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My on another site: I'm a microeconomist who spends his days searching for better models, but I mostly use this site for one-liners.

Am a heavy music consumer, and may post track links w/background. I do a lot with intellectual property, migration, and computational statstics, which I think are important topics with a lot of room for curiosity and creative exploration. I make soap, bike everywhere, often sleep in tents, and am generally an introverted hippie.

Nerds taking over the government 

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Caroline Shaw is at the top of her game at the moment.

First, here she is composing for the Attaca Quartet, in a relatively traditional style:

Then, here she is writing with Mr Kanye West, back when we liked him:

If you like the vocals there, see also what she won the Pulitzer Prize for, with Roomful of Teeth:

Things I want from my playlists:

* Shuffled, but keeping multi-movement pieces together.
* Tracks I like play more often.

So I wrote Ludwig van Shuffle to set up my playlists. If you feel the same need to micromanage your playlists via a python script, give it a try.

Here's a piece of fiction that's been stuck in my head all week.

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This week has been an emotional rollercoaster. Well, maybe more like a series of emotional bumper cars.

POSIX shell tip 

For those of you into spectrography, here's an article on the woman who wrote the book(s) on it, and how she got ahead as a female scientist in the 1920s and 30s despite everything.

I know you've been concerned about the Washington Monument, which was lucky to remain standing 135 years given that anybody could just walk in. No longer do we need to worry that it was just a run of 49,275 consecutive lucky days, because it opened today with a new security screening center.

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I don't understand how few people in the USA know that cheeses are typically made with animal rennet, a byproduct of the slaughter of veal calves. This is common knowledge in the UK. How does the US cheese cabal keep this basic fact a secret?


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I created a Wikipedia page about a person, so the account I set up in 2005 was flagged as a sockpuppet for that person. As evidence, the flagging editor writes, "B k has less than 140 mainspace edits spanning five years."

Sockpuppets on WP must play a serious long game. That or casual volunteer edits are discouraged more and more.

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experts agree that the average american now inadvertently swallows up to eight gigabytes a year

O no Eddie Money (née Eddie Mahoney) died. Let's all listen to a track of his (my 13th favorite song):

I tried to find photos of the 1969 burning of the Cuyahoga River (Ohio), but it was a pre-Internet event so photos are not prevalent. This is the best I could find:

In my mind it's always been vivid.

If you're OK with Southern Rock, here's a good song from 1986 about the incident:

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