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Off to the headphone races. I thought Shure SRH 1540s were good when I got them, but these hand-tuned LA-assembled beauties are something else, especially after 5 days of burn-in playing 6am-10pm. Their upper midrange is quite a bit clearer than the 1540s', and the bass is deep and natural. Listening to Charles Lloyd's classic Jumping the Creek, I feel right on the front row next to Lloyd's horn, Hurst's bass is resonant without booming, Allen's piano bathes the stage limpidly, and Harland's drums, as I've heard so many times (never enough) live, draw intricate arabesques to the right. And reviewers say that MrSpeakers's next closed offering, the Ether C (available in October) is even better. I'm in awe of what the recent spurt of creativity in DACs, headphone amps (Schiit Audio rules), and headphones is delivering. Never thought I would listen to music at my desk as if I were sitting on the front row at SFJAZZ.
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Found the wonderful http://thememorypalace.us/ podcast through another great podcast, http://99percentinvisible.org/ that I already listened to. Just listened to some recent episodes. For a superb sample, please get the linked episode on the statue of Nathan Bedford Forrest in Memphis, TN. When people gush about heritage, tradition, and states rights in the South, this is what they are really talking about. Really, listen to it.
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Now Trump discovers the role he was assigned by Fox: opener, not main act.
There's a reason Trump feels so betrayed by Fox News. Until Thursday, they were his best friends.
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The corrupt know Trump won't  be bribed to do their bidding...using main steam media propaganda in an attempt to demonize Trump 
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Vaccines need hard fundamental science and a lot of applied experimental work. Don't believe in magic, believe in sustained support for science, good experimental designs, and dedicated field workers.
 
The press has widely covered the apparent success of an Ebolavirus vaccine in Guinea. In this article I explain how this vaccine was made (it took longer than a year, contrary to what has been reported), and the results are not as rosy as the statement '100% effective' would lead you to believe.
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+Daniel Lemire Indeed, that's partly why I shared this. Vaccines need sustained investments and even when one starts working, it's likely it will require continued surveillance and refinement. +Vincent Racaniello​'s TWiV podcast has been a great source of detailed information on these questions.
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Continuing the lossless re-rip fest, getting reacquainted with the fabulous classic 2000s Holland quintet with Chris Potter (sax), Robin Eubanks (trombone), Steve Nelson (vibes), Nate Smith (drums). We heard them live several times at the Painted Bride in Philly,  memorable treats. I'm especially missing Nelson, who was our favorite in the live sets. 
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Thinking straight about water in California: it's not this crop or that, it's the huge hole — groundwater — in the water market.
 
A wonderfully nerdy piece on farming, crop choices, and what will actually help California's drought.
Real solutions to California's water woes will depend on politics and market regulation, not facile assaults on thirsty crops and struggling farmers.
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Working in the tech world for ever, I thought nothing would wow me, but this teeny CuBox i2eX did it. I got it to run https://volumio.org/, an open-source Linux-based media server, to bridge between my UPnP/DLNA NAS music server and a new USB DAC/amplifier that is to replace my current Naim streamer in the living room. I had already a proprietary-ish SOtM sMS-100 that works well to bridge the NAS to a Schiit Audio DAC in my home office headphone setup, but the sMS-100 has been discontinued, and anyway the CuBox is 1/4 of the price. After a relatively trouble-free installation, the CuBox is chugging away moving FLAC from the NAS without even getting warm. Sure, the magic cable crowd will tell me that the cheap USB connection from the CuBox to the DAC will do untold damage to the timing of the DAC and thus its harmonic integrity, but I trust the asynchronous USB and reclocking circuity of a good DAC to do something more real than golden digital USB cables.Anyway, it's sounding great.
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This is so cool. They crammed all the necessary interfaces to make this a very flexible platform. Heck, even does IR!
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Where have all the burglars (and murderers) gone: the history of the discovery of the causal relationship between childhood lead exposure and later criminal activity, across time and space.
In my previous post (Does less lead mean less crime?), I wrote about research showing how the rise and decline in environmental lead levels could account for the bulk of crime trends in the US since the 1940s. (In fact, lead exposure is correlated to crime as far back as the 1870s.) ...
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Common factors (wealth, population density, televised stories about lead and more TV crime drama, etc) could result in different lead exposure rates and different crime rates.
Common factors (improving regulations) could cause the lead reductions and the crime reductions.
And then there are coincidentally similar trends (like the IE vs Murder example).
I haven't read this paper carefully, but the stuff about lead exposure and crime that I did read carefully a year or two ago didn't pass my sniff test.  The models for calculating the probability of coincidence were simplistic and left no room for unaccounted-for common causes.

"But as Wolf shows, the correlation between lead exposure and crime bears out even when adjusting for demographic and social factors, when looking at the phenomenon at the state, city and even neighborhood level, and in various countries. It holds up even in locations where the relationship between lead exposure and crime doesn’t follow the clear “inverted U” curve of the data from the U.S. In the end, the lead exposure theory for the rise and fall of violent crime in the U.S. seems entirely plausible, in fact probable. "

The standard p-value for "probable" in peer-reviewed publications is 5%. That means one in twenty of these "probable" publishable theories are wrong.  And that's assuming the model for all the ways this could be wrong is complete.  Crime rate changes in a changing society are simply too complicated for that to be the case.  So the probability that this result is bunk is probably higher than 5%.

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"Alas, poor Yorick" would maybe fit this unsettling mix of smart satire and doom.
 
The °Bard does not fail us in this hour of need

Couldn't create a better synopsis on a bet.

#GOPdebate2016 #Shakespeare #BardAllTheThings

h/t to Dearly Beloved, as is so often the case for the excellent things in my life.

°or McSweeney's, for that matter.
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In other news, it appears Shakespeare smoked pot.
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... and now for something quite different, Middle East-inflected jazz that reflects the turmoil and cultural cross-currents of Iraq and surrounding areas. Got it from +HDtracks after I got the Pi Recordings email, just giving it a first hearing, I know already that I'd love to hear them live.
Crisis chronicles the continuing development of trumpeter Amir ElSaffar’s critically acclaimed Two Rivers Ensemble, a band purpose-built to explore the juncture between jazz and music of the Middle East, in particular the Iraqi maqam. The new work is his reflection on a region in turmoil and strife: revolution, civil war, sectarian violence; a culture’s struggle for survival. It sets aside some of the more exploratory work that he has done in rec...
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Another lossless re-rip highlight, a studio session of a masterfully coherent, long-lived trio that I had the good fortune of hearing live at the Village Vanguard just a couple of years before Paul Motian passed away. Listening on headphones, that ECM/Eicher trademark reverb is a bit too much, but that's trivial compared with the quality of the interplay within the trio and the well-spaced, precise capture of the three instruments, especially the super-dry, nothing superfluous Motian drums.
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Yet another lossless re-rip, now our dinner music. I first listened to Atlantis as the original vinyl, and it keeps living on. It may be exhausting for some, but for me it is the kind of session that sends me dazed and wobbling from the venue. As Arnold Lobel wrote so well in Mouse Soup, "More music!"
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    Distinguished researcher, 2013 - present
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    Research director, 2008 - 2013
  • LNEC, Lisbon
    1975 - 1977
  • SRI International
    1982 - 1989
  • AT&T
    1989 - 2000
  • University of Pennsylvania
    2001 - 2007
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I am a distinguished researcher at Google, where I lead work on natural-language understanding. My previous positions include chair of the Computer and Information Science department of the University of Pennsylvania, head of the Machine Learning and Information Retrieval department at AT&T Labs, and research and management positions at SRI International. I received a Ph.D. in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in 1982, and I have over 120 research publications on computational linguistics, machine learning, bioinformatics, speech recognition, and logic programming, as well as several patents.  I was elected AAAI Fellow in 1991 for contributions to computational linguistics and logic programming, and ACM Fellow in 2010 for contributions to machine-learning models of natural language and biological sequences.  I was president of the Association for Computational Linguistics in 1993.

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    Mathematics, 1969 - 1975
  • University of Edinburgh
    Artificial intelligence, 1977 - 1982
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