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Beautiful exposition by Michael Nielsen on how “cognitive media” helps us think and advance our work. Starts with music, aims at math. 
The world's oldest complete piece of surviving music is the 3400-year-old Hurrian cult hymn. The hymn was found inscribed on clay tablets excavated from the ancient city of Ugarit, in modern-day Syria. Sometime after the hymn was composed, the idea of using notation to record music was lost.
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I've been deeply touched by the stories of Syrian refugees in Brandon Stanton's Humans of New York feed, and a great way to help is through direct donations to the families involved, through HONY's Generosity Fundraiser:


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Excellent MIT Tech Review  profile of my friend Gary Marcus and his #AI company Geometric Intelligence http://www.technologyreview.com/featuredstory/544606/can-this-man-make-ai-more-human/ 
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Brings really insightful perspective to AI
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This is the fascinating bit: "the rise of sharing economy companies follows rather than causes the bulk of the increase in independent contracting."
The data show that independent "gig economy" contractors won’t become a major share of workers anytime soon.
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Its time to take back peace in someone's mind.
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Amazing story about digital transformation http://www.codeforamerica.org/blog/2015/11/30/a-new-approach-to-procuring-government-technology-in-california/ "Government Procurement: A New Hope” :-)

"This fall, I started working with a small, cross-agency team at the California state capital in Sacramento to see how practical and realistic it would be to move from a traditional, large, and typically risky RFP for an entire system to a set of smaller RFPs, explicitly requiring user-centered, agile, iterative development. With this would come a fundamental change: from procuring or buying a set solution to building California’s ability to understand, direct, and control the critical technology needed for government to do its job well....

"But why would a Child Welfare System in particular be a good choice for this new approach? Child welfare services personnel in California investigate nearly half a million reports of severe maltreatment and life-threatening neglect to children a year. Of those half a million, around 80,000 reports are confirmed annually, 30,000 children must be removed from their homes, and at any time almost 100,000 children are living in foster care for their protection or live with their parents under close county protective supervision. The Child Welfare System was the perfect choice for a new approach because it’s too important to fail."
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A lot of people have asked me to respond to +Paul Graham’s piece about income inequality. Here it is. I suspect that this is just one more step in a long discussion that we will be having.
Before he published his essay on inequality, Paul Graham sent it to me for comment. I sent him some quick impressions an…
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I'll be on the Breaking Banks podcast at noon pacific time today, talking about technology and the coming disruption of financial markets. This is also the subject of our upcoming Next:Money conference. (http://conferences.oreilly.com/nextcon/money-fintech-us)
Many industries have been revolutionized by technology in the last decade. Books, Music, TV, Communications, and now it's happening to our money.
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I dreamed last night that Donald Trump was taking people on a tour through a haunted house, and leaving them to pay a big bill afterward. Pretty apt symbolism.
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You think that with Trump? I would hate to see your dreams of Obama then. lol
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Nassau, The Bahamas Airport Travel Advice

If anyone happens to travel to Nassau, the Bahamas, I thought I'd pass on a travel tip.  They insist that you get to the airport 3 hours before your flight, and that turns out to be completely unnecessary.  I tried to target 90 minutes, just to be safe, but the event organizers for the event I was at hustled me out to get there about two hours before the flight. 

It took me no more than ten minutes to get through the entire process - security AND US Customs, so I ended up at the gate for the better part of two hours.  

Your mileage may vary - I have global entry, but even without that, there was no line.  However, I was told at the airport that it was particularly light, and that if you have to check baggage or check in at the airport, the check in desks close an hour before the flight.  But if you have a boarding pass, and aren't checking luggage, I'd bet an hour before the flight is easily sufficient.

I suppose that it is worth checking how many other flights are going out about the same time as yours. At my hotel, they listed all the flights, so it would be easy to see. I was traveling on the first flight out on a Saturday morning, and there may be other times that are much more crowded.  
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Like any other vacation location, it usually works fine. But then, occasionally, there is a long waiting line for baggage check-in and it cost you another hour. Especially if they bring tourists by bus from the hotels and resorts. 
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Cool use of Minecraft for conservation!
Minecraft meets Instant Wild: Introducing an African wildlife conservancy game, where players are rangers, protecting elephants, lions, rhinos, and more.
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