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Sage for Undergraduates is a gentle introduction to Sage, the free and open-source alternative to expensive mathematical software. This book will quickly get you up and running with Sage, whether you’re doing mathematical modeling or using Sage in a physics, engineering, finance, statistics, chemistry, or computer science class.

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dangerous argument in this political climate
 
Research: Much of Recent Decline in Labor Force Participation Rate due to "ongoing structural influences"
For several years, I've been arguing that "most of the recent decline in the participation rate" was due to demographics and other long term structural trends (like more education). This is an important issue because if most of the decline had been due to ...
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#onthisday   in 1867, Charles Baudelaire died in Paris.

“Hélas! tout est abîme, — action, désir, rêve,
Parole!
Everything, alas, is an abyss, — actions, desires, dreams,
Words!“ (Charles Baudelaire)

When the poet lay dying at the age of 46 in Dr Duval’s hospital in the Quartier Chaillot in Paris, after a stroke he suffered the year before in Brussels that left him paralysed on one side and incapable of speech, cared for by his ageing mother, there were really few things left that he had not pursued within the framework of a stereotypical vie de la bohème. Picking up the Great Pox when he was 18 while dawdling in the Parisian demi-monde while letting his law studies slide, experimenting with every type of narcotics available, drinking, of course, like a sailor on shore leave, squandering his inheritance, made several suicide attempts, living with his Haitian mistress Jeanne Duval, an actress and dancer of mixed French and black African ancestry, while declaring popular courtesans to be his muse, being always in debt and indulging in Wagner and whatnot. And, as a sideline, Baudelaire squeezed the idea, the spirit and the awareness of modernity out of the chaos of his own life and the labour pains of the industrial age and pressing it in the shape of a poetic language that was and his unheard of in its quality and depth.

It was arguably one of Baudelaire’s greatest innovations to integrate the urbs, the big city, as a biosphere worthy of artistic involvement in his poetry. Sparsely, though, but it is not possible to imagine his oeuvre without the grazing big city lights illuminating his disillusion, pessimism and melancholy in an ugly and morbid actuality. In fact, he found a way to integrate his Romantic predecessors’ otherworldly Gothic mindscapes from their fairytale-like settings of castles, mountaintops, forests and other exotic spots, rooted in history and legend, into a grim, contemporary reality. Filled to the rim with symbols, black-romantic, but present, for the time being. Literary modernity had begun with “Les Fleurs du Mal” and verses that once, in 1857, earned Baudelaire a lawsuit for offending the public moral and forced him to publish his works abroad, can now be found as “epoch-making” in school books. The poet wrote to his mother: ”You know that I have always considered that literature and the arts pursue an aim independent of morality. Beauty of conception and style is enough for me. But this book, whose title (Les Fleurs du Mal) says everything, is clad, as you will see, in a cold and sinister beauty. It was created with rage and patience. Besides, the proof of its positive worth is in all the ill that they speak of it. The book enrages people. Moreover, since I was terrified myself of the horror that I should inspire, I cut out a third from the proofs. They deny me everything, the spirit of invention and even the knowledge of the French language. I don't care a rap about all these imbeciles, and I know that this book, with its virtues and its faults, will make its way in the memory of the lettered public, beside the best poems of V. Hugo, Th. Gautier and even Byron."[He turned out to be right.

Depicted below is a frontispiece to “Les Fleurs du Mal” created by Eugène Decisy in 1917.

And more about Charles Baudelaire on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Baudelaire

#history   #literature   #europeanliterature   #blogsofaugust  
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New! Intro to #Java #Programming course now available with certificates, coaching support, and a free 2-week trial. 

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Researchers Shed New Light on the Genetics of Memory Performance

Full article at http://neurosciencenews.com/memory-loss-genetics-dementia-1574/.

In the largest study of the genetics of memory ever undertaken, an international researcher team including scientists from Boston University School of Medicine (BUSM), have discovered two common genetic variants that are believed to be associated with memory performance. 

The research will appear in Biological Psychiatry.

Image: According to the researchers two additional regions of the genome, pointing to genes involved in immune response, were associated with the ability to recall word lists, providing new support for an important role of immune system dysfunction in age-related memory decline. The image is for illustrative purposes only. Credit NeuroscienceNews.com.

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Just because it's "the cloud" doesn't mean you can't lock it down. Here's how:
Whether your files are stored on Dropbox, iCloud, or Mega, they could do with a little more security. It's impossible to make them "hack proof," but there are a few things you can do to make your data as secure as possible--and still convenient to access. Let's walk through those steps.
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literacy huge problem in africa, perhaps biggest
 
Female to Male literacy rates, Worldwide.
Here's an excellent conclusion to draw;
when more of any given population can read, 
and become active members of the economy,
that society (in aggregate) will flourish.
Where people have chosen to restrict education..
well, those people have become an impediment to 
their own dreams and success.

#internationalliteracyday  
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#onthisday   in 1833, the Belgian Symbolist artist Félicien Rops was born in Namur.
 
“Whenever the pain becomes too much, I saddle my horse and disappear in the forest... silent as desire, silent as myself. For I am not the cheerful gentleman with whom you are acquainted. Within this body is imprisoned a soul like a half-starved tiger in an iron cage, bellowing out its dreadful passions. All men seem mean and pretty to me, ingloriously lewd, travelling salesmen with their second-rate eroticism!” (Félicien Rops)

Paris obviously was sending out something along the lines of Bohemian shockwaves during the second half of the 19th century. Or something along these lines, since most aspiring artists coming to the capital of arts seem to have thrown the remnants of their provincial provenances’ bourgeois morals overboard and lost themselves in alternative lifestyles. Under these auspices, Belgium spawned quite a few remarkable artists and Parisian expats, writers like Maeterlinck and Verhaeren and painters like James Ensor and Fernand Khnopff and Félicien Rops. All part of the Symbolist movement or its varieties like the Decadents, the Belgian artists were obsessed with the undercurrents of the soul, myth and legends and enlarged upon the more Gothic sujets the Romantics had revealed a few decades before. And usually added an overtly sensual note to the potpourri, often bordering or encompassing pornography, as it was the case with Félicien Rops.
 
Ironically enough, censorship in Napoleon III’s Second Empire ensured that many of the works of the poètes maudits had to be published abroad, with Baudelaire leading the way.  At his publisher’s in Brussels, the aging Baudelaire met the aspiring illustrator Félicien Rops, Rops, quite impressed by the poet, agreed to design the frontispiece for “Les Épaves” and a lasting influence was established. The Belgian artist moved to Paris and became a decadent. Living in a ménage à trois with two sisters, meeting in the regular spots with the usual suspects, d’Aurevilly, Mallarmé, Verlaine and Péladan, illustrating their works and climaxing their thoughts to a visual erotic Fin de Siècle satanism mélange to a point, where seriousness was long since overstepped and resulted in pure irony. Thus, the fantasies of the symbolists and decadents, often at least as schoolboy-like and cliché-ridden as those of the academic artists the bohemians despised, experienced a ribald and refreshing twist in perception that keeps Rops’ illustrations as fresh, purple and scandalizing as it was 150 years ago.

Depicted below is Félicien Rops’ racy symbolist painting “Pornocrates” (1878).

And more on:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F%C3%A9licien_Rops

#art   #arthistory   #symbolism   #europeanart  
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