesis of Pseudoephedrine From N-Methylamphetamine

https://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume19/v19i3/Pseudoephedrine.pdf

The joke being that it's easy to find meth but hard to find pseudoephedrine. (HN)

nonbeard 2021-10-28 21:55:08.976189

How to Make Writing a Lot Easier | Forge

https://forge.medium.com/how-to-write-10-000-words-a-week-a7c63d97ea79

The manic relentlessness of this is endearing. (HN)

nonbeard 2021-09-30 12:50:19.938364

How to disable SMB client-side caching » #bogner.sh

https://bogner.sh/2014/10/how-to-disable-smb-client-side-caching/

Disable samba caching for Windows talking to Linux

nonbeard 2021-09-28 13:33:09.849743

Moiré No More | Hacker News

https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=28663719

Really interesting discussion of using inverse Fourier transform to denoise images.

nonbeard 2021-09-27 00:53:53.815631

Implicature - Wikipedia

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Implicature#Conversational_implicature

"""
Take for example the following exchange:

A (to passer by): I am out of gas.
B: There is a gas station 'round the corner.

Here, B does not say, but conversationally implicates, that the gas station is open, because otherwise his utterance would not be relevant in the context. Conversational implicatures are classically seen as contrasting with entailments: They are not necessary or logical consequences of what is said, but are defeasible (cancellable). So, B could continue without contradiction:

B: But unfortunately it's closed today.
"""

This is not the first time that B has acted like a jerk on Wikipedia. I think they should start consulting someone else for their examples.

nonbeard 2021-09-26 10:03:37.419908

Gallery | executable.graphics

https://executable.graphics/

4K graphics gallery, via flopine's shader coding talk

nonbeard 2021-09-12 17:55:32.142037

So you want to study philosophy

https://www.susanrigetti.com/philosophy

Interesting to see Meditations listed at the top of the 'most accessible' books.

nonbeard 2021-09-02 11:02:44.407205
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