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Kaj Sotala has been shared in 23 public circles

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Angie Rocio50To be added to my Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 2 - Plus, Comment and Reshare this post° in PUBLIC 2014-06-17 17:20:39448329CC G+
Angie Rocio40This is a super Circle and in it I put together a group of really interesting and active people on Google Plus to add in your circles.I'm talking about the top   Google + users that share unique and original contents.Follow   this advice and grow your G+ community with people that share amazing content that will surprise you:boost   visibility on Google+ - Share the circle!If you want to be added to the next Circle you have to do these simple steps:1 - Include me in your circles 3 - Share the circle (Publicly) 4 - Add +1 to the post 5 - Follow  your dreams and smile to life.More you share More you get! :)Thanks!2014-06-15 08:09:44448109CC G+
Dina Tika0Here is a group of Active Engagers, Circle Sharers, Awesome Plus Oners, and Cool People on Google Plus!   Circle Sharing is an awesome way to increase your followers and active engagers on your profile. Some of my favorite people that I've met here on Google + through Circle Sharing.    Want to be in the next Circle of Awesomeness? Follow the Steps Below!  ☛ Add the circle ☛ Share in the Public ☛ Plus 1 the Post. ☛ Comment. 2014-06-10 05:53:52479001CC G+
Krzysztof Skomra4,828New circle 201404031. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream1. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia #techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles #AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup 2014-04-03 21:55:02501349CC G+
Aleksander Adamczyk0New circle 201404031. Dodaj Plus dla postu 2. Zostaw komentarz (przedstaw ślad po sobie, jeśli chcesz) 3. Dodaj ten krąg do swoich kręgów 4. Dodaj się do kręgu 5. Poleć ten krąg publicznie do strumienia EN.1. Plus this post2. Leave a comment (introduce yourself, if you’d like)3. Add this circle to your circles4. Add yourself to the circle5. Share this circle publicly to your stream#techlover   #photographers   #bloggers   #circle   #circleshare   #circlesharing  #circles   #share   #sharedpubliccircles   #sharedcircles   #sharemycircles  #sharemycircle   #iwillfollow   #followback   #followers#cardphoto   #circle #circles #publiccircle #circleshare #circlesharing#sharedcircles #sharedcircle #morefollowers #sharingcircles #circleshare#sharedpubliccircles #sharedpublicircles #sharedcircle #AddCircle #FindCircles#AwesomeCircle #addcircle #addpeople #circlemeup #circlesdiscovery  2014-04-03 21:29:32501011CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma9,935A full circle of MEN from FINLAND! Crazy but true. We Finns are artistic, witty and bit shy - you need to add this circle and fin us! #circleshare   #circles   #finland   #men   #sharedcircles  2014-04-03 13:07:45132014CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma6,945MEN FROM FINLAND. A very dedicated circle of men, all from Finland. Strange, isn't it? Anyway, add these witty and generous gentlemen and find the true character of Finland. .-) #finland   #men   #circles   #circleshare   #circlesharing   #sharedcircle   #sharedcircleoftheday  +Circles 2014-01-08 14:25:32131165CC G+
Timo Kiviluoma5,304KOKONAINEN PIIRILLINEN SUOMALAISIA MIEHIÄGoogleplussaa sanotaan aavekaupungiksi. Tottahan tuuli humisee tyhjässä saluunassa, jos et ole lisännyt piireihisi sinua kiinnostavia ihmisiä.Tässä piirissä on noin 130 suomalaista miestä. Fiksua, taiteellista ja hauskojakin ovat. Osa postaa suomeksi, osa englanniksi. Sinuna antaisin heille mahdollisuuden. :-)ELI HYVÄ IHMINEN LISÄÄ TÄMÄ PIIRI ITSELLESI! (ja jaa eteenpäin...) #piirit   #sharedcircles   #suomipiiri   #suomi  2013-10-30 18:06:22131115CC G+
Max Huijgen41,136Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! A new circle of Europeans as I promised long ago to connect the people who responded and share them. See for the first shared circle this post https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1The original post was shared 225 times. You can find it here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/CdhmHGbYjgiPart 2 is still open and can be found here:https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/NDAhG4fP2a7If you didn´t do so already, post there and as long as I have spots free, I will circle you as I want to see my streams come alive during European hours.There was a shared feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, having some central point to share European circles and last but not least the desire to have hangouts without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has multiple managers out of the community and that initiative recently span off +European Photo  but feel to offer a bit of your time for this community project. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. We need more peeps from all over Europe to participate and enjoy G+I hope these posts can do the rounds through Europe and gets us firmly on the G+ map. So even if you´re not European yourself, but sympathize with the initiatives to form a community here, help spread the word and share it.And don´t forget: we all love the other continents and most of us have circles which encompass the whole world. So it´s not against others, but pro us :)2013-03-15 15:05:14291532076CC G+
Andrey Mashnich51,420Круг людей с активной жизненной позицией в Гугле+Circle of people, with active life position in Google+#ForFriends #photo #EarthMyMother   #circleshare #sharedcircles #sharedcircle #sharedpubliccircles #circlesharing #publiccircle2013-01-23 10:40:00479331639CC G+
J. M. Weber812I don't always share circles, but when I do I put some thought into creating them.This is a circle with some of the most interesting people I have in my circles. There are a few rules I follow when selecting:- Only people (no pages or communities)- No NSFW content, not overly political- You can expect these people to engage / be active on G+- Not more than 30 people. Sorry if you're not in it, maybe you will be next time.My goal is to share a circle than can be added without second thoughts. In my experience, adding a circle with up to a few hundred profiles will likely mess up your circles so bad it's rarely worth adding them.I hope this circle will be of use to some of you. Recommendations are always welcome.2012-12-15 01:36:3730403CC G+
Jaana Nyström431,855Finnish active people and Pages circle:Suomalaisia postaavia piiri Marraskuu 2012UUTTA:  Piiriläisten päivittäisiä postauksia!http://publiccircles.appspot.com/dailycircle/jaana_nystr_m-finnisch_circle/2012-11-22* * *Kävin läpi omia piirejäni sekä useita eri sivustoja:http://www.circlecount.com/fi/http://www.googleplussuomi.com/mybestfriends/?googleid=101780786123023132934http://www.googleplussuomi.com/Lisäsin sellaiset jotka ovat postanneet julkisesti, varsinkin kahden viime viikon aikana.Postauskieli vaihtelee suomesta englantiin.Tallentakaa koko piiri uutena ja napsikaa sitten pois porukkaa joiden sisältö ei teitä kiinnosta. Tai valikoikaa! :-)Hauskoja hetkiä näiden aktiivisten Plussaajien parissa:  Vinkatkaa lisää profiileja kommenteissa, väsähdin parin tunnin setvimisen jälkeen.Saa jakaa, mielellään kiitos.Katsele piiriläisiä Circlecount.com:issa:http://www.circlecount.com/fi/sharedcircle/?id=z120f1eoezn1t5lms22celljpvm0wvzfs #Piiri   #Suomi   #Gplussa  2012-11-23 07:52:26111451737CC G+
John Ward4,989This is a circle I have set up for people who enjoy Science Fiction or Fantasy. If you'd like to be added to the circle, please let me know in the comments. Also, make sure you guys add the circle as well; so you can see other people's recommendations on the subject. Feel free to re-share this post. #circlesharesunday  2012-06-24 22:05:395014938CC G+
Max Huijgen24,852Europe calling: the old giant wakes up and calls on its peeps! Part IIAccording to the latest figures 426.9 million Europeans now use the InternetThere is a is feeling that it would be great to get some attention from G+ for Europe with official hangouts from the community managers during European times, feature roll-outs from Google no longer restricted to the US, and last but not least the desire to have hangouts and interaction without having to burn the midnight oil. To help solve this and get Europeans together on the same page I created +Europeans on G+  It already has four managers out of the community but feel to offer a bit of your time if you want to contribute. Circle the page if you didn´t already do so. I also organized a "I will circle you" project. If people commented that they came from Europe I would circle them instead of the other way. The intention was to share this circle back to the community and the first circle of 500 went out. You can find them here https://plus.google.com/112352920206354603958/posts/PDUi13o9dB1Now as promised it´s time for round 2: 300 people and a few European pages. Some very well known, some relatively unknown, but all certified active posters from Europe who will spice up your streams during European hours.Check them out and please share the circle as the intention is to get much more Europeans united!if you were left out while you signed up: my excuses as it´s a tedious job to manage all these circles. I checked all but I am only human :)2012-06-01 14:51:14301893957CC G+
Kevin Medeiros3,101Yeah yeah, this is a huge circle to share. These guys and girls are a bunch of geeks. Geeks of what type you might ask? Well, of all sorts..you'll just have to find out. I've gone through and weeded out some of the inactive users myself in order to stay under the 500 person limit. These guys make up a big portion of my stream and never fail to keep me informed about awesome shit.You may also be asking why I didn't sort them out into sub-geek categories? The answer to that is because I'm not your damn secretary :-)Just check'em out :)2012-05-26 19:20:2947711714CC G+
Peter Edenist1,213Final share of this circle for #scififans for some time. This has been one of the oldest circles I have curated and I wouldn't remove one person from here !Plus 1 if you want in! #projectslowboat #scifi #scifisunday #scifichat #sciencefiction #scienceeveryday #scienceisawesome2012-04-22 14:47:445007414CC G+
Mike Clancy3,739I promised to reshare this sci-fi fans circle if I got a lot of new subscribers and I did ... over 100! As before, if you are not already listed in in this circle, but would like to be, please just +1 this post. If you are already in the circle and would like it to grow, please just share. That is all..2012-04-06 13:37:293196322CC G+
Mike Clancy3,675Ok, here's the new and improved sci-fi interests circle. Non-posters have been removed. As before, if you are not already listed in in this circle, but would like to be, please just +1 this post. If you are already in the circle and would like it to grow, please just share. That is all.2012-04-05 13:39:1521813834CC G+
Mike Clancy3,583My sci-fi fan circle ... +1 if you want to be added, share if you already are.2012-04-04 17:18:421343113CC G+
Kevin Medeiros2,549This is my circle of geeks. Definitely an active circle that share geeky shit that "others" may not understand, but you do, right?Circle them if you want instant fun. Seriously..I weed out the lame ones all the time..be prepared for the onslaught of awesome when you add this circle!2012-03-23 21:02:4544913919CC G+
Mike Clancy2,938Final edition of my sci-fi circle for now ... +1 and share if you want to be added to future releases2012-03-20 02:15:081335212CC G+
Mike Clancy1,885My select group of true Sci-Fi fans. If you think you should be added to it, just +12012-03-05 00:31:231514217CC G+
Jaana Nyström35,188#suomi #piiri #Finncircle Lauantain iloksi:Enemmän suomalaisia virtaan!Tämä piiri sisältää niin vanhoja kettuja kuin uusia tulokkaitakin.Kerään koko ajan lisää kotimaista settiä, käykäähän kommentoimassa postauksia niin tiedän lisätä uusia.Te joilla ei vielä ole profiili hyvässä hapessa, lukaiskaa tämä:http://googleplussa.blogspot.com/2012/01/google-kayton-aloitus-profiilivinkit.html2012-03-03 12:32:55186216CC G+

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Most comments: 9

2014-06-17 03:38:25 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Today's "this is fascinating even though I don't quite know what to think of it" post. The beginning I can just file away under "comes from a culture whose assumptions I do not share" - if you believe that even thinking about other men/women while married is a potential problem, not to mention all the other assorted assumptions, then this post makes sense. And of course, with this kind of thing, if you believe that something is a problem, then that will quite likely make it one. There's a fascinating combination of "this way of thinking is alien to me" and "this is quite internally consistent given this set of assumptions".

But then there's the second part, which seems more broadly applicable. The part about the writer feeling insecure and inadequate by seeing all the people hotter than her. Which makes me wonder - the old thing about... more »

Most reshares: 12

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2014-06-28 17:41:41 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 7 +1s)

> I thought, “This man makes these kinds of decisions every day, and obviously he is very good at it. What if I manage to learn to ‘be him’? Even if I don’t know much about the medical aspects of the problem, I could try to learn his methodology following his decision-making process, and then I could use this knowledge to come up with a set of rules.”

> I suggested that we play a kind of a game. Sergei had collected data on approximately 270 patients. I chose, randomly, the data for thirty of them and put aside the rest. I would take the history of each of these randomly chosen patients and have Sergei, who was sitting at the opposite corner of the office, ask me questions about the patient, which I would answer by consulting the file. My goal in all this was to try to understand the pattern of his questions (even if I could not possibly know the meaning of these questions as wellas he did... more »

Most plusones: 16

2014-07-11 08:17:47 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)

Been on antidepressants for about a week and a half now, and they're clearly having a positive effect - even in ways that I never anticipated, and which I hadn't realized were connected to my other symptoms.

Such as the ease of doing my laundry.

Previously, the standard pattern was that I would notice that I was out of clean clothes, but the task of spending three minutes loading them into the washing machine felt so "meh" that it'd take several days of wearing non-clean clothes until I finally managed to force myself to wash them. And when the machine did finish running, the task of getting them out and hanging them up to dry also felt so unappealing that I might procrastinate on it for the rest of the day.

But the day before yesterday, I realized that I needed clean clothes, so I washed them and then put them up to dry, just like that. And then... more »

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2014-07-12 07:40:18 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 11 +1s)

Statisticians and scientists are repeatedly taught that "correlation is not causation", and they profess to believe this. Yet, upon seeing a particularly robust correlation between two variables, they often tend to assume a causal connection anyway, defending their hypothesis with a line like "yes, correlation isn't causation, but it would make theoretical sense for X to cause Y in this situation". And then most commonly, a dedicated investigation shows this hypothesis to be false - +gwern branwen's estimate is that in medicine, less than 10% of proposed X -> Y causal relationships turn to be genuine.

Why are we so eager to assume genuine causality, and why is that assumption so often incorrect?

gwern's proposed explanation is that, upon discovering a strong correlation between X and Y, we tend to intuitively represent the situation as having three... more »

2014-07-11 08:17:47 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)

Been on antidepressants for about a week and a half now, and they're clearly having a positive effect - even in ways that I never anticipated, and which I hadn't realized were connected to my other symptoms.

Such as the ease of doing my laundry.

Previously, the standard pattern was that I would notice that I was out of clean clothes, but the task of spending three minutes loading them into the washing machine felt so "meh" that it'd take several days of wearing non-clean clothes until I finally managed to force myself to wash them. And when the machine did finish running, the task of getting them out and hanging them up to dry also felt so unappealing that I might procrastinate on it for the rest of the day.

But the day before yesterday, I realized that I needed clean clothes, so I washed them and then put them up to dry, just like that. And then... more »

2014-07-10 11:10:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

I am drifting off to strange gates again /
but my mind is also a Venn diagram.

(courtesy of my brain free associating while on the edge of sleep and wakefulness; cue a mental image of small Stargates drawn inside the different circles of a Venn diagram)

2014-07-10 08:25:18 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

> In principle, I oppose region restrictions. As a reader, they make me itch. But in practice, the way book distribution works across international borders is worse than imperfect: it's broken. If I sell world English language rights to one of my books to a publisher, that publisher can't just print and distribute the book everywhere in the English-speaking world. Publishers used to be regional, not global, players. And even in the wake of the wave of takeovers that resulted in the Big Six Five owning about 70% of the business, mergers between publishing houses are incredibly slow and complicated due to contractual encumbrances. As a result, publishers generally don't have the branding, imprint, and corporate connections to sell books in more than one territory. Let me emphasize this: they're regional, not global, operations.[*] So if they find they've got publishing rights to... more »

2014-07-10 08:24:31 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)

This is an impressive in-browser simulation of the logistics of the ancient Roman Empire. My only regret is that I can't think of any situation in which I actually need an exact calculation of how much it would have cost to get from Londinium to Rome during winter while avoiding the Atlantic. But some of the graphs showing cost-distances between Rome and the provinces are pretty interesting, as are some of the disparities (in most cases, you could go from Rome to point B a few days faster than point B to Rome - all roads lead to Rome - but in the case of the Black Sea, because the currents are so unfavorable, it'd be anywhere up to 2 week slower to go from Rome to the Black Sea than vice versa!)

2014-07-10 07:56:52 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

- If I don't keep the door to my balcony open, it gets unbearably hot inside.
- If I do keep the door to my balcony open, then I keep seeing how sunny and hot-looking it is outside, and this makes me feel like it was also unbearably hot inside (even if the open balcony door made it otherwise bearable).

Damn brains.

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2014-07-09 17:15:15 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)

> Here’s the secret to every donation drive – and keep in mind, I’ve run quite a few – the donation drives are never about what you want.

> Every donation drive is about how you make the donator feel.

> That’s actually true of every piece of written communication, but is especially true when you’re asking people to give you money.  When you do a donation drive, you are not trying to go to Czechoslovakia – you are trying to make a total stranger feel excited about getting you to Czechoslovakia.  And as such, your entire focus must be answering the question, “Why would someone who doesn’t know me feel wonderful about helping me to go on this trip?”

> The whole reason I’m writing this now is because there is an infamous Kickstarter for potato salad – literally, the entire point was “If this funds, I will make myself some potato salad”– and it is, as of this morni... more »

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2014-07-09 16:54:58 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

> I'm making potato salad.

> Basically I'm just making potato salad. I haven't decided what kind yet. [...]

> 4,906 Backers
> $80,177 pledged of $10 goal
> 23 days to go

2014-07-09 13:35:59 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)

> An important point I want to start the conclusion section with: no matter what else you believe, antidepressants are not literally ineffective. Even the most critical study – Kirsch 2008 – finds antidepressants to outperform placebo with p < .0001 significance.

> An equally important point: everyone except those two Scandinavian guys with the long names agree that, if you count the placebo effect, antidepressants are extremely impressive. The difference between a person who gets an antidepressant and a person who gets no treatment at all is like night and day.

> The debate takes place within the bounds set by those two statements.

> Antidepressants give a very modest benefit over placebo. Whether this benefit is so modest as to not be worth talking about depends on what level of benefits you consider so modest as to not be worth talking about. If you areas ... more »

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2014-07-09 12:13:39 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 2 +1s)

> The European commission launched the €1.2bn (£950m) Human Brain Project (HBP) last year with the ambitious goal of turning the latest knowledge in neuroscience into a supercomputer simulation of the human brain. More than 80 European and international research institutions signed up to the 10-year project.

> But it proved controversial from the start. Many researchers refused to join on the grounds that it was far too premature to attempt a simulation of the entire human brain in a computer. Now some claim the project is taking the wrong approach, wastes money and risks a backlash against neuroscience if it fails to deliver.

> In an open letter to the European commission on Monday, more than 130 leaders of scientific groups around the world, including researchers at Oxford, Cambridge, Edinburgh and UCL, warn they will boycott the project and urge others to join themun... more »

2014-07-09 09:44:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

Also relevant for technological unemployment:

> In some quarters, there is intense concern about high–level machine intelligence and superintelligent AI coming up in a few decades, bringing with it significant risks for humanity; in other quarters, these issues are ignored or considered science fiction. We wanted to clarify what the distribution of opinions actually is, what probability the best experts currently assign to high–level machine intelligence coming up within a particular time–frame, which risks they see with that development and how fast they see these developing. We thus designed a brief questionnaire and distributed it to four groups of experts. Overall, the results show an agreement among experts that AI systems will probably reach overall human ability around 2040-2050, and move on to super-intelligence in less than 30 years thereafter. Nearly one third of experts expectthis ... more »

2014-07-09 09:40:06 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

> In some quarters, there is intense concern about high–level machine intelligence and superintelligent AI coming up in a few decades, bringing with it significant risks for humanity; in other quarters, these issues are ignored or considered science fiction. We wanted to clarify what the distribution of opinions actually is, what probability the best experts currently assign to high–level machine intelligence coming up within a particular time–frame, which risks they see with that development and how fast they see these developing. We thus designed a brief questionnaire and distributed it to four groups of experts. Overall, the results show an agreement among experts that AI systems will probably reach overall human ability around 2040-2050, and move on to super-intelligence in less than 30 years thereafter. Nearly one third of experts expect this development to be ‘bad’ or ‘extremely bad’for humanity.... more »

2014-07-09 09:35:56 (0 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)

"You know a game is unusual when porn sites post about it to their Twitter feed" -- +Jari Juslin 

2014-07-05 09:34:54 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

RPG diary: Shadow World, session 1.

There's no such thing as a straightforward shadowrun. If it looks like everything's going to be nice and clear-cut, you'll know for a fact that it won't.

This time around, things started going wrong even before the actual mission. A fixer calling himself Saint James was acting as a middleman between the team and the Mr. Johnson, and he had requested a meet at a high-class hotel. The job itself looked like a simple structure hit, targeting a drug manufacturing facility owned by one Vanguard Corporation. But it turned out that one of the security guards at the hotel had an agenda of his own.

Knight, one of the team members, had previously stolen a valuable parcel from Vanguard, and the security guard had an interest in getting it back. The guard told Knight that unless Knight would supply him with information about the... more »

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2014-07-05 08:25:16 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

Huh. Now this was unexpected:

> ...a recently-published study finds that we may be all wrong about the role of the Internet in the decline of newspapers. [...]

> Gentzkow also points out that the popularity of newspapers had already significantly diminished between 1980 and 1995, well before the Internet age, and has dropped at roughly the same rate ever since. "People have not stopped reading newspapers because of the Internet," Gentzkow notes.

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2014-07-05 08:18:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

> I write when I’m sick.  I write when I’m tired.  I write when I don’t have time.  I write when I’m uninspired.  I write when I have no good ideas.  I write when I have no hope that this story will ever be any good.  I write when I hate myself.  I write when I’ve failed.

> No matter what happens in my life, I sit down, and I write.  The day after Rebecca’s death?  I wrote.  Three weeks after they cracked open my chest to operate on my heart?  A few months ago, I found a flashfic that I’d totally forgotten about, which I’d written deep in Ativan haze, over what turned out to be the course of a couple of days.  Because I write.

> And it’s not magic.  It’s not badass.  It’s just what I do, relentless as stone, and…

> That is magic.

> The magic is a slow process, you don’t see it forming.  It’s a grimprocession, knowing that no matter what ha... more »

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2014-07-03 09:28:46 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)

> The pop-neuroscience story is that dopamine is the “reward” chemical.  Click a link on Facebook? That’s a hit of dopamine.

> And there’s obviously an element of truth to that. It’s no accident that popular recreational drugs are usually dopaminergic.  But the reality is a little more complicated.[...]

> The important thing about dopamine response to stimuli is that it is very fast.  A stimulus associated with a reward causes a “phasic” (spiky) dopamine release within 70-100 ms. This is faster than the gaze shift (mammals instinctively focus their eyes on an unexpected stimulus).  It’s even faster than the ability of the visual cortex to distinguish different images.  Dopamine response happens faster than you can feel an emotion.  It’s prior to emotion, it’s prior even to the more complicated parts of perception.  This means that it’s wrong tointerpret dopamine release a... more »

2014-07-02 10:18:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)

> ...I finished my first year of residency today.

> I went into it raised on a steady diet of medical TV dramas like Scrubs and House, the legends passed down by other doctors in my family, and the ideas inculcated into me in medical school. It turned out to be nothing like any of those.

> I’ve written a few posts about my experiences at work: The Hospital Orientation, I Aten’t Dead, Who By Very Slow Decay, and Evening Doc. I’ve tried to avoid writing anything more specific in order to protect patient confidentiality and my confidentiality.

> But I thought this would be a good time to record – for my future self as much as for anyone else – what surprised me in my first year of medical practice.

2014-07-01 05:45:21 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

Started on my meds today. Clearly feeling better already! I mean, I know that SSRIs don't start having an effect until at least a week or so, but that's no reason not to latch onto any imagined improvement in the hopes of fostering a powerful placebo effect.

2014-06-29 14:25:16 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

Someone commented the following at Charlie Stross's blog, and I think that this is a pretty common complaint about fictional series:

> There are series I like (1632 being an excellent example), but I don't want one story line that goes on and on and on and on - as Brian Sandersen said this past weekend at Balticon, you have to keep giving them bigger and newer powers and challangers.

But it's actually a pretty weird problem, when you think about it. Like, how many real-life people do you know who've gotten so good at everything that they don't really have any interesting mundane problems anymore? How many executives do we have who've climbed on top of the career ladder at their book-publishing company and can now only be challenged by having a malevolent alien god destroy the universe unless the company can identify and publish the book written by the evil... more »

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2014-06-29 06:33:07 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)

Beautiful short animation describing the acute effects of alcohol on the brain. It specifically looks at the interaction between ethanol and the GABA (A) receptor and shows how this interaction results in intoxication.

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2014-06-29 06:28:37 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)

THIS. THIS RIGHT HERE.

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2014-06-28 18:03:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)

I felt sick in the morning but after a few hours I felt well enough to pay a visit to Helsinki Pride. Attendance was record high this year: over 20,000 people marching for equality.

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2014-06-28 17:41:41 (0 comments, 12 reshares, 7 +1s)

> I thought, “This man makes these kinds of decisions every day, and obviously he is very good at it. What if I manage to learn to ‘be him’? Even if I don’t know much about the medical aspects of the problem, I could try to learn his methodology following his decision-making process, and then I could use this knowledge to come up with a set of rules.”

> I suggested that we play a kind of a game. Sergei had collected data on approximately 270 patients. I chose, randomly, the data for thirty of them and put aside the rest. I would take the history of each of these randomly chosen patients and have Sergei, who was sitting at the opposite corner of the office, ask me questions about the patient, which I would answer by consulting the file. My goal in all this was to try to understand the pattern of his questions (even if I could not possibly know the meaning of these questions as wellas he did... more »

2014-06-28 16:55:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)

The hipsterest thing I ever did: Reading Vonnegut in grade school thinking it was science fiction, and being confused when teachers called it literature.

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2014-06-28 16:55:13 (2 comments, 3 reshares, 3 +1s)

This is pretty epic: Facebook decided to carry out a psychological experiment and conducted a vast randomized trial by tweaking the content that was shown to different users and then looking at the way that manipulation seemed to affect their emotional states. n = 689,003!

People who were shown more positive posts in their news feed would end up posting more positive content themselves. I guess that's a pretty compelling reason to try to focus posting positive stuff over negative stuff? On the other hand, the reported strength of the effect looked to be very weak.

> In an experiment with people who use Facebook, we test whether emotional contagion occurs outside of in-person interaction between individuals by reducing the amount of emotional content in the News Feed. When positive expressions were reduced, people produced fewer positive posts and more negative posts; when... more »

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2014-06-28 08:08:23 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

One of those links for which "what is this I don't even" is the only possible comment.

2014-06-27 11:53:54 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)

As I practice drawing human anatomy, I become increasingly appreciative of all the kind people who have wanted to do amateur artists a favor and filled the internet with massive amounts of pictures of nude models.

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2014-06-27 08:44:17 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)

> The video shows the dolphins lining up in the water to wait to catch a wave, much like human surfers.

> Waiting for the swell, the animals then start to swim and sometimes head back into a wave to jump into the air, before going with the flow again and turning back before they reach the shoreline. [...]

> 'They've been doing it for ages and it’s the kind of thing that we don't actually know for sure why they do it.'

>The experts think the move gives the animals a 'power boost,' but reports of dolphins riding waves to shore, or racing in front of boats for hours, suggests that there is little energetic benefit to them, so they might just enjoy it.

>'They might just be having fun - they are deeply intelligent creatures, we know that. So why not just have some fun and hang out, and you can hear them talking and whistlingt... more »

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2014-06-26 19:25:08 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

> Soon after starting a website called The Council on Gender Sensitivity and Behavioral Awareness in World of Warcraft, Washko began her performance piece "Playing A Girl," in which she travels the highly-successful fantasy landscape, asking players what they think feminism is. She doesn’t lead discussions, she only starts them or seeks to maintain them. Nothing makes her feel the piece is going better than when orcs, trolls, blood elves and kung-fu pandas get into a group conversation about patriarchy.

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2014-06-26 16:49:19 (2 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)

Quick sketches: partially obscured woman on train, woman on train playing with her phone, man in fast food place eating.

Drawing people who are completely unaware of it is pleasantly thrilling. Nothing actually forbids it, but I still feel like I'm engaging in a subtle violation of some social norm.

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2014-06-25 20:33:06 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)

> The odds are you can’t make out the PIN of that guy with the sun glaring obliquely off his iPad’s screen across the coffee shop. But if he’s wearing Google Glass or a smartwatch, he probably can see yours.

> Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Lowell found they could use video from wearables like Google Glass and the Samsung smartwatch to surreptitiously pick up four-digit PIN codes typed onto an iPad from almost 10 feet away—and from nearly 150 feet with a high-def camcorder. Their software, which used a custom-coded video recognition algorithm that tracks the shadows from finger taps, could spot the codes even when the video didn’t capture any images on the target devices’ displays. [...]

> Fu and his students tested a variety of video-enabled devices including Glass, an iPhone 5 camera, and a $72 Logitech webcam. They used Glass to spot a four-digitPIN from th... more »

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2014-06-25 07:39:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)

> I’ve written here before about the very specific brand of sex-positivity I loathe, in which people seem bound and determined to press their sexuality on other people, insisting that sex is fantastic for everyone and everyone enjoys sex, creating a hypersexual, charged environment that refuses to acknowledge the complexities of human sexuality. Sex is awesome, under this framework, so everyone’s into it, and a ‘sex positive’ environment is not simply a place in which people can talk about sexuality without shame or judgement, but an environment in which sexuality is actively pushed on people. It’s all sexy, all the time.

> It’s critically important to live in a world in which people aren’t shamed, discriminated against, or mocked for their sexuality. To inhabit an environment where people of all sexual preferences and from all lines of life are respected, from lesbians topeople in ful... more »

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2014-06-24 10:57:45 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Changing prices multiple times a day in a walk-in store?

Media Markt - a huge electronics chain in Germany - is going to change their prices multiple times per day to reflect market demand. This will get interesting - especially when they have paper advertisments running at the same time.

It's not as if the electronics branch is the first to adopt this model: we all know how gasoline stations adjust their prices on a regular basis. The only difference is that consumers won't have billboards outside of electronics outlets with the prices of all their products; they'll have to resort to mobile apps instead to stay on top of the pricewatch. 

Anyone in the Netherlands seen this? How does their trial work for you?

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2014-06-24 04:48:23 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)

Sounds good for adults too.

> I first heard this in a teacher training program. The speaker started off with a rant about how No one teaches children how to apologize properly these days. My ears perked up, because I didn’t really know of any way to teach them other than to… just make them say it: Sorry. I knew it was not very effective, but I hadn’t considered other methods. So I held my pen at the ready, and as he listed off the “proper way to apologize,” I scribbled his words down verbatim:

> I’m sorry for…
> This is wrong because…
> In the future, I will…
> Will you forgive me?

> It made a lot of sense. It seemed a little tedious, but the more I thought about it, the more it became clear that each component was necessary. [...]

> 1) I’m sorry for…: Be specific. Show the person you’re apologizing tothat you really underst... more »

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2014-06-24 04:41:04 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)

My friend +Jaakko Koivula  is doing a self-improvement project, spending the rest of 2014 on "testing out Quantified Self, meditation, productivity tricks and anything that I think up and sounds interesting" and chronicling the results. Let's all follow his blog to help provide a social reward and make sure he sticks to his goal of at least two new blog posts per week.

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2014-06-23 06:57:11 (3 comments, 7 reshares, 12 +1s)

> That relationship between time’s elasticity and whether your brain is processing new information gets at why time seems to turn up the tempo as we age. As the world starts to become more familiar, we learn less and sometimes even seek information and experiences that fit within what we already know. There’s less adventure, play, exploration, creativity, and wonder to invite and engage with newness. [...]

> If time is supposed to constrict when you’re doing something routine, then why does time seem to drag so slowly while it’s actually happening?

> There’s a difference between how time feels as you’re experiencing it and how you remember it. Avni-Babad and Ritov explain that routine frees up brainpower instead of fully engaging it with new information: “the automatic nature of the routine leaves attentional resources for monitoring time (the watched poteffect).” If ... more »

2014-06-17 06:00:28 (6 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)

There seems to be a common assumption that the main difference between being friends and being in a relationship is that in a relationship, you also have sex. That assumption pops up in e.g. discussions of Nice Guys (TM), where people make comments implying that if you complain about not being in a relationship, you must only be after sex and cannot be interested in your friends as actual people.

I've always found that assumption bizarre. Personally I feel that wanting to be in a relationship and wanting to have sex are related but distinct. I have some friends that I might like to have a relationship with but don't feel sexually attracted to, and some friends that I'm sexually attracted to but probably wouldn't want a relationship with.

To me, the main difference between a friendship and a relationship is commitment and prioritization. Having a relationship with... more »

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2014-06-17 04:13:47 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)

> The Finnish state railway company just changed their automatic announcement voice, discarding old recordings from trains. It could be a good time for some data dumpster diving for the old ones, don't you think?

> A 67-megabyte ISO 9660 image is produced that once belonged to an older-type onboard announcement device. It contains a file system of 58 directories with five-digit names, and one called "yleis" (Finnish for "general").

> Each directory contains files with three-digit file names. For each number, there's 001.inf, 001.txt and 001.snd. The .inf and .txt files seem to contain parts of announcements as ISO 8859 encoded strings, such as "InterCity train" and "to Helsinki". The .snd files obviously contain the corresponding audio announcements. There's a total of 1950 sound files...

2014-06-17 03:38:25 (9 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

Today's "this is fascinating even though I don't quite know what to think of it" post. The beginning I can just file away under "comes from a culture whose assumptions I do not share" - if you believe that even thinking about other men/women while married is a potential problem, not to mention all the other assorted assumptions, then this post makes sense. And of course, with this kind of thing, if you believe that something is a problem, then that will quite likely make it one. There's a fascinating combination of "this way of thinking is alien to me" and "this is quite internally consistent given this set of assumptions".

But then there's the second part, which seems more broadly applicable. The part about the writer feeling insecure and inadequate by seeing all the people hotter than her. Which makes me wonder - the old thing about... more »

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2014-06-16 07:56:27 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)

Google apparently disagrees, but I feel that one of these drugs is not like the others.

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2014-06-16 03:09:36 (1 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)

I like the way that this press release focuses on the applications for health apps while completely glossing over the fact that this technology would also ALLOW YOUR NEIGHBOR TO RECORD EVERYTHING THAT YOU DO IN YOUR APARTMENT. Damn scary.

> Last year, a CSAIL team developed a wireless system that can track movement through a wall. Their latest report demonstrates that they can now detect gestures as subtle as the rise and fall of a person’s chest. From that, they can determine a person's heart rate with 99 percent accuracy. The research could be used for health-tracking apps, baby monitors, and for the military and law enforcement. [...]

> Katabi’s team is now working on higher resolution capabilities that would allow them to detect actual body silhouettes, gestures, and even emotions. (Heart rate and breathing are strong indicators of emotional extremes like fear orange... more »

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2014-06-14 09:12:19 (4 comments, 3 reshares, 5 +1s)

Bitcoin mining pool achieves 51% control of the network's hashrate, arguably becomes capable of almost arbitrarily manipulating the network; voluntarily scales down some of its computing power in order to assuage fears from the community.

This does not seem like a stable balance.

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2014-06-14 08:48:01 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)

> As a guest today in my daughter’s second-grade classroom, full of math-enthusiastic seven-and-eight-year-old girls, I led a mathematical investigation of graph coloring, chromatic numbers, map coloring and Eulerian paths and circuits. I brought in a pile of sample graphs I had prepared, and all the girls made up their own graphs and maps to challenge each other. By the end each child had compiled a mathematical “coloring book” containing the results of their explorations.  Let me tell you a little about what we did.

2014-06-14 08:33:55 (7 comments, 6 reshares, 14 +1s)

This guy somehow managed to avoid both watching the original Star Wars trilogy and getting spoiled about it, and then posted his first and second impressions of each movie. And his reactions are awesome.

A New Hope first impressions: http://somewonderfulkindofnoise.blogspot.ca/2014/06/star-wars-star-wars-first-impressions.html
A New Hope second thoughts: http://somewonderfulkindofnoise.blogspot.ca/2014/06/star-wars-star-wars-second-thoughts.html

Empire Strikes back first impressions: http://somewonderfulkindofnoise.blogspot.ca/2014/06/star-wars-empire-strikes-back-first.html
Empire Strikes back second thoughts: http://somewonderfulkindofnoise.blogspot.ca/2014/06/star-wars-empire-strikes-back-second.html

Return of the Jedi first impressions: http://somewonderfulkindofnoise.blogspot.ca/2014/06/star-wars-return-of-jedi-first.html
Return of the Jedi second... more »

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2014-06-13 10:47:20 (1 comments, 5 reshares, 9 +1s)

The U.S. government is auctioning off 29,656.51306529 bitcoins seized from the Silk Road bust.

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2014-06-13 10:36:49 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)

> Apple has determined that, in rare cases, the Apple 5W European USB power adapter may overheat and pose a safety risk. This adapter came with iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S models shipped from October 2009 to September 2012 in the countries listed below. It was also sold as a standalone accessory.

> Customer safety is always Apple’s top priority, and we have voluntarily decided to exchange every affected power adapter for a new, redesigned adapter, free of charge. We encourage customers to exchange any affected adapter for a new one as soon as possible using the exchange process below.

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2014-06-13 10:33:58 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)

> The one thing you must remember when comforting the grieving is this:

> Tailor your message.

> There’s not much you can say at this point that hasn’t already been said, and even if you did say something new it’s not going to help overmuch.   But there are things you can say that can highlight how unfair this all is, rub salt in fresh wounds by reminding them how people don’t get their pain.  So step carefully. [...]

> So don’t post things “at least he’s in Heaven now” when a grieving atheist is on your friends’ list.  That’s the opposite of comfort.

> But also don’t be stupid and assume, “Well, one person doesn’t like religion, so all religious expressions must be bad!”  There are people to whom “At least he’s in Heaven now” would be a good thing to say.

> The reason I bring this up is that afriend of mine went off on a vitrioli... more »

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2014-06-13 10:23:57 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)

> Before I had kids, I used to look at other people’s offspring and think to myself “Why is that kid so annoying? Why don’t they do something to fix it (and by “it,” of course, I was referring to the child in question).

> And then I had my first kid, and knew she wasn’t going to be one of the annoying models, because I would nip that shit in the bud and mold her into a well-behaved non-irritating version.

> And to be honest, it kind of worked (well, I thought it did. Now I realize kids are who they are and parental guidance is probably not the ultimate determinate of a kid’s behavior. It turns out THEY HAVE PERSONALITIES! (who woulda thunk it?)) [...]

> Ah, but then I had Rocket.

> And let’s be honest: Rocket is, on a regular basis, really freaking annoying.

> Why lie? He is.

> He’s loud, intense, andconstantly moving... more »

2014-06-13 10:06:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)

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