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Trained as an engineer (systems&control), now a Bangalore based consultant in the space/satellite sector. I work remotely. Current prominent interests converge on cartography, sustainability, farming, most things wabi-sabi.

I enjoy spending my time rock climbing/hiking, playing music or pretending to code (mostly working on CV/ML things).

Went cold turkey on most social media in 2018, came here now instead. Let's see where this goes.

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Neat map of history of western philosophy in the form of connections of builds on/refutes denizcemonduygu.com/philo/brow

Are there any recent scientific studies out there on water usage for cultured meat? Curious what the water footprint of it is and where this falls in comparison to other food products (meat/plant based). Only series of work I could find was here: new-harvest.org/environmental_

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Challenge for sci-fi writers: help us imagine a postcapitalist future we could live in. Build us a world with economics that are not just "inequality turned totalitarian" (Hunger Games), "Collapse" (Mad Max) or "hand-wave" (Star Trek)!

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From having studied ML and control systems in academia a few years ago, I am wondering if a similar distinction can be made between the rapid progress of data hungry supervised ML (read "deep learning") techniques and the much older school of control engineering, steeped in Kalman filters/observers etc. with a more conservative and rigorously math-heavy approach that looks for guaranteed performance/margins.

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Harking back to the Thailand rescue story from last month, this thread (along with the article) offers up the contrasting natures of Silicon Valley's "move fast & break things" approach and a different culture of "move slowly & don't break things" - both schools of thought very useful in building expertise.
Remember the story of the pottery lessons?

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I want scifi films in which there is a vibrant, detailed, complex universe with plenty of background lore, but is about, say, a teenage girl finding her lost cat, or a group of socially awkward queers starting a band, or middle aged single homos finding love, or a pair of friends (one human and one alien) going on a camping trip where nothing bad happens.

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If you had to spend a decade of your life tackling a single focused project, what would it be?

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This was brought to my attention on Twitter. Thoroughly enjoyed it: autotranslucence.wordpress.com

Also helped me to formulate a new game—assumption pyramid reverse jenga: twitter.com/matthew_sweet/stat

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Does anyone else get really antsy after going half a year or so without making any big fork-in-the-road decisions? I've been steadily chipping away at the sculpture (? Odd metaphor) of life since December (which has been enjoyable don't get me wrong) and now I want to BREAK something 😡 for fun 🙂

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Soliciting: your favorite academic paper that’s comprehensible for any generally educated reader. Post as separate tweet, not as reply.

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reading this article, it occurred to me that we should build a federated calendar service to break free of google's monopoly medium.com/s/story/how-i-fully

Wondering if anyone here has come across good academic studies on the impact of technology on developing children?

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Dave Benson. Music: A Mathematical Offering.

A great journey inside mathematics behind sound. For me as a amateur piano player it was crucial to understand why the instrument is designed this way. Countless insights into things you've never thought of.

Let me tease you a bit.

Why subsequent piano keys have 2^(1/12) frequency ratio? Because multiples of this irrational number just happen to approximate small integer ratios.

Perfect fifth: 2^(7/12)=1.4983~3/2
Major third: 2^(4/12)=1.2599~4/3

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That looks a variety of non-fiction topics.
Here are some non-fiction books I've enjoyed:

The Secret of Scent by Luca Turin
For everyone a garden by Moshe Safdie
How Music Really Works by Wayne Chase (though if you are familiar with music theory, can skip ahead to chapter 6)

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Refactor Camp

Mastodon instance for attendees of Refactor Camp, and members of various online/offline groups that have grown out of it. Related local groups with varying levels of activity exist in the Bay Area, New York, Chicago, and Austin.

Kinda/sorta sponsored by the Ribbonfarm Blogamatic Universe.

If you already know a few people in this neck of the woods, try and pick a handle they'll recognize when you sign up. Please note that the registration confirmation email may end up in your spam folder, so check there. It should come from administrator Zach Faddis.