There's a new page about my favorite illustrators, a page about my web games (in Java, so it's difficult to get them to run in browsers nowadays), I've added a cake recipe (in Swedish), and there's a new image in the portfolio.
I've made some corrections to the site code; some minor functions are still missing, but as of this update, the site seems to be working more or less as it should, and I'll start concentrating on adding more content.
Also: It turns out I had forgotten to include the file responsible for saving portfolio image ratings. Go rate my portfolio images!
I received a package today! For the first time in a long while, I've ordered comics from Yesasia and Amazon, including Åsa Ekström's new book about culture clashes and misadventures in Japan. Now all I need to do is to learn these stupid languages.
I decided to switch to a new layout before everything was ready, partly to force myself to finally get it done, and partly to stress myself out for no good reason. Come back in a week or so, and I'll have much more content up. You should probably be celebrating Christmas now anyway.
Lenin was a mushroom was a highly influential televised hoax, first broadcast on 17 May 1991 on Leningrad Television. Sergey Kuryokhin, impersonating a historian, narrated his findings that Vladimir Lenin consumed large quantities of psychedelic mushrooms and eventually became a mushroom himself.
Soviet television had, up to that point, been regarded as conservative in style and content. As a result, a large number of Soviet citizens (one estimate puts the number at 11,250,000 audience members) took the deadpan "interview" at face value.
Perhaps the most notable result of the show was an appeal by a group of party members to clarify the veracity of Kuryokhin's claim. In response to the request one of the top regional functionaries stated that "Lenin could not have been a mushroom" because "a mammal can not be a plant."
After studying the composition of hundreds of Google’s teams, there was nothing showing that a mix of specific personality types or skills or backgrounds made any difference. Most confounding of all, two teams might have nearly identical makeups, with overlapping memberships, but radically different levels of effectiveness.
Using the Facebook API and a program that guesses id numbers of data stored in Facebook's database, people can read URLs that were sent privately through Messenger, potentially revealing sensitive information. Facebook isn't planning to do anything about it.
Includes a guide covering two decades of research into what makes for a dream job.
“The robots use onboard cameras as well as a laser scanner to interpret their immediate environment. Knowing the range of its 3D-printer arm, each robot autonomously works out which part of an area—regardless of whether the area is flat or curved—it can cover, while other robots use the same technique to cover adjacent areas.
Additionally the spiders have been programmed to have a level of autonomy. They know where they are, and when their batteries get low they will make their way back to a charging station and hand off whatever task they were working on to another spider in the system, allowing it to pick up where they left off.
The lens is quite unlike the curved disks of glass familiar from cameras and binoculars. Instead, it is made of a thin layer of transparent quartz coated in millions of tiny pillars, each just tens of nanometres across and hundreds high.
The focal spot of the flat lens was typically 30% sharper than its competition, meaning that in a lab setting, finer details can be revealed. The lenses, being planar, can be fabricated in the same foundries that make computer chips.
“Clozemaster is gamified language learning in context through mass exposure for learners of all levels. It aims to answer the question, "What should I do after duolingo?" and provide a more sentence based and contextual learning experience to complement other language learning apps like Memrise and Anki.
"We use an algorithm inspired by the human brain. It uses the stylistic elements of one image to draw the content of another. Get your own artwork in just three steps."
Here's a blog with examples.
Out of the 1,779 bills in the Gilens/Page data set, majorities of the rich and middle class agree on 1,594. That leaves only 185 bills on which the rich and the middle class disagree; on those 185 bills, the rich got their preferred outcome 53 percent of the time and the middle class got what they wanted 47 percent of the time. The difference between the two is not statistically significant.
They also looked at the views of the poor — those at the 10th percentile of the income scale. Here, too, there's lots of agreement. The poor, middle class, and rich agree on 80.2 percent of policies. However, policies supported by the poor and no one else passed a mere 18.6 percent of the time, suggesting that the rich and middle are effective at blocking policies that the poor want.
“The results from our randomised experiment suggest that computer devices have a substantial negative effect on academic performance,” the researchers concluded, suggesting that the distraction of an electronic device complete with internet access outweighed their use for note-taking or research during lessons.
The research had an unusual twist: the students involved were studying at the West Point academy in the US, where cadets are ruthlessly ranked by exam results, meaning they were motivated to perform well and may have been more disciplined than typical undergraduates.
Research published last year by the London School of Economics found that banning mobile phones improved outcomes for low-achieving students, and had no significant impact on high-achievers.
Pilot-wave theory, or Bohmian mechanics, is an alternate way to describe quantum mechanics, in which every particle has an actual, definite location, even when it’s not being observed. A paper from 1992 claimed that particles, in Bohm's theory, would have to follow absurd trajectories as they traverse the double-slit experiment.
But in a paper published in Science Advances, Steinberg and his colleagues describe what happened when they actually performed the experiment. They found that the photon trajectories aren’t surrealistic after all — or, more precisely, that the paths may seem surrealistic, but only if one fails to take into account the nonlocality inherent in Bohm’s theory.
Sugar doesn't melt, it undergoes thermal decomposition, which breaks it down into something new: caramel.
“In fact, caramel is so unlike sucrose, C12H22O11, that its nature can't be expressed by a single chemical formula. Instead, it's a mixture of caramelan (C15H18O9), caramelane (C12H9O9), caramelen (C36H48O24), caramelene (C36H25O25), caramelin (C24H26O13), and over a thousand other compounds "whose names," one scholar lamented in 1894, "science seems to have invented in a fit of despair."
In a 300°F (150°C) oven, granulated sugar will caramelize slowly. With only one hour of toasting, it mellows with a complexity totally unlike plain sugar. Within three hours, thermal decomposition liberates enough water that the sugar begins to clump as stronger caramel notes develop, changes that intensify into hour four.
Because water is a by-product of caramelization, deeply caramelized sugar is super clumpy, but these chunks are highly porous and easily demolished in a food processor, giving you granulated caramel that behaves like sugar in recipes, but tastes like caramel.
“Will it be warmer than 70-degrees near the Golden gate bridge after 5pm the day after tomorrow?” Kittlaus asked onstage. Viv was ready with an answer that time and to each of the bizarrely specific questions that would follow.
“In 2013, Kindt recruited subjects who were very afraid of spiders. She instructed the participants to approach a terrarium that held a tarantula inside. Most of the participants struggled even to look at it. After two minutes, Kindt took them to another room and gave them either propranolol or a placebo. A few days later, Kindt put them back in the room with the spider. Every single participant in the propranolol group was able to approach the tarantula and, even more incredibly, reach out and touch its hairy abdomen with a finger. A year later, the propranolol group still reported levels of spider fear so low they would not have qualified for the study in the first place.
An autonomous flying camera that can hover in place or follow you at a distance.
Holoportation is a new type of 3D capture technology that allows high quality 3D models of people to be reconstructed, compressed, and transmitted anywhere in the world in real-time. When combined with mixed reality displays such as HoloLens, this technology allows users to see and interact with remote participants.
The difference between the occupations in which men and women work has recently become the single largest cause of the gender pay gap. One study shows, when women enter fields in greater numbers, pay declines — for the very same jobs that more men were doing before.
A striking example is to be found in the field of recreation — working in parks or leading camps — which went from predominantly male to female from 1950 to 2000. Median hourly wages in this field declined 57 percentage points. The job of ticket agent also went from mainly male to female during this period, and wages dropped 43 percentage points.
The same thing happened when women in large numbers became designers (wages fell 34 percentage points), housekeepers (wages fell 21 percentage points) and biologists (wages fell 18 percentage points).