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Under The Hood Of The All-Emoji Programming Language

Under The Hood Of The All-Emoji Programming Language | Random cool ideas | Scoop.it
The odd linguistic challenges you run into when writing a computer language in emoji.
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You can use emojis in Swift

http://www.globalnerdy.com/2014/06/03/swift-fun-fact-1-you-can-use-emoji-characters-in-variable-constant-function-and-class-names/

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Tetris effect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Tetris effect

The Tetris effect (also known as Tetris Syndrome) occurs when people devote so much time and attention to an activity that it begins to pattern their thoughts, mental images, and dreams. It is named after the video game .

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Pinocchio paradox - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Pinocchio paradox

The Pinocchio paradox arises when Pinocchio says "My nose grows now" and is a version of the liar paradox. The liar paradox is defined in philosophy and logic as the statement "This sentence is false." Any attempts to assign a classical binary truth value to this statement leads to a contradiction, or paradox.

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Experience machine - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Experience machine

The Experience Machine or Pleasure Machine is a thought experiment put forward by philosopher Robert Nozick in his 1974 book Anarchy, State, and Utopia . It is one of the best known attempts to refute ethical hedonism, and does so by imagining a choice between everyday reality and an apparently preferable simulated reality.

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Getting High for Higher Education

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Two major problems faced by the United States are the war on drugs and the problems of higher education. I will make an immodest proposal intended to address both problems. In the case of higher ed...
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Is It Time to Ditch the Term ‘Food Desert’?

Is It Time to Ditch the Term ‘Food Desert’? | Random cool ideas | Scoop.it
New research suggests there’s no correlation between closeness of supermarkets and whether a person is overweight or obese.
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The Babyfaced Black CEO Phenomenon

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Discovering that African-Americans who run big corporations tend to look especially nonthreatening.
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HumaneWatch | Vegan Diets and the ‘Cruelty-Free’ Commute

HumaneWatch | Vegan Diets and the ‘Cruelty-Free’ Commute | Random cool ideas | Scoop.it
The Humane Society of the United States published a new video online this week, showing HSUS vice president John Grandy and a gaggle of other HSUS staffers emptying a forest of all its animals.
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Matt Ridley on How Fossil Fuels are Greening the Planet

Matt Ridley, author of The Red Queen, Genome, The Rational Optimist and other books, dropped by Reason's studio in Los Angeles last month to talk about a cur...
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How Your Dreams Can Make You Smarter | TIME.com

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New research shows dreaming about a task gives you an edge in real life
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Diederik Stapel’s Audacious Academic Fraud

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Diederik Stapel, a Dutch social psychologist, perpetrated an audacious academic fraud by making up studies that told the world what it wanted to hear about human nature.
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How not to say the wrong thing

When Susan had breast cancer, we heard a lot of lame remarks, but our favorite came from one of Susan's colleagues. She wanted, she needed, to visit Susan after the surgery, but Susan didn't feel...
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Connecting the World from the Sk

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The article states that the internet becomes accessible to an additional 9% of the worlds population every year. If the rate of growth stays steady, it will (only) take 13 years for the whole world to have internet. It will be interesting to watch how these numbers change with and without  Zuckerberg's help. 

 

Of course, I have no idea how likely it is that the rate of growth will stay constant.

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Why has human progress ground to a halt? – Michael Hanlon – Aeon

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Some of our greatest cultural and technological achievements took place between 1945 and 1971. Why has progress stalled?
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The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle, by Peter Singer

'The Drowning Child and the Expanding Circle', by Peter Singer (New Internationalist)
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The same idea reflected off an artist struggling with the morality of his craft. http://aeon.co/magazine/philosophy/art-is-a-selfish-waste-of-time-says-effective-altruism/

Often economic growth in rich countries perpetuate exploitation in poorer ones. Conversely - and often simultaneously - growth has a trickle down effect, which creates an economic structure that directly feeds poorer countries. Charity (most of the time) doesn't create a structure, it just fixes specific problems one time. Mass produced culture, although it is appalling to most with the sensibilities that are potentially moved by this sort of argument, is a large percentage of GDP. In truth any art that has economic value, creates a trickle down effect through it's (modest) contributions to the GDP. This doesn't constitute a defense to any artist  who has "artistic integrity" which usually means reducing his ability to contribute to Charity or to the GDP. 

The arguments in the linked articles equally apply to enviromental impact.

A caricature of bourgeois charity: Sometimes the contributions to the activist's/volunteer's facebook wall is ≥ the cause in question.

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Why is Hollywood So Liberal?

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I’m out in L.A. doing an Oscar story. Yesterday, I spent some time with the young actor Ryan Gosling, who’s the dark-horse contender for the Best Actor award this year, up against some stiff competition–Forrest Whitaker, Peter O’Toole, Leonardo...
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http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/Primetim

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samocles's comment, June 3, 2013 7:19 AM
Golden
samocles's comment, June 3, 2013 7:21 AM
perhaps the arts are liberal by definition
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Boy or girl? What determines the sex of your child? III

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Why are women more beautiful than men?
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The mothers beautiful traits are more useful for the daughters than the sons.  This is because many of the traits that make a female attractive make a male unattractive. It is therefore advantageous for this attractive mother to have more daughters.

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Let children get bored, says expert

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An education expert says children should be allowed to get bored so they can develop their innate ability to be creative.
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Sad as Hell

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In-person communication feels binary to me now: subjects are either private, confessional, and soulful or frantically current, determined mostly by critical mass, interesting only in their ephemeral status.
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eloquently written and a frightening observation

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samocles's comment, May 10, 2013 12:18 PM
wow where did you find this?