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🔖 Webrecorder: Create high-fidelity, interactive web archives of any web site you browse

Create high-fidelity, interactive web archives of any web site you browse.<p>Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with …

Web Design

📺 Wisdom of the Crowd Season 1, Episodes 2-4

A drama about a visionary tech innovator who creates a cutting-edge crowdsourcing app to solve his daughter's murder, and revolutionize crime solving …

TV

A late afternoon NaNoWriMo update

Spent a chunk of the afternoon working on the book for NaNoWriMo. I’ve pushed out 1,214 words in sections on rel-me, themes, and added some …

Nanowrimo

Boffosocko.com supports JSON feed now

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

Big History

🔖 Ten Great Ideas about Chance by Persi Diaconis and Brian Skyrms

In the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, gamblers and mathematicians transformed the idea of chance from a mystery into the discipline of …

Mathematics

A Following Page (aka some significant updates to my Blogroll)

I’ve been slowly but surely working on compiling a list of people I’m following online. In older iterations of the web, this would have been known as …

Web Design

Progress update on day one of #NaNoWriMo

At the end of NaNoWriMo day 1, I’ve added 2,859 words, most of them written in the early morning. A chunk is in the introduction, but the biggest …

Nanowrimo

📖 Read pages 59-89 of Origin by Dan Brown

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

Big History

The Presentation of Self on a Decentralised Web by Dr. Amy Guy

Many people express themselves online through social media, blogs, personal websites, and the like. Using these technologies affects our day-to-day …

Social Media

IndieWeb: The Book

For a quite a while I’ve been thinking about writing a book about the IndieWeb to provide a broader overview of what it is philosophically, how it …

Publishing

The Calculus of Comedy: Math in The Simpsons, Futurama, and The Big Bang Theory

When: Wednesday, October 25, 2017, from 4:30 PM – 6:30 PM PDT Where: UCLA California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), 570 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, …

Mathematics

Antibiotics and agriculture via Eat This Podcast

Tackling the problem of antibiotic resistance at (one) source In the past year or so there has been a slew of high-level meetings pointing to …

Agriculture

Why Connecting Hardware with the Web is So Neat by Eli Fatsi

We just wrapped up development on Lightwalk, an interactive art installation living at Abilene Christian University in Abilene, Texas. For a number …

Internet of Things

Using Facepiles in Comments for WordPress with Webmentions and Semantic Linkbacks

Today, through the brilliant and diligent work of David Shanske and Matthias Pfefferle (as well as Ashton McAllan and many other opensource …

Social Media

📺 The Vietnam War: Déjà Vu (1858-1961) Episode 1

After a long and brutal war, Vietnamese revolutionaries led by Ho Chi Minh end nearly a century of French colonial occupation. With the Cold War …

Vietnam

Algebraic Geometry Lecture 1

For those who are still on the fence about taking Algebraic Geometry this quarter (or the follow on course next quarter), here’s a downloadable copy …

Mathematics

Norm Peterson on Cheers invented the symbol for Bitcoin

In the cold opening of Cheers, Season 9, Episode 23 “Carla Loves Clavin” aired on March 21, 1991, Norm Peterson (portrayed by George Wendt) invents …

Getting to know the cinta senese on its home turf | Eat This Podcast

In the town hall of Siena is a series of glorious frescoes that depict The Allegory of Good and Bad Government. In one of them is a pig, long snouted …

Jam Tomorrow | Eat This Podcast

What is jam? “A preserve made from whole fruit boiled to a pulp with sugar.” Lots of opportunities to quibble with that, most especially, if you’re …

Mastodon is big in Japan. The reason why is… uncomfortable by Ethan Zuckerman

Most distributed publishing tools are simply too complex for most users to adopt. Mastodon may have overcome that problem, borrowing design ideas …

Eclipse Photos August 21, 2017

Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical and electrical engineer with interests in information theory, complexity, evolution, genetics, signal …

SFI and ASU to offer online M.S. in Complexity | Complexity Explorer

SFI and Arizona State University soon will offer the world’s first comprehensive online master’s degree in complexity science. It will be the …

Education

👓 Link: The futility of science communication conferences by John Hawks

Rich Borschelt is the communication director for science at the Department of Energy, and recently attended a science communication workshop. He …

Education

Post Kinds Plugin for WordPress

Post Types<p>Within the broader social media world there are a huge variety of types of posts. These range from common articles to status updates to …

Social Media

🔖 Elementary Algebraic Geometry by Klaus Hulek

This is a genuine introduction to algebraic geometry. The author makes no assumption that readers know more than can be expected of a good …

Mathematics

🔖 Universal Sign-In Button

The Universal Sign-In Button is a customisable bookmarklet that will auto-fill a sign-in form on the page you are currently visiting and submit it …

iOS

👓 Why I Left Academia: Part III, The Aftermath by Allison Harbin, Ph.D.

The next few days following my defense, or to be honest, the next few weeks, still feel emotionally distant, almost as if it happened to someone …

Education

🎧 This Week in the IndieWeb Audio Edition, July 22nd – 28th, 2017 | Marty McGuire

Audio edition for This Week in the IndieWeb for July 22nd - 28th, 2017. This week features a brief interview with Johannes Ernst recorded at IndieWeb …

Podcasting

👓 Big names in statistics want to shake up much-maligned P value | Nature

One of scientists’ favourite statistics — the P value — should face tougher standards, say leading researchers.<p>Author: Chris Aldrich<p>I'm a biomedical …

Statistics