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The problem with data visualization is not that it's time-consuming. The problem is not that designing visualizations is a specialized skill. And the problem is not that it often requires a good deal of graphics programming and data manipulation.

The problem with data visualization is that it's often a lot more fun than it was to generate the research data in the first place. It's so very easy to spend a week or two creating a great animation of your data instead of, you know, doing your actual job.

My excuse this time — and it's a good one — is that my PI has specifically asked me to generate something good looking for a presentation later this fall.
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+Richard Carlsson Testers? It compiled, didn't it?
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En gång i tiden lämnade hundratusentals människor Sverige för Amerika och andra länder på flykt undan svält och fattigdom. Och vi kan inte veta nu om vi inte kommer behöva fly från någonting igen om någon generation eller två. Behandla dom som kommer nu på samma sätt du vill bli bemött om du vore i samma situation.
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Det politiska samtalet kring flyktingar och den fruktansvärda situation de många gånger befinner sig i, är på många sätt otillfredssällande, minst sagt. Det finns emellertid saker som vi som individer kan göra för hjälpa människor i denna akuta nödsituation.

Du kan skänka pengar till UNCHR, som sätter ihop nödpaket som består av handduk, filt, vatten, mat, kläder och skor. För att skänka 150 kronor, SMS:a HAV150 på 72980. http://sverigeforunhcr.se/stod-oss/manad-batflyktingar

Du kan skänka hygienartiklar, kläder och leksaker till Svenska kyrkan, Röda korset eller Islamic Relief. Du kan även vända dig till asylboende i din bostadsort.

Du kan hjälpa ensamkommande barn med läxhjälp, eller guida nyanlända i svenska samhället. Ovanstånde organisationer kan hjälpa dig rätt med det, eller så vänder du dig till Volontärbyrån. http://www.volontarbyran.org/ Du kan även vända dig direkt till asylboenden.

Ovanstående är helt frivilligt och handlar om humanitär hjälp på individuellt plan.
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外国人参政権
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Our sister project UT-Heart, a detailed heart simulation, has won "Best Visualization or Simulation award" at SIGGraph 2015 for this movie presenting their results. It's a cool movie.
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Fujitsu = SPARC
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This weekend I have learnt that you can easily mistake cucumber for zucchini if you're not careful. On the upside, I've also learnt that oven-roasted cucumber turns out quite well. Roasted cucumber, paprika and onion with olive oil and coarse salt on a bed of couscous was delicious.

Now to decide what to do with the unused zucchini left in the fridge...
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Entertaining Onion piece aside, Amazon does sound like a pretty crappy place to work.

I'm considering what to do next, and looking for a job at a large tech company or a startup would be a natural choice. But neither I nor my wife can accept the "your job is your life" work ethic that so often permeates these places.

Time is money, people often say. I'd gladly take less money in exchange for more time. That's not generally an option in the tech field, unfortunately.
 
SEATTLE—In response to accusations of an abusive workplace environment, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos assured employees Tuesday that the company’s human resources staff was working 100 hours a week to address their complaints.
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I've steadfastly snubbed their recruiters over the years. Ever since I heard about the practice of dropping the bottom 10% I lost all interest. While I'm generally a leader in the teams I work with I just don't agree with this approach. Simple does not create an environment I want to spend my precious life in.
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Not in Sweden anymore. 
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I strongly recommend this movie in order to develop proper appreciation of Istanbul :-)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0459242/
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I played through Race The Sun recently. At its core it's a neat endless runner where you race a solar-powered plane through an abstract blocky landscape against the setting sun. When the sun sets, or you collide with something, you lose.

Normally that'd be good for half an hour or so of gameplay. But this game has an ingenious "level up" mechanism, where you need to accomplish some task - hit something a number of times, or finish an area with no points - in order to gain levels. Levels, in turn, gain you new abilities.

I've spent several hours on the game over the past month, usually a few minutes at a time before bed. Much longer than I thought I would, and even after "beating" the level-based game I find myself going back now and again for a new run or two. If you need a quick, low-pressure game on your desktop, this is good.
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Ah, I never noticed it changing like that.
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The Tokyo Olympic committee has decided to cancel the use of the ill-fated olympic logo for the olympics and paralympics in 2020. The designer has been accused of lifting the design from a Belgian theater, who has threatened a lawsuit over the matter. It hasn't helped that some of his earlier designs turns out to have been partially copied from other designs.

From a personal point of view, I'm just as happy this logo will go. I don't particularly like it, and the 2020 olympics media barrage will be plenty painful already without this logo plastered everywhere.
 
東京五輪組織委員会、佐野研二郎氏がデザインした五輪・パラリンピックのエンブレムの使用を取り下げへ
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 2020年東京五輪組織委員会が、佐野研二郎氏がデザインした五輪・パラリンピックのエンブレムの使用を取り下げる方針を決めたことが1日、分かった。 組織委は7月に佐野氏のデザインを公式エンブレムとして発…
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Obviously it's copy from other logos. For Japanese pride, must not use as official logo. 
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This is a good read. Read it.
 
You Are Not Stupid

“So what do you do for a living?” I always cringe a bit when that question comes up among strangers, because when I reveal that I’m an astrophysics professor the response is almost always the same. “Um…wow…. You must be really smart!”

While it’s often intended as a compliment, it really isn’t. Smart didn’t allow me to become an astrophysicist. Hard work, dedication and the support of family and friends did. It’s also one of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists that one can have: scientists are smarter than you. Part of this stems from the idolization of brilliant scientists. Albert Einstein was so smart that fictitious quotes are attributed to him. Media buzzes whenever Stephen Hawking says something about black holes. Any quote by Neil Tyson is a sure way to get likes on Facebook. We celebrate their genius and it makes us feel smart by association. But this stereotype of the “genius scientist” has a dark side.

For one there’s expectation that to do science you must be super smart. If you struggle with math, or have to study hard to pass chemistry, you must not have what it takes. The expectation to be smart when you don’t feel smart starts to foster a lack of self confidence in your abilities. This is particularly true if you’re a girl or minority where cultural biases presume that “your kind” aren’t smart, or shouldn’t be. Lots of talented children walk away from science because they don’t feel smart.

Then there’s the us vs. them mentality that arises from the misconception. Scientists (and fans of science) are smart. Smarter than you. You are stupid. But of course, you’re not stupid. You know you’re not stupid. The problem isn’t you, it’s the scientists. Scientists are arrogant. For example, when I criticized a particular science website for intentionally misleading readers, the most popular rebuttal was that I (as a scientist) was being elitist.

Where this attitude really raises its head is among supporters of fringe scientific ideas. Some of the strongest supporters of alternative scientific ideas are clearly quite intelligent. Presidential hopeful and evolution denier Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon. Pierre Robitaille made great advances in magnetic resonance imaging, but adamantly believes that the cosmic microwave background comes from Earth’s oceans. Physicist and Nobel laureate Ivar Giaever thinks global warming is a pseudoscience on the verge of becoming a “new religion.” None of these folks are stupid.

If there’s one thing most people know about themselves it’s that they’re not stupid. And they’re right. We live in a complex world and face challenges every day. If you’re stupid, you can quickly land in a heap of unpleasantness. Of course that also means that many people equate being wrong with being stupid. Stupid people make the wrong choices in life, while smart people make the right ones. So when you see someone promoting a pseudoscientific idea, you likely think they’re stupid. When you argue against their ideas by saying “you’re wrong,” what they’ll hear is “you’re stupid.” They’ll see it as a personal attack, and they’ll respond accordingly. Assuming someone is stupid isn’t a way to build a bridge of communication and understanding.

One of the things I love about science is how deeply ennobling it is. Humans working together openly and honestly can do amazing things. We have developed a deep understanding of the universe around us. We didn’t gain that understanding by being stupid, but we have been wrong many times along the way. Being wrong isn’t stupid.

Sometimes it’s the only way we can learn.
One of the most deeply divisive misconceptions about scientists is that they are smarter than you.
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He said we celebrate their genius.  Einstein I get. Hawking I get. But I'm perplexed why people view Tyson as a genius. Regardless, if we view genius as extraordinary intelligence, there is not much to idolize.  Lopsided mental acuity results in a lot of quackery. 
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I was surprised to find that Turkey has washlets. A truly civilised country.

We're packing up before leaving Istanbul tonight. It's been a wonderful - but very long - trip, between my brothers wedding in Sweden and our own holiday in Istanbul, and it'll feel great to come back home to Osaka again. 
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It's a clear, sunny midmorning in August - and I still have to wear long sleeves on the balcony. Yep, we're back in Sweden alright. 
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+Jan Moren​ I am glad my mother didn't have to live in Osaka.
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From Sweden, but I've been living in Osaka for nine years. I've worked in cognitive science, neuroscience and robotics.

I am affiliated with Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology, but placed at the RIKEN Advanced Institute of Computing Science in Kobe, where I work on a project to model the subcortical motor-related areas in order to better understand the physiological effects of Parkinsons disease.

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Spent a summer in grad school building a trebuchet instead of doing any actual work.
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Metering For All | The Online Darkroom
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Film and darkroom website with info, tips and advice on materials and techniques used in making traditional wet prints.

Llama - Location Profiles
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Film and darkroom website with info, tips and advice on materials and techniques used in making traditional wet prints.

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The all in one terminal client for Android including SSH, Local Shell, Mosh and Telnet support. Features: - Full colour terminal / ssh clien

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Hej Jenny, varför är våra stackars svenska bibliotek så kalla? Nu på vintern sitter jag aldrig på bibblan utan tjocktröja och varma snowjogg

A taste for Sweden
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This year my annual trip to Sweden began earlier than I expected. It came out of the blue. It wasn't even in Sweden. The blue was the Medite

There are Speed Graphics and SPEED Graphics! | The Online Darkroom
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Film and darkroom website with info, tips and advice on materials and techniques used in making traditional wet prints.

Aedict3 Japanese Dictionary
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An off-line english japanese dictionary which uses Jim Breen's JMDict (upgraded EDict)/KanjiDic2/WWWJDIC data along with data from the Tatoe

”Jag är livrädd för att min dotter ska välja att bli vittne”
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An english-japanese dictionary which uses Jim Breen's EDICT data. Does not require japanese keyboard. Internet access is used only to downlo

Ingress
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Wolf Hound and Dachshund
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I'm (almost) a real bona fide journalist now!
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I got an email from The Daily Journalist, and they wanted me to join their illustrious club of fellow journalists. Which was nice.

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In my last post, I explained how I went through the procedure of getting an iPhone 5 in order to get an LTE - compatible SIM card and contra

Very good Thai restaurant, less adapted to Japanese taste than most. The seating is not terribly comfortable, though, and the bathroom is Japanese style only.
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Good, solid chain cafe. Second floor is open and spacious with lots of small tables. Usually not crowded, so it's a good spot for working or studying.
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My favourite omuraisu restaurant. The place is in a slightly seedy part of Namba, south of Amemura on the "wrong" side of Midosuji avenue, but the restaurant itself has a very calm, pleasant and slightly old-fashioned vibe that feels more high-class than you'd expect from an omuraisu place. Plenty of tourists; on one hand you won't feel out of place as a visitor (and there's English menus available too), but on the other, you are as likely to rub shoulders with a fellow tourist as with a local. Some people dislike it, others are comforted by it of course. The omuraisu itself is very, very good. I've had several varieties and they've all been tasty. I especially like the mushroom-sauce variants. Plenty of food, but there's set meals and a fair assortment of side dishes to pick from as well if you want (fried shrimp always goes well).
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Pleasant ramen place with traditional decor but a modern take on the food. The soup is very thick with more than a hint of sweetness. The noodles are pleasantly chewy. Japanese-style toilet.
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Good vietnamese food. The lunches, especially, are well worth it. The basement in an old building can feel just a little like a dining hall at times, but the cool and dim atmosphere is very welcome on hot summer days.
Food: Very GoodDecor: Very GoodService: Very Good
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