20 September 2010

Bottlebums and snigglecrocks

Alright, time for another dump of all those tabs and open browser windows I've got lying around, wasting precious computer memory, but yet in need of recognition and a place to feel safe and warm ;

Longform : Hand-picked, longer articles and essays, on all sorts of topics. A must-read.

PhD school in pictures : When you need a quick way to determine what education is all about, why we venture down academic crazy paths. Make sure you continue reading and scroll to the very last image, and read about the reason why this person does what he's doing. Poignant, powerful and heart-breaking, all at the same time.

Free downloading and the creative process : Trey Gunn, mostly famous for being part of King Crimson for a number of years, has two very good and even more interesting posts on DRM, free and / or pirated downloads and being a professional musician. (Part two here) Of further note here is also that Trey's drummer is the fantastic Bob Muller (here's a video of Trey and Bob playing awsome stuff), husband of the other fantastic Happy Rhodes, both of who for some baffling reasons aren't super-famous.

What is design? : A PDF link to an interview with famous architect and designer Charles Eames. Brilliant, and worth memorizing.

UX podcasts : A nice series of interviews and snippets related to the user experience world. My old buddy Donna Spencer is on there, as well as James Robertson.

Traits : Could anyone explain how they are terribly different from multiple inheritance, apart from apparently being run-time? Here's the PHP proposal by Stefan Marr who looks to be into some really cool stuff (subscribed, of course).

I also wanted to do a philosophy-related dump of links, but I need to clear some space in my head for a more substantial blog post for that, and I'll probably dump that on my other fuzzy blog instead, but I'll tell you all about it in due time. I'm going through some pretty heady times in terms of deterministic dissing of the compatibilist stance of free-will, mixed with a comparative specific notion of time (not model A or B) that dips into evolutionary psychology, outright reducing folk psychology to an evolutionary artifact on which our cultures are built which is wrong, wrong, wrong. But, eh, I'll get back to you on that one.

3 September 2010

Tabs dumping

I'm in dire need to dump all the interesting stuff lounging around in my various tabs in various browsers (don't we all use more than one browser at a time?), so I can make more space for whatever weird stuff that comes my way. I'm sure this particular collection will say something about where I'm mentally up to these days, but I have no fear! So here goes ;

Hawking hasn't changed his mind about God : This one is an obvious story from this week, about one of the smartest people in the world making obvious declarations about the nature of, well, nature, but it's interesting all the same, coupled with some other news about being able to test the merits of String Theory.

What happened to behaviorism? : Is Skinner dead? Well, yes, but is he truly dead? As in, Schrödinger's cat dead?

Amateur astronomer reporting a UFO : It is said that there's a good reason astronomers don't report UFOs, because they most likely know what they're looking at. But what happens when they don't?

What is morality? : Another brilliant endeavor by Luke Muehlhauser, a nice little introductory eBook on moral philosophies.

Infrasound : Yes, interesting in its own right, but have a look at the Ghost on the Machine, when you instead of thinking you're seeing ghosts you investigate properly and think scientifically; a whole new world can open up and be explained a lot better.

Did freedom evolve? : Evolutionary epistemology and free-will, what can be more fun?

Journal of Evolution and Technology : Good guy Australian philosopher and author Russell Blackford not only pointed me to this eminent online journal, he's also writing for it in various capacities. It looks really good, a must read. (And both him and me are present in the blog comments on the previous item)

Porter Stemmer : Don't stammer, stemmer, with Porter. Mince words, not meaning. Cut words down to their stems, and use that for semantic analysis.

Protovis : A brilliant data visualizer toolkit which I'm using quite a lot these days. And simple to integrate into stuff. Um. Like, Topic Maps. Yeah, I'll blog more on this later.