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"[Soviet mathematician Andrei Nikolaevich] Kolmogorov was also an avid and passionate outdoorsman.  His meetings with students and colleagues would often take place high atop some mountain outside Moscow, or in a canoe on the Volga River.  It is said that he'd swim for hours in frigid Russian lakes in the dead of winter and was also known for skiing long distances in his shorts (some say underwear) through the snow-covered forest around his house in Komarovka, well into his 70s.  Perhaps you have seen the (uncanny) pictures of Russian president Vladimir Putin, bare-chested atop a horse, arching a bow and arrow, hunting fowl.  Well, he probably took his lead from Kolmogorov."

-- Moshe A. Milevsky, The 7 Most Important Equations for Your Retirement: The Fascinating People and Ideas Behiond Planning Your Retirement Income.

The book lives up to its subtitle: it is about people and ideas, as well as equations; non-mathematicians may read and enjoy it.
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I substituted for the organist at our church this morning, for the first time in years.  This was our closing hymn -- played by a much better organist, on a far better organ, with a better arrangement, and better singers (in this regard, Lutherans > Catholics).
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Before today I did not know what a weasel ball was, although I had heard of emus.  (Two-minute video.)
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I looked it up: http://www.weaselballs.com/ - - - a sincerely un-serious product.
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Tired of hearing of "SCOTUS".
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From Nice to Kindness ...
 
Introducing Nice 2.0, Kindness.
Nice, like many first generation products, was limited. It was polite and avoided offence allowing systems to cooperate, but with prolonged use Nice became bugged by Indifference and often corrupted systems with Contempt. Some users of Nice came to rely on exploits or feared being exploited themselves. This resulted in Nice becoming unusable even for its limited design specifications.

Nice 2.0, Kindness relies on features provided by the operating system Humility and gains new levels of reliability when supported by Gratitude. We believe upgrading old Nice systems to Kindness will improve performance under strenuous conditions and when powered by Love (verify your Love has been certified as genuine Charity to maintain warranty) will continue to bring Joy for many years to come.
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Korean students' version of April Fools Day is more fun that Google's.
- -Come to think of it, what was Google's 4/1 prank this year? 
- Yes, this is 5 weeks late, but I've never been good at keeping up with the times.
Ahh April Fools’ Day. In Korea, it’s called Man Woo Jeol (만우절 -萬愚節), which translates to “very foolish holiday.” A day when everything from tiny lies to faked deaths is, in the end, forgivable. Within reason. Specifically in schools in Korea, it’s a time of teamwork and...
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GMail users: If Linus Torvalds is having trouble with GMail's spam detection, then it's probably a good idea to have a look at your spam folder and see if you are too.  I checked mine just now, and I'm not; but I don't get nearly as much mail as he does, nor on the same subjects.  Spam filtering is a knotty problem, and what works well for many people will not work well for all.

The comments on the original post are worth glancing over -- too many to read all.
 
Dear Google Mail Team,

  I've said very nice things about your spam filter in the past, but I'm afraid I am going to have to take it all back. I'm currently going through the spam for the last week, and have gone through about a third of it.

Something you did recently has been an unmitigated disaster. Of the roughly 1000 spam threads I've gone through so far, right now 228 threads were incorrectly marked as spam.

That's not the 0.1% false positive rate you tried to make such a big deal about last week. No. That's over 20% of my spambox being real emails with patches and pull requests.  Almost a quarter!

I don't know how to even describe the level of brokenness in those kinds of spam numbers. There were a few pages of email (I've got it set up so it shows me 50 threads per page) where more than half of the "spam" wasn't.

Quite frankly, that sucks. It's not acceptable. Whatever you started doing a few days ago is completely and utterly broken.

It's actually at the point where I'm noticing missing messages in the email conversations I see, because gmail has been marking emails in the middle of the conversation as spam. Things that people replied to and that contained patches and problem descriptions.

They didn't try to sell me a bigger penis or tell me about how somebody is cheating on me. Really.

You dun goofed. Badly. Get your shit together, because a 20% error rate for spam detection is making your spam filter useless.

[ Edit: looks like it started four days ago. As of July 13, it looks like a big swath of lkml has been marked as spam for me. ]

[ Edit 2: final numbers: out of around 3000 spam threads, I had to mark 1190 threads as "not spam". So the numbers actually got worse: about 30% of my spam-box wasn't actually spam. It started around 1pm on Monday, July 13th. The problem really is that clear, that I can tell pretty much when it started ]

[ Edit 3: it wasn't just patches, and it's not just lkml. There were things like Junio's recent git v2.5.0-rc2 announcement etc. The new gmail spam filter hates any mailing list emails, apparently. In the time I wrote the last note, I got seven more emails marked as spam, two of which weren't. ]
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+Ivan Miljenovic I also found an email or two from Duncan in my spam folder last week after reading about Linus's spam filter issues.
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In Jeonju, South Korea, we visited a museum of traditional Korean wine and liquor making. The first step is very important! It is: It is the right first step for any kind of productive activity, is...
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I struggle to read blogs with low-contrast text.  There are more and more of them.  I also struggle to find a high-contrast theme and settings for my own fledgling blog; wordpress.com does not make this easy.
Low-contrast text may be trendy, but it is also illegible, undiscoverable, and inaccessible. Instead, consider more usable alternatives.
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Any time I'm feeling too smart, all I have to do is try playing the Korean bamboo flute (단소, danso or tanso) to be reminded of what an idiot I truly am.  My brother in law Lee Tong Ha gave me two o...
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New blog.
This beautifully painted Korean Air jet is the one that took us to Korea.  It is seen here at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago, being made ready to board passengers. Here's a close-up (click...
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This looks promising.  One of the things that attracted me to Google+ in the first place was the idea of sharing different things with different "circles," with different interests.  But how should I know which circles to put people into, based on their interests?  The new collections, I think, will be a better fit to the publish/subscribe model: "create a collection" = publish; "follow a collection" = subscribe.
 
Introducing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic

Our happiest Google+ users are those who connect with others around shared interests and passions. So we set out to give people a place to express the things they love. Today, we’re announcing Google+ Collections, a new way to group your posts by topic.

Every collection is a focused set of posts on a particular topic, providing an easy way for you to organize all the things you’re into. Each collection can be shared publicly, privately, or with a custom set of people. Once you create your first collection, your profile will display a new tab where other people can find and follow your collections.

Posts in collections you follow will appear in your Home stream, with a link to easily jump right into the collection so you can get to similar content from that author. Collections give you a great way to find more of the stuff you love from the people you follow.

Collections is available on Android and the web, and iOS is coming later. For Android users, make sure to update your Google+ app to get access to Collections.

For inspiration on interesting topics, check out our Featured Collections page here: g.co/collections

Create your collections today and share what you love.

If you have questions then also be sure to check out our Help Center content http://goo.gl/zyIVMH; if you still can’t find an answer then please post your question in the Collections subcategory. 

Best,
Moritz & Claire
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Agreed. It looks like a good addition.
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Married since 1983, to one woman, by the grace of God. Father of two sons, two daughters: one poet, two engineers, one still to blossom.
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    Mathematics, 1969 - 1973
  • Indiana University
    Philosophy, Business, 1974 - 1981
  • University of Michigan
    Computer Science and Engineering, 1990 - 1992
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