From Hilbert Space to Dilbert Space


The plump guy with the white beard
Guinness Dark Side
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George R.R. Martin Ruins Christmas

Preceded by an exceptionally obnoxious commercial. I felt like killing everybody associated with it, so you could say it fits :-)

How to create a monster
Guinness Dark Side
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Poe’s Law: Mississippi River Monster Edition

Monday Night Irish Class, December 8, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 8ú lá Mí na Nollag 2014

Seanfhocail

Dhéanfadh sé cat dá eireaball.He can do anything."He would make a cat with two tails."
Turas na gcearc go críoch Lochlann.A trip that will never happen"Trip of the chickens to the border of Scandinavia."
Is trom (an rud) cearc i bhfad.A light burden eventually becomes heavy"A chicken is a heavy thing in time."
eireaballtail= rioball = drioball

Aon turas dhuit.one trip for you.(to heaven) - blessing
Dá thuras dhuit.Two trips for you.(to St. Peter at the Heavenly gates, then to hell) - curse
D'anam don Diabhail.Your soul to the devil.

CRÚBA NA CINNIÚNA

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Caibidil 2: Gnáthlá
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Your PC can read punched cards!
Guinness Dark Side
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A few of you remember this technology.

Punch Card Interface Now on Twitter
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Monday Night Irish Class, December 1, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 1ú lá Mí na Nollag 2014

Seanfhocail

Oisín i ndiaidh na Féinne.Always living in the past."Oisín after the Fianna."
Ansiud, a bádh a choileaín.The place where he always hangs out."There/yonder his pups were drowned"
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Don't like the cold weather here?
Earth on fire, environment
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Be careful what you wish for.

Australia has hottest spring on record as temperatures soar
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Monday Night Irish Class, November 24, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 24 lá Mí na Samhna 2014

Seanfhocail
An capall a phreabas is é a éimhíosThe horse that starts/throbs is the one that squealspreabann, éimhionn "The one who starts the ruckus makes the most noise."
Paidir chapaillPrayers of a horseI.e. on its knees — "slacker"

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Caibidil 1: Eachtra san Oíche [tuilleadh]
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The Quiet German
Windycon09
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The astonishing rise of Angela Merkel, the most powerful woman in the world.

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The world reshaped
minicon ddb
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The end of the population pyramid

For all of history, humans have lived in societies dominated (in numbers at least) by children. By 2060 children will be barely more numerous than any other age group up to 65. And looking after parents and grandparents will be as big a, or a bigger, social requirement ­as bringing up children and grandchildren. The year 2015 is, roughly, the halfway point in this astounding transformation.

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Monday Night Irish Class, November 17, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 17 lá Mí na Samhna 2014

Seanfhocail
Bíonn cosa crua ar chapall iasachta.It is a hard foot on borrowed horse.
Is minic a bhí droch-chrú faoi chapall gabhann.There is often a bad shoe on blacksmith's horse

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Caibidil 1: Eachtra san Oíche [tuilleadh]
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It is cold here, but ...
Earth on fire, environment
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Globe Sets Fifth Hottest-Month Record of 2014

NOAA says 2014 likely to be globe's hottest year despite U.S. cold.

The U.S. is a big country, but it still only covers about 2% of the Earth's surface area. Our temperatures just don't make much of a difference on a global scale.


The War Is On Thanksgiving, Not Christmas
business, idolatry, golden calf
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Conservatives love to say that liberalism and political correctness have led to a `War on Christmas .... the war is actually against Thanksgiving.

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Virginia G. McDavid
minicon ddb
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Dialectologist and Lexicographer

The Hipster Effect
Guinness Dark Side
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The Mathematical Reason All Hipsters Look the Same

Citing The hipster effect: When anticonformists all look the same

When hipsters are too slow in detecting the trends, they will keep making the same choices and therefore remain correlated as time goes by, while their trend evolves in time as a periodic function.

Forty years ago today
physics, Feynman
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The November Revolution

...two different research groups announced the discovery of the same new particle and redefined how physicists view the universe.
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Nobel Vintage
saturn
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Fundamental Physics Prize Co-Winner Sells No Wine Before Its Time

Brian Schmidt is the world’s only vintner with a Nobel Prize in physics, specializing in pinot noir because the climate and soil (or terroir) is especially well suited for that varietal. He and is wife own a four-star winery called Maipenrai (Thai for “It’s all right”) in Sutton, New South Wales, near Canberra.

Stoics: Myth and Reality
minicon ddb
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Back in 1970 a Carleton classmate said I was a Stoic. I let it pass at the time. However in the last couple years I have read Nassim Nicholas Taleb's Incerto, in which he writes very favorably about Stoicism. So I am now following up on something that was first suggested to me 44 years ago. This has got to be a personal record.


Clothes Dryer
hourglass nebula, eye
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Virginia Glenn McDavid. 1926-2014
altar, St Lukes
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Rest in peace, Mom.
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Monday Night Irish Class, November 3, 2014
Irish
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Rang Gaeilge, 3 lá Mí na Samhna 2014

October 27 was an all-class session. I had to pretend I was a wise elder.

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Caibidil 1: Eachtra san Oíche
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