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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Blood of the Bayesian

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ד', 05/10/2017 - 16:36


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Also one about a werewolf who uses statistical methods to determine he's actually an insane man experiencing a prolonged psychotic episode.

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Random Obsessions

XKCD - ד', 05/10/2017 - 06:00
I take the view that "open-faced sandwiches" are not sandwiches, but all other physical objects are.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - PhD

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ג', 05/09/2017 - 15:33


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Jorge has this interesting artistic he calls 'shading.' It's a little avant-garde for my taste, but I hope you like it.

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True story - long ago when I was on the dating market, every time I talked to a grad student who found out I was a cartoonist, she'd say "ARE YOU JORGE CHAM?" More and more, I regret that I always said no.

Anyway, you should check out his book!

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - The Chosen One

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ג', 05/09/2017 - 14:58


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Honestly, even when I'm sober, I'm a little stabby.

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Tuesday Book Reviews! 

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The Righteous Mind (Haidt)

This book was recommended to me by a friend, and I’ll recommend it to you. There’s a lot here, so I won’t try to unpack it all. But, the basic core here is that it’s a book about moral psychology, or what you might call an empirical look at human morality.

The author argues that different cultures and groups (he puts especial focus on liberals vs. conservatives vs. libertarians) often disagree because their moral frameworks emphasize different aspects of shared moral values. This is interesting on its own, but Haidt adds an argument about how and why humans tend to view their personal moral value system as the only true one, which results in uncooperative “righteous” behavior. This is an interesting approach, especially in that it turns what most people would call “outrage” into “righteousness” which reframes it in a way that’s interesting to consider.

I’m not sure I’m down for all of it. In particular, there’s an argument about group selection that (like a lot of arguments about multi-level selection theory) seems to me to be semantic to a large degree, and perhaps to overplay the idea that group selection is some sort of scientific heresy. At least in my experience talking to biologists, the general view has been “there’s a version of group selection that, if defined the right way, we all accept.” But, maybe that’s my limited view as someone who wasn’t a biologist in the 70s, and who hasn’t ever picked a fight with Richard Dawkins. But, Haidt does a great job of offering a pathway to understanding each other in an increasingly polarized political climate. That, and all the interesting facts and arguments, make this a very enjoyable read.

A.D.: New Orleans After the Deluge (Neufeld)

I really enjoyed this comic book. Before I get into it, let me just say by the way that, as a cartoonist, I appreciate Neufeld’s dedication to drawing gorgeous and detailed backgrounds. There’s no cheating in this book, from an artistic perspective. This is all the more impressive given that the book is really a piece of reporting. It’s not attempting to be literary or exactly beautiful. Rather, it’s a pretty high fidelity retelling of the stories related by seven people of different backgrounds who survived Hurricane Katrina. That said, it’s not without great moments. For instance, there’s a part where the characters trapped in New Orleans find that the only people maintaining order and keeping thirsty people alive are the “thugs” who are willing to rob local stores to supply water.

The almost science fictional seeming militarization of the city is also very striking. One scene describes a man in a boat coming to a hospital to ask for help for his baby. He is turned away by guards with guns, although people on the upper floors of the hospital throw food and water to him before he goes on his way. I usually have a gripe about memoirs that present bare facts rather than trying to make sense of it all, but A.D. is really more of a report than a memoir, and on those terms it succeeds fabulously.

Till We Have Faces (Lewis)

Confession: I didn’t enjoy the Narnia books.

In fairness, I only read two before I felt I’d had enough. But, there it is. The characters seemed ludicrously non-reactive to the extreme circumstances they faced, and the plot (as I recall) seemed to be a grab-bag of whimsy that more or less went nowhere as you waited for Aslan to show up. In fairness, I was not raised as a Christian, and I was only later told about the apparently blatant use of Christian imagery. So, perhaps part of my confusion about the books’ popularity came from, you know, entirely missing the point. Then again, perhaps this is why the old religions (it seems to me) are so much more adept at creating compelling epics. What meaning is there in Gilgamesh’s questing or Odysseus’ journey if there is a single omniscient abstraction orchestrating the whole thing?

Till We Have Faces still carries plenty of Christian imagery. In fact, the main character is torn between her local pagan religion, with its funny smells and magical irrationalities, and the skeptical atheistic tradition embodied by a Greek advisor to her family. Of course, she ends up more drawn to something vaguely related to Lewis’ vision of Christianity. Fine.

Now, set that all aside, and realize that this is a wonderful book. The main character, an old woman telling her own history, is absolutely fantastically crafted. There is a richness of understanding in this book, which Lewis contemplated his whole life only to write in his old age. Everywhere is profundity - in the politics of the world, in the various characters, in the way passing time twists understanding of previous events. I, who am not generally a fan of CS Lewis, adored this book. Considering its relative shortness, the emotional depth is remarkable.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Emotional Stripper

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ב', 05/08/2017 - 17:52


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And it's way cheaper than a psychiatrist!

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Lunch Order

XKCD - ב', 05/08/2017 - 06:00
GO FOR LUNCH, REPEAT, GO FOR LUNCH.

Sugar

Canimal's Blog - א', 05/07/2017 - 20:40
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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Pascal's Other Wager

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - א', 05/07/2017 - 16:51


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Hey baby, if you sleep with me tonight, there's a finite chance of infinite pleasure.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Stage Fright

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ש', 05/06/2017 - 17:00


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Later, the bookstore manager comes in and pretends to be interested before falling asleep.

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Wisdom

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ו', 05/05/2017 - 16:59


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The true wisdom can only be had from judgmental comic strips.

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Just three weeks left to get in your proposals for BAHFest Sydney!

Code Quality 3

XKCD - ו', 05/05/2017 - 06:00
It's like a half-solved cryptogram where the solution is a piece of FORTH code written by someone who doesn't know FORTH.

עונג שבת: האביב יעלוז עמנו

עונג שבת - ה', 05/04/2017 - 23:27
האמת? לא ממש עקבתי בציפייה כפי שהיה אפשר לצפות ממני. בהתחלה היו ציטוטים בראיונות ואז כותרות והופעות ואמירות ברורות על אלבום קאמבק חדש ומתקרב מכיוונם של LCD Soundsystem אבל אני הייתי כל כך עסוק שטאטאתי את כל אלה הצידה תוך שאני ממלמל בחצי פה ״כן כן תטרידו אותי כשיגיעו שירים ולא הודעות״. אבל אז? אז […]

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Transubstantiation

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ה', 05/04/2017 - 16:46


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Also, if you have any vampire bats, you can get them drunk.

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Sanity is low, morale is high.

Thor

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Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Virginity

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ד', 05/03/2017 - 16:52


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The real trick is demanding diamonds in order to avoid things you already thought were gross.

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Have I mentioned lately that me and Kelly wrote a book about future science and technology that's LOADED with brand new comics? It's called SOONISH, and jeez, we'd appreciate if you'd grab a copy.

 

Photo Library Management

XKCD - ד', 05/03/2017 - 06:00
A good lifehack is to use messy and unstable systems to organize your photos. That way, every five years or so it becomes obsolete and/or collapses, and you have to open it up and pick only your favorite pictures to salvage.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - Sick Day

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ג', 05/02/2017 - 16:35


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Looks like I'll need two days off because there's some famine in here too.

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Book Review Tuesday! More available at TheWeinerworks.com

The Pope of Physics (Segrè and Hoerlin) On the one hand, I enjoyed this book. On the other, for such an important and fascinating character as Fermi, I couldn’t help but think this book was a bit of small beer. I would’ve happily enjoyed a book three times its length. Relatedly, I would’ve liked fewer asides about the general aspects of the Manhattan Project.

Perhaps there’s no good way to get all the info now, but I would’ve loved to get a stronger feel for all those deathbed conversations with great and controversial thinkers. I don’t want to say it’s a bad book - in fact it might be the best Fermi biography available. It also has the incidental point of interest that one of the authors is the nephew of Emilio Segrè, which may explain why the sections about Fermi’s friends were some of the best and most detailed of the book. If you, like me, enjoy biographies from the Heroic Age of Physics, it’s definitely worth a read.

Pandemic (Shah) This was a solid pop science book on how diseases spread, and what we’re doing (or not doing!) to stop them. The book is structured according to human behaviors vis-a-vis diseases, and also uses cholera as a particular case of a disease with which to weave together the general complexity of epidemiology. I found the overall book a bit disjointed, though many individual parts were quite enjoyable. That said, overall I would’ve liked a bit more depth, especially in the sections concerned with policy.

Shenzhen (DeLisle) These DeLisle books are just delightful. They’re light and fun, but you really get a feel for his experiences going to work in other countries. This one was less funny than the North Korea one, but as a comic I think it was better. He does such a good job of capturing the feeling of loneliness and isolation he experienced. In part this is accomplished by developing a set of silent images for different people and places in the city. These images recur over the course of a book that is sometimes funny and sometimes sad, but either way serves very well to convey his experience as a guy who doesn’t speak Chinese going to work in a city with few English speakers. Highly recommended.

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - How to Photograph Science

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal - ב', 05/01/2017 - 19:22


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Anyone who creates their version of panel 3 will be rewarded with 42 Internet points.

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In which Kyle Hill of Nerdist presents the fifth form of matter:

Here to Help

XKCD - ב', 05/01/2017 - 06:00
"We TOLD you it was hard." "Yeah, but now that I'VE tried, we KNOW it's hard."
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