Sunday Morning 2018-10-21

abandoned building

Photo by Terra Evans on Unsplash

Lectures potser remarcables d’aquests darrers dies.

Digital immortality: How your life’s data means a version of you could live forever

[Hossein Rahnama] is building an application called Augmented Eternity; it lets you create a digital persona that can interact with people on your behalf after you’re dead.

We can now customize cancer treatments, tumor by tumor

But can any company afford to manufacture one-off medical care?


And so it is that every year on October 9, in conjunction with celebrating Valencian identity, lucky lovers find themselves unwrapping an explosive history of peace, war, and love.

Chinese city ‘plans to launch artificial moon to replace streetlights’

According to an account in the People’s Daily, the artificial moon is “designed to complement the moon at night”, though it would be eight times as bright. The “dusk-like glow” of the satellite would be able to light an area with a diameter of 10-80km, while the precise illumination range could be controlled within tens of metres – enabling it to replace streetlights.

Rhythm in Web Typography

Just like in music, where order is more pleasurable to our ears than chaos, so is a well-designed text with an established rhythm easier to read and more enjoyable to consume by our eyes.

Public Projects – Michael Pederson

Conceptual, street art. Warning Signs and Other Humorous and Unexpected Interventions by Michael Pederson

There’s a Sucker Born Every Minute

In conclusion, the two expressions “there’s a fool born every minute” and “there’s a sucker born every minute” both had anonymous attributions initially. Over time they were reassigned to prominent individuals of the time period. However, only the fame of P. T. Barnum has endured.

EtherTweet – Microblogging on the Ethereum Blockchain

This repository contains the code of a decentralized microblogging service running on the Ethereum blockchain.


Tutorial for implementing a mini blockchain application implemented in Python from scratch.

Quimi Portet: «Lo que yo siempre he hecho es música popular contemporánea»

Yo habría sido el superraro y Manolo el superpachanguero. Pero la gracia del encuentro placentero entre la pachanga y el underground fue lo que hizo a la banda. No fue un choque, y ninguno renunciaba a nada. Simplemente nos limitamos el uno al otro.

Sunday Morning 2018-10-14

brown chair in abandoned house

Photo by Simson Petrol on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquests dies.

The History of Philosophy summarized & visualized

This is my summary of the history of (Western) philosophy showing the positive/negative connections between some of the key ideas/arguments of the philosophers.

The surprising truth about loneliness

Five counterintuitive findings from the BBC Loneliness Experiment:

  1. Younger people feel lonelier than older people
  2. 41% of people think loneliness can be positive
  3. People who feel lonely have social skills that are no better or worse than average
  4. Winter is no lonelier than any other time of year
  5. People who often feel lonely have higher levels of empathy than everyone else

Neither Paper Nor Digital Does Active Reading Well

The cognitive effort to actively and intelligently read a text in depth is, if not equal to, then on the same order of magnitude as the effort to write about a complex subject. But we only have full-featured tools to help us with writing.

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs After Fetching $1.4 Million at Sotheby’s

But suspicious minds wondered whether Sotheby’s was completely taken by surprise.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-30

shed with broken glass window

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquests darrers dies.

Scientific Facts — Are they like Myths, Told through Fairytales and Spread by Gossip?

Studying the language of science delivers some surprising results: fairytale schemas help us to understand the narrative structure of articles; the study of verb tense reveals common linguistic patterns of sense-making between science and mythology, and tracing hedging in citations allows us how citations work to spread claims much like rumors.

Facebook Is Giving Advertisers Access to Your Shadow Contact Information

The researchers also found that if User A, whom we’ll call Anna, shares her contacts with Facebook, including a previously unknown phone number for User B, whom we’ll call Ben, advertisers will be able to target Ben with an ad using that phone number, which I call “shadow contact information,” about a month later. Ben can’t access his shadow contact information, because that would violate Anna’s privacy, according to Facebook, so he can’t see it or delete it, and he can’t keep advertisers from using it either.

New tech uses Wi-Fi to count people through walls

The system, created by researchers at UC Santa Barbara, uses a single Wi-Fi router outside of the room to measure attenuation and signal drops.

A Japanese company has announced a long-term plan to develop the Moon

“Around 2030 we expect to begin developing propellant and sending it to spacecraft in space,” Hakamada said. He hopes that by then, there will be several hundred people working on the Moon, or in lunar orbit, to support an industrial base. A decade later, by 2040, he envisions a city called “Moon Valley” on the lunar surface, with a diverse array of industries and thousands of visitors per year.

How Did “OK” Become One of the Most Popular Words in the World?

Young Boston intellectuals in the early 1800s used a humorous code of abbreviated phrases, like KC (“knuff ced”), “KY” (“know yuse”) and “OW” (“oll wright”). While most of them eventually fell out of fashion, one abbreviation persisted: “OK” or “oll korrect.”

Perdre la gràcia

Però existeix la temptació irresistible de descobrir el com, que consisteix a aprendre el secret mitjançant un mètode lineal, pas a pas, o a expressar-lo en paraules. Com és possible que la gent demani que se li expliqui, per exemple, com es balla, en lloc d’observar, simplement, i fer-ho? Per què una instrucció formal per ensenyar una cosa tan natural com nedar? Per què els éssers humans han de llegir llibres per entendre la copulació? Les mitologies de moltes cultures inclouen, en formes variables, el tema de la pèrdua de l’estat de gràcia i la necessitat consegüent de reemplaçar-lo per la tecnologia.

—Alan Watts, El camí del Tao.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-23

brown and white conch on seashore

Photo by Javardh on Unsplash

Lectures potser interessants d’aquesta setmana.

Amador Fernández-Savater: la necesidad de que la gente piense

La verdadera catástrofe es que nos relacionemos con el mundo como espectadores, engañados y manipulados, incapaces de pensar y actuar para cambiarlo (Guy Debord), atrapados en falsas y diabólicas dicotomías de las que necesitamos escapar (Stengers y Pignarre). “Pensar es el único contra-embrujo posible”. Y la lucha, la ocasión para no vivir y morir idiotas.

The Landlocked Navy of Mongolia

“I would like to see the real sea someday,” muses a sailor of the Mongolian Navy. “I imagine it’d be gentle and peaceful. Here on Lake Khövsgöl, the water is very rough and cold.”

Jaron Lanier: “Los monopolios han arruinado Internet”

A lo que me opongo es a ese control por parte de monopolios gigantes en el que cualquier conexión entre personas solo se puede financiar si hay una tercera persona que quiere manipular a esas dos personas […] Internet en sí mismo sigue siendo genial.

César Rendueles: Herejes de la religión digital

Es indiscutible que los mitos tecnológicos tienen capacidad consensual y están muy presentes en los discursos políticos públicos. Otra cosa muy distinta es el papel efectivo que desempeñan, por ejemplo, la economía del conocimiento o la inteligencia artificial en nuestro sistema económico y político.

Pedro Vallín: Gramática parda en la galaxia Podemos

La historia del siglo XX ilustra lo determinante que es la organización jerárquica de los enemigos, lo trascendente que es el escalafón del mal.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-16

Lectures potser remarcables d’aquesta setmana.

The world’s most prolific writer is a Chinese algorithm

Alibaba claims that its program can produce 20,000 lines of ad copy a second, and that it is being used nearly a million times a day by companies.

Beer inspired ancient farmers to grow cereals

…a research team of archaeologists… stumbled across evidence of a massive brewery from many millennia before the dawn of agriculture. “This accounts for the oldest record of man-made alcohol in the world.”

Article 13 makes it official. It’s time to embrace decentralization

Upload filters are orwellian and perform poorly. But this doesn’t target small communities or people independently hosting their content. “Ultimately, this directive targets an era of the web that is already beginning to wane.”

Sperm donor #2757 sired at least 45 kids—now they’re connecting online

The modern family ties and genetic sleuthing are making it easier for donor-conceived children to learn about their backgrounds—and harder for anonymous donors to maintain anonymity.

Automation has totally eliminated just one job since 1950

Automation often replaces human labor, but very rarely in the last sixty years has it eliminated an entire occupation. Only one of the 270 detailed occupations listed in the 1950 US Census has since been eliminated by automation […]: elevator operator.

The best note-taking apps to use in 2018

“…we looked for the simplest, easiest-to-use note-taking app that’s relatively affordable.” Best one: Google Keep. Good alternative: iA Writer.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-09

empty brown steel chair

Photo by Nathan Wright on Unsplash

Lectures d’aquests dies.

Why Czechs don’t speak German

In the 17th Century, when the kingdom of Bohemia was under Habsburg rule, the Czech language may have disappeared if it wasn’t for puppets, and a legal loophole… as puppets were the only remaining entities that had the right to speak Czech in public places.

Google Purchased Bulk Transaction Data from Mastercard to Link Online Ads and Offline Purchases

Through this test program, Google can anonymously match these existing user profiles to purchases made in physical stores. The result is powerful: Google knows that people clicked on ads and can now tell advertisers that this activity led to actual store sales.

César Rendueles: “Este capitalismo es incompatible con la vida humana”

Probablemente vaya a ser un experimento fallido y breve, de apenas unos pocos siglos, frente a sociedades y modos de vida que han durado milenios porque se enfrenta a límites materiales infranqueables. El capitalismo tal y como lo conocemos es imposible que subsista porque es medioambientalmente incompatible con la vida humana.

Sunday Morning 2018-09-02

brown and white conch on seashore

Photo by Javardh on Unsplash

Coses que hem llegit aquests dies.

Ignacio Sánchez-Cuenca: La posverdad suprema

En estos momentos, la posverdad corporativa e ideológica se encarna de forma sobresaliente en nuestro Tribunal Supremo y su empeño en mantener la acusación de rebelión contra los líderes políticos del movimiento independentista catalán. Tratar de encajar las conductas del “otoño caliente” del 2017 en el tipo penal de rebelión es contrario a la lógica, el sentido común y el propio derecho español […] Se han propuesto dar un escarmiento ejemplar a los líderes del independentismo, un castigo que deje claro a las próximas generaciones el riesgo al que se exponen si alguien intenta de nuevo una estrategia unilateral rupturista […] Para frenar el disparate y la injusticia que se está cometiendo con las acusaciones de rebelión, haría falta una sociedad civil que se tomara en serio que en una democracia resulta inadmisible juzgar a unos políticos por hechos que no han cometido. No estamos ahí todavía.

Advertising is obsolete – here’s why it’s time to end it

Advertising is manipulation and should be illegal.

Online Bettors Know If Psychology Studies Will Replicate

While the SSRP team was doing their experimental re-runs, they also ran a “prediction market”—a stock exchange in which volunteers could buy or sell “shares” in the 21 studies, based on how reproducible they seemed. They recruited 206 volunteers—a mix of psychologists and economists, students and professors, none of whom were involved in the SSRP itself. Each started with $100 and could earn more by correctly betting on studies that eventually panned out.

Sunday Morning 2018-08-12

Photo by Yener Ozturk on Unsplash

Algunes lectures d’aquesta setmana.

What does QAnon have to do with leftist Italian authors Wu Ming

…the conspiracy theory behind the conspiracy theory is that leftist pranksters inspired by Wu Ming’s novel Q created a fake internet person named “Q.” Under this guise, they share fake news in alt-right forums, getting users worked up over implausible revelations…

How the menstrual cycle changes women’s brains – for better

It turns out that women are more adept at certain skills, such as spatial awareness, after their period. Three weeks after, they are significantly better communicators – and, oddly, particularly good at telling when others are feeling fearful. Finally, for part of their cycles their brains are actually bigger.

Women Die More From Heart Attacks Than Men — Unless the ER Doc Is Female

There could be a systematic bias where male physicians are not listening to female patients’ complaints as readily as [those of] a man, or there could be a bias that favors men in the medical literature, leading to misdiagnoses in women. It may also be that female doctors do a better job than their male counterparts.

The Underground Rivers of London

The Walbrook, which once flowed openly through the center of Roman London and was used for transport, was paved over in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Romans had a temple and port in its banks […] A total of twenty one rivers were forced underground by the burgeoning city, but their impact on London’s landscape remains.

La supervivencia de los más ricos y cómo traman abandonar el barco

Para los multimillonarios, el futuro de la tecnología consiste en su capacidad de huida. El objetivo es trascender la condición humana y protegerse del cambio climático, los grandes flujos migratorios, las pandemias globales…