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Joris Vankerschaver
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Just started reading the new Cory Doctorow. I do enjoy this one a lot more than Makers, mainly because of the descriptions of London that appear throughout the book.

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Wow, this utility just saved me half a day's work:
Typical story: lost a Python source file due to some github black magic, but using Uncompyle I was able to recover the source from the .pyc file.  Add 5 minutes of work to reformat the code, and voila, done!

Ten years after everybody else, I recently discovered the work of Greg Egan. I started with his short story Dark Integers and now I've moved on to Schild's Ladder, which is a geometer's delight :)

A quotation: `Yann replied affably, "My earliest memories are of CP^4 -- that's a Kähler manifold that looks locally like a vector space with four complex dimensions, though the global topology's quite different. But I didn't really grow up there; I was moved around a lot when I was young, to keep my perceptions flexible.'

Disembody me now!

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Today, I enjoyed a great tour of CRCA, the Center for Research in Computing and the Arts, thanks +Todd Margolis and +Tracy Cornish. While I'm busy grappling with my Newtonian, low-dimensional dynamical systems, these artists are doing some cool stuff with data and visualizations!

One of my long-term collaborators moved back to China last year and is now unable to access our Dropbox repository of joint papers. Are there any collaborative Dropbox-like tools that will escape the great all-seeing eye of Chinese internet censorship?

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I've only been to one of the bookstores on this list, and it wasn't even the most obvious one: Libreria El Ateneo. I'm surprised to see so many Belgian/Dutch stores making the list; next time I go home I'll definitely have something to look forward to.

(via Richard Feynman on beauty, better than Keats.
The Feynman Series (part 1) - Beauty
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