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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Life on Zorblax

ה', 01/26/2017 - 17:50


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You guys like to eat noble metals, right?

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BAHFest London tickets are on sale for our show March 25! Come see me, Tom Scott, Simon Singh, Helen Keen, and more for 2 hours of bogus scientific theories.

FYI, we only have half as many tickets for sale as last year, since we decided to do one combined show instead of two on different topics. SO, a word to the procrastinators - these will likely sell out early.

 

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - We Are Special

ד', 01/25/2017 - 16:34


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We're also the only species that uses decorative hand-towels.

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Kelly has a new paper out, and she and her colleagues are prepared to answer your parasite-related questions!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Theory of Awful TV

ג', 01/24/2017 - 17:41


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This theory does not apply to comics.

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Hey Boston! Three weeks left to get in your proposal to speak at BAHFest MIT 2017!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Dimension Store

ב', 01/23/2017 - 17:55


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That desk is suuuuuper versatile.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Helicopter

א', 01/22/2017 - 17:58


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Oh wait, there it is. ...ew.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Humpty Dumpty

ש', 01/21/2017 - 17:21


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We must imprison his acolytes before they can make a martyr of him. Else, this brief time of peace shall be ova.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - It's not what it looks like!

ו', 01/20/2017 - 18:07


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I swear to you - our bond was only emotional and physical, never contractual like what you and I have!

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OK, so I meant to post these Wednesday. Eyyyyyy.

 

Bellevue (Oshinsky)

This is a well-researched history of New York’s Bellevue hospital. The author cleverly uses what is ostensibly a sort of biography of Bellevue to explore the history of medicine since the 18th century, and to explore the relation between hospitals, the government, and the public in the United States. It’s fascinating stuff.

Wonderland (Johnson)

This book was a bit light, but still very enjoyable. The thesis is that play and pleasure very important to the history of science, technology, and culture. As an example, Johnson argues that interest in automata helped lead (if a little indirectly) to the development of computers. Apparently, Babbage was quite interested in these early robots as a child, and it probably influenced his work. Johnson discusses other topics, such as the spice trade and the development of the Jacquard loom. I found this book fun, though I’m not quite prepared to buy the thesis as such. After all, anything that reaches fruition as a technology must first have been imagined. It’s hard to think of any interesting contraption whose origins couldn’t be traced back to something fun, in part (I suspect) because fun things tend to be easier to make. It’s hard to think of space-rockets coming into existence without someone first making toy versions. Furthermore, people play with all sorts of stuff that, of course, does NOT lead to technological revolutions.

My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles (Gardner)

I finally got myself into Martin Gardner, and I enjoyed myself thoroughly. My only complaint (and, it’s a bullshit complaint) is that I really prefer a particular type of puzzle - the kind that is simple enough to easily hold in one’s head, and which doesn’t benefit from having pencil and paper. Some of the puzzles had interesting results, but really just required you to sit and write out a little algebra.

Every Behaves Badly (Blume)

A delightful history of how the book The Sun Also Rises got written. It’s basically a slice of Hemingway’s early life, right up until that book made him famous (and a tiny bit afterward). My only gripe is it participates in this notion about Hemingway that I’m not quite ready to sign up for - that he was some sort of master of image creation. I’m sure he put forward an image of himself, but that’s true of every writer. It’s not obvious to me that he does it more than just about anyone else, and I don’t see him as especially calculating about it. I mean, he did put forward an image, but he also really actually liked drinking hard and watching bullfights. Still, it’s well-researched and tells a great story about a great story. If you’re interested in Hemingway, you’ll like it.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Eat Your Vegetables

ה', 01/19/2017 - 18:03


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Oh, weird. The soul doesn't want to return to a boy with an untidy room.

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Submissions are open for BAHFest MIT! Also, we announced our keynote speaker...

Please note, this year's show is OPEN THEME. You can do any science/technology idea you've got!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Eat the Apple

ד', 01/18/2017 - 18:03


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I still don't understand why no in the Bible ever says 'Holy shit, a talking snake!'

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Pop Music

ג', 01/17/2017 - 18:10


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I think 'anomie' more or less rhymes with 'shake them cheeks.'

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Batman and Robin

ב', 01/16/2017 - 17:01


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Maybe we should pick a fight with Superman?

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Hey, I did an interview with Patreon.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Obstetrimetrics

א', 01/15/2017 - 18:08


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The answer is zero.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Stolen Purse

ש', 01/14/2017 - 18:16


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And those shoes. Do you really need nice shoes?

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Hey look, Kelly helped discover a terrifying species of parasitoid.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Losing My Faith

ו', 01/13/2017 - 17:43


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Later, God becomes a Wiccan.

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Thanks for all the amazing BAHFest proposals, Londonites! We'll have our selections done shortly, and then tickets will be on sale!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Pleasure Button

ה', 01/12/2017 - 18:05


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Hey venture capitalists! I have an idea: New social media that ONLY shows you things that allow you to wallow in misery. As far as I can tell, that's what people want anyway.

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Wednesday Book Reviews!

(belated again, because I'm an idiot)

A Numerate Life (Paulos)

What a fun and strange little autobiography. Paulos is a mathematician and writer whose books I’ve enjoyed in the past. They’re word books, and they’re not for everyone. For instance, this book has a (quite clever!) section on transhumanist pickup lines.

You may ask what that’s doing in an autobiography. Well, this isn’t *really* an autobiography. It contains a few stories from Paulos’ life, but the bulk of the book is either digressions into topics that interest Paulos or discussions of why memoirs are probably mostly false, in that they rely on flawed memories and attempt to create cogent narratives of haphazard lives. In some ways it reads like a long chat with a beloved grandfather who’s quite quirky. All in all, the terrible puns notwithstanding, that’s a pretty good thing.

The Undoing Project (Lewis)

This book is a telling of the story of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, as they created prospect theory, and all that came with it. On the one hand, this ground has already been covered in other books (including one by Kahmeman himself!), but on the other hand… it’s Michael Lewis. I dunno. It’s weird. Like finding out there’s yet another book about Einstein, but it was written by Mary Roach.

In any case, it’s definitely a fine book, and it contains a lot of information I was not aware of, including in depth discussion of the intellectual love affair and later falling out between Kahneman and Tversky. I’d have to say I recommend it if you’re not familiar with the topic. Lewis always writes well, and the subject matter is interesting. But, if you’re in any way up to date on this stuff, a lot of the stories will be familiar to you.

We Have No Idea (Cham, Whiteson)

I’m trying to figure out how I should handle books by people I know, given that it means I’m not a reliable source. I think from now on, I need to just have a blanket caveat.

So, here goes: I know the author (one of them, anyway) so I am not a reliable source.

Bam. OK, so this is a sort of quick primer on all sorts of areas of particle physics and cosmology where we don’t have a good sense of what’s going on, such as with Dark Energy or the nature of time. It is peppered with jokes and comics to lighten things up a bit. So, if you’re a fan of Jorge Cham and want to learn some physics of the universe, I recommend it!

A Contract With God (Eisner)

I think this book must be read as a historical document, as it’s sometimes considered the first serious graphic novel. Given that pedigree, it’s interesting to point out that the book is in fact somewhat transitional between books and comics, containing large sections of (hand-drawn) text, with somewhat simple drawings. I didn’t find the stories themselves particularly amazing (sorry if that’s heretical to say!) but they aren’t bad, and they are well drawn. And, as a window into the history of comics, it’s quite good. Incidentally, if you are interested in the history of Jewish New York, there’s a lot here for you as well.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - A Sample

ד', 01/11/2017 - 18:06


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Zach Weinersmith was relentlessly dedicated to intellectual comedy.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Strangest People

ג', 01/10/2017 - 17:20


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I'm just saying, we don't know this isn't what happened.

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Last day to submit for BAHFest London! We will probably not be extending the deadline.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Consolation of Philosophy

ב', 01/09/2017 - 18:35


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Of course, I personally would never go out in the cold.

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Two days left to get in your BAHFest London proposal!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Perception of Time

א', 01/08/2017 - 16:53


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FIGHT ME, INTERNET

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Just two days left to submit a proposal for BAHFest London!