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  1. Last 7 days
    1. Uber::Option implements the pattern of taking an option, such as a proc, instance method name, or static value, and evaluate it at runtime without knowing the option's implementation.
  2. Feb 2021
    1. The Track() function will snap the output to the next task that is “magnetic to” the track’s semantic.
    1. oynement that wolde clense and byte,

      Going off the last comment I think Chaucer here is suggesting that the summoner is so far from being a good person there is no cure for his lack of morals

    2. a yong Squiér, A lovyere and a lusty bacheler,

      Interesting Chaucer presents the squire right after the knight, it makes it seem as though they are foils for each other meant to emphasize their different stages in development as knights

    1. Record filters allow you to require an instance of a particular class (or one of its subclasses) or a value that can be used to locate an instance of the object. If the value does not match, it will call find on the class of the record. This is particularly useful when working with ActiveRecord objects.
    1. We really don’t think laws and “imaginary property” have any place
  3. Jan 2021
    1. Now I can only smile.

      This makes me think of the narrator being bedridden in old age or sickness and her partner is no longer alive. Since flowers and hospitals also have a close tie like flowers and relationships, the author might be trying to convey how the narrator's relationship with her partner changed over time with old age but still kept the same in some aspects.

    2. your flowers

      The use of "your flowers" instead of just "flowers" insinuates that the partner isn't worried that the narrator doesn't want flowers in general, but, rather, the partner is worried that the narrator wouldn't want flowers from him specifically. This makes me think there has been turmoil in the relationship.

    1. rages

      The poets uses what would rather be a simple verb as a powerful verb to paint the picture of how the moon is the most outstanding object at night. This is probably to show that love can power through tough situation. But the moon has phases.

    1. <Masonry> component implementation could be something like this (very drafty)
    2. The CardLayout creates a store in context and the Card creates a standardized div container and registers it to the store so that the CardLayout has access to that DOM element. Then in afterUpdate you can move the DOM elements into columns and Svelte will not try to put them back where they go. It's a bit messy but it works.
    3. I think that maybe instead of using the prefixed $$ globals, a more "natural" solution could look something like this: import { slots, props, parent } from '@component';
    1. So haunt thy days and chill thy dreaming nights

      It kind of seems like he is talking about feeling dead and sort of contradicting the title This living hand... because you get cold when you die and he's talking about haunting the day.

    2. now warm and capable

      Is he maybe talking about something that happened in the past? I feel like he's saying that it's "warm and capable" now, but before now it was cold etc.

    1. But of course, there are UX implications. For example, it can be harder to select the text, and the entire element needs fairly complex styling to create clear focus and hover states. There are also accessibility implications, like the fact that the content of the entire card is read before it is announced as a link.
    1. A hosted Kit is the easiest way to add Font Awesome to your website. It's a collection of icons, styles, and settings that allows you to make changes and update versions without pushing code.
    1. To explain further what exactly I’m building, the animated background is a pure code equivalent to the old music video, but runs as long as the full length of the album, though without any event triggers to tie it to the music (the animation runs continuously for the full amount of time that the uninterrupted album lasts, but does not pause or jump to a different location in the animation). It’s also extremely slow animation
  4. Dec 2020
    1. Say I have a separate API server that provides content for a Sapper route. I could just query that API in my route's preload function, but if the content changes rarely, I don't want to incur that cost for every page load and would much rather cache responses from the API on the Sapper side.
    1. With the caveat that hero worship can be gross, distorting, and unhelpful to everyone involved, Svelte author Rich Harris (@rich_harris on Twitter) is one of my favorite open source developers. In the JS community he’s well-known among tool authors for spreading interesting ideas. He’s the creator of many open source projects including Rollup, the bundler of choice for many libraries including React and Vue.
  5. Nov 2020
    1. This overloaded word is also non-jargon for a proper morphism.
    2. notion

      I don't feel very comfortable with this choice of wording, perhaps because the dictionary definition includes such wishy-washy definitions as "A belief or opinion." "An impulse or whim."

      Why not choose a better word like "property"? Which is what they called it here, for example.

      (Even "concept" or "idea", though just as vague, might be better than notion?)

    1. Those frameworks are used in a similar fashion, but conceptually use quite different approaches (Vue is a more traditional one, a library, and Svelte is a "dissapearing framework").

      interesting wording: Svelte is a "disappearing framework".

  6. Oct 2020
    1. I'm afraid there's only so much the docs & tutorials can do about something like this actually. When you first read them, you don't get Svelte well enough (since you're reading a tutorial...) for this to make sense to you. Then you try something, encounter a behaviour, question it, understand better... That's learning.
    1. Looking at a few isolated examples doesn’t really represent the enormity of the maintenance problem when you modify objects that you shouldn’t. To understand this point of view, it’s helpful to take a step back and look at moral philosophy (aka ethics).
    1. What links all these things is the way they pass the responsibility for upholding norms — for creating “school” — onto individual children and families.

      This is where you can type your notes.

  7. Sep 2020
    1. Thus, in theory at least, any narrative can be actualized by any medium which can communicate the two time orders

      This is true as it is important that within the medium that the two times are independent and not dependent on each other.

    2. novelization," which transforms already exhibited films into novels)

      this is a very interesting idea that i have never thought of. But i don't think that it would work as well because for me i like of make my own mental image of the characters while reading the book. so if it were a movie i would immediately think of the actors that played them in the movie.

    1. The @const indicates that the value is read-only (i.e. it cannot be assigned to or mutated in an expression such as an event handler), and communicates, through its similarity to const in JavaScript, that it only applies to the current scope (i.e. the current block or element).
  8. Jul 2020
  9. May 2020
    1. Where I track capacity, appetite, & commitments. A place where I can stay organized while also allowing transparency for my teams & anyone else who is interested in what I’m currently focused on.

      "My Plate"

    1. Once running, kaniko will then get the data from STDIN and create the build context as a compressed tar. It will then unpack the compressed tar of the build context before starting the image build.
    1. Adequacy decisions have so far been adopted for Andorra, Argentina, Canada (commercial organizations), Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Israel, Isle of Man, Jersey, New Zealand, Switzerland, Uruguay and Japan.

      Not a list of countries you often see listed together.

  10. Apr 2020
    1. Guédelon Castle (Château de Guédelon) is a castle currently under construction near Treigny, France. The castle is the focus of an experimental archaeology project aimed at recreating a 13th-century castle and its environment using period technique, dress, and material.

      Guédelon Castle (Château de Guédelon)

      More info on HN

  11. Mar 2020
    1. combining a wide variety of styles and influences is a recipe to being interesting. The reverse would be that having only a few influences and styles is a recipe for blandness
    1. is a statement not made by us only; although it may seem a sufficiently marvellous and incredible assertion to those who have a reputation as philosophers among Greeks and Barbarians, by some of whom, however, an idea of His existence seems to have been entertained, in their acknowledging that all things were created by the word or reason of God.

      I am not sure I understand perfectly what was said here, however, if what I believe it is being said is right I think this is a very interesting sentence. Son of God is a statement made by us, which is sufficient by itself but also by greek philosophers? As a reinforcement of this statement?

    1. Meanwhile, in the case of those who were denounced to me as Christians, I have observed the following procedure: I interrogated these as to whether they were Christians; those who confessed I interrogated a second and a third time, threatening them with punishment

      In the Christian faith a lot of people fear sinning and others don’t fear sinning, or going against God, they fear punishment. When we repent our sins do we do it because we truly feel remorseful or because we don’t want to face the punishment. Also, in bible stories we see punishment as being something that should be feared. This makes me think of “Daniel in The Lions Den,” because the ones who received the punishment in the end were those who tried to get Daniel in trouble.

    2. They asserted, however, that the sum and substance of their fault or error had been that they were accustomed to meet on a fixed day before dawn and sing responsively a hymn to Christ as to a god, and to bind themselves by oath, not to some crime, but not to commit fraud, theft, or adultery, not falsify their trust, nor to refuse to return a trust when called upon to do so. When this was over, it was their custom to depart and to assemble again to partake of food--but ordinary and innocent food. Even this, they affirmed, they had ceased to do after my edict by which, in accordance with your instructions, I had forbidden political associations. Accordingly, I judged it all the more necessary to find out what the truth was by torturing two female slaves who were called deaconesses. But I discovered nothing else but depraved, excessive superstition.

      This is interesting because this piece of text relates to sinning and the repercussions of that and torture which comes with sinning. Also how hiding the truth is a form of sinning.

  12. Feb 2020
  13. Jan 2020
  14. Dec 2019
    1. Use a USB-condom. This is a device that plugs in between your normal cable and the computer and blocks the data lines
    2. Use a USB cable with a "data switch". This cable is normally power-only, which is what you want 90% of the time. However there is a button ("Data Transfer Protection On/Off Switch") you can press that will enable data. An LED indicates the mode. This kind of cable is much safer and secure, plus more convenient for the users. It follows the security principle that if you make the defaults what you want users to do, they're more likely to follow your security policy.
    1. They hand in hand with wandring steps and slow, Through Eden took thir solitarie way.

      I thought that like the sonnets that showed Milton had feelings, I felt that this is another way that he could show his feelings in a way. I liked the ending because they came together.

  15. Nov 2019
    1. Those who feel overloaded are actually less likely to use the internet or smartphones

      I found this bit of the study to be interesting. It's referencing a different study, but I would be curious see what percentage of the group quoted used smartphones in the past and are currently trying to use them less because they now feel overwhelmed. I believe information overload is a real thing and I think it comes in the form of moments when you're staring at your phone (likely social media) for a long time, you get frustrated, and then you finally realize "I need to put down the phone and do something away from a screen." I've definitely had that moment plenty of times. I'm not sure if that is what this "information overload" study is referring to, but I would be curious to look into it more. Also, the date 2006 was mentioned, so I'm not sure when this study was done last. I wonder what the results would be like now in 2019.

  16. Oct 2019
    1. lror t'r:rrrr1,lt', rtt tlrc solc pr"o-moted and therefrlrc uncrrphatic line-endillg of the cxcerpt, "l)Al{l(-ncssVIS-i-srE," ft.62), the lack of a clear-cut ending is appropriate for tlrc pirra-doxical mystery being evoked. Similarly Milton's avoidance of the ferninincending is breached at the start of the excerpt with Satan's "aspiring" abovehis peers; with hindsight one perceives that Milton tends to use such endingsfor acts of disobedience and illegitimate aspiration

      This explanation seems like a stretch. While I'm aware Milton probably paid a lot of attention to stressed and unstressed syllables in his writing, it feels like the pairing of Darkness and Visible just made Milton make an exception to the rule.

    1. type FindByTag<Union, Tag> = Union extends { tag: Tag } ? Union : never; function cast<A extends Foo["tag"]>(foo: Foo, expectedTag: A): FindByTag<Foo, A> { if (foo.tag !== expectedTag) throw Error(`expected tag ${expectedTag} but was ${foo.tag}`) return foo as FindByTag<Foo, A>; }
    1. type Type = 'a' | 'b'; type AShape = { a: 'a' }; type BShape = { b: 'b' }; type Props<T extends Type> = { type: T, shape: T extends 'a' ? AShape : BShape, }; class Test<T extends ID> extends React.Component<Props<T>> { render() { const { type, shape } = this.props; switch (type) { case 'a': return <>{shape.a}</>; // Ideally would narrow `shape` here, instead of `AShape | BShape` default: return <>{shape.b}</>; } } } <T type="a" shape={{ a: 'a' }} /> // No error in ideal case <T type="a" shape={{ b: 'b' }} /> // error in ideal case
    2. type NumberType = (() => number) | number; function double<T extends NumberType>( num: T ) : T { if (typeof num === "number") return num * 2; return () => num() * 2; }
  17. Sep 2019
    1. A case in point: in The Tenure of Kings and Magistrates Milton develops a radical argument that free people have always the right to change their government and depose a king when ever they wish because sovereignty resides essentially in the people.

      Once again, I feel like Milton is so heavily viewed in a religious aspect with his works pertaining to God, but at the same time I always seem to read something that is told in a political way.

    2. (reflecting as some suggest, Milton's retreat from po

      I stated something earlier to do with Milton political views as well. He always seemed to want to voice his opinion but mostly in the shadows.

    3. her dichotomy: that Milton's texts are all about spiritual as opposed to political readi

      I think his texts are still quite political, especially with Areopagitica and his view on licensing and censorship.

    1. confronted with the possibility that he may never be allowed to runtlrc race for which he has spent most of his adult life training himself, whatp.ssible consolation can Milton be expected to find in the announcementtlrrrt the prize-giving will take place in heaven?

      I found this very interesting- I wrote about this section in my blog actually, and when reading, this passage gave me pause, though I could not figure out why. I think this is a really good point that Evans brings up, that I had not considered myself.

    2. As C. S. Lewis once observed in a lecture, to complainhecause Milton sounds unmoved by grief h Lycidas is like complainingbecause the organist playing the funeral march does not break down in tearsduring the burial service.

      An excellent quote from, arguably, one of the best authors ever. Milton was detached from the subject, not being extremely close to King, and so he is potentially in a good position to write this poetic memorial to King. By being detached from the subject he can potentially have a better view of the subject.

    3. \7herethere is leisure for fiction, there is little grief.

      This quote jumped out at me. Basically, if you have enough free time that you can spend it on something like writing, how hard can your life really be?

    4. Although Milton does not appear to havel', r'rr u particularly close friend of King's, he was nevertheless invited to con-rrrlrrrlc to the collection

      This just goes to show how talented Milton was, that even though he was not a big part in King's life, the people putting the collection together had such respect for Milton's skill that they asked him to contribute to what was essentially a memorial to King.

  18. Aug 2019
    1. you’ve got a good enough idea for a little exercise below.

      This is a potentially helpful review method for student readers. For some of the other chapters (the chapters on qualitative data collection and analysis, for example), this kind of quick review might also be helpful to promote reader comprehension and internalization of key terms/concepts.

    2. Imagine you are working for a nonprofit focused on children’s health and wellness in school

      Great way to begin this chapter. I appreciate the introduction of this chapter's topic by way of a concrete example.

    1. Capturing your data.

      The example graphic below - Pride Rock, Simba, Mufasa - is an excellent way to use humor while simultaneously providing a helpful example and emphasizing important concepts.

    1. In what ways might you be biased about this topic?

      I like the author's addition here. Reminding students to strive for thoughtful approaches to these exercise questions/suggested activities is a great way to keep readers engaged.

  19. Jun 2019
    1. moderndive package contains data from this 1974 study on the role of binary gender on promotions at banks in the promotions data frame. Let’s look at what the data shows in this sample as a table using the janitor package we saw in Section 9.7.

      WOw -- who knew?

  20. May 2019

      I really like this because I don't see it often and it actually does draw my eye to the data and capture my interest.

  21. Mar 2019
    1. civics with interest and thoroughness.

      Here's a charming attempt to teach civics with interest:


    2. secure tenure of office

      Teacher tenure (interestingly, here called "tenure of office") is still far from a settled matter. From the Phi Delta Kappan in 2018:

      "Originally enacted to protect against potential evils in state and local employment systems, such as nepotism, arbitrary dismissal, and political favoritism, tenure has become a common expectation of teacher employment. State teacher tenure laws are not a job guarantee but rather protection against arbitrary or politically motivated maltreatment. But is tenure on the way out?"

    1. reaffirming its faith in government of the people, by the people, for the people

      "The Party of Lincoln." (Lincoln's death was only 51 years in the past in 1916.)

  22. Feb 2019
  23. Jan 2019
    1. song of the suffrage siren!

      Alliteration. See also "female franchise." I wonder if you could scan the first three sentences: "Men of the South Heed not the song of the suffrage siren Seal your ears against her vocal wiles"

  24. Dec 2018
    1. their business

      "THEIR business" Interesting that this claim to partnership is right up front -- in the first item on the list. It's the starting point for what follows.

    1. Metalogue' Ahout Games and Being Serinus

      This whole read really reminds me of Wittengenstein, who says that all language is a barrier and a futile device that we are forced to use in order to interact with others. Throughout the article many moments occur where the translation of ideas from the father to the daughter is obscured by language and words.

    2. Daddy, why do titt"r, "na poipiu, pl"y?I don't know-I don't know.

      This seems to hit some kind of futility, is the father upset?

    1. its interesting that the self, which we usually consider to be such a singular thing, is represented here as fragmentary. It's almost a paradox though, how can one be both strong and weak. seems irrational even, but intuitively it resonates with me. The self is an incredible irrational thing

    1. "1" must not mislead us. It gives the illusion of asubstantial self, but as Rochester realizes here, Jane remains evan-escent, immaterial, a fragrance, an essence, a soul that remains alwaysapart from its incarnations. Rochester can no more grasp her than thesuccession o{ attributes can define her.

      My thoughts immediately bring me to cupid and psyche. Cupid was also in a sense immaterial, or at the least invisible.

    1. water's

      It is interesting the the water is the possessor here. We would expect to own our own reflections but the use of possession here really adds to that anxiety, it's as if we don't own ourselves

  25. Nov 2018
    1. microcosmic

      little system wheels and golden gears

    2. But we have learned that here and now is whereAll dme stops in a face we've held as dear

      I love these lines. Very surreal

    3. More patient than a needle in a drawer,

      When I was growing up and I would be restless while waiting for something, my grandmother would tell me to be as patient as a needle in a drawer. She read a lot of poems growing up so I wonder if this is where she got it from or if it's a country saying or both?

    1. As well, Milton emphasizes the limited knowledge and particular vantage points of the several speakers who describe God's ways to h

      We have discussed the problems that come with writing a character of god into PL. I think this emphasizes that Milton wanted to ensure that his god was a definitive, complete representation of god. God cannot be known absolutely by anyone, including Milton, and the understanding of god is very subjective. That being said there is an objective understanding of god shared among all creation and Milton must ensure this understanding is represented properly as well.

    2. here are several poetic images for Truth in that work and elsewhere, but the personifications are especially striking

      The truth that Milton discusses in Areopagitica is complex and is certainly at play in PL. Truth for Milton is absolute, but our understanding of truth is seemingly fluid. Because of its complexity, truth is elusive.

    3. on understands and renders aspects of Truth as particular images and stories present her in various circumstances and from different perspectives.

      Is the key theme in Paradise Lost Truth? It makes the epic sound like some Tarantino film. Like a movie. When I think of cinema and truth, I think of seeing as believing. Would Milton argue that what he wrote in Paradise Lost was true? Or was he having fun adding pages to the Bible?

  26. Oct 2018
    1. Through which the truc princc walks and is unharmed,I've learned to rnake a study of the hour\trflhen grander schemes that mock our calculations

      Ok it talks about the true prince walking in unharmed well I understand what this is talking about because I decided to read the Grim's Fairy tale we have, So the reason that the prince went in to the brier's unharmed is because now all the roses have bloomed so he could get past the thorns. The other princes's if maybe tried hard enough to get through. You would think after the first one died the others ones would get a clue. The true one was willing to wait all these years for the roses to bloom. The second line learned to make a study of the hour could relate to this, that he studied the right time to enter.

  27. Sep 2018
    1. He that hath read with judgement, of Nations and Commonwealths, of Cities and Camps, of peace and warre, sea and land, will readily agree that the flourishing and decaying of all civill societies, all the moments and turnings of humane occasions are mov'd to and fro as upon the axle of discipline.

      Yesterday in my early modern lit class we were discussing how self-control, or discipline was emphasized among the upper-classes of England at this time. It is easy to see that Milton knows his audience and uses the word discipline to catch their attention. Milton also clearly believes this as well.

    2. And in like manner if the forme of the Ministery be grounded in the worldly degrees of autority, honour, temporall jurisdiction, we see it with our eyes it will turne the inward power and purity of the Gospel into the outward carnality of the law; evaporating and exhaling the internall worship into empty conformities, and gay shewes. And what remains then but that wee should runne into as dangerous and deadly apostacy as our lamented neighbours the Papists, who by this very snare and pitfall of imitating the ceremonial law, fel into that irrecoverable superstition, as must needs make void the cov'nant of salvation to them that persist in this blindnesse.

      Milton makes the point to his audience is that if they Ministry is turned from being about the Lord Jesus Christ and the simple truth of the gospel into a system of religious works, then they would fall into the same pitfall that the Papists (Catholics) have; making the new covenant void by trying to attain salvation by works.

    3. Prelaticall

      Prelate: n. Ecclesiastical term referring to "a Church dignitary of high rank, such as a cardinal, bishop, or abbot"

      from Old French prélat, from Church Latin praelātus, from Latin praeferre: to hold in special esteem, prefer

    4. Cyrus

      Cyrus the Great was the founder of Achaemenid Empire, which was the first Persian Empire. Xenophon's Cyropaedia is a fictional biography of his life.

    1. For surely to every good and peaceable man it must in nature needs be a hatefull thing to be the displeaser, and molester of thousands; much better would it like him doubtlesse to be the messenger of gladnes and contentment, which is his chief intended busines, to all mankind, but that they resist and oppose their own true happinesse.

      This reminds me of Jesus Christ.

    1. It is at once an external reality and theresonance of the internal vicissitudes of man

      One of the refrains of this class has been the importance that both external an internal stimuli play on mythology. It’s incredible to think that these stories don’t simply exist because they’ve been written down. In many cases, the skeletons of these narratives have been hardwired into us. Even without name, or specificity, we would recognize them for what they are.

    2. Myth, insofaras it is fftting, provides a ready-made means of externalizinghuman plight by embodying and representing them in storiedplot and characters

      This is true, there are a lot of details in myths and a lot of minor and major conflicts I have been able to relate to over the years. There have been several moments when I've felt like Cinderella and there have been many other stories I have connected to or referenced in regards to someone else. Mythology is definitely an easy way to externalize human plight.

    3. By the subjectifying of our worldsthrough externalization, we are able, paradoxically enough, toshare communally in the nature of internal experience

      I think this touches upon the idea of boundaries pretty well, but maybe in a more nuanced way. There is a boundary between what is external and what is internal, it seems that the human's ability to abstract and make abstractions allows us to cross this boundary while still maintaining the individuality between external and internal. What I mean is that, we use abstract things like language, art, poetry, myths, and folklore as a vehicle to cross between external and internal. What I experience can only cross the boundary to the external (and other people) through abstract vehicles like language.

      In short, the mind's ability to abstract allows individuals to connect with the external. If we did not have language, art, or any other abstraction vehicle we would not be able to communicate or connect with other people and cross boundaries.

    1. n hose diverse elenrents at tract only to repel ; now desirewoos the moral faculty, now it flees, now the mind seeks its body, nowit suffers in isolation.

      full of tears, full of smiles; for every passion something, and for no passion truly anything, as boys and women are, for the most part, cattle of this color; would now like him, now loathe him; then entertain him, then forswear him; now weep for him, then spit at him, that I drave my suitor from his mad humor of love to a living humor of madness, which was to forswear the full stream of the world and to live in a nook merely monastic. And thus I cured him,

      William Shakespeare, As You Like It, Act 3 Scene 2

      That which has moved me to love has moved me to anger. (I don't know where I'm quoting from)

      Usually emotions are understood to be monads, To stand by themselves Love is a thing Anger is a thing I wonder if they should be understood as dyads Love and Anger are two things that make one thing. What could we call it then? Lovanger? The relativeness of things is incredibly interesting, as 'A' only exists because there are things that are 'Not A' Love exists because Not Love exists, there is a mutualness and a seperation

    1. In that world of imagination, we not only escape the drab realitiesof everyday life but also indulge in the cathartic pleasures of defeating thosegiants, stepmothers, ogres, monsters, and trolls known as the grown-ups.

      It is odd that once we do "grow up" we move into the category we so dreaded at one point in our lives. Odd that there are now thirty some of us in a class surrounding the very fairytales that we all grew up loving, and that it seems we have taken this class to avoid the drab realities of everyday college life. Tatar has a point here in the catharsis the stories lend, and it leads me to wonder if that is one of the reasons we were all so drawn to this class.

    2. Hood

      I thought it was interesting how it's brought up the differences in tales; between the originals and the way its told now. It goes to show the differences in cultures, as well as how society has gone from warning it's children to coddling them.

    1. All the early writers of fairy tales borrowedfrom other literary and oral tales, and thus their narratives can be regardedas rctellings that aclapt the rnotifs, themes, and characters to fit their tastesand the expcctations of the audiences for which they were writing.

      If every fairy tale is based on some other tale then I wonder how the very first tale came to be? Maybe it was based on observations in nature? The author is keen on using a biological analogy in the beginning, what was the first single-celled organism of fairy tales,

      maybe the first tales were based on actual real stories? Maybe it was very journalistic at first, and later abstractions were added to make things interesting.

      Maybe the first fairy tale was actually a lie that someone told.

      Maybe someone was lying about something that happened to them and exaggerated it, everyone knew that the storyteller was lying but decided that it was a cool story anyways and passed it on to their children.

  28. Jul 2018
  29. Apr 2018
    1. Where does the "softmax" name come from

      This one's quite interesting. The output of the maximum function would look something like [0, 0,...,1, 0..., 0] (1 for the maximum value). That's why the name softmax when c = 1.

      Another interesting article explaining why to use softmax over simple normalization.

  30. Feb 2018
  31. Dec 2017
    1. To demonstrate this problem, he asked participants to rate two numbers on how large they were on a scale of 1-to-10 where 1 was “very very small” and 10 was “very very large”. One group of participants were asked to rate the number 9 and another group was asked to rate the number 221 (Birnbaum 1999). Participants in this between-subjects design gave the number 9 a mean rating of 5.13 and the number 221 a mean rating of 3.10. In other words, they rated 9 as larger than 221! According to Birnbaum, this difference is because participants spontaneously compared 9 with other one-digit numbers (in which case it is relatively large) and compared 221 with other three-digit numbers (in which case it is relatively small).

      This example to give us an idea of the concept was intriguing and enjoyable to read. It wasn't a boring experiment, and I was actually quite interested while reading it.

    1. It is an understatement to say that people believe all sorts of crazy things. Note, this is a claim that I just made. Should you believe it? What do you need to know to determine whether or not you should believe this claim or any other claim?
  32. Oct 2017
    1. How library collections budgets work By Library Loon 27 October 2017 Library as organization, Scholarly communication 3 Comments “Why can’t open-access initiatives get some of that sweet, sweet library budget money?” the Loon was asked (well, entitledly whinged at, but it comes to much the same thing). Short answer: The librarians in charge of allocating collections money have no incentive to support open access, and the librarians (supposedly) in charge of changing scholarly communication have either zero budget or strictly-earmarked budgets that do not permit this use. QED.

      This is a great article on the structure of library budgets. I think one of the most interesting reflections is that the creation of buying consortia is a response to the structure of scholarly publishing, so the two kind of fit hand in glove. Moving away from that structure is going to be very challenging.