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[READING] Interesting articles, books, and prose.
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[READING] Interesting articles, books, and prose.

201 Name: Anonymous : 2019-04-20 20:12
>>199
This is really cool. I don't use Windows much anymore, but I grew up with it. I like reading about the classic versions.
202 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-11 05:17
Is “Huh?” a Universal Word? Conversational Infrastructure and the Convergent Evolution of Linguistic Items
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0078273

Evolution of Complexes from LEGO™ Bricks in a Washing Machine
https://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume20/v20i2/evolution-LEGO-washing-machine.pdf
203 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-19 08:52
>>195
Turns out he wrote a book based on this essay. I'm reading it. It's good. Pop academia that is very funny while covering some depressing topics.

Speaking of essays that were expanded into books:
https://jacobinmag.com/2011/12/four-futures/

Where the author imagines four possibly scenarios for our (Western presumably) political/economic environment without getting stuck too far up his ass.
204 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-19 09:11
>>195
Thank you for sharing this.
205 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-20 02:40
Here's an article about companies that post memes and get into stupid fights:
https://jacobitemag.com/2019/02/11/ragnarok-but-dumber/
206 Name: Anonymous : 2019-05-28 20:05
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evolutionary_approaches_to_depression
207 Name: Anonymous : 2019-06-11 20:29
https://www.ucpress.edu/book/9780520271159/coffee-life-in-japan
Great little book, it tells exactly what is in it's name. From the first cup of coffee drunk in Japan to the first coffee shop, into modernity.
208 Name: Anonymous : 2019-07-16 19:52
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/06/27/style/raya-dating-app.html

Illuminati Tinder sounds interesting, but it's no post office.
209 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-21 17:21
https://idlewords.com/talks/website_obesity.htm
210 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-28 03:10
https://fantasticanachronism.com/2020/09/11/whats-wrong-with-social-science-and-how-to-fix-it/
A blog post about the long-ongoing crisis in social sciences, includes some nitty-gritty statistical details.
211 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-28 11:21
>>210
hi!
i think the social sciences (marketing, management and psychology especially) would improve especially if they switched over from using interval likert scales to continuous VAS scales that you usually see used for pain scales, like in a hospital.
it would be simple to do, and for large sample sizes like n=100, the standard error would be less (assuming normally-distributed data).
212 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-29 07:41
>>211
Social sciences are just propaganda.
213 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-29 12:04
>>212
What isn't these days?
214 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-29 19:18
https://www.socialcooling.com/
215 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-30 02:41
>>214
I shudder to think what stupid shit I did online that will come back to haunt me.
216 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-30 19:25
https://www.texastribune.org/2020/09/26/texas-whataburger-black-lives-matter/
It really is shocking how this anti-blackness is at all levels of our lives.
217 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-30 22:08
>>216
lol this reminds me of those people that get removed from their jobs for wearing MAGA hats. imo, I don't really care if a person wears something for a political cause, even if I disagree with it. Is it that hard to just not care and accept that someone has different opinions than you? This would be different if the worker were literally preaching to you about how you should care about their cause, but if its just a piece of clothing, I can't imagine why it would matter
218 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-30 22:17
>>217
Is it that hard to just not care and accept that someone has different opinions than you?
Yes. Have you seen Twitter or Reddit? There are places just to screencap people who have different opinions and laugh at them. A lot of BLM adherents feel it isn't political also.
This is human rights and it should be something that is promoted at our school. It’s an excuse to not talk about it by saying this is politics, talk about it on your own time. It’s just an excuse because they’re uncomfortable with the conversation.
This is a very straightforward, apolitical statement of something that has been made to be seemingly controversial but really isn’t.

Do you really blame business owners for not wanting their employees to wear controversial clothing? It could lose them business or cause a frazzled atmosphere. It's funny honestly. It is what it is.
219 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-30 22:55
>>214
Interesting link but everyone is aware at this point and they'll still do nothing.
>>215
If you drop out of big data I assume you are dumped into into an undesirable category and get "filtered" just the same. There is always at least a little data about you available here and there, so all that Google etc. have to do is fill the gaps with other data they can triangulate to get a decent enough picture of you while marking you as a negative, potentially disruptive individual. Meanwhile other people will see you as a weirdo for rejecting the system and make negative assumptions about you (nazi, pervert, terrorist, schizo etc.)
It's over, and it will tie into employment harder and harder in the coming years.
220 Name: Anonymous : 2020-09-30 23:11
>>219
Interesting link but everyone is aware at this point and they'll still do nothing.

People try but it is hard to be a functioning member of society while maintaining privacy is hard.
A lot of people who try this and just stop using FOSS stuff because they don't care anymore because it is over.
221 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-01 10:59
https://lolwut.neocities.org/comp/microsoft/internet-explorer.html
222 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-01 13:08
This might not be necessarily "interesting and elightening" but I still found it quite useful:

https://meyerweb.com/eric/thoughts/2020/04/22/better-image-optimization-by-restricting-the-color-index/
223 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-06 13:50
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/oct/01/browsing-the-madmans-library-edward-brooke-hitching
224 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-12 15:30
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Unusual_articles
225 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-15 14:09
https://supermemo.guru/wiki/Good_sleep,_good_learning,_good_life
226 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-28 23:58
https://slatestarcodex.com/2018/10/30/sort-by-controversial/
227 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-29 08:28
>>226
I'm not smart enough to understand most of this, I can't even tell if it's fiction or not.
228 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-29 08:32
Wait, yes it is.
Disregard that, I suck cocks.
229 Name: Anonymous : 2020-10-31 14:14
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Closed_city
230 Name: Anonymous : 2020-11-22 20:42
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/McCollough_effect
231 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-01 00:54
https://oisinmoran.com/quinetweet
232 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-17 20:26
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2015/02/the-hitman-scam-dread-pirate-roberts-bizarre-murder-for-hire-attempts/
233 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-18 14:37
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koko_(gorilla)
234 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-22 20:53
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cow_tipping
235 Name: Anonymous : 2020-12-22 21:48
>>234
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicken_hypnotism
236 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-04 17:20
An Introduction to Language:
https://files.catbox.moe/ifn2ek.pdf

Old Norse Influence in Modern English:
https://files.catbox.moe/fl4b9d.pdf

In the Company of Crows and Ravens:
https://files.catbox.moe/o275zq.pdf

The Hidden Life of Trees:
https://files.catbox.moe/ot1h3f.epub

The Strange & Curious Tale of the Last True Hermit:
https://www.gq.com/story/the-last-true-hermit
237 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-19 00:14
Extraterrestrial Languages
https://files.catbox.moe/7hs78i.pdf

Impossible Languages
https://files.catbox.moe/kiqvi2.pdf

Seems a lot of people are interested in linguistics here, it takes me a while to read stuff but I've been working my way through these, they're pretty interesting.
238 Name: Anonymous : 2021-01-19 15:17
Guidelines for the production, control and regulation of snake antivenom immunoglobulins
https://www.who.int/bloodproducts/AntivenomGLrevWHO_TRS_1004_web_Annex_5.pdf

Epidemiology of snakebites
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Epidemiology_of_snakebites

Both worth reading if you're into venomous snakes.
239 Name: Anonymous : 2021-02-03 01:01
https://alternativestoschool.com/articles/democratic-schools/
240 Name: Anonymous : 2021-02-11 04:54
Essays from interesting figures in computing
https://www.cs.utexas.edu/users/EWD/
http://paulgraham.com/articles.html
http://www.catb.org/~esr/faqs/

Niche stuff for hobby programming
http://learnyouahaskell.com/chapters
https://craftinginterpreters.com/
241 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-01 18:08
>>236
Thank you for posting The Hidden Life of Trees, I just finished it, it was fascinating.
242 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-20 20:12
Reference material for seasonal keywords traditionally used in haiku
http://jti.lib.virginia.edu/japanese/haiku/saijiki/index.html
http://www.2hweb.net/haikai/renku/500ESWd.html
243 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-25 15:39
>>242
Are these both archived? It's always annoying when an edu domain loses links to really useful material.
244 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-25 17:19
>>243
Yup, I checked archive.org and it looks like both have been crawled!
245 Name: Anonymous : 2021-03-26 19:09
https://www.koreaexpose.com/saemangeum-wetland-destroyed-korea/
246 Name: Anonymous : 2021-04-27 12:08
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Language_recognition_chart
247 Name: Anonymous : 2021-05-09 23:09
Talking ICO
https://gamefaqs.gamespot.com/ps2/367472-ico/faqs/29015
248 Name: Anonymous : 2021-05-22 04:55
>>247
thanks for this, Ico is one of my favorite games of all time. It's always interesting to see it analyzed and dissected like this.
249 Name: Anonymous : 2021-05-27 00:45
https://tetw.org/Christopher_Hitchens
In my search for witty writers, I came across this index of essays from the late Christopher Hitchens. All links were "x free articles this month", but not hard paywalled so I hope this counts.

Hitchen's The Medals of His Defeats is an brilliant examination of Winston Churchill's legacy and my personal recommendation from this list.

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