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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.





Links for March 2020

An Unsettling New Theory: There Is No Swing Voter: Rachel Bitecofer’s radical new theory predicted the midterms spot-on. So who’s going to win 2020?
NEJM: Covid-19 — Navigating the Uncharted. Most interesting bit is that there may be many undiagnosed cases, making the death rate much lower–1%, maybe lower. Of course, this also means it has spread much more widely, and 20-70% of a population will get the disease.

HERETICAL THOUGHTS ABOUT SCIENCE AND SOCIETY An essay by Freeman Dyson, 8.7.07
Wrong at every scale and in uninteresting ways. Unfortunately, it means his opinion was unreliable after he published this (and likely for at least several years).

How to be a Democrat, according to Republicans: Beware the advice offered by your literal opponent. by Shuja Haider
Compilation of the terrible record of never-Trump and other unhappy Republicans.

Wild mushrooms poison thousands of people every year. USDA just introduced a device to detect the deadliest toxins. by Jessica Fu
Jokes I’ve Told That My Male Colleagues Didn’t Like. by Ali Kelley, Kate Herzlin, Danielle Kraese, and Ysabel Yates
Fareed Zakaria Is Completely Ignorant About the Nordics. by Matt Bruenig
Timeline on Jared Kushner, Qatar, 666 Fifth Avenue, and White House Policy by Ryan Goodman and Julia Brooks

Links for February 2020

The State of Georgia Is in Play: New voter registrations are outpacing Republican efforts to purge the rolls. by Nancy LeTourneau
David Rosenhan–How a fraudulent experiment set psychiatry back decades. by Andrew Scull
In the 1970s, a social psychologist published ‘findings’ deeply critical of American psychiatric methods. The problem was they were almost entirely fictional.
Don’t Just Get Mad. Get to Work.
The FlipSide –curious if there is anything useful here. Seems to cover–this is the what the conservatives are saying today. Not the same as ‘this is something conservatives are saying worth considering’.
Rep. Schiff at Senate Impeachment Trial: In America, Right Matters. Truth Matters.
9 highlights from the impeachment trial this week

Graphics Gems Repository

The Fire This Time: In the Face of Rising White Supremacist Violence, Police Continue to Investigate Victims and Activists. by Alice Speri

Knotweed. Invasive species in the US and UK.
Where Might Trumpism Take Us? For analogies that show us where the nation might be headed, look close to home. by Jamelle Bouie

This One Chart Explains Why the Kids Back Bernie. by Eric Levitz

Lean Morse code online.
How Troubling is our Inheritanchttps://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/mvhkc/e – A review of genetics and race in the social sciences. by Philip Cohen (pre-print)


Links for January 2020

Money Laundering 101 byCZEdwards

Building Prototypes Part 4 of 18 (video) by Dan GelbartMachine Shop 1 (video) by Henrik Bak HeydeEverything We Know About Birds That Glow. Owls, puffins, and lots of other flying friends exhibit fascinating patterns under blacklights. by Cara Giaimo

Can intelligence be changed? by Martin Lövdén
Broad cognitive abilities, narrow cognitive abilities, General crystallized intelligence (gc), and general fluid intelligence (gf)

The Progressive’s Guide to Corporate Democrat Speak by Richard J. Eskow

How Political Fact-Checkers Distort the Truth: Glenn Kessler and his ilk aren’t sticking to the facts. They’re promoting a moderate dogma. by Alex Pareene

Inside the Secret List of Demands Warren Gave Hillary: The Massachusetts senator pressured Clinton to stock her administration with officials very different than Obama’s team. by ALEX THOMPSON

For The Win (3rd Ed.) is field-tested to help even the smallest counties assemble a high-energy GOTV program with little money and limited computer skills. by Tom Sullivan

2016 Timeline: The future of driverless cars, from Audi to Volvo.
All these companies have blown the timelines. Very little progress since 2016!

UCHealth: Making pseudoscientific claims about acupuncture. by Orac. Shame on U of Colorado!

Michael Hudson: The Vocabulary of Economic Deception
by Yves Smith
“The income tax was a basic reform back in 1913. Only 1% of Americaís population had to pay the tax. Most were tax-free, because the aim was to tax the rentiers who lived off their bond or stock holdings, real estate or monopolies. The solution was simply to tax the wealthiest 1% or 2% instead of labor or industry, that is, the companies that actually produced something.”

Machine Shop 1 (video) by Henrik Bak Heyde
Building Prototypes Part 4 of 18 (video) by Dan Gelbart
Lathe info by BlondiHacks

“The Trials of Nina McCall” by Scott Stern
“The American Plan. The forgotten initiative had resulted over several decades in the detainment of perhaps 100,000 women or more around the country, all on the mere suspicion of carrying STIs. Many of the women were imprisoned – usually without due process – and forced to undergo painful treatments, typically injections of mercury or arsenic.”

ARS Culture Collection (NRRL) “The ARS Culture Collection is one of the largest public collections of microorganisms in the world, containing approximately 98,000 isolates of bacteria and fungi. The collection is housed within the Mycotoxin Prevention and Applied Microbiology Research Unit at the National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research in Peoria, Illinois.” Many beer yeasts!

Whole Foods is selling dangerous anti-vaccine propaganda in its checkout aisles. by Maddie Stone
Whole Foods carries the Well Being Journal, magazine that publishes anti-vax articles.

Precious Plastic v4 launch. Complete plastic recycling system.
How To Be a Nonconformist 1968 hand drawn pamphlet by by Elissa Jane Karg
IBM pitched its Watson supercomputer as a revolution in cancer care. It’s nowhere close. by Casey Ross

A polyploid admixed origin of beer yeasts derived from European and Asian wine populations.

Ale strains and the S. cerevisiae portion of allotetraploid lager strains were derived from admixture between populations closely related to European grape wine strains and Asian rice wine strains. Similar to both lager and baking strains, ale strains are polyploid, providing them with a passive means of remaining isolated from other populations and providing us with a living relic of their ancestral hybridization…

Serenity — Outtakes
Math 101: A Reading List for Lifelong Learners
-Mostly pop science math books. No one today needs to read Euclid.

GOP senators know Trump’s defense is based on lies. Here’s proof. by Greg Sargent