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Skymall is the worst thing in our culture. Not in an insidious way — just in an absolutely depraved way. Becky Russoniello

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Look at just the first digit and the number of digits. science: 32914, 11566, 4989, 3743, 968, 814, 673, 482, 286, 2811 black and white: 1694, 1167, 1108, 988, 919, 639, 596, 591, 580, 544 lol: 22627, 18100, 17688, 14374, 13459, 12045, … Continue reading

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Linear combinations of eigenfaces — images like the above — are the cheapest way to store and search photos of faces. Like if you want to computer analyse the faces of everyone at the Superbowl and see if there’s a … Continue reading

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Were Atoms Real?

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Dead ex-Factory Towns

What we have here is a failure of the imagination. I know of more than one town in the USA with at least 500 properties in foreclosure. Whole neighbourhoods could be bought for O(10⁴) dollars. But what could you do … Continue reading

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New York

Think about this. “Wall Street” refers to investment banking, even when it’s done outside New York. “Broadway” refers to musicals, even when they’re done outside New York. New York City lives in our minds.

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Makers

Artists, engineers, and entrepreneurs all build things. But art majors, engineering majors, and business majors seem to hate each other. That sucks.

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