The Living Thing

Here are my public notebooks.

This means: these notebooks concern topics about which I wish to inform myself about. All conclusions are provisional, all ideas are half-baked and nothing, at all, has been reviewed. Typos, spelling errors and bad edits abound. Youโ€™re welcome.

Much of this information is digested from the blogs on my blogroll, or the papers on my reading list.

These are rated on the 3 point scale of Usefulness (๐Ÿ”ง), Novelty (๐Ÿ’ก), Uncertainty (๐Ÿคช) and Incompleteness (๐Ÿšง).

Python A programming language whose remarkable feature is working how you imagine, if not how it should 2011-04-18 โ€“ 2020-07-03
Taking notes Notes on notes on notes 2020-02-17 โ€“ 2020-07-02
Financial markets Descriptive engagement with reality of 2015-03-14 โ€“ 2020-07-02
Teamwork 2020-01-26 โ€“ 2020-07-02
Website cheat codes CSS, SCSS, SASS, HTML, UX, Web 2.0, RFC, Yeah you know me 2014-12-23 โ€“ 2020-07-02
DJing On causing people to listen to your living room playlist by demanding that they pay for it 2015-02-02 โ€“ 2020-06-26
Research discovery Has someone answered that question you have not worked out how to ask yet? 2019-01-22 โ€“ 2020-06-26
Status The original karma system 2019-10-25 โ€“ 2020-06-25
Comfy GNOME shell Sparing thoughts for the desktop whatsit favoured by the thoughtless 2019-08-13 โ€“ 2020-06-24
Scientific writing In which style tips are given for the projection of status through nominal phrases and passive voice 2014-12-31 โ€“ 2020-06-24
Metis and .*-rationality The cash value of belief, high modernism and cargo culting, spontaneous order, legibility, the Great Society and local knowledge 2017-07-24 โ€“ 2020-06-23
Rhetoric Argumentation, descriptive and prescriptive 2017-06-07 โ€“ 2020-06-23
Nootropics The struggle to find a drug that makes you so fast that you save more time taking it than you lose reading about it 2017-08-07 โ€“ 2020-06-23
Zotero The adequate citation tool 2019-12-01 โ€“ 2020-06-23
Learning of manifolds Also topological data analysis; other hip names to follow 2014-08-19 โ€“ 2020-06-23
Dimensionality reduction Wherein I teach myself, amongst other things, feature selection, how a sparse PCA works, and decide where to file multidimensional scaling 2015-03-22 โ€“ 2020-06-23
Sex and sexology Incorporating smut, lewdness, and prurience 2020-06-07 โ€“ 2020-06-18
Memetics Taste and opinion dynamics 2020-01-30 โ€“ 2020-06-16
Code editors The best thing since punchcards 2014-11-11 โ€“ 2020-06-14
Algebraic probability If you liked it then you probโ€™ly put a ring on it 2017-06-15 โ€“ 2020-06-14
Terminals More realistically, terminal emulators, because anyone who is owns an actual working VT102 these days is not using it to do work 2018-10-11 โ€“ 2020-06-11
Weaponised social media Trolls, bots, lulz, infowars and other moods of the modern networked ape 2019-10-21 โ€“ 2020-06-10
Jupyter The least excruciating compromise between 1) irreproducible science, and 2) spooking your luddite colleagues 2017-02-09 โ€“ 2020-06-08
Natural language processing Dave, although you took very thorough precautions in the pod against my hearing you, I could see your lips move. 2018-01-11 โ€“ 2020-06-07
Free content Raiding history for clip art 2014-08-31 โ€“ 2020-06-05
Academic reading workflow The continuing ascendancy of using piles of dead tree products for understanding cutting edge digital informatics 2016-04-11 โ€“ 2020-06-05
Time management Akrasia, gamification, hyperbolic discounting, quantified self and voluntary blackmail 2017-06-18 โ€“ 2020-06-05
Productivity schemes If you can tell me why this placeholder post from 2014 is still consistently in my top 10 most popular posts I would be grateful 2014-10-09 โ€“ 2020-06-05
Browse the internet for me Introducing modern automation to the ancient crafts of serfing the web and tilling the clickfarm 2016-06-17 โ€“ 2020-06-04
Remote Desktop Business model: Uber for pixels 2019-11-18 โ€“ 2020-06-04
Digital nostalgia Pixel art, geocities chic, cyberpunk retrofuturism 2020-05-15 โ€“ 2020-06-03
The simplest thing Minimum viable whatever, worse is better, PC-losering, Burkean engineering 2020-02-03 โ€“ 2020-06-03
Data dashboards On assuring the client that you are doing something data-sciency via clickable widgets 2020-03-12 โ€“ 2020-06-02
Covariance functions Mercer kernels, positive definite operators, spare reproducing kernels for that Hilbert space I bought on eBay real cheap 2019-09-16 โ€“ 2020-05-28
Audiobooks Long form podcasts 2014-11-11 โ€“ 2020-05-27
Getting along Tolerance, ghettoisation, xenophobic panic; Causes, pathologies and consequences of and suggestions for 2017-02-19 โ€“ 2020-05-25
PDF Portable Document Format โ€“ how we may use a thousand dollar computer to simulate a one cent piece of paper with zero day exploits 2018-06-03 โ€“ 2020-05-22
Academic blogging workflow Minimising the friction of advertising my thoughts in order to maximise the chance each thought gets advertised. Not covered: maximising quality of thoughts 2020-05-22
Forecasting Haruspicy 2.0 2015-06-16 โ€“ 2020-05-21
Naming things Hashes, UUIDs, deep and inscrutable singular Names 2016-06-07 โ€“ 2020-05-21
Secure chat systems Optimising back channel interjections into other peopleโ€™s meetings 2015-02-15 โ€“ 2020-05-20
But what can I do? The stuff to do to make a better society is so easy that it is embarrassing if you are not doing it 2020-02-06 โ€“ 2020-05-19
MAPLE An OK computer algebra system 2020-05-19
Semantics Compressed representations of reality for syntactic agents; which might be what meaning means 2014-12-29 โ€“ 2020-05-16
Tensorflow The framework to use for deep learning if you groupthink like Google 2016-07-11 โ€“ 2020-05-15
Fonts Typefaces as I need them, which is for web pages and scientific papers 2016-01-11 โ€“ 2020-05-13
Presentations Slide decks and other stylised academic dominance displays 2015-06-01 โ€“ 2020-05-12
Oh, Sydney The rum corps in New South Boomerstan 2019-03-05 โ€“ 2020-05-12
ssh โ€œsecure shellโ€, which is not a shell but is a useful way that we log in to the back-end of things 2014-12-27 โ€“ 2020-05-11
Contact tracing Reverse engineering social graphs for the control of contagions of pathogens, subversive ideology and other substances of interest to control 2020-03-21 โ€“ 2020-05-10
Footwear 2015-05-22 โ€“ 2020-05-09
R The statistical programming language, not the letter 2011-08-07 โ€“ 2020-05-07
Linux audio Making sound by banging rocks together 44 thousand times per second 2018-04-23 โ€“ 2020-05-01
Laฮคeฮง โ€ฆand ฮคeฮง, and ConTeXt and XeTeX and TeXleMeElmo 2014-09-08 โ€“ 2020-04-29
Containerized apps Doing things that previously took 1 computer using 0.75 computers 2015-11-05 โ€“ 2020-04-28
C++ 2011-04-06 โ€“ 2020-04-27
Gym togs On getting fancy activewear of low impact to my pocket and the urban ecology 2018-06-03 โ€“ 2020-04-23
Pornography Morsels of oddity from the depiction of human sexual behaviour 2020-04-22
Colour 2015-04-07 โ€“ 2020-04-22
Email Doing email better, or better, not doing email at all 2015-01-13 โ€“ 2020-04-21
Survey modelling Adjusting for the Lizardman constant 2019-08-29 โ€“ 2020-04-21
Indyweb 2020-03-05 โ€“ 2020-04-17
Particle filters incorporating Interacting Particle Systems, Sequential Monte Carlo and a profusion of other simultaneous-discovery names 2014-07-25 โ€“ 2020-04-08
Queueing The mathematical field whose major result is enraging you about call centres 2015-06-03 โ€“ 2020-04-06
Editing images Chinks in my armour of learned Photoshop helplessness 2018-10-16 โ€“ 2020-04-05
Neural nets designing the fanciest usable differentiable loss surface 2016-10-14 โ€“ 2020-04-05
Free will A matter about which I voluntarily admit I donโ€™t care, but am compelled to have something to link to when eliding 2012-03-16 โ€“ 2020-04-02
Model averaging On keeping many incorrect hypotheses and using them all as one goodish one 2017-06-20 โ€“ 2020-03-22
Bounded rationality and miscellaneous non-von Neumann-Morgenstern rationality postulates 2012-01-13 โ€“ 2020-03-19
Bootstrap Shuffling reality to produce your data 2014-11-26 โ€“ 2020-03-18
Tool discovery Settling upon an adequate gizmo to identify other adequate gizmos 2020-02-19 โ€“ 2020-03-12
Cloud machine learning Cloudimificating my artificial data learning intelligence brain clever science analyticserisation 2016-08-23 โ€“ 2020-03-11
Restricted isometry properties Plus incoherence, irrepresentability, and other uncertainty bounds for a sparse world, and maybe frame theory, whatโ€™s that now? 2017-06-12 โ€“ 2020-03-09
Optimal transport metrics Wasserstein distances, Monge-Kantorovich metrics, Earthmover distances 2019-05-30 โ€“ 2020-03-06
Gender Political and/or empirical engagement therewith 2017-08-13 โ€“ 2020-03-06
Music gear Digital amps and mics for the prissy yet broke 2014-08-26 โ€“ 2020-03-04
Particulate masks For my morning commute through heavy industrial districts and bushfires 2019-01-18 โ€“ 2020-03-04
Stickers Printouts that you do not lose 2020-01-31 โ€“ 2020-03-03
Recipes Especially meta-recipes 2015-06-23 โ€“ 2020-03-03
Bias reduction Estimating the bias of an estimator so as to subtract it off again 2020-02-26
Asynchronous Python It canโ€™t be premature optimisation if it took 20 years to start 2018-03-24 โ€“ 2020-02-17
Sunda 2015-11-07 โ€“ 2020-02-16
Teaching How-to 2020-02-11 โ€“ 2020-02-12
PDF readers On turning texts into font rendering errors 2020-02-11
R Shiny Statistics through the internet 2020-02-11
Random change of time Stochastic processes derived by varying the rate of timeโ€™s passage, which is more convenient than I imagined 2015-08-05 โ€“ 2020-02-10
Cascade models a.k.a. cluster distributions, Galton-Watson models 2019-10-11 โ€“ 2020-02-10
Games 2020-01-22 โ€“ 2020-02-06
pytorch #torched 2018-05-04 โ€“ 2020-02-06
Subordinators Non-decreasing Lรฉvy processes with weird branding 2019-10-14 โ€“ 2020-02-05
Infinitesimal generators Generators of the transition semi-group, connection to Kolmogorov forward equations 2017-05-29 โ€“ 2020-02-05
Community Engineering, maintaining, organizing 2020-02-02
Free speech Upon the diverse camps of people using their freedom of speech to accuse one another of depriving them of it 2020-02-01
Git GUIs 2019-02-08 โ€“ 2020-01-30
Bandit problems Also reinforcement learning and stochastic control 2014-11-27 โ€“ 2020-01-28
*-omics 2016-08-12 โ€“ 2020-01-22
Economic inequality Return to capital versus return to labour versus return to state of nature 2014-10-29 โ€“ 2020-01-22
Comfy Ubuntu Various bits of setup for a research machine 2014-10-14 โ€“ 2020-01-14
Wikis plus also CMSs 2020-01-03 โ€“ 2020-01-02
Shells That alternative to GUIs by which you replace clicking-on-the-wrong-thing errors with typing-the-wrong-thing errors 2014-10-03 โ€“ 2020-01-01
Packaged apps for Linux On having 3 extra suggestions for installing that app on top of the existing 12 2019-08-09 โ€“ 2019-12-31
Trains #Gunzellyf 2019-12-30
Tip me 2016-09-06 โ€“ 2019-12-24
FFMPEG 2019-11-11 โ€“ 2019-12-23
Nerdview 2014-12-27 โ€“ 2019-12-22
Backups Breaking things safely 2015-01-02 โ€“ 2019-12-21
Free energy Fancy analogy for understanding cognition 2011-11-27 โ€“ 2019-12-11
Controllerism Making thing happen by waving your arms about on stage 2014-11-17 โ€“ 2019-12-10
Hardened mobile Trusting the computer that follows you around all day 2015-02-15 โ€“ 2019-12-07
Markdown An itemised list of the esoteric difficulties of bullet points 2019-07-17 โ€“ 2019-12-07
Clojure 2015-01-05 โ€“ 2019-11-30
Bitwig The DAW I hate least 2016-11-26 โ€“ 2019-11-22
MIDI The near-adequate compromise for digital music that we are stuck with 2015-10-03 โ€“ 2019-11-20
Sleep Pathologies and hacks 2017-04-19 โ€“ 2019-11-19
Fish shell A command line shell that does not think that the problem is you 2019-03-30 โ€“ 2019-11-19
Tunings 2015-10-29 โ€“ 2019-11-18
Classification Labelling losses, fitting classifiers etc 2017-02-20 โ€“ 2019-11-13
Probability divergences Metrics, contrasts and divergences and other ways of quantifying how similar are two randomnesses 2014-11-25 โ€“ 2019-11-12
Javascript audio Every program will expand until the point that it can generate cheezy techno 2011-11-25 โ€“ 2019-11-08
Phase retrieval Iโ€™ve got the power. / Like the crack of the whip/ I snap attack/ Front to back 2017-01-16 โ€“ 2019-11-07
Sparse coding How to make big things out of short lists of small things. 2014-11-17 โ€“ 2019-11-05
Wasserstein GANs Fancy regularisation for tricky fakes 2019-05-21 โ€“ 2019-11-04
Conference posters Comes the time when a student must spell the eldritch symbols for this occult rite of great but inscrutable importance 2018-07-19 โ€“ 2019-11-01
Gamification โ€œBelated Blogging of a Buzzwordโ€ achievement unlocked 2019-10-27 โ€“ 2019-10-31
Fit 2015-01-17 โ€“ 2019-10-31
Oh, Newcastle Newcastle, Australia, not that weird copy in England 2019-10-31
Aksara Sunda แฎƒแฎŠแฎชแฎžแฎ› แฎžแฎฅแฎ”แฎชแฎ“ 2015-10-08 โ€“ 2019-10-30
Nowhere to hide A catalogue of terrifying surveillance methods I encounter 2019-07-13 โ€“ 2019-10-27
Ableton Live The de facto standard for techno 2015-01-06 โ€“ 2019-10-24
Printing Offline backups that do not need batteries 2018-10-03 โ€“ 2019-10-21
QR codes Subtitles for robots 2019-10-30 โ€“ 2019-10-21
Solarpunk A tomorrow worth retiring to 2019-10-29 โ€“ 2019-10-20
Bayesians vs frequentists Just because we both get the same answer doesnโ€™t mean neither of us is wrong 2014-11-25 โ€“ 2019-10-19
Diagrams Of the kind I need, a practical guide to the creation thereof 2015-03-02 โ€“ 2019-10-17
Climate crisis The conspiracy of those malign incumbent powers, the laws of physics, against the plucky underdog, coal megacorporations 2011-12-13 โ€“ 2019-10-14
Innovation On the invention of self-moving goalposts 2014-07-27 โ€“ 2019-10-08
Voting Systems Mathematics and economics of ballots 2014-09-22 โ€“ 2019-10-05
Social psychology Which of those NPR-friendly studies actually replicated? 2017-02-20 โ€“ 2019-10-03
Data sets Questions for answers looking for questions 2015-06-26 โ€“ 2019-09-25
Correlograms Also covariances 2018-08-08 โ€“ 2019-09-22
Wirtinger calculus Itโ€™s not complicated / Itโ€™sย complex 2019-05-08 โ€“ 2019-09-10
Informations Entropies and other measures of surprise 2011-11-25 โ€“ 2019-09-10
Sneakernets Intermittent connectivity, mesh networks and the Honda protocol 2015-10-03 โ€“ 2019-09-09
DNS On asking strangers for directions 2017-10-13 โ€“ 2019-08-26
Hierarchical models DAGs, multilevel models, random coefficient models, mixed effect modelsโ€ฆ 2015-06-07 โ€“ 2019-08-19
Sandboxing apps Upon letting strangers into your house, just so long as they donโ€™t open the door to that one forbidden room 2019-08-09 โ€“ 2019-08-18
Causal inference Confounding! This scientist performed miracle graph surgery during an intervention and you wonโ€™t believe what happened next 2016-10-26 โ€“ 2019-08-07
Neural nets designing the fanciest usable differentiable loss surface 2016-10-14 โ€“ 2019-05-27
Making and its discontents Also repairers, innovators, maintainers, disruptors and sustainers, but not passive consumers 2018-09-24 โ€“ 2019-05-24
Artisanal poverty On the decreasingly relevant business model of cool 2018-03-26 โ€“ 2019-03-14
Hollow states Skim government when fat cats drank the cream 2019-03-13
Signal sampling Discrete representation of continuous signals and converse 2017-05-30 โ€“ 2019-03-08
Csound a less irritating audio programming language 2017-03-06 โ€“ 2019-03-07
3d data A grab bag of point clouds, volumetric data and photogrammetry 2019-02-15
First aid If you are checking this webpage while your colleague bleeds out, you are doing it wrong 2019-02-12
Inner product spaces The most highly developed theory of squaring things 2019-01-01 โ€“ 2019-02-11
Bikes Especially bikes where I live, which means Sydney at the moment 2014-11-10 โ€“ 2019-01-29
Meditation Socially-mandated zoning out 2016-01-05 โ€“ 2019-01-22
Learning on manifolds Finding the lowest bit of a krazy straw, from the inside 2011-10-21 โ€“ 2018-11-16
The right words That which I substitute with the long words 2017-06-15 โ€“ 2018-11-07
Atom A text editor I seemed to be using 2017-06-19 โ€“ 2018-11-06
Sauna sweating, deliberately 2017-04-06 โ€“ 2018-10-25
Newcomb-type decision problems I know that you know what I think you know about what we all know about people who write about strong AI online. 2018-10-24
Ergodic theory / mixing For things that probably happen eventually instead of just probably 2011-10-17 โ€“ 2018-10-23
German 2014-10-17 โ€“ 2018-10-23
Anomaly detection I donโ€™t define what is normal, but I know it when I see it 2015-10-06 โ€“ 2018-10-22
Surviving bash The flagship product of modern unix is certainly better than any other 80s shell 2018-08-10 โ€“ 2018-10-19
UIs in Python interacting with an app, a python app, without too much dicking about 2017-06-03 โ€“ 2018-08-10
Linear algebra If the thing is twice as big, the transformed version of the thing is also twice as big. {End} 2011-04-06 โ€“ 2018-08-07
Sundanese music Karawitan, Ketuk Tilu, Jaipongan, Gamelan Degung, Death Metal and similar 2014-11-11 โ€“ 2018-07-13
Python caches The fastest code is the code you donโ€™t run 2018-07-02
Signal processing That which you study for 4 years in order to design trippy music visualisers 2015-03-18 โ€“ 2018-01-05
Matlab A method of charging you licensing fees to use the CPU you already bought 2016-06-13 โ€“ 2017-12-13
Publication bias Replication crises, P-values, bitching about journals, other debilities of contemporary science at large 2016-08-30 โ€“ 2017-12-09
Embodiment Itโ€™s easier to teach a robot to walk if it has legs. 2015-01-02 โ€“ 2017-10-14
Quantum probability and quantum information, noncommutative probability 2016-10-16 โ€“ 2017-09-18
AutoML hyperparameter selection with the use of yet more hyperparameters 2017-07-17 โ€“ 2017-08-30
Brains Neural networks made of real neurons, in functioning brains 2014-11-03 โ€“ 2017-08-15
Institutions Stable orbits in human systems 2014-10-29 โ€“ 2017-06-20
Models of computation Turing machines, ฮป-calculus, term-rewriting and other models of what may be computed. 2017-06-18 โ€“ 2017-06-18
Flashcards Spaced repetition systems 2015-01-02 โ€“ 2017-04-01
Scala 2017-02-11 โ€“ 2017-02-28
Statistical learning theory Eventually including structural risk minimisation, risk bounds, hopefully-uniform convergence rates, VC-dimension, generalisation-and-stability framings etc 2016-07-06 โ€“ 2016-08-16
Lua 2014-07-25 โ€“ 2016-08-12
Syntax 2015-01-18 โ€“ 2016-06-22
Art LISP 2015-01-13 โ€“ 2015-12-20
Visuals 2015-03-24 โ€“ 2015-11-26
Altruism 2014-08-05 โ€“ 2015-06-18
Flocking 2011-04-19 โ€“ 2014-11-20