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Links for January 2021

Reverse Engineering the source code of the BioNTech/Pfizer SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine by Bert Hubert
Trump’s Alleged Involvement with the KKK. Newspaper clips obtained by VICE suggest the Republican frontrunner’s father may have worn the robe and hood of a Klansman in 1927. by Mike Pearl
Dover Pictorial Archive and related, at the Internet Archive
U.S. Capitol Clean-up: Hear from a few employees about the incredible effort they and their teams put forward in the aftermath of the Capitol breach on January 6, 2021. by aoc staff
Excess mortality from COVID-19 in the US so far: 400,000 people, or 1:650, data
It All Began With Russia: Donald Trump’s 4 Great Betrayals of the Nation: The scandal set the stage for the horrors that followed. by David Corn
Large bitcoin payments to right-wing activists a month before Capitol riot linked to foreign account. by Jenna McLaughlin


Links for December 2020

Facial recognition to tag photos:
Shotwell, digiKam imgSeek Galapix
face_recognition

Aging Is Reversible—at Least in Human Cells and Live Mice: Changes to gene activity that occur with age can be turned back, a new study shows by Karen Weintraub
“In living mice they activated the four genes (known as “Yamanaka factors,” for researcher Shinya Yamanaka, the Nobelist who discovered their combined potential in 2006). This approach rejuvenated damaged muscles and the pancreas in a middle-aged mouse, and extended by 30 percent the life span of a mouse with a genetic mutation responsible for Hutchinson–Gilford progeria syndrome.”

“A damn stupid thing to do”—the origins of C. Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.
by Richard Jensen

Bodycam Video Shows ‘Mob Mentality’ Of Boston Police Who Responded To George Floyd Protests, Lawyer Says by Eoin Higgins

What happened to the Colorado Republican Party? Out of power in a changing state, the GOP is in soul-searching mode. by Conrad Swanson


Links for November 2020


This weird fruit is native to North America and an ‘ecological anachronism’ by Tracy Hadden Loh
Maclura pomifera / Osage orange / hedge apple
5 Common Edible Summertime Berries in the Chesapeake
Soul-Warming Fruit: Hard to find and tricky to eat, the persimmon is deeply connected to rustic holiday food traditions. Head for fields and woodlands—and look up! by Tracey Crehan Gerlach

Squiggles and Squares Kids activity sheets–follow the overlapping lines
Harbor Freight parody at Cool Tools


Links for October 2020

The 8th wonder of the world by Josh Dzieza
Big Business and its Bottomless Bootlickers by Nathan J. Robinson and Rob Larson.
Review of Big Business: A Love Letter to an American Anti-Hero by Tyler Cowen. TL;DR, he’s a gormless hack.

Liberals Are Losing the Journalism Wars: As major media outlets erect paywalls, conservative publishers are flooding the country with free right-wing propaganda paid for by Republicans. by Alex Pareene

Rallies Are the Core of Trump’s Campaign, and a Font of Lies and Misinformation: A recent rally in Wisconsin was typical. In 90 minutes, President Trump made 131 false or inaccurate statements. by Linda Qiu and Michael D. Shear

Links for September 2020

The Alt-Right Playbook: The Death of a Euphemism

Raspberry Pi MPEG-2 license key
Patch for MPEG-2, VC-1 license

Eee PC 1008HA (Seashell) drivers

How to cheat a coin flip

Reason and Persuasion: Three Dialogues By Plato: Euthyphro, Meno, Republic Book, 4th edition by John Holbo (Author), Plato (Author), Belle Waring (Translator).
Three complete Plato dialogues – Euthyphro, Meno, Republic Book I – in a fresh English translation, with extensive commentary and original illustrations. “Reason and Persuasion” is suitable as an introductory textbook or for more advanced students of Plato and philosophy.

How to Unlock Android Phone If Forgot Password, Pattern Lock, or Broken Screen

Prohibition worked better than you think

‘At Least During the Internment …’ Are Words I Thought I’d Never Utter: I was sent to a camp at just 5 years old — but even then, they didn’t separate children from families. by George Takei

Don’t Believe What They Tell You About The Left. Try reading our books and talking to us instead of listening to what YouTube loudmouths say we think… by Nathan J. Robinson

Punchcutting at the Atelier Press & Letterfoundry

It’s Coming From Inside the House by David Austin Walsh

Conservatives are desperate to absolve the 1 percent.
by Ryan Cooper

The Last of Its Kind: The biologist David Sischo has a tragic assignment: keeping vigil over a species’ sole survivor, then marking its extinction in real time. by Ed Yong

I’m an American who’s lived in Europe for 10 years — and I don’t miss these 5 aspects of American culture at all. by Jessica Stillman

Have we all underrated the humble pencil? by Tim Harford
Thoreau’s family made its money by manufacturing high-quality pencils.

The boy was dying. Zebrafish helped save his life. by Sharon Begley
Precision medicine–ARAF tested in zebrafish to confim function.

Pro DSLRs Compared

“Who Rises to the Top? Early Indicators”, pdf
A follow-up of subjects scoring above 180 IQ in Terman’s genetic studies of genius
“Although there are numerous studies of gifted students, there have been no studies following up the very high IQ students into adulthood. Using the Terman files, 26 subjects with scores above 180 IQ were compared with 26 randomly selected subjects from Terman’s sample. Findings were generally that the extra IQ points made little difference and that extremely high IQ does not seem to indicate “genius” in the commonly understood sense of the word.”

Books You Should Read: Exact Constraint: Machine Design Using Kinematic Principles
Exact Constraint: Machine Design Using Kinematic Principles” by Douglass L. Blandin

Dinosaur necklace $20
Dino ring $20

Dan Gelbart shop video series: High precision air bearing CNC lathe and grinder (vid)

Forty-three new women came forward to describe assault and harassment by Trump. Newspapers ignored them.


Quantum computing for the very curious. by Andy Matuschak and Michael Nielsen

Andre Norton Award for Middle Grade and Young Adult Fiction

Mens Messenger Bag 15.6 Inch Waterproof Vintage Genuine Leather Waxed Canvas, $50

Everything you wanted to know about money-laundering but were afraid to ask
Foundations of the #MoneyLaundry – A Twitter Seminar thread by CZEdwards
A case study in a vertically integrated #MoneyLaundry by CZEdwards
REITs: Who has cash? Money Laundries.
by CZEdwards

Gunnerkrigg Court webcomic

A Complete List of Important Natural Language Processing Frameworks you should Know (NLP Infographic)

How To Pretend That You Are Smart: There is a difference between assertion and argument, but a lot of highly credentialed people do not notice when they’re just stating their prejudices rather than proving anything. by Nathan J. Robinson

Tiny MS DOS program called “Memories”. This program has a size of 256 bytes and won the “PC 256 byte” competition of the demoscene event “Revision” in 2020

NASA is offering Space Program ‘Artifacts’ and ‘Special Items’ for use or display in your science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themed program. Free / nominal cost for schools.

The Corn of the Future Is Hundreds of Years Old and Makes Its Own Mucus.
Nitrogen fixing, endophytes.

How a Portuguese-to-English Phrasebook Became a Cult Comedy Sensation: Meet 1883’s most absurd language guide. by Tucker Leighty-Phillips
About English as She Is Spoke by Pedro Carolino

Spurious Correlations

The men behind QAnon: Experts and researchers said the key to “Q” is hiding in plain sight. by Chris Francescani
They figured out the guys behind Qanon, a couple of white supremacists: James Arthur Watkins, his son, Ronald Watkins.

Sediments settle much faster in an angled container
Boycott Effect, discovered by Arthur Edwin Boycott in 1920.

Links for July 2020

Stercobilin
How to Remove and Replace a Drill Press Spindle
Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner and Every Trump Administration Official Accused of Using Personal Email for Work

Bad Thinkers: Why do some people believe conspiracy theories? It’s not just who or what they know. It’s a matter of intellectual character. by Quassim Cassam

Python 3 Module of the Week

Is Consciousness an Illusion? Philosopher Daniel Dennett holds a distinctive and openly paradoxical position on the question of consciousness. by Thomas Nagel
Review of From Bacteria to Bach and Back by Daniel Dennett

Did they even hang bears? by Tom Shippey
Review of The Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings 
by Neil Price.

CCD in a Roche 454 GS FLX+ DNA sequencer: Spectral Instruments 800 Series 16Mpixel Cooled CCD camera Part 2

Bi-directional diagnostic code reader, Innova 5610 or Launch Tech X431 V
PLX Kiwi 3 or 4 dongle ($50-$130) and OBDFusion ($4.99 + vehicle add-on)
ScanTool + vehicle specific package $200

A Collusion Reading Diary: What Did the Senate Intelligence Committee Find? by Todd Carney, Samantha Fry, Quinta Jurecic, Jacob Schulz, Tia Sewell, Margaret Taylor, Benjamin Wittes
Summary of the fifth and final volume of the Select Intelligence Committee’s bipartisan report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The Police Are Pretty Sure They’re Going to Get Away With It:
In Portsmouth, Virginia, cops have been systematically using their state power to tyrannize political enemies.
by Alex Pareene

1912 Harrods catalog, scanned and OCRed

Nontransitive dice

Cellphone Data Shows How Las Vegas Is “Gambling With Lives” Across the Country

Vegas casinos are spreading COVID-19 across the country. Sturgis Rally had the same effect.

Howard Rheingold, quotes, wiki.

Bill Higgins blog

Links for July 2020

Before face masks, Americans went to war against seat belts. by Daniel Ackerman. And the pro-smoking movement.

Exposing Jordan Peterson’s Barrage of Revisionist Falsehoods About Hitler and Nazism by Mikael Nilsson
“Jordan Peterson, YouTube psychology guru and right-wing cult figure, talks a lot about Hitler, WWII and Nazism – in lectures riddled with alarming errors, spurious analogies and a strange reluctance to use the word ‘Holocaust.’ This is why his constant misinformation matters.”

Twibright Optar
A codec for encoding data on paper or free software 2D barcode in other words. Optar fits 200kB on an A4 page.

Missed Payment Rate Hits New High of 32 Percent in July


22 Strange Animals
Meteor Impact Leaves Giant Crater in Africa, Creates Ejecta Blast Zone

Conservative victimhood complex has made America impossible to govern. by Ryan Cooper

CERN’s obsolete particle detectors

Ways To Stay Motivated In This Shit-Shellacked Era Of Epic Stupid by Chuck Wendig

Railroad Grade lever set pocket watches
Modern Calendar Watches by Humbert (Bernard)
“For half a century one of the most widely used text and reference book on how to service, adjust and repair the calendar mechanisms in 20th century watches has been “Modern Calendar Watches” by B. Humbert. This book was published in 1954 in English as part of a trilogy by Scriptar, then publisher of the “Journal Suisse d’Horlogerie” but has been out of print for over 25 years. It is the companion volume to “The Chronograph – Its Mechanism and Repair” (ca.1955, republished 1990) and to “Swiss Self-Winding Watches” (1956, now out of print), all by the same author.”

Hi-rez images of John James Audubon’s Birds of America

Silverpoint and metalpoint drawing

Home automation / security controller, open source: Home Assistant

John Oliver on COVID-19 Conspiracy Theories

Cassina or yaupon tea, Atlas Obscura

Behind the Accidentally Resilient Design of Athens Apartments: Athens polikatoikias — concrete apartments with tiered balconies — were built quickly to create affordable housing, but their design has stood the test of time. by Feargus O’Sullivan




Links for June 2020

I didn’t realize my blood and bones were nextA one-off injection to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease is now a prospect thanks to advances in gene editing.Since 2014, entomologists have sampled millions of insects around LA, identifying 800 species, including 47 new to science.
‘Antifa buses!’ Panicked armed men hit small-town streets across America to fend off imagined hordes by David Neiwert
Zombie Companies in a Zombie Economy by Charles Marohn

I Am Your Progressive Mayor and I Think We Need to Cut Our Roving Death Squads a Bit of Slack by Bob Vulfov
THIS IS AN US PROBLEM by Ed is ginandtacos

Sleep Loss Can Cause Death through Accumulation of Reactive Oxygen Species in the Gut
by Alexandra Vaccaro et al.
New article with a partial answer to the question, “What physiological process makes animals need to sleep?” It will be interesting to see if this paper holds up. Only read the abstract, the paper is behind a paywall.

Kilobaser — DNA synthesis machine, $15k Euros

Multiplication magic squares

Surveillance Self-Defense: Attending a Protest from the EFF.

Why This Started in Minneapolis: Conditions that led to George Floyd’s death are not unique to Minneapolis and St. Paul. But there’s a reason why the Twin Cities triggered a national uprising. by Sarah Holder

What’s left of Magic Leap? The dream of mixed reality is on life support by Adi Robertson

Perl subroutine signatures
Reducing transmission of SARS-CoV-2. June 2020. Science

In its first tough test, CRISPR base editing slashes cholesterol levels in monkeys
A CRISPR edit for heart disease: A one-off injection to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease is now a prospect thanks to advances in gene editing.
Very exciting–some limits: 1) doesn’t hit all cells, only a subset, 2) may not be able to target all cell types, 3) Mainly single base changes, so gene KOs, small GOF changes, or changing on module (binding site), 4) immune response may limit number of treatments.

I didn’t realize my blood and bones were next. by Luke O’Neil
Stories of workers dealing with Republican COVID-19 denial.

Links for May 2020

Adrian Bott—’I never thought leopards would eat MY face,’ sobs woman who voted for the Leopards Eating People’s Faces Party. LeopardsAteMyFace subreddit

Judy Mikovits is a pseudo-scientific anti-vax, conspiracy theory pushing nutter.

Universities are run by corporate style boards, and this is a failure. Time to go back to faculty-run universities.
Free puzzle books in Project Gutenberg
The Conspiracy Theories A Conservative Must Believe Today by David Atkins
New York Times’ Style Guide Substitutions for “The President Lied” by Mickey McCauley
The Nonprofit Grifters Who Want a Cut of the Coronavirus Bailout: After years of undermining health policy to aid their Big Pharma patrons, patient advocacy groups are making claims to federal pandemic relief. by Audrey Farley
The workout drug: As researchers learn more about how exercise fights chronic ills like heart disease and diabetes, doctors may soon be able to treat physical activity as the powerful medicine it is. by Bob Holmes

Links for April 2020

Wisc politics blog.
The Republican-led Wisconsin State Legislature has not taken one single action since the crisis hit. Not. One.
Even in the Before Times, they were planning to take a nine-month break. 
Tony Evers proposed one (very reasonable!) $700 million plan to address the crisis on March 21, and the Republicans did nothing with it, and proposed no alternate plan. The governor has now proposed a second plan. Democratic lawmakers are urging their Republican counterparts to take it up. It remains to be seen if the Republican leadership in the legislature will do anything.
Restaurants and other small businesses have been asking legislative leaders to waive the one-week waiting period to receive unemployment benefits– something the governor has supported even before the crisis hit–and they’ve done nothing about it. 
The Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development, inundated with 160 calls per second as unemployment claims skyrocket into the hundreds of thousands, even had to go out of its way to clarify that the legislature would be needed to waive that waiting period. The legislature could waive that waiting period quickly and easily and the governor would undoubtedly sign it into law.
The legislature could even just go in for a lay-up and allow at-home alcohol delivery. Who would be opposed to that right about now?
The Republicans in charge of the State Legislature spent more than a year shouting about being a co-equal branch of government only to do not one single thing once a real crisis hit.

Kids STEM stuff:
MEL Science
Mystery Science
Kiwi Crate boxes

What does this physicist think of economists? by Jason Smith (parody)

COVID-19
Will I Get A Check From The US Government, And How?
Illinois Dept of Public Health–COVID-19 cases, deaths statistics
IHME COVID-19 projections
This Is Trump’s Fault: The president is failing, and Americans are paying for his failures. by David Frum (conservative critic of Trump)

The Self-Made Man: The story of America’s most pliable, pernicious, irrepressible myth. by John Swansburg

Yasky-bot. An industrial robotic arm becomes open.
Built a controller and kinematics solver for a robot arm.