Matthew Routley

Happy birthday Emma!

Going Critical is a great overview of diffusion in networks

Happy birthday to Kelly! πŸŽ‰

This conversation with Stuart Russell on the After On podcast is a fascinating discussion of important topics in AI πŸŽ™

Emma and her puppy

I found The Strange Order of Things by Antonio Damasio surprisingly difficult to read. This Mindscape episode was a much more accessible introduction to the topic via a good conversation with Sean Carroll

The Hidden Reality by Brian Greene is a fascinating and clearly written tour of the many multiverse theories. Really mind bending stuff πŸ“š

Morbid Stuff by PUP is oddly cheerful, nihilistic punk rock itunes.apple.com/ca/album/…

Seems like an unnecessarily precise monthly fee

A great discussion about Incredibles 2 on The Incomparable podcast. I agree with the overall assessment that it had many great moments, but didn’t hold together overall.

The mystery of computation, as something our brains do, is well described in this Aeon Essay

Backups

I’m very keen on backups. So many important things are digital now and, as a result, ephemeral. Fortunately you can duplicate digital assets, which makes backups helpful for preservation.

I have Backblaze, iCloud Drive, and Time Machine backups. I should be safe. But, I wasn’t.

Most of my backup strategy was aimed at recovering from catastrophic loss, like a broken hard drive or stolen computer. I wasn’t sufficiently prepared for more subtle, corrosive loss of files. As a result, many videos of my kids’ early years were lost. This was really hard to take, especially given that I thought I was so prepared with backups.

Fortunately, I found an old Mac Mini in a closet that had most of the missing files! This certainly wasn’t part of my backup strategy, but I’ll take it.

So, just a friendly reminder to make sure your backups are actually working as you expect. We all know this. But, please check.

Wonderfully rich detail in the 5 podcast series from Brady Heywood on Apollo 13 πŸŽ™

The Travellers finale is a very satisfying ending to a great TV series πŸ“Ί

There are useful lessons in this discussion of statistical significance for any evidence-informed process. There’s no magic number, uncertainty matters, and judgement is required.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie is a great book with an intriguing main character, compelling plot, and fascinating world building πŸ“š

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Garry Kasparov: The 8-year-old chess champion’s story is quintessentially American

Talent is universal, but opportunity is not, and talent cannot thrive in a vacuum.

This is a great example of using the tidyverse for graph analysis #rstats

A good reminder to choose your models carefully when trying to prove something

An interesting article about changes in our perspective on Neanderthals. They are no longer primitive brutes

Cool research showing that embryos use an optimal Bayesian decoder to coordinate development

A timely article on how Pi led to infinity and calculus

Although I’m late to reading Michael Lewis’ The Long Short, it’s hard to believe it is non-fiction. The story of the sub-prime mortgage crisis is incredible πŸ“š