describing data

anonymous asked:

Unca Mod, can you give us tips on how to find duck stories, please? Also- I'm French, and a lot of the duck comics I read as a kid were translated from Italian, and I'd looove to find them again, but I have no idea if they ever got an English release and if so what were the titles... In any case, thank you so much for what you're doing- I started looking into my old comics again thanks to you and it brought back lots of happy memories :')

Ah, well my friends it is time for me to introduce you to the wonder that is I.N.D.U.C.K.S.

this is an amazing search engine, just for duck comics! here’s an example of how to use it; type in some aspect that you’re looking for (here I’ll use the title of the story)

then you get a list of possible answers- scrolling down I find the one I’m looking for fairly quickly

clicking on the right result takes you to a page for that specific story with all the data available, describing the contents and artists responsible, but if you’re looking for a particular translation keep scrolling down; here I’m looking for the English (US) translation

so with that I know this story appears in number 374 of Uncle Scrooge which was printed in 2008- a quick hop over to readcomiconline and I find it easily

and that’s all there is to it! sometimes the tricky part is which category of comics it will be in on readcomiconline, as there are so many runs of Donald/Scrooge comics. This one was fairly simple, but use your intuition and you’ll probably find what you’re looking for. I hope that helps, and happy hunting!

What a Time to be Alive

A very INTP thing I’ve done in the past two days: So for my statistics report I had to write a 200-300 word writing that described the data I had. I didn’t read the instructions and only read the rubric so I didn’t know there was a word limit (on my defence, I say that my teacher should’ve included the word limit in the rubric but whatever). I didn’t mean my assignment to be over 600 words but it just happened while I was too wrapped up in making it an enjoyable read than an essay that seemed like it was whipped up under 10 minutes. Now I think I have to send her an email explaining and apologising for my essay that was two times longer than the limit.

heck why do I have to apologise for being myself and making things better
i hate this

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anonymous asked:

if you're going to quote bastiat so directly, you really should cite him

Hadn’t heard of him till I Googled him. I took some classes back in college but now get all of my economics either directly from papers (mostly about min. wage, EITC, and means-tested welfare) or third-hand from reading libertarian and leftist bloggers (Bryan Caplan, Jacobin, Freddie DeBoer, and talking with people who studied it more formally than that. 

I have checked with some economists that I’m not saying stupid or misleading things, but I accept that I am saying things that have been said before and more eloquently. I did not read anything Bastiat wrote. I read other people reacting to and agreeing with or disagreeing with or describing how some data they collected can be interpreted in the light of theory which I now learned that he invented. And while you should feel free to reblog my posts with your own posts linking to the originators of the ideas, I’d have to stop talking about the topic altogether if I had to myself look up who invented the concepts I’m describing and cite them properly. 

(I also think the phrasing of this ask is dishonest, in that ‘quote’ implies similar phrasing, and as far as I can find on Google there is no similarity in phrasing. Plagiarism is rightly treated as an extraordinarily serious allegation and I want to encourage you not to phrase ‘you know, you didn’t invent basic econ’ in a way that kind of reads as an accusation of plagiarism. Or, if you mean it that way, to produce a passage that I’m supposedly ‘quoting’.)

More life-partner Daforge pls
  • Geordi, who is an expert in android medicine, healing Data from a ship-wide virus.
  • Data, who schedules violin practice at times Geordi is off. 
  • Geordi, who stops by every Gamma shift to relax in the chair beside Data. They chat. 
  • Data, who describes the constellations they pass after Geordi has taken off his visor for the night 
  • Geordi, who designs holodeck programs to complement their dates.
  • Data, who will always hug Geordi when he looks like he ‘needs it.’  And who will take his hand on long walks to and from the bridge, just to feel the pulse in his wrist and the unique texture of each fingerprint.  
  • Both of them, painting the other from memory.  
  • Both of them, watching over Wesley and offering him whatever advice he seems to need. 
  • Both of them in adjoining cabins, with Geordi scooting his bed into the annex that connects them.  Data’s paintings are on every wall. 
  • Both of them, devoting so much of their time and talent to the other. 

This is what I’ve sold my soul for. 

words describing time in polish

♀ Data - date

♂ Rok – year

♂ Miesiąc – month

♂ Tydzień – week

♂ Dzień – day

♀ Dekada – decade

♂ Wiek – century


W tym roku – this year

W przyszłym roku – next year

Rok temu – last year


Przedwczoraj – the day before yesterday

Wczoraj – yesterday

Dziś – today

Jutro – tomorrow

Pojutrze – the day after tomorrow


Rano – in the morning

Po południu  - in the afternoon

Wieczorem – in the evening

W nocy – in the night


Zawsze – always

Codziennie – everyday

Często - often

Czasem – sometimes

Rzadko – rarely

Nigdy – never

Days of the week:

♂ Poniedziałek – Monday

♂ Wtorek – Tuesday

♀ Środa – Wednesday

♂ Czwartek – Thursday

♂ Piątek – Friday

♀ Sobota – Saturday

♀ Niedziela – Sunday


♂ Styczeń - January

♂ Luty – Februar

♂ Marzec - March

♂ Kwiecień - April

♂ Maj - May

♂ Czerwiec - June

♂ Lipiec - July

♂ Sierpień - August

♂ Wrzesień - September

♂ Październik - October

♂ Listopad - November

♂ Grudzień - December



♀ Wiosna - spring

(n)Lato - summer

♀ Jesień - Autumn

♀  Zima - Winter

(n) - neuter

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Neuroscience's New Consciousness Theory Is Spiritual

by Bobby Azarian

It appears that we are approaching a unique time in the history of man and science where empirical measures and deductive reasoning can actually inform us spiritually. Integrated Information Theory (IIT)–put forth by neuroscientists Giulio Tononi and Christof Koch–is a new framework that describes a way to experimentally measure the extent to which a system is conscious.

As such, it has the potential to answer questions that once seemed impossible, like “which is more conscious, a bat or a beetle?” Furthermore, the theory posits that any system that processes and integrates information, be it organic or inorganic, experiences the world subjectively to some degree. Plants, smartphones, the Internet–even protons–are all examples of such systems. The result is a cosmos composed of a sentient fabric. But before getting into the bizarreness of all that, let’s talk a little about how we got to this point.

The decline and demise of the mystical

As more of the natural world is described objectively and empirically, belief in the existence of anything that defies current scientific explanation is fading at a faster rate than ever before. The majority of college-educated individuals no longer accept the supernatural and magical accounts of physical processes given by religious holy books. Nor do they believe in the actuality of mystical realms beyond life that offer eternal bliss or infinite punishment for the “souls” of righteous or evil men.

This is because modern science has achieved impeccable performance when it comes to explaining phenomena previously thought to be unexplainable. In this day and age, we have complete scientific descriptions of virtually everything. We understand what gives rise to vacuous black holes and their spacetime geometries. We know how new species of life can evolve and the statistical rules that govern such processes. We even have a pretty good understanding of the exact moment in which the universe, and thus of all reality, came into existence! But no serious and informed scientist will tell you that at present we fully understand the thing each of us knows best. That is, our own consciousness.

One of science’s last greatest mysteries

Although we’ve come along way since the time of Descartes, who postulated that consciousness was actually some immaterial spirit not subject to physical law, we still don’t have a complete and satisfactory account of the science underlying experience. We simply don’t know how to quantify it. And if we can’t do that, how do we know whether those non-human life forms that are unable to communicate with us are also conscious? Does it feel like anything to be a cat? Most will probably agree that it does, but how about a ladybug? If so, how can we know which life forms are more conscious than others? Do animals that show impressively intelligent behavior and elaborate memory, like dolphins or crows, experience the world in a unified conscious fashion as we do? These questions are almost impossible to answer without a way to measure consciousness. Fortunately, a neuroscientific theory that has been gaining popular acceptance aims to do just that.

Integrated Information Theory to the Rescue

Integrated Information Theory (IIT), which has become quite a hot topic in contemporary neuroscience, claims to provide a precise way to measure consciousness and express the phenomenon in purely mathematical terms. The theory was put forth by psychiatrist and neuroscientist Giulio Tononi, and has attracted some highly regarded names in the science community. One such name is Christof Koch, Chief Scientific Officer at the Allen Institute for Brain Science, who now champions the idea along with Tononi. Koch may be best-known for bringing consciousness research into the mainstream of neuroscience through his long-term collaboration with the late DNA co-discoverer Francis Crick. Now Tononi and Koch are actively researching the theory along with an increasing number of scientists, some from outside the field of neuroscience like esteemed physicist and popular author Max Tegmark, who is joining the ranks of those who believe they’ve figured out how to reduce one of science’s greatest secrets to numbers. Bits of information to be exact.

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Insect Nervous System Copied To Boost Computing Power

by Charles Q. Choi

Brains are the most powerful computers known. Now microchips built to mimic insects’ nervous systems have been shown to successfully tackle technical computing problems like object recognition and data mining, researchers say.

Attempts to recreate how the brain works are nothing new. Computing principles underlying how the organ operates have inspired computer programs known as neural networks, which have been used for decades to analyze data. The artificial neurons that make up these programs imitate the brain’s neurons, with each one capable of sending, receiving and processing information.

However, real biological neural networks rely on electrical impulses known as spikes. Simulating networks of spiking neurons with software is computationally intensive, setting limits on how long these simulations can run and how large they can get.

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Body Language (StormPilot, 1/1)

BB-8 had a mission.  Never in its short operation span had the droid ever focused such a high percentage of internal resources to solving a single task, but now was the time to compile the data and implement its new subroutine:

The mimicry of human body language.

Less than a dozen bio-organisms on base could understand 27th generation Droidspeak.   Any viewscreen with a data port could display BB-8’s conversation in text, but lacked nuance.  Any droid with a high-tech vocabulator could translate, but none were available for its ‘ridiculous nonsense’, as the General’s cantankerous protocol droid put it.  Nor could they keep up with the new model astromech’s fast-rolling design.

So BB-8 had decided to establish communications without assistance.  Poe understood at least the general essence of the droid’s language.  Poe was not the problem.  The problem was Finn.

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The philosophy of organism is the inversion of Kant’s philosophy. The Critique of Pure Reason describes the process by which subjective data pass into the appearance of an objective world. The philosophy of organism seeks to describe how objective data pass into subjective satisfaction, and how order in the objective data provides intensity in the subjective satisfaction. For Kant, the world emerges from the subject; for the philosophy of organism, the subject emerges from the world— a ‘superject’ rather than a ‘subject.’ The word ‘object’ thus means an entity which is a potentiality for being a component in feeling; and the word ‘subject’ means the entity constituted by the process of feeling, and including this process. The feeler is the unity emergent from its own feelings; and feelings are the details of the process intermediary between this unity and its many data. The data are the potentials for feeling; that is to say, they are objects. The process is the elimination of indeterminateness of feeling from the unity of one subjective experience.
—  Alfred North Whitehead, Process and Reality

Every Tool and Project I learned about, at #mozfest

Morning everyone,

I spent the weekend at a conference in London called #mozfest, which was run by Mozilla and featured people talking about open source code, journalism, art, science, community, and community learning. Saw lots of great products/ideas, which are summarized below. I’m highlighting things that I would need dev help on, but that we could make (if you’re interested in a side project.) Tomorrow, I’ll report on key takeaways. 



1. HearUsHere uses GPS coordinates to place sounds at specific locations. This allows users to compose audio experiences as they travel throughout a space. (For example, recording sounds as a walking tour around a city.) Imagine what we could do with this for news or our programming.

2. is natural language for the Internet of Things.

3. Free web app to take the pain out of transcribing interviews. 

4. I worked on a team to think about how we could recreate the tape recorder to make a better experience for reporters out in the field. Want to work on this? Let me know.

5. The BBC R&D Labs has designed something called Perceptive Radio  which changes words in stories based on variables, like the weather. Here’s a picture.


2. The BBC News Lab team is working on several projects of note. 

COMMA creates metadata from large collections of audio files. It produces crude transcripts using speech recognition, automated tags and speaker segmentation. (from Letter from America Rediscovered.) 

Letter from America categorized by theme

To do this, they used WikipediaMiner, which is a toolkit built for tapping into the rich semantics encoded within Wikipedia. 

2a. Related: Local Angle  developed by researchers at the Knight Lab, finds locally revenant stories in national news. They do this by using Wikipedia’s API and an API that finds keywords in stories. Imagine how we could apply this to audio, particularly if we can pluck out keywords.

Structured Wikipedia Data Resources: How Wikipedia structures data and how you can use it to do cool stuff


  • How the New York Times, the New York Public Library and ProPublica are crowdsourcing data — and relying on their audience to provide layers of metadata that could be useful for future projects 


Internal Tools

  • PopcornMaker is a way to remix web video, audio, and images into mashups that can be embedded onto other websites. 

  • A group of us came up with several bot ideas that would be useful for a newsroom (Help me make these.)

1. Could a bot provide reporters with predictions about board appointments, political appointments or hiring decisions based on aberrant behaviors on Twitter? In other words, if everyone from NPR starts following X, then it’s pretty likely X is about to be hired by NPR — even if that information isn’t publicly announced yet. This could help business reporters, political reporters and entertainment reporters. (Here’s how Buzzfeed predicted Ezra Klein was going to VOX using humans to determine this.) 

2. Could a bot suggest questions for reporters to ask about a particular topic, based on questions that have been posted to Ask Metafilter, Reddit’s Explain it Like I’m 5, Quora, and the Stack Exchange network? i.e. How can we filter the best questions posted on these networks and give them to reporters so they know what the audience is curious about?

3. Could you have a bot that would monitor the ethics of other bots?

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These Trippy Photos Show Art Colliding With Science

Today’s most innovative artists are taking not paint and chisel but science and technology as their media, to represent nature both seen and unseen. They are creating works radically different from any that have ever gone before and that may even change our perceptions of the world – truly the new avant-garde. I call this movement “artsci.” As renowned video artist Peter Weibel says, “Today, art is an offspring of science and technology.” It’s an extraordinary thought. Today’s cutting-edge art doesn’t just use science and technology. It is actually driven by it.