Reader's Corner for June 2012

June 30, 2012


Everyone going to - or considering going to - grad school should read this. It's a riveting 115 page read, and very informative.


www.gq.com

Frantz says he has never even seen a customer or a menu at the steak house where he toils in the kitchen. "If I get money," says the Haitian immigrant, "I'm going to leave."

Long, but well worth a read.

June 26, 2012


"Contrary to what appears to be a widely-held intuition, our experimental results reveal that it is possible to train a face detector without having to label images as containing a face or not."

And, of course, they used it for identifying cat pictures. Good to what they did with 16,000 CPU cores for three days.

June 22, 2012


harpers.org

Earl Shorris’s book about the Clemente Course in the Humanities, The Art of Freedom: Teaching the Humanities to the Poor, will be published in 2013 by W. W. Norton. He was awarded a National Humanities Medal in 2000. This story, part two of a package titled “On the Uses of a Liberal Education,” ran ...

An old article (1997), but definitely an interesting read.

June 18, 2012


Interesting take on things.

June 15, 2012


www.nytimes.com

How the world’s most powerful drug traffickers run their billion-dollar business.

I still say it's too short. Well worth a read though, *this* is what journalism should be like.

June 10, 2012


www.lhup.edu

Feynman's 1974 Caltech commencement address.

For all the SSE folk, at least.


web.mit.edu

Nergis Mavalvala, professor of physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge, can check off a whole lot of boxes on the diversity form. She isn't just a woman in physics, which is rare enough. She is an immigrant from Pakistan and a self-described 'out, queer person of colo...

Worth a read. Definitely worth a read.

June 6, 2012


www.slate.com

At first glance the annual Man vs. Horse Marathon, set for June 9 in Wales, seems like a joke sport brought to us by the same brilliant minds behind dwarf tossing and gravy wrestling. It was, after all, the product of a pints-fueled debate in a Welsh pub, and for...

Very interesting read. And not too long either.

June 2, 2012


amasci.com

QUESTION: WITH AC POWER, AREN'T BOTH THE WIRES OF THE PAIR INTERCHANGABLE? WHY IS ONE WIRE CALLED "NEUTRAL?" WHAT'S ALL THIS STUFF ABOUT "GROUNDING?" WHY ARE THREE PRONGS NEEDED?

Interesting read.