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23 May 21:37




For example, the Washington Redskins pokes fun at almost all tribes. There fore all Indians should be happy that they are being remembered. I think it is honorable for their name to be used. I understand that to the members of the tribe, all of their culture and rituals are in honor of their name. But they need to be happy that they are being remembered.

22 May 16:46

The Future


Wow wow wow. That is a bold gambit.

I did not read this book “Hamlet” because I don’t like to dwell on the past, it is irrelevant, instead I am focused on the future.

21 May 00:29

Huma Bird. Bird of paradise c. 1787-91

by overbey

Birb of Thrones

The defeat and death of Tipu, Sultan of Mysore, and the sack of his citadel of Seringapatam in 1799 put an end to more than a decade of conflict in southern India, and pre-empted a possible military alliance between Tipu and Napoleon Bonaparte. In the heat of the action the Sultan’s magnificent treasury and library were ransacked by the British forces, and the gold coverings of his throne were cut up into small pieces for distribution as prize. The throne, which Tipu may never in fact have ascended in state, was an octagonal wooden platform raised 1.2 metres (4 feet) from the ground on eight supports in the shape of tiger legs. It was surrounded by a railing with a small jewelled tiger head above each support, and surmounted by a canopy raised on a post at the back. In the front was a life-size tiger head (later presented to William IV, now at Windsor Castle). Every element was overlaid with 2 mm (1/16 inch) gold sheet. Above the canopy hovered the huma or bird of paradise. In a letter of July 1799 to the Governor-General of India, Lord Mornington, Captain Macaulay (Private Secretary to the British Commander-in-Chief, General Harris) explained that the huma was ‘supposed to fly constantly in the Air, and never to touch the ground. It is looked upon as a Bird of happy Omen, and that every Head it overshadows will in time wear a Crown’. After the breaking up of the throne the huma had already been allocated when it was reacquired by Mornington, now Lord Mornington, Captain Macaulay for presentation to George III. The stand was made for it, by Paul Storr, after the King had passed the huma to the Queen.
18 May 18:25

Lit crit: verbs

Almost all of his sentences contains at least a verb which makes the book a series of actions. 

18 May 02:00

Kim Kardashian is the unlikely embodiment of Duchamp’s urinal. “In declaring herself, against all common sense, as art, she mocks and dares and provokes”

Kim Kardashian is the unlikely embodiment of Duchamp’s urinal. “In declaring herself, against all common sense, as art, she mocks and dares and provokes”
16 May 18:48

Define “atonement”


YES. When students use Wikipedia to cheat on a test, and choose the wrong Disambiguate path.

Atonement is a 2007 British Romantic Drama warfilm

15 May 19:24

Personal space

I personally love my space, almost as much as Jesus loves me.

14 May 07:13

How Cash Sent the Portland Home Market Spinning

by overbey
14 May 17:52

The Homoerotic Era



The Homoerotic got an idea for a 2.0 tool. It was flat and sharp on the edges and could be used for a variety of things.  1.5 million years ago tools were  like a smart phone today

13 May 16:26

Turns out

So it turns out that the great war was not so great. 

13 May 01:17

appuntisociali:Giuseppe Spagnulo, Falce e martello 1972 -...


Giuseppe Spagnulo, Falce e martello 1972 - Fotografia di Giovanni Rubino (via

12 May 23:44

Chicken embryos have been altered so that the birds grow dinosaur-like snouts

by overbey


05 May 08:35



via Rosalind

12 May 07:38

Taūs (mayuri) | Indian | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

by overbey

Learn to play the birbtar.

Popular at nineteenth century Indian courts, this bowed lute borrows features of other Indian stringed instruments, such as the body shape of the sarangi and the frets and neck of the sitar. There are four melody strings and fifteen sympathetic strings that sound when the instrument is played to accompany popular religious song. The peacock is the vehicle of Sarasvatî, the goddess of music, and it appears in Indian poetry as a metaphor for courtship.
11 May 19:25 : CARRICK.

by overbey
John Emerson says: February 22, 2008 at 9:29 am I just read the Amazon reviews for Nabakov’s notes, and I realized that the translation philosophy now dominant in academic Sinology is almost exactly his, though not learned directly from him. The late Edward Schafer at Berkeley was one of the most influential Sinologists of his generation, and he was of the belief that there is a reciprocal relationship between accuracy and poetic value: the more poetic, the less accurate, and vice versa. (Not strict reciprocity, of course, since I’m sure he allows the possibility of ugly inaccurate translations.) Schafer didn’t exactly brag about the ugliness of his translations, but he pointedly did let everyone know that it wasn’t accidental. Furthermore, Schafer’s school often uses rare English words to translate common Chinese words, on the grounds that there’s no exact common equivalent. For example, the famous five holy mountains are translated as “marchmounts” because “holy mountain” is too general — the five holy mountains have a special geographical meaning which the many other more generic holy mountains do not have. Sometimes the coinages are in Latin. (Schafer’s students frequently give themselves away by using his coinages. But Schafer’s practice really traces back to Peter Budberg / Boodberg, a Russian emigre who taught at Berkeley. Around 1960 Kenneth Rexroth, one of the best of the literary translators of Chinese into English, made a barbed remark about the literary theories taught in St. Petersburg military schools, and Boodberg did indeed attend a St. Petersburg military school. One hypothesizes a nasty encounter at a social gathering. Boodberg was especially interested in the Turkish influence on Chinese culture. His collected papers are still available, and cheap, and I would recommend them to anyone who’s curious. I have very mixed feelings about the Boodberg-Schafer philosophy, but both of them produced scholarly works of enormous interest. Schafer in particular succeeded in digging very deep into the Chinese world view and the Chinese technical and symbolic understandings of astrology, geography, reincarnation, etc. “Mirages on the Sea of Time” successfully (though not poetically) translates one of the obscurest, most bizarre occult poets I have ever read.
11 May 16:58

Let’s talk about sex, baybee

It’s just the thing is, sex is one of the easiest things to bring up, rap about, talk about. So many variables to it. So many people have sex. It’s a huge thing. Brings life.

11 May 03:30

bag-of-dirt: Soviet Army soldiers sit on the ruins of the Reich...


Soviet Army soldiers sit on the ruins of the Reich Chancellery and look through boxes of German medals that would never be awarded following the Battle of Berlin and the of defeat of the Third Reich. Many Allied soldiers kept these numerous medals as souvenirs. Berlin, Germany. May 1945.

10 May 17:24

Raul Castro Says Pope Inspiring Him To Return To Church

by Scott Neuman

The Cuban leader, who went to Jesuit schools as a child, says he might "resume praying and turn to the Church again" if Francis "continues in this vein."

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09 May 17:12

foou666foou:Stamp pattern


Stamp pattern

09 May 17:13

fuckingfreud:Soviet union. Russia. Leningrad. 1970s.


Soviet union. Russia. Leningrad. 1970s.

09 May 17:15

become-the-sun:Soldiers of the three services of the Korean...


Soldiers of the three services of the Korean People’s Army attend a rally at the plaza of the Kumsusan Memorial Palace in Pyongyang in January 2012.
(Courtesy Reuters/KCNA KCNA)

09 May 17:16

humanoidhistory:Cuba, 1961. Fidel Castro inspects Playa Giron,...


Cuba, 1961. Fidel Castro inspects Playa Giron, the site of the abortive Bay of Pigs Invasion, aka la Batalla de Girón. Photo by Bob Henriques/Magnum.

09 May 01:44

Investors Loan Rhapsody $10 Million

by John Gruber

Todd Bishop, writing at GeekWire:

Rhapsody, the Seattle-based streaming music service, has received new loans totaling $10 million from RealNetworks and another of its investors, according to a regulatory filing this afternoon.

Which fact is more surprising about this story: that Rhapsody still exists, or that RealNetworks not only still exists but has the money to loan Rhapsody?

08 May 15:05

What Would You Expect Him To Say?

by David Kurtz

I cannot believe the Secretary of Defense had to field a question about this.

I'm not sure how much you can really credit the Secretary of Defense denying that Jade Helm is cover for a military takeover of Texas.

07 May 11:00

The tensor renaissance in data science

by Ben Lorica


After sitting in on UC Irvine Professor Anima Anandkumar’s Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in San Jose presentationI wrote a post urging the data community to build tensor decomposition libraries for data science. The feedback I’ve gotten from readers has been extremely positive. During the latest episode of the O'Reilly Data Show Podcast, I sat down with Anandkumar to talk about tensor decomposition, machine learning, and the data science program at UC Irvine.

Modeling higher-order relationships

The natural question is: why use tensors when (large) matrices can already be challenging to work with? Proponents are quick to point out that tensors can model more complex relationships. Anandkumar explains:

Tensors are higher order generalizations of matrices. While matrices are two-dimensional arrays consisting of rows and columns, tensors are now multi-dimensional arrays. ... For instance, you can picture tensors as a three-dimensional cube. In fact, I have here on my desk a Rubik's Cube, and sometimes I use it to get a better understanding when I think about tensors.  ... One of the biggest use of tensors is for representing higher order relationships. ... If you want to only represent pair-wise relationships, say co-occurrence of every pair of words in a set of documents, then a matrix suffices. On the other hand, if you want to learn the probability of a range of triplets of words, then we need a tensor to record such relationships. These kinds of higher order relationships are not only important for text, but also, say, for social network analysis. You want to learn not only about who is immediate friends with whom, but, say, who is friends of friends of friends of someone, and so on. Tensors, as a whole, can represent much richer data structures than matrices.

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Recent progress in tensor decomposition and computation

I first encountered tensors in math and physics courses, and it was only in the last few years that I’ve been hearing about them in machine learning circles. In the past, tensor computations were deemed to be too computationally expensive for most practical applications. Anandkumar points out that better hardware and recent breakthroughs have ushered applications to machine learning:

I think the first use of tensors was way back in the 1940s in a psychometrics journal. Since then, there’s been diverse work on tensors in physics, numerical analysis, signal processing, and theoretical computer science. However, in my opinion, one of the reasons I think tensors perhaps fell a little out of fashion was the fact that processing of tensors is expensive. It’s much more expensive than matrices. In fact, most of the processing complexities grow exponentially in the order of the tensor. That was one of the main reasons that when the computers were not yet very powerful, tensors could not be handled efficiently. However, I think now we are seeing a renaissance of tensors because we have an explosion in computational capabilities, and tensor operations are highly parallelizable — they can be run on the cloud. They are perfectly suited for running on GPUs since they are simple operations that can be parallelized to many cores.


When thinking about tensors from a more theoretical computer science viewpoint, many of the tensor problems are NP-hard. That was another reason tensors were seen as exotic objects that were hard to analyze compared to matrices. That’s why people restricted to matrices to be able to prove a lot of nice properties. On the other hand, what our research and some of our collaborators and other researchers in this field have shown is that there are a lot of tensor-related problems and machine learning that are not hard. We do not encounter the worst-case hard tensors for machine learning applications. This, I would say, is the main breakthrough that makes analysis as well as manipulation of tensors tractable for many applications.

Feature learning and deep neural networks

[caption id="attachment_76506" align="aligncenter" width="570"]feature-learning-anima-anandkumar Feature learning image courtesy of Anima Anandkumar, used with permission.[/caption]

In the course of working on analytic projects, data scientists learn to appreciate the importance of feature engineering in machine learning pipelines. The recent trend is to use techniques, like deep learning, that can automatically learn good features in applications that span many domains. Anandkumar highlights recent contributions of tensor methods in feature learning:

The latest set of results we have been looking at is the use of tensors for feature learning as a general concept. The idea of feature learning is to look at transformations of the input data that can be classified more accurately using simpler classifiers. This is now an emerging area in machine learning that has seen a lot of interest, and our latest analysis is to ask how can tensors be employed for such feature learning. What we established is you can learn recursively better features by employing tensor decompositions repeatedly, mimicking deep learning that’s being seen.


We presented one of these early works at the deep learning workshop and got a lot of interest and useful feedback. We certainly want to unify different kinds of techniques. For instance, another application we’ve been looking at is to use these hierarchical, graphical models and also deep learning framework features that are extracted from deep learning ... to have a better detection of multiple objects in the same image. Most of deep learning currently has focused on benchmark data sets where there’s mostly one image in one object, whereas we are now looking at if there are a lot of objects in an image: how can we efficiently learn this by also using the fact that objects tend to co-occur in images? Can we learn about these co-occurrences and at the same time exploit the features that are extracted from deep learning to do overall much better classification of multiple objects?

You can listen to our entire interview in the SoundCloud player above, or subscribe through SoundCloud, TuneIn, or iTunes.

See Anima Anandkumar’s presentations from Strata + Hadoop World 2015 in San Jose in the complete video compilation.

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07 May 00:12

Werner Herzog’s memoir

by thuudung

Dreaming on foot. In the fall of 1974, Werner Herzog set off on a 600-mile walk from Munich to Paris. “I wanted to be alone with myself”… more»

06 May 21:59


education has noithing to do wigth real life.

06 May 16:58

Actively exploited WordPress bug puts millions of sites at risk

by Dan Goodin

Another week, another WordPress XSS vulnerability.

Millions of websites running WordPress are at risk of hijacking attacks thanks to a vulnerability that is actively being exploited in the wild and is present in the default installation of the widely used content management system, security researchers warned Wednesday.

The cross-site scripting (XSS) vulnerability resides in genericons, a package that's part of a WordPress theme known as Twenty Fifteen that's installed by default, according to a blog post published Wednesday by security firm Sucuri. The XSS vulnerability is "DOM based," meaning it resides in the document object model that's responsible for how text, images, headers, and links are represented in a browser. The Open Web Application Security Project has much more about DOM-based XSS vulnerabilities here.

DOM-based XSS attacks require the target to click a malicious link, a limitation that greatly lowers their severity. Still, once an administrator takes bait while logged into a vulnerable WordPress installation, the attackers can gain full control of the site. Sucuri researcher David Dede wrote:

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04 May 21:11


Animals have been around for decades.

05 May 20:52

Feminist Studies


Poignant dispatch from the front lines of the War on Boys.

There are great things about men, not just bad and dumb things.