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New Horizons is now close enough to Pluto to get better photos than Hubble did. Closest approach coming up in 12 days. Exciting!
 
Pluto Rising

New Horizons is closing in on Pluto, and that means we’re finally getting some detailed images of the small world. With the appearance of new surface features comes a new batch of questions.

The latest comes from a new color images of Pluto and Charon. The images were created by combining high resolution images from the Long-Range Reconnaissance Imager (LoRRI) with color data from RALPH. What’s clear is that there is a chain of features along the equator of Pluto. Whether these are features similar to the equatorial region of Iapetus or some type of cryovolcanic activity is still not clear. It’s also clear from the image that Pluto and Charon are quite different in both color and brightness. Given that the two bodies are thought to have formed from a collision with another body, it will be interesting to see how they can be so different.

We’re still in the speculation stage, since the data is so new, but the exciting thing about these images is that Pluto is no longer a spot a few pixels wide. It’s a world with clear features and with mysteries to be revealed. We’re finally exploring everyone’s favorite little world, and that’s a huge scientific achievement.

New Horizons will make its closest approach on July 14, so we can expect a flurry of images leading up to that time. Of  course it will take months for the all the data to be transmitted back to Earth, so long after the flyby we’ll Pluto is going to be rising in the news.
New Horizons is closing in on Pluto, and that means we're finally getting some detailed images of the small world.
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Now you can generate your own dreamy neural net image

#deepdream  

For those of you who liked the post I shared a couple of weeks ago about the images generated by neural nets (old post: https://plus.google.com/+JeffDean/posts/jVBUgDxhbRd), I'm happy to announce that Alexander Mordvintsev, +Christopher Olah , and Mike Tyka have put together an open-source iPython notebook containing the code that generates these images, and you can play around with it on your own images.  (Note: this notebook depends on a few other packages, so you have to have enough persistence to install numpy and caffe to get this to work).  The iPython notebook is at https://github.com/google/deepdream, but see the blog post linked to by this post for details.

The blog post asks that people tag images they generate and share with #deepdream , so I suspect you can keep looking at that tag to see all kinds of weird and wonderful images.

Have fun, everyone!
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squeee! Adam Savage interviewing my new favorite author, Andy Weir! 
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Ooh, goody. #readlater  

William Gibson, The Art of Fiction No. 211 - The Paris Review
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Cuteness overload of the (yester)day: A wallaby eating a sweet potato.
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One of my bucket list items since I read my first party report back in 1991 was to attend a european demoparty and compete in a compo.  I competed at NAID '96 and placed there, which was awesome, b...
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Oh, wow. Properly internalizing this on a deep level could be one of the most valuable mental shifts for me in a while.

> Advertisements and media often push the narrative that the purpose of all our toil is to win a chance at relaxation. We're supposed to work hard at boring jobs in order to earn our vacations. We're supposed to work hard for decades so that we can retire. (We're supposed to conceive of heaven as a place where nobody does anything except lounge on clouds.)

> I call bullshit. For almost everybody, inaction is boring. That's why we pick up books, go exploring, and take up hobbies. The ground state is an active state, not a passive one.

> The actual reward state is not one where you're lazing around doing nothing. It's one where you're keeping busy, where you're doing things that stimulate you, and where you're resting only a fraction of the time. The preferred ground state is not one where you have no activity to partake in, it's one where you're managing the streams of activity precisely, and moving through them at the right pace: not too fast, but also not too slow. For that would be boring.

> And yet, most people have this model of the world where whenever they're not resting, they're taking damage. When the homework isn't done, they're taking damage. When they're reading a textbook, they're taking damage. When they go to sleep with work unfinished, they're taking damage. When they're at a large social event, they're taking damage. Some part of them yearns to be in the rest state, where they don't need to do all these things, and insofar as they aren't, they're suffering a little.

> This is a grave error, in a world where the work is never finished, where the tasks are neverending.
Many people seem to think the 'good' state of being, the 'ground' state, is a relaxed state, a state with lots of rest and very little action. Because they think the ground state is the relaxed state, they act like...
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This is wonderful; neural network setup producing wonderful results; one example is training it on wikipedia and it ends up producing valid XML pseudo articles.  Another is training it on Linux kernel source, and it ends up producing C code that looks appealingly complex until you try and figure it out (even with bogus comments).
http://karpathy.github.io/2015/05/21/rnn-effectiveness/
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A storm passed over Sydney last Saturday and briefly made the sky look extremely weird.
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SpaceX landing a rocket onto a robotic ship, and almost managing to keep it upright. Very kerbal.

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Jeb would totally manage than one... Or at least keep smiling if he failed.
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What a delight! I liked a lot the real 747-100 cockpit where you can try sitting in the pilot's seat and have a knowledgeable volunteer explain what all the knobs do and what all the dials mean. I've visited quite a few museums related to aviation, but still there was a lot that was new to me such as the unmanned airship-airplane hybrid Avitor which is quite possibly the most steampunk thing I have ever seen. Recommended for anyone interested in airplanes, helicopters, gliders or jetpacks.
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Unpretentious and reasonably priced but the food is still great. I had the Roghan Josh with garlic naan and I can heartily recommend it.
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