Thursday, April 05, 2018

Things I Read April 2018




At the end of last month I listed separate stories from a book I'm reading.  That's not cheating.  I want to be able to refer to the stories separately (and I read them a bit more slowly to appreciate them and think about them).  So stories, books, articles, training, books on CD, some educational type videos (TED/et al).  I think we have a pretty good list of what constitutes daily education there.


  • 4/20/2018; The Ridiculous Saga Of Lance Armstrong, The Cheater Who Became An Enemy Of The State - Deadspin
    • I had no idea the government was trying to sue him for 97 million.  Rather ridiculous.  The SEC only sought $90 million from Enron.
  • 4/20/2018; Unit 731: Japan discloses details of notorious chemical warfare division - The Guardian
    • They disclosed names. 3607 names.
  • 4/19/2018: THE DIARY OF A SETTLER OF CATAN - Jeremiah Budin on McSweeney's
    • Damn funny if you've played Catan.
  • (TRAINING) 4/18/2018 (and 4/10/2018): Dale Carnegie (The Art of Storytelling)
    • Two full days - last week and this week.  It's wearing me out to be honest.
    • A bit about elevating the conversation, making a pitch, connecting said pitch and points to personal needs, structuring in smaller chunks.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/18/2018: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh: Indra's Web
    • Building a self-sustaining city that learns to grow on its own.  Not the strongest in the book.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/17/2018: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh: Are You Sannata3159?
    • Pretty much Soylent Green, but with all the protein mixed and following it to the end of the line.
  • 4/16/2018: Lawsplainer: Michael Cohen's Attempt To Delay The Stormy Daniels Litigation
  • 4/15/2018: The ‘anti-imperialism’ of idiots - Leila Al Shami - painful article
    • one of the main ways imperialism works is to deny native voices
    • None of these states are acting in the interests of the Syrian people, democracy or human rights. They act solely in their own interests. The US, UK and French intervention today is less about protecting Syrians from mass-atrocity and more about enforcing an international norm that chemical weapons use is unacceptable, lest one day they be used on westerners themselves. 
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/14/2018: Uzumaki: Sprial Into Horror No 3 by Junji Ito
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/13/2018: Uzumaki: Sprial Into Horror No 2 by Junji Ito
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/12/2018: Uzumaki: Sprial Into Horror No 1 by Junji Ito
    • Whoa.  Recommended to me by a "scariest things you've never read" list.  And I agree.  It's the first manga I've read and it was pretty good.  The stories seem semi-ridiculous, but taken as a whole, they're on theme and scary.  Like Stephen King's Pulse mixed with body horror.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/11/2018: A Song for Quiet by Cassandra Khaw
    • A Crossroads vibe.  The Macchio movie, not the Britney movie.  A wild little story.  She's a great writer.  Gets the Cthulhu vibe down pat.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/10/2018: How To Be Perfectly Unhappy: The Oatmeal
    • I didn't find it so deep.  I'm happy.  I'm still driven.  I'm still motivated.  I still find time to just get into the flow and zone out.  But overall, despite all the things that aren't right in my opinion, happy.  I don't expect anyone else to be happy, but I am.
  • 4/9/2018:  If You Thought Quantum Mechanics Was Weird, Wait Till You Hear About Entangled Time
    • [me, FB:] I'm going to use a telescope to find the waves and atoms that created you in their historical remote context, look at them or measure them in some way and make some assumptions about them, and in doing so retroactively change your entire state of existence.  At least I think that's how this works.  Let me know if things seem different for you tomorrow.
    • Up to today, most experiments have tested entanglement over spatial gaps. The assumption is that the ‘nonlocal’ part of quantum nonlocality refers to the entanglement of properties across space. But what if entanglement also occurs across time? Is there such a thing as temporal nonlocality?
    • Even more bizarrely: maybe it implies that the measurements carried out by your eye upon starlight falling through your telescope this winter somehow dictated the polarity of photons more than nine billion years old.
    • Just a spoonful of relativity helps the spookiness go down
  • 4/8/2018: How Cycling Clothing Opened Doors for Women - The Atlantic
    • For some, it was more convenient to blame women’s audacity in mounting a bicycle than the restrictive clothing that made doing so perilous.
    • until 2013 it was officially illegal for women to wear pants in Paris unless they were on bikes or horses.
    • Kat Jungnickel, a University of London cycling sociologist [me: this is a job? cool!]
    • cycling helped to highlight the utter impracticality of corsets
    • This has been for good and for bad. Driver hostility to cyclists sometimes manifests in epithets like “Lycra loonies” 
    • There’s still a remarkable lack of innovation targeting cyclists who want to ride during their periods, given that cycling shorts are designed to be worn without underwear.
    • on a bike with a skirt guard and a step-through frame, it’s perfectly possible to pedal across town with stilettos, two children, and several large items of kitchen furniture.
    • It only became legal for Saudi women to bike in 2013, and even then only in certain public spaces, in the presence of a male guardian. 
  • 4/7/2018: Was Your Facebook Data Stolen by Cambridge Analytica? Here's the Simple Way to Tell
    • I've actually been pretty good about removing unnecessary access to my platform/machines.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/6/2018: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh: Somdeva: A Sky River Sutra
    • Ok story - basically a woman brings back a famous story teller to accompany her as an AI through space and he listens to the tales of aliens and tries to make sense of them and his own existence.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/5/2018: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh: Oblivion: A Journey
    • My favorite so far.  About constructed entities, their personalities, revenge, and forgiveness that still smells a little like revenge. Harder scifi compared to some of the other pieces.
  • (BOOK/STORY) 4/4/2018: Ambiguity Machines and Other Stories by Vandana Singh: Life-pod
    • Weird little tale about the merging of aliens and how confusing it can be for the resulting alien.
  • 4/3/2018: Explain Like I'm 5: Kerberos - rougelynn.com
    • One of those things I have to deal with every few years so I thought I'd read an article.  I think this could have been presented in a more simplistic manner.
  • (LIST) 4/2/2018: 10 Horror Books So Terrifying You Might Not Be Able To Finish Them
    • Hmm....a disturbing number of these are 3.5 stars.  Added them to my 2018 reading list on Amazon.  I'll just have to remember to prioritize based partially on communal rating.
  • 4/1/2018: Why Winning in Rock-Paper-Scissors (and in Life) Isn’t Everything: What does John Nash’s game theory equilibrium concept look like in Rock-Paper-Scissors? - Quanta Magazine
    • “pure” strategies — a single strategy that is chosen and repeatedly executed.
    • So, this pair of strategies — (13,13,13) for A and (1,0,0) for B — is not a Nash equilibrium: You, as Player A, can improve your results by changing your strategy.
    • Whenever a group of individuals is caught in the tension between personal gain and collective satisfaction — like in a negotiation, or a competition for shared resources — you’ll find strategies being employed and payoffs being evaluated.
    • ALL YOU CAN CONTROL IS YOURSELF
    • I've read articles on this before - it's what I read to my student at Garlough Elementary.  There's a suspicion that it falls apart at scale or in certain evolutionary situations.


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