2014-08-30 Transducers are fundamental
Ignacio Thayer: “Transducers
are being introduced in the next version of clojure. There are
a few posts about them already, but I found the notion of
transducers more elegant and natural than I have seen
described. They simplify a lot of disparate clojure concepts and
make it easier to write more performant code without any loss in
generality. They are quite beautiful, actually, and I believe the
concept is elemental, like function composition.”
2014-08-29 The Coffee Nap
I discovered them by accident. Now I know the science!
2014-08-28 Solar P-P Neutrinos Detected
Their long-sought detection provides strong evidence that
most of the Sun’s energy output is the result of proton-proton fusion.
2014-08-23 Monkey Selfie Issue Resolved
Some entities specifically mentioned by the US Copyright Office that can not create copyrighted works are the ocean, the supernatural, plants, and monkeys.
2014-08-22 Julia 0.3 Released
The latest release contains numerous performance, library,
and REPL enhancements.
2014-08-14 Life in a “Moderate” Muslim Country
A teenager in Malaysia is being investigated by the police
for “sedition.” His sole act was to click the “Like” button on a
Facebook page supportive of Israel. He says he clicked it by mistake.
He has also received death threats from his fellow citizens.
2014-08-10 Python as Shell
A project that allows python to be used conveniently
on the command line.
2014-08-06 The never-ending conundrums of classical physics
Check out my article in Ars Technica: “classical
physics remains a vibrant arena of active research. Its foundations
and the fundamental problems posed by several of its subfields still
engage the imaginations of thousands of physicists throughout the
world. And like all areas in active development, it attracts
contention and controversy”.
2014-08-05 Nature’s God
This new book about the philosophical and religious attitudes of the
founders of the U.S. of A. looks interesting.