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Vasilis Vassalos
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http://simplybattycal.blogspot.gr/2014/07/new-places-familiar-faces.html?spref=fb
It was indeed great having , Karen and family visit us! ﻿
On June 21, we started our crazy, whirlwind itinerary of holiday travel. Yes, yes, I know I said "July is Holiday Month" in my last post, but we started early. We like to overachieve like that. The crazy itinerary went like t...
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Which airport is closest to you?

The dots in this graphic by Jason Davies show the major airports of the world. Each region consists of the points that are closer to a particular airport than to any other. For example, the irregular pentagonal light green area containing Iceland (near the top of the picture) shows all the places for which Reykjavik is the nearest major airport.

Jason Davies' website (https://www.jasondavies.com/maps/voronoi/airports/) has an interactive version of this map, in which the airports are labelled. The globe can be spun and twisted, and you can zoom in and out.

The furthest place in the world from a major airport is in Antarctica, which is perhaps not a surprise given that there are no large airports on that continent. It lies 5173.7km from each of the three nearest airports.

Mathematicians call a picture like this a Voronoi diagram. The individual regions are called Voronoi cells, and the points (airports in this case) are often called sites. Wikipedia has a nice page on Voronoi diagrams here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voronoi_diagram).

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The meanings of life - Parents often say: ‘I just want my children to be happy.’ It is unusual to hear: ‘I just want my children’s lives to be meaningful,’ yet that’s what most of us seem to want for ourselves. We fear meaninglessness. We fret about the ‘nihilism’ of this or that aspect of our culture. When we lose [...]The post The meanings of life appeared first on Aeon Magazine. http://ow.ly/2zVMCP﻿
Happiness is not the same as a sense of meaning. How do we go about finding a meaningful life, not just a happy one?
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"Humans evolved minds that chatter all day because chattering aloud is how we survive" - that could be my life's credo :)﻿

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A surprisingly persuasive argument for why a college education should be completely 100% free. Bonus: a scheme to fund it.﻿
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Very well written, I agree fully. ﻿
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Ελπιζω να το αποτρεψουμε αυτο το αίσχος﻿
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του Νικόλα Γιατρομανωλάκη Η κοινή λογική καταδεικνύει ότι στο σχέδιο νόμου για την «Οριοθέτηση, διαχείριση και προστασία αιγιαλού και παραλίας» ελλοχεύουν πολλοί κίνδυνοι και απειλές για το δημόσιο συμφέρον, την μακροπρόθεσμη και βιώσιμη ανάπτυξη του τουρισμού στην Ελλάδα και την ποιότητα ζωής των πολιτών.
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For all those who think that a conference publication (or even a journal publication) is a proof of correctness :)

1980: Mical+Vazirani $O(m\sqrt{n})$ algorithm for matching in general graphs
1994: Vazirani "journal version" of above result
2014: Vazirani "correct version" of above result. ﻿
A famous algorithm, a new paper, a full correctness proof Vijay Vazirani is one of the world experts on algorithmic theory, and is especially known for his masterful book on approximation algorithm...
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For Yannis Papakonstantinou

Is this life real? - Our species is not going to last forever. One way or another, humanity will vanish from the Universe, but before it does, it might summon together sufficient computing power to emulate human experience, in all of its rich detail. Some philosophers and physicists have begun to wonder if we’re already there. Maybe we are in [...]The post Is this life real? appeared first on Aeon Magazine. http://ow.ly/2D7lcG﻿
Philosophers and physicists say we might be living in a computer simulation, but how can we tell? And does it matter?
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I could have written a much shorter (and not so witty) but similar letter to the Portuguese PM when I moved to the US after my Edinburgh PhD in 1982. Change seems really hard in Iberia... (ht  )﻿
Last week, the astrophysicist Amaya Moro-Martín published an open letter to the Spanish prime minister, attracting a great deal of attention and generating some 2,000 comments and 75,000 Facebook likes. Here is her letter in English
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Autoawesome. Got to try this soon
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I have not yet seen this one posted, so here goes.

All 6 Star Wars movies, AT ONCE!

All 6 Star Wars HD﻿
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