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2013-05-29 03:58:14 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Ever read an article and just go: "No. No way. This has to be an Onion fake news piece," and then you realize that no, in fact, it's very real? 

Yeah, well, feast your eyes on this baby.

Most reshares: 6

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2013-07-17 22:04:07 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Most plusones: 20

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2013-07-17 22:04:07 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

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2015-02-03 20:44:59 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2014-05-18 15:21:22 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Over the last year I've worked with some awesome folks (+Kester Tong  +Mark Sandler, +Corinna Cortes , +Matthew Turk,  +Gideon Mann  +Arnaud Sahuguet, +Adam Berenzweig) to understand how people collaborate on data analysis and to build better tools to support them. Yesterday, with the help of +Fernando Perez and +Wes McKinney we revealed this work at PyCon APAC.

We've created an interactive, collaborative analytics tool by integrating Google Docs, Chrome, and IPython. You can open a notebook from Drive. You can share notebooks like you would share a Google Doc. You can comment and edit collaboratively, in realtime. There is zero setup, because all the computation happens in Chrome. You can even quickly and easily package your analytics pipeline into a GUI for folks that don't want to program. In effect, you can go from zero to analytics with little impedance.  
What... more »

Over the last year I've worked with some awesome folks (+Kester Tong  +Mark Sandler, +Corinna Cortes , +Matthew Turk,  +Gideon Mann  +Arnaud Sahuguet, +Adam Berenzweig) to understand how people collaborate on data analysis and to build better tools to support them. Yesterday, with the help of +Fernando Perez and +Wes McKinney we revealed this work at PyCon APAC.

We've created an interactive, collaborative analytics tool by integrating Google Docs, Chrome, and IPython. You can open a notebook from Drive. You can share notebooks like you would share a Google Doc. You can comment and edit collaboratively, in realtime. There is zero setup, because all the computation happens in Chrome. You can even quickly and easily package your analytics pipeline into a GUI for folks that don't want to program. In effect, you can go from zero to analytics with little impedance.  

What's even better is that you can build on our work. It will all be open source on top of public Google APIs. We'll have a larger Google Research blog post about this work when we release the code and the Chrome application.___

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2014-05-14 22:34:14 (5 comments, 4 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 

There's a new PRL up today by +Nathan Wiebe, +Chris Ferrie and me, in which we show how to learn the properties of a quantum system using a quantum simulator as a resource.

There's a new PRL up today by +Nathan Wiebe, +Chris Ferrie and me, in which we show how to learn the properties of a quantum system using a quantum simulator as a resource.___

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2014-03-16 18:33:23 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

♥

♥___

2014-03-01 03:15:03 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Back in Ontario after what was a fun and productive trip. A few mil— er, kilometers, until home, but almost there.

Back in Ontario after what was a fun and productive trip. A few mil— er, kilometers, until home, but almost there.___

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2014-01-05 19:22:16 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2013-12-30 22:55:49 (7 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Testing MathJax... again.
Please bear with me, as I'm testing adding MathJax again. $\ket{\psi}$

Testing MathJax... again.
Please bear with me, as I'm testing adding MathJax again. $\ket{\psi}$___

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2013-09-15 18:35:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

In which I talk about a project +Ben Criger and I have been working on for a little while now.

In which I talk about a project +Ben Criger and I have been working on for a little while now.___

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2013-09-15 18:35:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Hacking Up Map Tiles for Tabletop RPGs
This post was written in collaboration with Ben Criger . We want to make tabletop gaming more fun. That means removing tedium and headach...

Hacking Up Map Tiles for Tabletop RPGs
This post was written in collaboration with Ben Criger . We want to make tabletop gaming more fun. That means removing tedium and headach...___

2013-09-12 21:58:18 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

In other news, the skew normal distribution is a pain in the ass.

In other news, the skew normal distribution is a pain in the ass.___

2013-09-10 04:25:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Setting aside politics and paranoia for a moment, I have generated a new OpenPGP keypair for using to sign and encrypt my e-mail. This new keypair is available at http://www.cgranade.com/public-key.html. Please use it in your correspondence with me if you are able and willing to do so. I appreciate your help in keeping my communications with you secure and private.

Setting aside politics and paranoia for a moment, I have generated a new OpenPGP keypair for using to sign and encrypt my e-mail. This new keypair is available at http://www.cgranade.com/public-key.html. Please use it in your correspondence with me if you are able and willing to do so. I appreciate your help in keeping my communications with you secure and private.___

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2013-08-26 17:50:06 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Via +Tara Mulder.

Mr. Scalzi does it again. ___Via +Tara Mulder.

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2013-08-22 23:40:46 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

>> py_eval('x = [42.0, True, "foo", lambda y: y**2]');
>> x = py_get('x')
x =
    [42] [1] 'foo' [1x1 PyObject]
>> class(x)
ans =
cell
>> class(x{3})
ans =
char
>> class(x{4})
ans = PyObject
>> lambda = x{4}
<function <lambda> at 0x7f8d515178c0>
>> lambda(42)
ans =
    1764

>> py_eval('x = [42.0, True, "foo", lambda y: y**2]');
>> x = py_get('x')
x =
    [42] [1] 'foo' [1x1 PyObject]
>> class(x)
ans =
cell
>> class(x{3})
ans =
char
>> class(x{4})
ans = PyObject
>> lambda = x{4}
<function <lambda> at 0x7f8d515178c0>
>> lambda(42)
ans =
    1764___

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2013-08-17 19:49:13 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2013-08-17 18:37:17 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

In which I say a few words on the deplorable reaction of one US Attorney Inlenfeld to the Stubenville rape case. (Via +Mindy Townsend.)

In which I say a few words on the deplorable reaction of one US Attorney Inlenfeld to the Stubenville rape case. (Via +Mindy Townsend.)___

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2013-08-16 16:08:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Way to class it up, Sobeys.

Way to class it up, Sobeys.___

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2013-07-17 22:04:07 (0 comments, 6 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

Actual Advice Mallard strikes again!

___Actual Advice Mallard strikes again!

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2013-07-14 21:48:48 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

I have been staying off G+ for quite some time, due to the preponderance of truly hateful trolls that have decided to infest my feed. There's a lot of good people on here, but the mental effort that it takes to respond to, or even to ignore, the sheer litany of misogynistic, racist and otherwise hateful bullshit that people post has been a bit more than I've felt up to expending.

That said, I do feel that the Zimmerman aquittal demands that I break silence here, that I say a few words. First and foremost, however, if you feel like celebrating in any way that a self-admitted murderer got away without justice being served, I want absolutely nothing more to do with you. I simply do not have space in my life to entertain people that celebrate murder, much less racially-motivated murder. Second, this is my post, in my feed, and I decide what I will and will not give my space to— if youa... more »

I have been staying off G+ for quite some time, due to the preponderance of truly hateful trolls that have decided to infest my feed. There's a lot of good people on here, but the mental effort that it takes to respond to, or even to ignore, the sheer litany of misogynistic, racist and otherwise hateful bullshit that people post has been a bit more than I've felt up to expending.

That said, I do feel that the Zimmerman aquittal demands that I break silence here, that I say a few words. First and foremost, however, if you feel like celebrating in any way that a self-admitted murderer got away without justice being served, I want absolutely nothing more to do with you. I simply do not have space in my life to entertain people that celebrate murder, much less racially-motivated murder. Second, this is my post, in my feed, and I decide what I will and will not give my space to— if you attempt to turn my feed in any way into a of this aquittal, you will be blocked. Period. If you whine about this being an infringement of "free speech," thus demonstrating a wanton misunderstanding of the concept of free speech, you will also be blocked. I simply don't have the time to waste on people that would pervert fundamental freedoms in such a way.

As for the aquittal itself, it feels like a cop-out to start from the assumption that the Zimmerman acquittal was legal, but that the laws are bad (in particular, Stand Your Ground). SYG is a terrible law, but the way juries seem to work there, it only gets you acquitted if you're white: the black woman in Florida that fired a warning shot in a domestic abuse situation got 20 years. (If you agree that this is a travesty of justice, maybe you should sign this petition for her pardon: https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/pardon-marissa-alexander/ClsrnjQs.)

SYG is definitely a problem, and should be repealed in every state it has been enacted in, but racist juries, lawyers and judges are also a problem. To assume that the acquittal was perfectly legal shuts out the possibility of a racial component, but that was quite obviously at play here.___

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2013-06-30 19:32:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Yes, this precisely.

Yes, this precisely.___

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2013-06-29 22:53:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

I'm loving this song.

I'm loving this song.___

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2013-06-28 16:15:43 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Via +Jeanne Garbarino. 

___Via +Jeanne Garbarino. 

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2013-06-27 13:10:09 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-27 13:02:19 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

"Obama has come under some criticism from Republicans in Congress in recent days for the failure to bring Snowden back to the U.S."

That's how screwed up the US system is: when Obama doesn't actively do something wrong, like seek disproportionate and inappropriate responses to whistle-blowing, he is criticized for it by his opponents.

If I thought that the Obamas and the Paul Ryans [1] of the world wanted Snowden for the selling of secrets and not for leaking them to journalists, maybe I'd think a bit differently on this issue. As it is, though, it's hard for me to see this as anything other than punishing someone for exposing a critical piece of the completely unethical surveillance state that has been built up around us.

BTW, this also gets at why I'm not so happy with Greenwald as of late, either: the only electorally viable opposition that... more »

"Obama has come under some criticism from Republicans in Congress in recent days for the failure to bring Snowden back to the U.S."

That's how screwed up the US system is: when Obama doesn't actively do something wrong, like seek disproportionate and inappropriate responses to whistle-blowing, he is criticized for it by his opponents.

If I thought that the Obamas and the Paul Ryans [1] of the world wanted Snowden for the selling of secrets and not for leaking them to journalists, maybe I'd think a bit differently on this issue. As it is, though, it's hard for me to see this as anything other than punishing someone for exposing a critical piece of the completely unethical surveillance state that has been built up around us.

BTW, this also gets at why I'm not so happy with Greenwald as of late, either: the only electorally viable opposition that Obama has wants him to be more proactive in punishing whistleblowers, not less. Voting for and even electorally supporting Obama isn't the same as ignoring this travesty, not is it condoning what Obama has done against whistleblowers in the past. Rather, it's how some people are attempting to make a few things better in a deeply fucked-up system.

[1]: http://www.businessinsider.com/paul-ryan-obama-edward-snowden-russia-incompetent-2013-6___

2013-06-27 12:18:40 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-23 00:45:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Cat! It's been too many years since I saw you, Cat!

Cat! It's been too many years since I saw you, Cat!___

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2013-06-21 21:14:32 (6 comments, 6 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-20 05:57:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2013-06-16 21:02:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

#lfqis

#lfqis___

2013-06-12 15:36:13 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Is it possible to completely disable the Unicode → emoticon replacement in the new Google Hangouts? Tired of ♥, ©, ™, etc. getting replaced by images that are much larger than the surrounding text.

Is it possible to completely disable the Unicode → emoticon replacement in the new Google Hangouts? Tired of ♥, ©, ™, etc. getting replaced by images that are much larger than the surrounding text.___

2013-06-05 21:00:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

#damop

#damop___

2013-06-05 17:10:19 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

#damop #lunch

#damop #lunch___

2013-06-04 15:24:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

#damop

#damop___

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2013-06-04 00:10:48 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

View from the convention center. #damop  

View from the convention center. #damop  ___

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2013-05-29 03:58:14 (29 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Also, the same effect was found in many moderates, according to the original article. WTF, people.

Ever read an article and just go: "No. No way. This has to be an Onion fake news piece," and then you realize that no, in fact, it's very real? 

Yeah, well, feast your eyes on this baby.___Also, the same effect was found in many moderates, according to the original article. WTF, people.

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2013-05-20 16:23:03 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

There truly is evil in the world.

Via +Blake Stacey and +Khadijah Britton.

There truly is evil in the world.

Via +Blake Stacey and +Khadijah Britton.___

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2013-05-20 15:57:23 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-18 16:06:43 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The lawmakers voting against such protections for women as a ban on forced marriage cited that the law was "un-Islamic." Tell me again how religion doesn't play a role in the oppression of women?

Because god forbid women should be free, or safe from getting pummeled by their husbands and sons.___The lawmakers voting against such protections for women as a ban on forced marriage cited that the law was "un-Islamic." Tell me again how religion doesn't play a role in the oppression of women?

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2013-05-18 00:09:31 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wait... contributions from Microsoft‽

Wait... contributions from Microsoft‽___

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2013-05-18 00:03:00 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-17 13:22:07 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

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2013-05-17 02:54:24 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Finally. This is very welcome news!

Finally. This is very welcome news!___

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2013-05-15 23:51:29 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

Fuck yes, this is awesome.

Fuck yes, this is awesome.___

2013-05-15 23:36:39 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Wait, they're shutting down Google+ Games? Yay!

Wait, they're shutting down Google+ Games? Yay!___

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2013-05-15 23:35:43 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Check out the update. Machine learning algorithms have ethical and social consequences, and it's important to respond quickly and appropriately when such consequences are discovered or pointed out.

Changing my gender to male on Google+ improved my What's Hot experience Google+ has updated how they distribute content to users through Explore

Earlier today, +Kimberly Chapman told me about a little experiment she'd done. She'd opened a tab on her browser and directed it to plus.google.com/explore, a stream that enables you to see the hottest content on Google+. In another tab, Chapman changed her gender on her Google+ profile from female to male, and then loaded the Explore page into another tab.

The difference was astonishing. "As a girl, I get stupid warm-fuzzy meaningless shit," Chapman writes on a post (http://goo.gl/ZDBxT). "As a guy, I get nerdy stuff. This is not okay. I get that [What's Hot] algorithms are based on what people click, like, share, comment on, etc. Fine. But I challenge anyone to give me one good reason why there should be such a drastic difference in less than ten seconds by simply changing my gender, other than institutionalized sexism about what girls and guys apparently like."

I tried the experiment myself just a moment ago. Below are ten posts that graced my screen, organized into pairs. I have paired them based on their placement on my stream and no other factors. The example image shown below, for instance, shows a post with a quote and one with a bar graph -- the quote was the fifth post on my Explore stream when I was female and the bar graph was the fifth post on my Explore stream when I was male.

Note that I have not changed anything other than my profile. And despite my extensive interaction with the social network, when I'm female, gadgets might as well not exist. When I was male, I saw two posts referencing #io13 , but there was no mention of the event when I was female. In fact, the closest thing to tech news I got as a female was an article about how to become an influencer on Pinterest. Needless to say, this article didn't show up when I was male.

Neither did the nausea-inducing feel-good quotes on pictures. 

+Yonatan Zunger, Chief Architect of Google+, responded to the issue, saying: "What's Hot is based both on properties inherent to the post -- how people have reacted to it when they saw it, +1's, reshares, and so on -- and on properties of the viewer, especially profile info. Gender is one of those signals, as are quite a few other things. From what I can tell, gender is having a relatively large effect on the result set, because our models (based on people's actual responses to seeing these things) seem to show a pretty sharp gender difference in response."

He agreed the model is too gender sensitive, adding that a team is currently working on content recommendations that better reflect individual user preferences. He assures users that "there was no human editing to say that women like X and men like Y."

UPDATE: At 13:08 Pacific, Zunger commented on this post saying that   further discussion with the What's Hot team has revealed that the system that populates Explore is using an old-generation algorithm, which is known to have been very gender sensitive.

"The system that populates the actual What's Hot posts you see in your [Home] stream is the more modernized system, with a lot more subtlety in its model, and it does not have the same level of gender sensitivity," Zunger added. "It's still aware of it, but it's a small feature, not a big one."

Google+ plans to upgrade Explore to the new algorithm. Thank you, Google+ team for being responsive about this issue. We look forward to seeing how this algorithm continues to evolve to serve us more and more of the content each of us wants.___Check out the update. Machine learning algorithms have ethical and social consequences, and it's important to respond quickly and appropriately when such consequences are discovered or pointed out.

2013-05-15 23:24:01 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

I'm a bit confused about Babel (that is, new Hangouts) and XMPP. From poking around a bit with Empathy, connecting to talk.google.com via XMPP, messages posted to and received from Babel still seem to show up via XMPP, suggesting that interop may still be a thing. On the other hand, I can no longer see S2S XMPP contacts via G+, while I can still see them on Gmail.

If Google allows XMPP to continue being a protocol for accessing Babel, then I think that's a fine path forward. If, however, they disable S2S features, that's a real shame.

I'm a bit confused about Babel (that is, new Hangouts) and XMPP. From poking around a bit with Empathy, connecting to talk.google.com via XMPP, messages posted to and received from Babel still seem to show up via XMPP, suggesting that interop may still be a thing. On the other hand, I can no longer see S2S XMPP contacts via G+, while I can still see them on Gmail.

If Google allows XMPP to continue being a protocol for accessing Babel, then I think that's a fine path forward. If, however, they disable S2S features, that's a real shame.___

2013-05-15 22:48:22 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Love how #hashtags  look in the new G+ interface.

Love how #hashtags  look in the new G+ interface.___

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2013-05-15 22:46:10 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Everytime I look at this project, it just gets more awesome. I have long said that a lack of true homoiconicity is what prevents Python from being as amazing for symbolics as it is for numerics.

Everytime I look at this project, it just gets more awesome. I have long said that a lack of true homoiconicity is what prevents Python from being as amazing for symbolics as it is for numerics.___

2013-05-15 13:30:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Comments locked to direct discussion to OP.

Ok, Google+, give me the one-book stop to start learning Intersectionality___Comments locked to direct discussion to OP.

2013-05-15 01:08:48 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Fascinating. I love the use of IPython to present the results, too!

(BTW, I am more amused than I should be at the name of the function increment_gender.)

This is really neat analysis of what words are associated with men versus women in a week's worth of New York Times articles. It includes a step-by-step explanation of how the analysis was done in Python, along with relevant code snippets.___Fascinating. I love the use of IPython to present the results, too!

(BTW, I am more amused than I should be at the name of the function increment_gender.)

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2013-05-14 12:43:34 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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