Incoming links and notes

Things that I think should be noted and filed in an orderly fashion but which I have no time to address right now. Content here will change incessantly; I would advise against linking to it.


William Buckner at the Human Systems and Behavior Lab based in the Department of Anthropology at Pennsylvania State University has a blog on conflict in cross-cultural perspective and other fun stuff.

Thomas Lumley visualises data pooling simply and well.


This tool lets you simulate keyboard input and mouse activity, move and resize windows, etc. It does this using X11’s XTEST extension and other Xlib functions. Additionally, you can search for windows and move, resize, hide, and modify window properties like the title. If your window manager supports it, you can use xdotool to switch desktops, move windows between desktops, and change the number of desktops.

A Wayland substitute for xdotool seems to be ydotool.

The Catalogue of Bias:

To obtain the least biased information, researchers must acknowledge the potential presence of biases and take steps to avoid and minimise their effects. Equally, in assessing the results of studies, we must be aware of the different types of biases, their potential impact and how this affects interpretation and use of evidence in healthcare decision making.


Taiwan’s digital minister sounds interesting.

Anne Applebaum, Performative Authoritarianism.

Coping with cats.

COVID psychological first aid course.

China requires malware for people doing business there.

The Gumbel trick is ingenious for sampling from things that look like categorical distributions and simplices.

Global AI talent tracker

UTS has a podcast: 'The New Social Contract' is a podcast that examines how the relationship between universities, the state and the public might be reshaped as we live through this global pandemic.

Clearview’s Controversial Facial Recognition AI Automates Mass Surveillance. creates calendar links.

I built after I had multiple clients request the exact same thing — a simple and easy way to generate calendar links, for adding to their website or in email newsletters.

There’s a few existing providers out there, but they’re extremely pricey for what they do — take some basic data (title/date/etc) and reformat it into a url for a calendar provider (be it google or apple).

Jan Turowski on Schrebergärten.

Meaningnesss, on wonder (highbrow Insane Clown Posse).

A collection of links advocating learning a new language.

Danny Dorling, Slowdown:The End of the Great Acceleration—and Why It’s Good for the Planet, the Economy, and Our Lives..

Philip Moriarty, Will Fermi and Dirac save us? Probably not.

A paper recently appeared on the arXiv with the ever-so-intriguing title of “Attacking Covid-19 with the Ising-model and the Fermi-Dirac Distribution Function”. […]I’m a big fan of the Ising model — not least because we have extensively used a variant to simulate pattern formation in nanoparticle assemblies for many* years […] Having now read the paper, it’s a little, um, underwhelming, given the rather overstated premise of the title. That’s not to say that it’s not worth reading as an example of how modelling and simulation strategies from condensed matter physics can be translated to social and epidemiological settings.

rufus is a boot drive maker which is free and open source and maintained and thus possibly less suspect than some competitors.

Terry Tao’s course in Modern real-variable harmonic analysis.

I keep meaning to bookmark entertaining contrarian Cory Clark.

Parsing text tags into Boolean feature vectors for tensorflow

I would like to read the Kernelized Stein Discrepancy tutorial.

Vlad Alex (Merzmensch) 12 Colab Notebooks that matter StyleGAN, GPT-2, StyleTransfer, DeOldify, Magenta etc to try out.

I should lobby citation styles for URL support to prevent the entire project being quaintly mired in woodpulp. Here is where to do it.


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