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I don't often find "top n" lists interesting or useful, but when I do, it's by someone like Aki Kaurismäki:  http://www.criterion.com/explore/163-aki-kaurismaki-s-top-10
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Funky music from the 1970s through today

Brian Dema - tenor sax
Kevin Gill - lead vocals
Gueorgi Kossinets - guitar
Gus Lignos - drums
Colby Payne - bass
Jim Peterson - alto sax
Joshua Vaughn - guitar, vocals

Tuesday, April 2 - 10:00pm
Café du Nord - 2070 Market St., SF
part of the Blue Bear School of Music band showcase
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watched the whole video. it was great!
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Want negative weights on your personal network edges?  Now you can:
http://chronicle.com/article/Social-Media-Blasphemy-An/131300/ They'd have liked to add a "dislike" button too but allegedly that's explicitly banned by Facebook.
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Rumours are Fleetwood Mac will go on tour in 2013 (Buckingham, Nicks, Fleetwood and McVie).  Yes, they're now collectively 256 years old, but I think it will be fun: Fleetwood Mac - The Dance - 1997 - Go Your Own Way
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An interesting piece in The Atlantic about "microtags" that Netflix uses to describe movies: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2014/01/how-netflix-reverse-engineered-hollywood/282679/ "Predicting something is 3.2 stars is kind of fun if you have an engineering sensibility, but it would be more useful to talk about dysfunctional families and viral plagues. We wanted to put in more language," Yellin said. "We wanted to highlight our personalization because we pride ourselves on putting the right title in front of the right person at the right time."
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Congratulations to +Chenhao Tan on a great talk at CIKM -- and many thanks again for all the hard work and contributions during his Google internship last summer!
 
Our CIKM paper presentation was jammed packed today with people sitting on floors. The topic was how to improve expert and user ratings of restaurants using joint optimization techniques.

+Chenhao Tan did a a great job presenting the work, done with my co-authors +Gueorgi Kossinets +David Huffaker and +Alex Smola .

Via +Xavier Amatriain Tweet: https://twitter.com/xamat/status/395607227127431168

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Some of the conference/journal spam I receive is written in a curiously old-fashioned language. I just got an email from a "Ms. Wendy" from the editorial board at World Academic Publishing, inviting me to resubmit an already published paper to one of their titles. That brings to memory a recent opportunity I learned about from a Mrs. Johnson, secretary to Dr. Desmond Carson, whose client died in South Africa without naming any next of kin... but I digress. I'm just curious: why do those people use outdated gender stereotypes and writing style?  Is that because of who they want to target?  Or because their language reflects their social environment? Or maybe they used outdated textbooks to learn English?
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#3 seems most likely.  I suspect these people aren't genuinely gentlemanly or old-fashioned or whatever, and I can't imagine what incentive they'd have to target such people.
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I am reading the diaries of Anatoly Chernyaev -- a foreign affairs aide to Gorbachev and, before, a foreign affairs functionary under Brezhnev. His notes span 1972 through 1991.  It is an absolutely fascinating read.  A very personal account of how history was made, the characters involved, and what they were thinking.

Some translated excerpts are here: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/NSAEBB/NSAEBB379/

And the complete archive in available in Russian: http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/rus/Chernyaev.html  

Hat tip to the commenters on http://avva.livejournal.com where I learned about Chernyaev's archive. 
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Fascinating read! Thanks for sharing the link, Zhora. 
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A faculty opening in Computational Social Science at U of Vermont.  If I weren't gainfully employed at the #1 company to work for, I'd be sending in my application this very moment. More info at http://www.uvm.edu/~cmplxsys
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Google University Relations team is happy to announce a new awards program: Google App Engine Education Awards (US only for now).  Awards will be given to individual educators.  If selected, each professor receives $1,000 in App Engine credits which can be distributed to up to 10 applications.  These credits are donated on top of the already free App Engine quotas available to all users.  Read more at http://research.google.com/university/relations/appengine/education_awards.html
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Георгий Косинец