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Andrew Gelman-What has happened down here is the winds have changed – Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

via What has happened down here is the winds have changed – Statistical Modeling, Causal Inference, and Social Science

Very interesting rebuttal to a Susan Fiske editorial criticizing the criticizers in her field of Social Psychology. Lots of history and current practices are taken into account. And you have to read all the well written comments, too. I will say it gives me hope that Academia can police itself well when it comes to research and rigor. Kudos to all the contributors. This is what the Ineternet was intended to do, further dialog and maybe, hopefully foster progress.

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September 23, 2016 at 2:06 pm

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Salary vs. Hourly (how I manage email)

I thought it might be interesting to look at my last chunk of emails by what hour they were answered. It does seem to show some patterns. Some that may not be healthy for any real separation between on/off work hours. It is good that I’ve got no email in the 1AM to 5AM zone.…

via Email Support Data — Bionic Teaching

Around the time I was busted down from salary to hourly employment, I too spent my free hours doing “work”. Checking email, occasionally answering it outside regular business hours. But 1 year ago (more like 10 months ago), we all got reclassified where I work so that we could “earn” overtime. My solution was to not do anything worthy of overtime and that soaked up the worry I had of not doing enough to earn my wages. So outside regular business days and hours, I don’t check mail because if I reply to it, that’s “work”. So the easiest thing is to just not check it until start of business the following day. That’s how punch clocks work, whether they are real or virtual.

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September 15, 2016 at 4:28 pm

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Famicom Titler — Jean Snow [.net]

Just look at this gorgeous machine. Released in 1989 by Sharp, only in Japan, its purpose was to allow better video capture of Famicom (NES) games. Read more about its history in and use in this Kotaku post. I mostly lust for those controllers with the big “1” and “2” graphics on them.

via Famicom Titler — Jean Snow [.net]

Kudos to Jean Snow for sharing this from Kotaku website. I love little obscure product back channels where engineers worked really hard on a product that got little marketing or sales. It’s beautiful to look at, but the idea that people would want to record their game play on Famicom is very interesting.

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August 27, 2016 at 10:14 am

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Scaffolding Coming Down from U.S. Capitol

Last year I took a trip to Washington DC, and I was disappointed to see all the work being done on the Capitol. Now it looks like all that was for the good and it’s starting to wind down and finish finally.

Preservation in Mississippi

Last week, a friend who lives in Washington DC posted a picture of the U.S. Capitol and was excited to see the scaffolding that has obscured the beautiful dome for two years coming down.

For those who have been to DC in the last couple of years, it’s been disappointing to not be able to see the dome, and also to realize that the Rotunda is obscured too behind safety netting. But it’s been for a good cause, the preservation of the cast iron dome and the murals in the Rotunda, according to the Architect of the U.S. Capitol:

Why is the Capitol Dome under restoration?

Because the Capitol Dome is predominately made of cast iron, exposure to rain, snow, sleet and sun causes damage to its exterior. Water infiltrates through pin holes in the Statue of Freedom, and through cracks and open joints throughout the exterior shell…

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August 22, 2016 at 9:54 am

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ACLU’s principal technologist reacts to NSA hack with the perfect tweet about Apple/FBI battle — 9to5Mac

It’s just ten days since I pointed to a Microsoft security leak as proof of my point that any iPhone master key created by Apple would inevitably fall into the wrong hands in time – and even more powerful support for that position now exists. It was revealed last week that powerful hacking tools created by…

via ACLU’s principal technologist reacts to NSA hack with the perfect tweet about Apple/FBI battle — 9to5Mac

I’m  relieved there’s now anecdotal evidence that single keys to allow security services access to devices is bad. Apple was right to defy the FBI in court and knowing NSA cannot keep their tools under wraps further emphasizes how bad things could get. The war on the Internet is just beginning I fear.

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August 22, 2016 at 9:19 am

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New lithium metal tech holds out promise of double-life batteries by 2017 — 9to5Mac

Yeah, we know, you’ve heard it all before. It sometimes feels like some revolutionary new battery technology gets promoted every other month, and the one thing they have in common is that they never seem to materialize in real-life products. But new battery tech from a MIT spinoff may actually prove to be the exception, with the…

via New lithium metal tech holds out promise of double-life batteries by 2017 — 9to5Mac

If this technology from MIT is every bit as “manufacturable” as other existing battery tech, then I’m all for it. But as is often the case, even with University offices setup to “commercialize” pure research, the promise far outstrips the practicality. I can point to the promise of using graphene (thin sheets of graphite in a crystalline lattice work) in all sorts of applications, even lithium ion battery anodes! But have you seen anyone deliver a product yet based on all the research and announcements of discoveries in using graphene? It’s darned few if any. And those few niches where it might see light of day, are very high end, aerospace or military applications that may never make it in the commercial sector. Still there’s some hope this one might break the pattern of typical obscurity these technologies fall into. And I for one would love to see an existing battery form factor (say from Apple MacBook Pro line for example) double in total capacity. Imagine a 13″ MacBook Pro lasting for 24 hours or even 22 hours on a single charge? That would be quite something indeed. We’re still not there yet. But hoping this comes true.

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August 19, 2016 at 1:35 pm

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62. Things to Come (1936) — Wonders in the Dark (love this blog!)

by Stephen Mullen Things to Come, released in 1936, a collaboration between H. G. Wells, Alexander Korda, William Cameron Menzies, and a host of illustrious others, is a bit of an odd duck. Gorgeous looking, with stunning imagery (pre-apocalyptic, apocalyptic, post-apocalyptic and utopian), even more stunning montage sequences, fantastic music, and – well, a star-studded […]

via 62. Things to Come (1936) — Wonders in the Dark
I’m a big fan of Metropolis (1927) and any film made prior to 2001: A Space Odyssey that portends to portray the future is worthy of my notice. I still haven’t seen this film, but the name hovers in the back of my mind all the time. Someday I will see this film. But for now thanks to the wonder of personal blogs and devoted amateurs Wonders In The Dark does a great job of revisiting these films hanging in the back of my mind. I’m reminded I still haven’t seen them and become even slightly more motivated to seek them out and watch them.

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August 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm

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