Sunday Morning 2018-07-15

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Algunes lectures d’aquests darrers dies.

African Multiregionalism: the New Story of Humanity’s Origins

Several new discoveries suggest that our species didn’t arise from a single point in space. Instead, the entire continent was our cradle.

Brutalist Web Design

A website’s materials aren’t HTML tags, CSS, or JavaScript code. Rather, they are its content and the context in which it’s consumed.

John Mullan: The origins of the Gothic

Gothic fiction began as a sophisticated joke. Horace Walpole first applied the word ‘Gothic’ in the subtitle of The Castle of Otranto (1764). It meant something like ‘barbarous’, as well as ‘deriving from the Middle Ages’.

Delivering WordPress in 7KB

…the Internet’s energy demands are growing exponentially. Every additional byte transferred means more energy, which in most countries means more CO₂.

Plan to Exhume Franco Renews Spain’s Wrestle With History

Paul Preston… said that Spain was an anomaly in Europe in keeping a “place of pilgrimage for its fascist dictator” — there are no monuments to Adolf Hitler in Germany or in Austria, nor to Benito Mussolini in Italy.

Joan Perucho: Pamela. Ignasi de Siurana rastreja les intrigues d’una espia anglesa, francmaçònica, frívola i ocultista, corruptora del marquès de Sade a més d’introductora del verí de la revolució liberal a Espanya. Divertiment de l’autor i, sens dubte, també per a aquest lector.

Refugi antiaeri de plaça Tetuan de Castelló. La baixada és esborronadora.

Esquena i escorç de #Bolullés, neopintor de #Castelló.

Sunday Morning 2018-07-08

Algunes coses que hem llegit aquests dies.

When Jean-Paul Sartre Had a Bad Mescaline Trip and Then Hallucinated, for Years, That He Was Being Followed by Crabs | Open Culture

This went on for a year before Sartre went to see his friend Jacques Lacan for psychoanalysis. “We concluded, “ he says, “that it was a fear of becoming alone.”

Independentismo no independentista, la complejidad del procés y sus estereotipos

Amador Fernández-Savater entrevista a Edgar Straehle. “Qué relación tiene esa indiferencia anestesiante con la victoria de los estereotipos, esas imágenes prefabricadas que eliminan toda la complicación del procés y nos lo presentan como una reacción puramente identitaria, etnicista, supremacista, elitista, intolerante?”

itty.bitty

Itty bitty sites are contained entirely within their own link. This means they’re portable and easy to share. One link can hold about as much as a printed page.

Why I’m automatically deleting my old tweets

Tweets should be ephemeral. “By keeping my timeline restricted to only the most recent few days, I feel like I’m using Twitter more like it was meant to be used: a way to join the conversation and see what’s happening in the world right now.”

The Crab Migration That the Colombian Army Is Dispatched to Protect

This species, known as Gercarcinus ruricola, typically lives on land. But they head to the sea annually for breeding purposes.

Have We Reached the Limit of Human Longevity? New Study Says No

If you live to 105, your chances of dying in a given year are roughly 50/50, and it seems to stay that way […] “If there is a mortality plateau, then there is no limit to human longevity”.

Cory Doctorow: Zuck’s Empire of Oily Rags

For commercial surveillance to be cost effective, it has to socialize all the risks associated with mass surveillance and privatize all the gains. There’s an old-fashioned word for this: corruption […] Facebook doesn’t have a mind-control problem, it has a corruption problem. Cambridge Analytica didn’t convince decent people to become racists; they convinced racists to become voters.

When Audiences Come To See Authors Lecture, It Is Largely in the Hope That We’ll Be Funnier To Look at Than To Read

I can understand why lecture addicts go to look at British explorers, Russian princesses, and Balinese dancers, because they have pretty lantern slides or tiaras or legs. But it is incomprehensible why in fairly large numbers they flock out to view a novelist or a poet. Is it because they hope he will be even funnier to look at than to read?

—Sinclair Lewis

Avui s’ha inaugurat el #refugiantiaeri de la plaça Tetuan de Castelló. Però jo m’hi vaig anticipar. Fa uns mesos vaig escriure un conte en què aquest espai era una peça clau de la trama: Una història subterrània.

Sunday Morning 2018-07-01

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Lectures potser interessants d’aquests darrers dies.

COBOL

The last time you used an ATM, chances are the transaction was powered by a nearly 60-year-old computer programming language.

We May Be All Alone in the Known Universe: Oxford Study

Our main result is to show that proper treatment of scientific uncertainties dissolves the Fermi paradox by showing that it is not at all unlikely ex ante for us to be alone in the Milky Way, or in the observable universe.

Our second result is to show that, taking account of observational bounds on the prevalence of other civilizations, our updated probabilities suggest that there is a substantial probability that we are alone.

Breaking Linear Classifiers on ImageNet

We can take any arbitrary image (e.g. “panda”) and classify it as whatever class we want (e.g. “ostrich”) by adding tiny, imperceptible noise patterns… But in fact the core flaw extends to many other domains (e.g. speech recognition systems) and, most importantly, also to Linear Classifiers. It is in fact this linear nature that is problematic. And because Deep Learning models use linear functions to build up the architecture, they inherit their flaw.

Ecosistema de l’institut… per massa raons

Una institució inspirada per les millors intencions i, tanmateix, estructuralment tòxica?

How many words do you need to speak a language?

You only need to learn 50 foreign words to be understood. Bump it up to 800 and you should get through about 75% of all daily conversations.

El primer portátil de la literatura fue español (y se burlaba del capitalismo)

Rafael Zamora y Pérez de Urría, marqués de Valero de Urría: electroprosadoras y versificadoras para aficionados y discursadoras para componer y pronunciar mítines.

Deixe ací anotada la bio que tenia al Twitter, perquè m’agradava, però no em pareixia bona com a bio de Twitter.

Future is already here (RF), unevenly distributed (WG) and short-lived (CB). Subject matters: technology, creativity and everything else in heaven and earth, H.

RF = Radio Futura
WG = William Gibson
CB = Myself
H = Horatius

Walter de la Mare, Memoirs of a Midget. Una novel·la extraordinària que hauria d’haver llegit fa molts anys. I Miyazaki podria haver-ne fet una pel·lícula. Epíleg interessantíssim d’Angela Carter. M.: Midgetina, Metaphor, Myself.