A little bit of computing and a little bit of neuroscience.
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If Mastodon had a cultural model, I'd rather it have been Tumblr than Twitter. But unfortunately, at this point, it's Twitter. People seem to be just blasting what has been said before and barely engaging with anything unique or original being said here. And the more you follow, the more this is true. #mastodon #fediverse #culture
HAHAHAHA this is so true 😭
I think it's worth remembering that while in-person events can be nice, online events are far more practical and accessible for most people.
I think a lot of people have been burned by bad online events (and terrible 'hybrid' ones) during the pandemic. Memories of those are fading and well organised online events (with a/v checks, decent technology and support, humane schedule etc) can happen again.
#PyDataGlobal2023 just started and the very first talk was about good practices around Jupyter notebooks: write functions, use git, don't deploy them to production, etc.
We've been on this theme for years, and we keep insisting. Aren't we missing some key usability issues around the workflows we propose?
For example, functions:
%autoreloadis known to be flaky https://ipython.readthedocs.io/en/stable/config/extensions/autoreload.html#caveats and yet there's no good solution for developing library code and notebooks together.
There was talk a while ago of hachyderm starting a sibling lemmy instance. I think it was decided to be too much or not worth it. Makes perfect sense.
The more I interact with what became the de facto tech lemmy instance the more I wish hachyderm had made a lemmy instance and tried to establish good/nice tech culture.
Every interaction I have with programming.dev feels like a frustrating conversation with a more juvenile version of hackernews.
I knew there was going to be a protocol bridging thing coming up at some point, but it's already gone to a good point. And it's great that you're thinking of the website as a mainstay. #fediverse
A theory on protocols.
A conversation from the other day got me thinking. What I look for in protocols is similar to what I look for in technical writing.
I want the protocol to be clear. I want to be able to understand what is being sent to me and know what I am looking at.
I want the protocol to be concise in that I want it to only have what I need.
I want the protocol to be precise in that I can easily tell what I am not looking at.
The Provisional Mortality statistics have been updated by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), up to August 2023.
Here are the deaths where the underlying cause of death was certified by a doctor as COVID-19 (15,189 deaths). Each individual death is represented by a single point, spread out across the years of the pandemic.
August 2023 saw COVID-19 deaths drop to the lowest level since late 2021. However reported deaths soon started rising, with the EG.5.* "Eris" wave, so we can expect those to be reflected here once the ABS data is updated.
This visual is also available as a vertical scrolling page, which gives a more detailed perspective:
Interactive Australian covid stats dataviz, code, acknowledgements and more info here:
I'm trying not to let this get me down, especially after such a fun Disco-loving day on here, but I'm helping moderate a Trek fanworks gift exchange on Tumblr. One of the questions we ask when someone signs up is, "Which series are you comfortable making a fanwork for," and we list all the Trek series. So far, of the 19 folks who have signed up, only 3 have checked Discovery and 5 have checked Prodigy (including me).
We had 60ish people participate last year, and there were maybe 5ish Discovery things gifted, so there will likely be more of us. Oh, and of those 5, I'm now friends with 3 of them thanks to meeting due to the exchange.
But still. 16 of 19 Trekkies aren't willing to make a Discovery fanwork?
I'm calling it now that this is going to be a bigger flop than The Marvels.
Well, this is fucking bleak.
Last week I had to explain "breaking the fourth wall" to my dad, a university English professor who does community theater. Felt very weird that he didn't know it.
Q: Who are the biggest skeptics of the #fediverse, and what are their arguments?
Anybody have any pointers?
We are finally on Mastodon, time for a little #introduction 👋 !
Brian is a #FOSS simulator for biological #SpikingNeuralNetworks, for research in #ComputationalNeuroscience and beyond. It makes it easy to go from a high-level model description in Python, based on mathematical equations and physical units, to a simulation running efficiently on the CPU or GPU.
We have a friendly community and extensive documentation, links to everything on our homepage: https://briansimulator.org
This account will mostly announce news (releases, other notable events), but we're also looking forward to discussing with y'all 💬
Yeah, I'm out. I'll come back in a day or two when you might have gotten the venom out of your systems.
News from Twitter: Elon has gone even more insane
Smartly Intertwingled: A New, Broader, More Fundamental Case for Social Media Agent "Middleware" https://ucm.teleshuttle.com/2023/11/a-new-broader-more-fundamental-case-for.html
coming to the conclusion that the problem with Homo sapiens is not our intelligence but our emotions. our more successful societies evolved social structures for managing our complex emotions, but without community-enforced emotional regulation, we self-destruct.
Colonizing and homogenizing the worlds diverse cultures erases tens of thousands of years of social technologies for managing human emotions, and leaves us all without effective community structures for regulating individual emotions
This type of thinking is precisely why we can't have nice things. It's a terrible idea that only contributes to polluting the internet. It's nothing to be proud of but rather something to be ashamed of. I really hope Google removes all of his sites from the search.
Big budget, male-dominated historical epic earns $78 million long-weekend first box office and is lauded as a success. But big-budget, female-dominated superhero action movie makes ~$124 million and deemed a spectacular failure. Sometimes I hate this reality.
I still have a twitter account and sometimes I go look to see how much of a dead ghost town it is over there. I just checked and I have pages and pages of crytospam notifications. wasn't that the whole thing that that idiot was claiming they were trying to fix in the first place?
:quotesL: The point of this story is to illustrate that the #DunningKruger effect has nothing to do with human psychology. It is a statistical artifact — an example of autocorrelation hiding in plain sight.
What’s interesting is how long it took for researchers to realize the flaw in Dunning and Kruger’s analysis. Dunning and Kruger published their results in 1999. But it took until 2016 for the mistake to be fully understood. :quotesR:
I'm watching the news and there is this push to fill up empty office spaces. Fucking why? People are happier and more productive working from home. I hate the control freak managers.