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Artificial Neural Networks have spurred remarkable recent progress in image classification and speech recognition. But even though these are very useful tools based on well-known mathematical methods, we actually understand surprisingly little of why certain models work and others don’t.

Over on the Google Research blog, we take a look at some simple techniques for peeking inside these networks, yielding a qualitative sense of the level of abstraction that particular layers of neural networks have achieved in their understanding of images. This helps us visualize how neural networks are able to carry out difficult classification tasks, improve network architecture, and check what the network has learned during training. 

It also makes us wonder whether neural networks could become a tool for artists—a new way to remix visual concepts—or perhaps even shed a little light on the roots of the creative process in general.
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Anyone out there have a sit/stand desk they'd recommend? Every review site I can find has a business relationship with their top pick. :-/
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Today in obscure hobbies: Box-modding

I really like small, compact things, but I also like board games. Those two don't usually work well together. Board games are designed with over-large boxes to increase their visibility in the store, but they rarely have the production money to make the interior work well for long term storage. Hence, craft projects to redesign the interior of the box.

Eldritch Horror is a fantastic game, but it takes so long to set up that we lose half of our playing time by the time it's ready. (We don't have much playing time these days.) This box mod was designed to fit the base game and both expansions into the original box. It also lets you set up the game quickly, because almost all the components can be lifted out and placed directly on the table without any more arrangement.

The part of the design I'm proudest of is the expanding card box. It holds the cards tightly for storage, but expands on the table so you can flip through them like a rolodex.
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Just after finishing this, I discovered that there's another expansion on the way: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2015/4/30/strange-remnants/

There's no way I'm getting it, because it won't fit in my box!
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To see the doubled images in 3d, cross your eyes until the two photos overlap. I wish geometry didn't prevent doing that with photospheres. :)
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A minority woman visits the ghetto she grew up in, with bittersweet memories of its warmth and closeness but also its insularity and parochialism. She reflects on how much she has grown beyond it. Both her art and her interracial relationship are in part a rebellion against it. This chapter could be part of any number of stories about the immigrant experience, except that she and the rest of her community have scarab beetles for heads.

This is but one minor bit of character development and world building in a book that is full to bursting. In the first few hundred pages I could not have given even the faintest outline of where the plot was going, but I knew I was totally enthralled by the world and the characters (as surely as if I were staring at a slake moth's wings.) This is the book that The Fragile is the soundtrack to, bombastic, industrial, depraved, a little gross. It's the sort of book that a lovecraftian horror would write about its hometown.

I guess you could say it's steampunk, but in a world with an entirely different set of natural laws and creatures. The menagerie here has no counterpart in any fantasy I'm aware of. Its humanoids are portrayed so earnestly that a race of half cactus people can seem dignified. Its monsters are the scariest of any I've ever seen concretely described. There's no fear of the unknown here, he shows you everything, and it is still completely terrifying.

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A minority woman visits the ghetto she grew up in, with bittersweet memories of its warmth and closeness but also its insularity and parochialism. She reflects on how much she...
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I think I am on it, though I hardly have time to follow it. I have to say of the three I found The Iron Council to the slowest. It did engage me, but not till I had read through more than 50 percent of the book.
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These are some of the most amazing sculptures I've ever seen.
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Baby stuff is covered in absurd "you will kill your baby" notices, but this one wins. I had no idea that loose fitting clothes could spontaneously combust. I was in such grave danger as a teenager.
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Safety hint: keep children away from open fires and they will not ignite. Avoid all heat sources in excess of about 140 degrees and they won't burn. The added chemicals and safety warnings are designed for those who find it difficult to avoid for risk factors. 
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My attempt to turn Riya's name in Devanagari (रिया) into an ambigram. I finally gave up on perfect symmetry since I couldn't keep the अ from looking like an ई without making things look "really strange."
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This is incredible. Researchers reconstruct a rough map of Europe by doing PCA on DNA of Europeans.
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This is such a wonderful paper.

+Dan Vanderkam Long, long ago, you were interested in extreme value statistics, and introduced me to the Gumbel distribution. It has suddenly become super useful!
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Punch Brothers: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert: https://youtu.be/iXE_K2Kpoqc
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Why is the AMT part of +TurboTax  so horrible? It's easier to fill out the actual forms. There's zero explanation of any of the fields, I'm spending half the time on the IRS website and trying to guess which box turbotax is referring to.
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It filled 8960 form for me and didn't ask about filling any recovery worksheet. Is the worksheet something different or same as the 8960 form?
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    jumped-up illustrator, 2000 - 2002
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    Computer Science, Economics, 2002 - 2006
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Great food. Good prices. Lots of vegetarian options.
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Might be the worst food I've had. The beef had so much msg that my tongue was numb afterwards. My wife ordered a vegetable torta and something was off about the oil, such that it made her want to throw up. She ordered a grilled cheese as a replacement (how can you screw up grilled cheese?) and even that was bad. I don't normally write negative reviews, but I'm still feeling stomach pangs and don't feel like moving, so the best use of this time is warning others about this place. BEWARE.
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If you are craving green salad, this is the place to go.
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Food: ExcellentDecor: ExcellentService: Excellent
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