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May 26, 2015

-Shire vs -ton

The Tories are the party of shires and fords, and to a slightly lesser extent of woodland clearings (-ley, -leigh) and woods. Labour meanwhile are the party of -hams (as in, a farm or homestead), of -tons (or towns), and of fields.


Via KH.

May 25, 2015

PLOS' Sci Comm's Hello World

Hello open science.

May 24, 2015

3er at 40, BMW 3 series

Low key promotional video with documentarian tone.

May 23, 2015

A moderate amount of coffee, about three to five cups a day

Data showed that those who consumed a moderate amount of coffee, about three to five cups a day, were at the lowest risk for problems.

A systematic review published in 2005 found that regular coffee consumption was associated with a significantly reduced risk of developing Type 2 diabetes, with the lowest relative risks (about a third reduction) seen in those who drank at least six or seven cups a day. The latest study, published in 2014, used updated data and included 28 studies and more than 1.1 million participants. Again, the more coffee you drank, the less likely you were to have diabetes. This included both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee.

-- Aaron E. Carroll is a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine

May 21, 2015

Map tracks

Map tracks whole worlds public transit.

Swiss-German IT firm GeOps has collaborated with the University of Freiburg on an interactive map of the world's major mass transit systems.

NYC, NY, via 6sqft.

May 20, 2015

"published" or "distributed" ?

Ms. Monroe certainly loved the camera and was known to pore carefully over portrait proof sheets. But one cannot imagine her indulging, as Ms. West did recently, in a 445-page book consisting entirely of selfies and distributed (I wouldn't go so far as to call it "published") by Rizzoli.

This book, titled "Selfish," has been heralded as "riveting" by Laura Bennett at Slate; Jerry Saltz of New York magazine compared it with apparent sincerity to Karl Ove Knausgaard's "My Struggle."

With all due respect to such critics, this is poppycock.

"Selfish" may as well be called "Surface." Like Madonna's "Sex" more than 20 years ago, which came quaintly wrapped in Mylar (and at least featured someone who went through the motions of dancing, singing and acting rather than just posing), it is a feat of packaging and persistence, nothing more. It does not so much suggest Venus as Narcissus, drowning in his Photo Stream. And it is about as engrossing, and as meritorious, as the accountant's spreadsheet it is enriching.

May 18, 2015

Straw buyers are real buyers

gents with the Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security, who questioned whether these small export companies were violating federal law by usingstraw buyers -- people paid small sums to buy cars -- to conceal that the vehicles were being bought by people who had no intention of keeping them and were using cash from other people to make the acquisitions. Federal authorities have argued that using straw buyers is a deceptive practice that potentially deprives American consumers of a chance to buy the luxury cars and limits the ability of automakers to keep tight control over sales to domestic dealers and to foreign countries.

But the Justice Department recently advised its prosecutors to be more judicious in pursuing civil forfeiture actions -- and even criminal cases -- against car export companies and their owners.

"Over the past year, we have been engaged in a comprehensive review of the asset forfeiture program, including straw-buyer luxury export cases and other aspects of the program," said Peter Carr, a Justice Department spokesman, in an emailed statement. "As a result of this ongoing review, the department is encouraging prosecutors to pursue civil and criminal sanctions for straw-buyer fraud cases that lead to other criminal violations, such as tax fraud, identity theft fraud and the submission of false export documents."

May 16, 2015

ClassPass leads to overbooking ?

Under the ClassPass rules, members can take no more than three classes a month at any single studio, but they can otherwise take an unlimited number of classes at the 450 participating studios in New York. The hope for the studios is that ClassPass members will become sufficiently devoted that they will want to attend more often and will become full-price paying customers.

But the new crowds ClassPass brings are sometimes alienating the regular clientele.

May 14, 2015

How long did it take to run ? system.time in r r in day #6

system.time(mydata_2MM <- read.table('~/Desktop/data/bifile.csv', sep=",", nrows=20000000))

user system elapsed
829.317 201.972 2065.421

Coruscation's r in a day #6.

May 12, 2015

J. Random

In a time when "to other" has become a condemnatory verb, randos are the other. If the mores in a given ZIP code preclude snarling at people for their race, sex, creed or sexual orientation, those uncertain of their own grip on the social center can always dump on randos. It is a nice, clean slur, free of identifying social characteristics.

It refers to the extras, the spear-carriers in the background, the people who apparently have only themselves to blame for their exclusion, those you'll forget all about when you move away. Their being tagged with that handle may indeed derive, at bottom, from their race, sex, creed, sexual orientation, body shape, economic misfortune or anything else, but users always have convenient deniability at their service.

After all, there are so many people around nowadays, perhaps more than all the collected dead of ages past -- who can keep track? We rest secure in the knowledge that while those people over there represent arbitrary collisions of data, we ourselves are a result of long and careful planning.

Luc Sante is the author of "Low Life" and "Kill All Your Darlings." His new book, "The Other Paris,"

May 8, 2015

Andreessen Horowitz is a talent agency

Andreessen Horowitz is a talent agency as much as a tech investor. Marc Andreessen, the web pioneer who was a founder of Netscape and other companies before trying his hand at venture capital, has made this point explicitly a in 2010 interview of Michael Ovitz, the onetime Hollywood superagent who started Creative Artists Agency.

May 7, 2015


S&C New York's recent success with Hangul Typography Exhibition at the Art Directors Club last November has achieved international fame and a documentary film that features S&C New York's activities.

[다큐 공감] 뉴욕, 독도 그리고 "너 빼고 다 아는" from Stigma and Cognition on Vimeo.


May 5, 2015

Patterns in Hangul

A 15 minute tour


May 2, 2015

Subset data some observations: which[, r in a day #5

Keep observations where brand = Sony and discard other observations.

newdata <- olddata[ which(olddata$brand=='Sony'), ]

Coruscation's r in a day.