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+Marta McGreevy​, you need to see this.
 
This is cool. Difficult & time consuming, but fascinating images are created as a result. Hopefully the exhibition comes to the west coast of California sometime soon.
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Time for Pell to face the music.

I can't imagine he'll listen to this song, though: he's not exactly known for considering the viewpoint (or authority) of anyone outside of the church hierarchy.
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I was reading a book which included the phrase "in these days of political correctness..." talking about no longer making jokes that denigrated people for their culture or for the color of their skin.

And I thought, "That's not actually anything to do with political correctness.  That's just treating other people with respect."

I started imagining a world in which we replaced the phrase "politically correct" wherever we could with "treating other people with respect" and it made me smile.

You should try it.  It's peculiarly enlightening.

I know what you're thinking now.  You're thinking "Oh my god, that's treating other people with respect gone mad!"

-- Neil Gaiman​
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I wonder which liberties the Liberal party still believes in.

The new citizenship law, by seeking to add an extremely long list of ways in which we can "renounce" our citizenship, is designed to make them a substantive part of our personal duty to the State. This is a very different thing from just calling them a crime. Losing your liberty is a very different thing from losing your identity as an Australian.
By inserting the requirement for allegiance to Australia into the proposed citizenship laws, the Government is invoking an idea that hasn't really existed since medieval times.
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Probably the liberty of the king leaders.
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"I want to have a direct relationship with the non-government sector," Mr Pyne said. "Having talked to the Prime Minister about this matter many times, it is his view that we have a particular responsibility for non-government schooling that we don't have for government schooling."

I think my head just exploded.

The quote is from a speech last year, included in the linked article.
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Google DeepMind's AlphaGo system is playing top human Go player Lee Se-dol for the first time.  Building a computer system capable of beating a human at Go (an ancient Chinese board game) has been a holy grail of AI research for a long time (for computers, this is way more difficult than chess; Go is generally considered to require the use of intuition to play well). Until recently, a computer beating the best human player was considered at least 10 years away.  Many did not expect to ever see it happen. I can't wait to see who wins.

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I've gotta say, I'm glad to see that LS won game 4. I was starting to feel pretty bad for him. Tough gig.
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This is an interesting article, a different way of approaching the big question, "what do you want?"

Who you are is defined by the values you are willing to struggle for. People who enjoy the struggles of a gym are the ones who get in good shape. People who enjoy long workweeks and the politics of the corporate ladder are the ones who move up it. People who enjoy the stresses and uncertainty of the starving artist lifestyle are ultimately the ones who live it and make it.
Everybody wants what feels good. Everyone wants to live a carefree, happy and easy life, to fall in love and have amazing sex and relationships, to look perfect and make money and be popular and well-respected and admired and a total baller to the point that people part like the Red Sea when…
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Shit Real Estate Agents Say

"We are pleased to advise that the vendors of the following properties have entrusted the sale of their home to be professionally marketed through our agency. We apologise in advance for any extra traffic flow which may occur in your area over the next coming weeks."

Listen buddy, if I get trampled to death by your stampeding horde of buyers, an advance apology ain't gonna cut it.
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put the trash cans in the drive so everyone and their monkey can't turn around on your drive!
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This pretty well sums up my experience growing up (http://replygif.net/557).
We’re an enigma, those of us born at the tail end of the '70s and the start of the '80s.
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on the plan to sequence all icelanders, to find patterns of disease.
In the ninth century there was a Norwegian Viking named Kveldulf, so big and strong that no man could defeat him. He sailed the seas…
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The return of centrally planned economies: Big data beats Hayek. Real estate investment trust moved from a decentralized system of landlord/property managers to set their rents to a centralized system using huge datasets and price setting software, revenue management software is also widely used by airlines and hotels, software is being used in hiring decisions, and Uber uses an algorithm to set prices rather than letting drivers set them.

Hayek's essay "The Use of Knowledge in Society" makes the case for the use of decentralized markets to take advantage of widely dispersed information to make choices. "Central planning based on statistical information by its nature cannot take direct account of these circumstances of time and place and that the central planner will have to find some way or other in which the decisions depending on them can be left to the 'man on the spot.'" It was probably true when he wrote that in 1945, but it's wrong now. Now centralized algorithms  outperform decentralized local manager knowledge.
A few years ago I was speaking with an executive from a real estate investment trust that does billions of dollars a year in revenue. He was telling me about how they moved from a decentralized system of landlord/property managers to set their rents to one that utilized huge datasets [...]
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