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David Cournapeau
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NumPy and Scipy contributor, music junkie
NumPy and Scipy contributor, music junkie

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Fascinating history of the silicon valley by Steve Blank: Secret History of Silicon Valley

I have wondered for a while about the influence of WWII over the US supremacy in innovation, that looks like another piece of the puzzle I was not aware of.

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Had a good laugh seeing this movie poster:

http://www-movieline-com.vimg.net/images/anonymous-poster630.jpg

It is as if R. Emmerich was the answer to the "Was Shakespear a fraud" question...

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I prepared some slides for an informal presentation about bento at work. This may be the quickest way to get an idea about bento at this point http://www.slideshare.net/cournape/bento-lunch-talk

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Interesting discussion about the failure of Japanese IT companies on HN: http://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=3127697. I had a discussion with a colleague on this exact topic, and I wonder how much is due to the "quest for perfection" (改善-kaizen) so pervasive in Japanese culture and work ethic. It makes iterative improvements more difficult, as those are more prone to occasional failures.

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I like this picture of one "Indigne":

http://s2.lemde.fr/image/2011/10/15/540x270/1588550_3_b7b0_un-indigne-de-marseille-prepare-son-panneau.jpg

("reveillez-vous" means wake-up in French. Metallica was famous for its strong stance against napster).

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From Guggenheim to Union Square (23 photos)
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From Tyler Cowen, a small comment from Matt Yglesias about starship troopers: http://thinkprogress.org/yglesias/2010/06/12/197526/its-an-ugly-planet/

Did some people actually take the movie literally ? Seems hard to believe.
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