Profile

Cover photo
Angyl Bender
Lives in Seattle, WA
AboutPostsPhotos

Stream

 
If you've watched the HBO Silicon Valley show, please let me know what you thought of it. Its on YouTube and such if you haven't but want to.
1
David Auerbach's profile photoAngyl Bender's profile photoPeter Burns's profile photo
7 comments
 
Ahh. I've not had a tv stream since 2001 or so, or Netflix; just watch YouTube and buy DVDs of stuff I like, go to sports bars for sports. Perhaps that's a key - I recognize the BBT formula and laugh tracks give me nostalgia or something, but I haven't played myself sick of it already. Thanks for the angle to consider!
Add a comment...
6
Scott Linford's profile photo
 
Look a text area! I shall fill it... with stuff.
Add a comment...

Angyl Bender

Shared publicly  - 
 
I stumbled across an old article from back when Google ruffled many feathers with the roll-out of the "shared endorsement" thing.  I think the suggestion of using the "glass" marketing method is extremely interesting, and I'd love to see somebody - FB, Apple, Microsoft, Google, whoever - try it out.

It would be fascinating to see if the "social market" could be leveraged in such a way, and if the "marketing market" could manage to provide sufficient positive experience and incentives to give the voluntary beta testers cause to signal influencers to onboard.  I even suspect that in general people would be ethically okay with defaulting "on" for NEW accounts, with disclosure, it's the opting-in of extant accounts without consent that seems to push the creepy exploitation button, not to mention how people get weary of having to go update their privacy settings again and again.  If there's REALLY an ACTUAL value-add or reason for such things, the social is very capable of getting people on board.

Even the much--hated Facebook has a value - the mass of people that people actually know are there, people were able to connect with people from other parts of their lives that they'd lost touch with.  The maligned game invites were also opt-in, people voluntarily spammed their friends until the social decided that was Rude (and people got bored of most of the games) and that's largely Over With for anyone with a social clue now (props to FB for offering tools to help handle that for those willing to make the effort, too) - but people are still on FB, and like actually so, not like inflated by Chromecast screen savers not even active on the screen there.

So it seems like it COULD work as a social-market opt-in... and one might even go so far as to posit that if a "feature" is the sort of thing a company is 100% sure people wouldn't opt in to even with carrots/transparency/lack of lock-in, it might not be that great of an innovation after all.

#READMORE  (I'm also skeptical that scrolling-past should count as a "view" on a text-post, given that "view" is only a couple lines.  I could understand a photo view counting in scroll-past, since photos are giant and almost fully displayed, but oddly enough it seems to be claimed that DOESN'T count.  And maybe "served" is a more accurate term than "viewed" given the apparent metrics involved.)

http://adage.com/article/digitalnext/google-played-terms-service-announcement-wrong/244887/
1
Add a comment...
 
Bullying isn't only, or even mostly, experienced at the bottom school social tier.
1
Angyl Bender's profile photo
Add a comment...
 
Now we are getting down to some interesting data. #science #brains #autism
http://www.nature.com/mp/journal/v19/n4/full/mp201341a.html
1
Angyl Bender's profile photo
Add a comment...

Angyl Bender

Shared publicly  - 
 
"In three months we will be increasing our exposure to cannabis to 10% or more," Leighton said.
http://www.mainstreet.com/article/money/investing/marijuana-social-network-moneys-flowing-social-media-pot-smokers-0
Just, best VC quote evar.
2
Add a comment...

Angyl Bender

Shared publicly  - 
 
One of the most interesting parts of #heartbleed is how poorly Yahoo and all its properties have handled it compared to the other "biggies".

Also, not an IIS vulnerability. Wow times such change.
1
Kenneth Lakin's profile photoBenoit Flippen's profile photoHans Andersen's profile photoAngyl Bender's profile photo
12 comments
 
It would seem that Yahoo hasn't maintained a technical staff with teeth for like five years or so.
Add a comment...

Angyl Bender

Shared publicly  - 
 
Ignore clickbait title. Actual content is interesting.
 
Back in the US, I started running visual psychology experiments. I created artificial situations where different basic depth cues—the kinds of information we pick up that tell us how far away an object is—could be put into conflict. As the work proceeded, I narrowed in on two key depth cues – “motion parallax” and “shape-from-shading.”

Motion parallax has to do with the apparent size of an object. If you put a soda can in front of you and then move it closer, it will get bigger in your visual field. Your brain assumes that the can didn’t suddenly grow and concludes that it’s just got closer to you.

Shape-from-shading is a bit trickier. If you stare at a point on an object in front of you and then move your head around, you’ll notice that the shading of that point changes ever so slightly depending on the lighting around you. The funny thing is that your eyes actually flicker constantly, recalculating the tiny differences in shading, and your brain uses that information to judge how far away the object is.
[…]
In my experiment, I tried to trick people’s brains. I created scenarios in which motion parallax suggested an object was at one distance, and shape-from-shading suggested it was further away or closer. The idea was to see which of these conflicting depth cues the brain would prioritize. (The brain prioritizes between conflicting cues all the time; for example, if you hold out your finger and stare at it through one eye and then the other, it will appear to be in different positions, but if you look at it through both eyes, it will be on the side of your “dominant” eye.)

What I found was startling. Although there was variability across the board, biological men were significantly more likely to prioritize motion parallax. Biological women relied more heavily on shape-from-shading. In other words, men are more likely to use the cues that 3D virtual reality systems relied on.

There is a link to a paper in the article, if you're interested.

The underlying question is who designs and builds these tools? Those predisposed to detect motion or those who rely on tonal values? And what are the roots of these differences? Evolution? Hunting vs foraging?

h/t http://daringfireball.net/linked/2014/04/05/oculus-boyd
In the fall of 1997, my university built a CAVE (Cave Automatic Virtual Environment) to help scientists, artists, and archeologists embrace 3D immersion to advance the state of those fields. Ecstatic at seeing a real-life instantiation of the Metaverse, the virtual world imagined in Neal Stephenson's Snow Crash, I donned a set of goggles and...
1
Kenneth Lakin's profile photoBenoit Flippen's profile photoAngyl Bender's profile photo
5 comments
 
> Perhaps bringing shading and better eye tracking to 3D would make it more accessible to everyone?

Yeah, maybe.

I mean, there are girly-looking girls who are professional FPS players, so it's not like this is impossible for women.

If it weren't for the Army study (that I would like to read), my money would be on most women being less willing to put up with horseshit such as motion sickness when pursuing leisure-time activities.
Add a comment...

Angyl Bender

Shared publicly  - 
 
Had to hit the desktop to opt out of the newest popularity contest stats signaling.

Interesting that hiding my "view count" also hides it from ME, whereas the "follower count" is only hidden from not-me.

Anything else I should be opting out of while I'm here?
1
Add a comment...

Angyl Bender

Shared publicly  - 
 
Gulf War Illness Not in Veterans’ Heads, But in Their Mitochondria

Full article at http://goo.gl/kvouof.

Researchers at the UC San Diego School of Medicine have demonstrated for the first time that veterans of the 1990-91 Persian Gulf War who suffer from “Gulf War illness” have impaired function of mitochondria – the energy powerhouses of cells.

The findings, published in the March 27, 2014 issue of PLOS ONE, could help lead to new treatments benefitting affected individuals – and to new ways of protecting servicepersons (and civilians) from similar problems in the future, said principal investigator Beatrice A. Golomb MD, PhD, professor of medicine.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

Research: “Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Gulf War Illness Revealed by 31Phosphorus Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy: A Case-Control Study” by Hayley J. Koslik, Gavin Hamilton, and Beatrice A. Golomb in PLOS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0092887 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0092887)

Image: Impaired mitochondrial function accounts for numerous features of Gulf War illness, including symptoms that have been viewed as perplexing or paradoxical. This is a diagram of a mitochondrion. The image is not connected to the research and is used for illustrative purposes only. Credit Kelvinsong.

#genetics   #neurology   #gulfwarillness  
2
1
Aleatha Parker-Wood's profile photo
Add a comment...
Story
Tagline
Coincidence does not imply Conspiracy.
Introduction
Yes, please, I'd love another cup of coffee. My spectrum is broad.  I have ALL the Gs. I don't like trying to list interests, because I am mostly interested in "details that are awesome" and "the big picture".  I like to collect specialists and put them together like puzzles.  I like to curate interesting stuff.  I love talent and genius in most of its forms.  I have been informed sternly by an eight-year-old that I laugh too much.  I like to leave random comments and sometimes jump in your conversations.  I am a person, not a brand. I have a reasonable degree of experience and/or education in traditional arts, comparative mythology, psychology, neuroscience, and a lot of the places where those things collide.  I've worked primarily in the tech world, with emphasis on support, sysadmin, and PM roles in commerce and security, everything from casual c2c to federal robustness standards. I enjoy trying to predict the future (relatively short term, 1-7 years out) of things.  I'm surprisingly good at it, except I have a horrible tendency to be way off on timing.  I'm working on troubleshooting that problem, but you should probably pay less attention to claims I make about when and more attention to the paths and key event specs I imagine, since those seem to be where I'm far more accurate.  Also keep in mind it's simply a game I play, take it as advice only at your own risk. "Do I contradict myself?  Very well then, I contradict myself.  I am large; I contain multitudes." - Walt Whitman "Participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world. We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy." - Joseph Campbell Since the social norms of G+ are still being fought out, I will mention the following: I try to leave a comment or private post for everyone I don't already know that I add these days, letting you know why I added you.  I'd be pleased if you did the same when adding me. I may be slow to circle you back, because I try to pay some attention to everyone I have circled, and must limit my adding to enable this.  I am more likely to notice you if you participate in discussions with me, and the kinds of conversations that happen on your stream are also important, since I am interactive.  I post pretty much everything here Public, so you're not missing anything. I am very honest and blunt. I was told I put the "b" in "subtle" long before it was a meme.  I love asking questions and figuring things out.  I am very curious.  I want to understand you.  If I ask you a lot of questions, please do not attribute to malice what is probably more properly attributed to a burning desire to "get it". If you like questions and figuring things out, you should check out the #questionable tag, which I created in an attempt to channel whatever my mind has wandered to lately into a discussion.  Think of it like a game, using I-language and nonviolent communication techniques, of exploring things, and also yourself.  You can use the tag too, if you want, and I'd love it if you tagged me in if you did. My comments are not a free-for-all.  Don't act like someone I have to block.
Bragging rights
I know the people that knew the people before they were the people. I am prepared so the sark.
Places
Map of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has livedMap of the places this user has lived
Currently
Seattle, WA
Previously
Orlando, FL - Boulder Creek, CA - Colorado Springs, CO
Work
Occupation
I ask questions. I solve problems. I fix things. I laugh.
Basic Information
Other names
aaangyl