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Ha! “[Disqus has] gotten fat over the years and like a bad husband, I’m finally dumping it.”

Fri, 08 Mar 2019 05:38:08 +0000


Thu, 07 Mar 2019 19:20:26 +0000


Larry, there are a large number of videos about the IndieWeb available. I’ll make a few recommendations from the broadest and shortest to the most specific and longer given what I suspect about you and your background. This short 13 minute video Why We Need the IndieWeb by Tantek Γ‡elik from 2014 has some of the … Continue reading ""

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 17:49:24 +0000


Always wanted to IndieWeb-ify our WordPress site, but aren’t sure where to start? I’ve proposed just such a discussion session at IndieWebCamp Online. Indicate your interest here and join us this weekend. #DoOO #edtech  

Thu, 07 Mar 2019 02:03:44 +0000


πŸ“… RSVP for IndieWebCamp Online 2019

I’ve already started brainstorming sessions and am glad that you can propose them online already in preparation for Friday! And there’s always something magical about seeing an event on the web and being able to RSVP to it directly from my own website and having the site show my response. If only the rest of … Continue reading "📅 RSVP for IndieWebCamp Online 2019"

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 21:19:09 +0000


Wed, 06 Mar 2019 19:12:45 +0000


πŸ‘“ Update: Creating and managing a lifestream as an Early Career Academic | Kay Oddone

Wahoo! Someone else out there in the ether(net) has started a digital commonplace book and she’s documenting how’s she’s doing it. I love that she’s framed doing it as part of her professional growth. It looks like Kay has run up against some of the same problems I’ve seen in the past (and for which … Continue reading "👓 Update: Creating and managing a lifestream as an Early Career Academic | Kay Oddone"

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 08:55:12 +0000


Acquired Apostle: Travels Among the Tombs of the Twelve by Tom Bissell

Purchased at UCLA Store for $6.99+tax

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 01:57:14 +0000


Acquired The Witches, Salem, 1692 by Stacy Schiff

Purchased at UCLA Store for $8.99+tax

Wed, 06 Mar 2019 01:57:12 +0000


🎧 PressED WordPress and Education twitter conference | Radio #EDUtalk 27-02-19 | EduTalk

While listening to John Johnston on this topic, I couldn’t help but think how cool it would be if PressEd, an education related conference that is held online via Twitter, could actually be held on WordPress itself. There was a quick mention by Pat Lockley about their consideration of using the P2 theme to effect … Continue reading "🎧 PressED WordPress and Education twitter conference | Radio #EDUtalk 27-02-19 | EduTalk"

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 21:34:06 +0000


πŸ”– The notion of information in biology, an appraisal | JΓ©rΓ΄me Segal | Journal BIO Web of Conferences

Tue, 05 Mar 2019 01:06:32 +0000


πŸ”– The Negentropy Principle of Information by Leon Brillouin | Journal of Applied Physics: Vol 24, No 9

First appearance of the word “negentropy” that I’ve seen in the literature.

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:48:16 +0000


Mon, 04 Mar 2019 19:08:02 +0000


πŸ‘“ Luminary. A better way to podcast

Look ma! Another stand alone app-cum silo billing itself as a podcast solution. What do you want to bet there’s no RSS and it won’t work with any other podcatcher?

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:40:33 +0000


πŸ‘“ Podcasts startup Luminary launches with $100m of funding | Music Ally

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:37:28 +0000


πŸ‘“ Luminary Media Sets Podcast Launch Lineup With Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah And More Than 40 Others | Deadline

This sounds like yet another standalone app that is going to turn podcasting into a silo so they can monetize the content. Why not just build a payment system on top of what is already there? They could build less and capture/help out a much larger portion of the ecosystem. I suspect that RSS will … Continue reading "👓 Luminary Media Sets Podcast Launch Lineup With Lena Dunham, Trevor Noah And More Than 40 Others | Deadline"

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:36:22 +0000


πŸ‘“ Luke Perry, β€˜90210’ and β€˜Riverdale’ Star, Dies at 52 | Variety

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 18:02:32 +0000


πŸ‘“ Celebrating the Work and Life of Claude Elwood Shannon | IEEE Foundation

Based on this article the Claude Shannon movie The Bit Player has already had its premiere. I updated the IMDb entry, but I still have to wonder if it is ever going to get any distribution so that the rest of us might ever see it?

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:37:51 +0000


Mon, 04 Mar 2019 17:05:09 +0000


πŸ‘“ Deep text: a catastrophic threat to the bullshit economy? | Abject

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 14:52:17 +0000


Reply to The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic | Nautilus

Quick note of a factual and temporal error: the article indicates: After all, it had been Wiener who discovered a precise mathematical definition of information: The higher the probability, the higher the entropy and the lower the information content. In fact, it was Claude E. Shannon, one of Wiener’s colleagues, who wrote the influential A … Continue reading "Reply to The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic | Nautilus"

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 08:13:32 +0000


πŸ“… RSVP to WordCamp Santa Clarita 2019

Not only will I be attending the inaugural WordCamp Santa Clarita, but they’ve accepted my proposal, so I’ll be talking about Micropub use with WordPress at the camp. I look forward to seeing everyone there. #WCSCV

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 05:49:38 +0000


πŸ‘“ The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic | Issue 21: Information – Nautilus

Highlights, Quotes, Annotations, & Marginalia McCulloch was a confident, gray-eyed, wild-bearded, chain-smoking philosopher-poet who lived on whiskey and ice cream and never went to bed before 4 a.m.  β§ Now that is a business card title! March 03, 2019 at 06:01PM McCulloch and Pitts were destined to live, work, and die together. Along the way, they … Continue reading "👓 The Man Who Tried to Redeem the World with Logic | Issue 21: Information – Nautilus"

Mon, 04 Mar 2019 03:09:25 +0000


🎞 Studio 54 (2018) | Zeitgeist Films |β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…

Usually you just hear about the atmosphere and the glamour. Nice to see some of the backside of what took the club down and what happened to some of the principals since. A generally excellent portrayal of the late 70’s to help place the time in to some cultural context leading into the 1980’s and … Continue reading "🎞 Studio 54 (2018) | Zeitgeist Films |β˜…β˜…β˜…β˜…"

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 06:13:22 +0000


🎞 Period. End of Sentence. (2018) | Netflix | β˜…β˜…β˜…

An interesting, short documentary. It’s hard to believe how taboo periods can be in other countries. I desperately wish they could have at least found some Indians from that province who speak English to have done the dub (or done subtitles). The overly-bright non-actor English dub was just too out of place for me given … Continue reading "🎞 Period. End of Sentence. (2018) | Netflix | β˜…β˜…β˜…"

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 04:41:28 +0000


πŸ“Ί Chicago Fire vs. Los Angeles Galaxy – March 2, 2019 | Fox Sports 1

Opening at the newly named Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson.Β  Galaxy won 2-1 I only managed to catch the last 30 minutes of play.

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 03:05:33 +0000


πŸ‘“ Henry Quastler | Wikipedia

Spent a moment to make a few additions to the page as well…

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 01:49:09 +0000


πŸ‘“ Dr. Hubert Yockey of Bel Air, Director of APG Reactor; Manhattan Project Nuclear Physicist, Dies at 99 | The Dagger

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 01:26:59 +0000


Acquired The Emergence of Biological Organization by Henry Quastler

There was a single used copy in the UK for $12.49 and all the rest are $149.00+ so I snapped it up. Should be an interesting read in and of itself, but I suspect it’s got an interesting niche of the history of science covered with respect to bit history, complexity, and biological organization. Should … Continue reading "Acquired The Emergence of Biological Organization by Henry Quastler"

Sun, 03 Mar 2019 00:41:52 +0000


πŸ‘“ Book review by Nicolas Rashevsky of Information theory in biology | The bulletin of mathematical biophysics

While sifting through some old bookmarks from CiteULike which is going to disappear from the web soon, I ran across one for this book review of Henry Quastler’s book Information Theory in Biology (1953). The last page of the review had an interesting information theoretical take on not only book reviews, but the level of information … Continue reading "👓 Book review by Nicolas Rashevsky of Information theory in biology | The bulletin of mathematical biophysics"

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:13:26 +0000


πŸ“‘ Walter Pitts by Neil Smalheiser | Journal Perspectives in Biology and Medicine

This looks like an interesting bio to read.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:03:46 +0000


πŸ“‘ A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity by Warren S. McCulloch, Walter Pitts

Found reference to this journal article in a review of Henry Quastler’s book Information Theory in Biology. It said: A more serious thing, in the reviewer’s opinion, is the complete absence of contributions dealing with information theory and the central nervous system, which may be the field par excellence for the use of such a … Continue reading "📑 A logical calculus of the ideas immanent in nervous activity by Warren S. McCulloch, Walter Pitts"

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 23:02:15 +0000


πŸ”– Information Theory in Biology by Henry Quastler (editor) | University of Illinois Press (1953)

I’d love to have a copy of this book that I don’t think I’d heard of before. I’ve got his later Symposium of Information Theory In Biology (1958) already. That volume gives credit to this prior book as inspiration for the symposium. I suspect based on the Wikipedia article for Quastler that this may also … Continue reading "🔖 Information Theory in Biology by Henry Quastler (editor) | University of Illinois Press (1953)"

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 22:45:25 +0000


PubMed parsing

I would think that a major information hub like PubMed would have better metadata given its position in the research space but apparently not. It returns very little data, but could be way better. Example page: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17083004

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 22:04:40 +0000


Sat, 02 Mar 2019 21:31:48 +0000


πŸ‘“ About | Accuracy and Privacy by Mark Hansen

Added this to my subscription list as well.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 20:41:30 +0000


Sat, 02 Mar 2019 18:28:22 +0000


πŸ‘“ Why an HTML/CSS First Approach Works for #OER and why #OER Must Work for an HTML First Approach | Greg McVerry

This type of basic digital literacy is essential. Instead of teaching children D’Nealian or the Palmer method of cursive script in grade school, let’s evolve a bit and teach them some basic HTML.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 17:37:48 +0000


πŸ‘“ Assumed Audiences | Chris Krycho

This isn’t a bad idea at all, particularly in a more nascent rising independent web. It may be far too late to attempt this with Twitter and other means of social media however.

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 16:46:24 +0000


πŸ“– Read pages 54-60 of 251 of The Demon in the Machine by Paul Davies

📖 Read pages 54-60 of 251 of The Demon in the Machine: How Hidden Webs of Information Are Finally Solving the Mystery of Life by Paul Davies I’ve seen a few places in the text where he references “group(s) of Japanese scientists” in a collective way where as when the scientists are from the West … Continue reading "📖 Read pages 54-60 of 251 of The Demon in the Machine by Paul Davies"

Sat, 02 Mar 2019 06:10:29 +0000


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