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Fernando Pereira
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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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Supply-side tech crunch?
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Continuing my lossless re-rip fest of recovered CDs, listening to the first track, a marvelous cover of Brel's Ne Me Quitte Pas.
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Back in the old days of iPod, I used to rip CDs to reasonably sounding AAC and store them away. For complicated-and-not-very-interesting reasons, many of those CDs stayed behind in storage when we moved West. I survived that because until a few years ago my recorded music listening had fallen behind work and other activities. Since I got digital music gear good enough to make a difference between lossy and lossless a couple of years ago, I started listening less to the old compressed tracks. I finally retrieved my most favorite CDs (lots to ship over still, let alone to rip lossless), but I'm enjoying again listening to longtime favorites like Bill Frisell's The Intercontinentals and Brad Shepik's Drip.
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A sober perspective from Germany on the historical folly of the German government's recent approach to European affairs. Just returned from Lisbon, and even those there who agree with the need for economic restructuring deeply resent Germany. 
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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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Continuing the lossless re-rip fest, finally got to the superb record that introduced me to Dave Holland's music. Listening through my office headphone setup (Synology NAS -> sMS-100 DLNA renderer -> Schiit Bifrost Uber DAC -> Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp -> Sure SRH1540 headphones), it's as if I was sitting in the front row, wonderfully clean, well-separated Manfred Eicher ECM recording, amazing interplay between Braxton and Rivers with huge rhythmic space from Holland and Altschul in for instance Q&A, without the sometimes exaggerated reverb of some of Eicher's later productions. If you have not listened to this recently (or ever), please, please find it and listen with the best audio gear you can your hands on.
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Time to go meta: dressing square signals you are above hipster signaling.
An example of countersignaling.
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Time to go meta?  I started dressing up a bit more years before it was cool.

[No, seriously!  One day I looked up and thought "These software engineers dress like they shop at Goodwill", and I started wearing shirts with buttons to work.]
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The current Euro institutions seem unsustainable. If they are not wound down in a controlled fashion, will they blow up uncontrollably?
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In other words, offloading fine perceptual-motor and cognitive tasks to machines has turned out to be harder and take longer than anticipated by techno-{u|dis}topians. But then we are just in the first century since Turing. Where were the 1st industrial revolution in the first century since Newton, or the 2nd in the first century since Faraday?
Faster-than-ever technological and economic change is a myth. In fact, productivity is slowing down and that's the biggest problem we face.
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NIPS reviews done, phew.
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Making us feel bad eh ?
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Distinguished researcher
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  • Google
    Distinguished researcher, 2013 - present
  • Google
    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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Palo Alto, California
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Menlo Park, California - Lisbon, Portugal - Edinburgh - Westfield, New Jersey - Philadelphia
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Helps computers learn language, when not skiing
Introduction
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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Still keeps up with the youngsters on the uphill.
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  • University of Lisbon
    Mathematics, 1969 - 1975
  • University of Edinburgh
    Artificial intelligence, 1977 - 1982
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