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We don’t make books like we used to

What would these works cost if we made them like we used to? What would that buy us?

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Cozy Browsing

One of the best parts of the Internet is how you can return to your past by changing your browsing habits. I just went on a reddit-fueled bender of fountain pens and notebooks and found some sites I’ve never seen, but the experience transported me back a few years to the waning days of the legitimate productivity blogs, when everyone was thinking about going analog again. It was a cozy few hours.

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The harder we work, the more guilt we feel when relaxing

BPS Research Digest:

The key finding is that the more depleted people felt after work (agreeing with statements like “I felt like my willpower was gone”), the more they tended to view their TV or gaming as procrastination, the more guilt they felt, and the less likely they were to say they felt restored afterwards. The same findings applied for TV or video games.

A sad and vicious cycle.

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Quantum Cognition

In contrast to a two-valued (yes/no) logic of classical binary alternatives, where the complement of a proposition is identical with its negation, the complement of a quantum proposition typically deviates from its negation. A nice colloquial example is due to William James (1890b, p. 284): “The true opposites of belief… are doubt and inquiry, not disbelief.” In the Boolean sense, the complement and negation of belief is disbelief; in the quantum non-Boolean sense, doubt and inquiry are complements but not negations of belief.

From The potential of using quantum theory to build models of cognition.

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Tomer Ullman: The Crying Game

He is, of course, joking. But it could work, right? My cats sound like babies, and they make me want to kill.

(h/t The Baby Laughter Project)

Sidenote: He’s this funny when he’s giving a “serious” talk, too. I saw him at CDS 2013.

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I Want a Programming Language

Here’s a list of things I want from a programming language. I know very little about this field. I program as an academic. I want to generate stimuli, design experiments, and write little helpers all in the same language with the same concepts. And I want to share those things.

I want a programming language that lets me I can distribute executables after I compile my program.

I want a programming language with a development environment that allows documentation to be seen locally, and alongside the program itself.

I want a programming language that contains almost all the libraries I could ever want, and I don’t have to fight or study to find out what library a particular function belongs to. I don’t want to load libraries for commonly used functions.

I want a programming language that is free to use, or at least somewhat free to use. I wouldn’t mind if I had to pay to distribute the language itself within one of my products. But its compiled programs should be free, and should run on their own without the language present on another machine, or if it is present, small, and invisible.

I want a language with a GUI designer as sophisticated as Xcode’s, but as easy to use as LiveCode’s.

I want a programming language like Mathematica, but without the asinine pricing structure and lack of output capabilities. I want a language that will never be intentionally crippled, like Mathematica is right now. I want a language that lets me share my works without including itself in them, or if it does, to be in the background, not the foreground, and worse than Flash Player.

I want the documentation to be the greatest documentation in the world, written intelligently, succinctly, with a lot of examples and a paucity of excuses.

I want a programming language that has hooks into the operating system, that presents a native and familiar face free of a veneer of emulation or themes that are close enough.

I don’t care if the programming language supports Linux, but that would be nice.

I want a programming language that has libraries for everything I might want to do, or lets me use them from other languages like Julia does for Python, C, and R, or lets me call it from other languages.

I want a programming language that supports the programming style of my choice. Whether I want the procedural flow of Julia or the purity of Lisp I want the program to work and the documentation to tell me which style is faster for what on what platform.

I want a programming language that has no dependencies. I don’t mind downloading a 10GB file once or twice a year.

I want a programming language with implicit parallelization, or a function Parallelize() that Makes It So.

I want a programming language with clear and concise error messages. I want to know not just where the problem is, but what the problem is.

If I have to pay for this language I want to be able to pay more to have a phone number I can call to get help on a specific issue. That, or a very responsive forum.

I would happily pay $100 a year for this.

I would happily pay $100 a year for Mathematica with a GUI builder and the ability to share my programs with systems that have never seen CDF Player or some other tier or echelon of playback program.

Really, I want a mature IDE for Julia with the documentation, functional style, breadth and depth of libraries, and conceptual ease of use as Mathematica.

Whoever or whatever gives me this language will have my allegiance till my end of days.

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New faculty positions versus new PhDs

From Nature.

This figure haunts me.