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in praise of mediocrity

But there’s a deeper reason, I’ve come to think, that so many people don’t have hobbies: We’re afraid of being bad at them. Or rather, we are intimidated by the expectation — itself a hallmark of our intensely public, performative age — that we must actually be skilled at what we do in our free time. Our “hobbies,” if that’s even the word for them anymore, have become too serious, too demanding, too much an occasion to become anxious about whether you are really the person you claim to be.

If you’re a jogger, it is no longer enough to cruise around the block; you’re training for the next marathon. If you’re a painter, you are no longer passing a pleasant afternoon, just you, your watercolors and your water lilies; you are trying to land a gallery show or at least garner a respectable social media following. When your identity is linked to your hobby — you’re a yogi, a surfer, a rock climber — you’d better be good at it, or else who are you?

pendulum and marble

platiť sa dá aj osobnými údajmi

Zajtra ráno prednášam informatikom o konečných stavových automatoch a Turingových strojich. Pri tej príležitosti

It’s rare for a CS major to graduate without getting a healthy dose of NP-completeness and Turing machines, two beautiful areas of theory that would be enjoyable if they didn’t end up creating bad instincts. One biologist asked me to solve a problem in DNA sequence matching and I came back to him with the claim that it was NP-complete, a class of problems that can take a very long time to solve. He didn’t care. He needed to solve it anyway. And it turns out that most NP-complete problems are pretty easy to solve most of the time. There are just a few pathological instances that gum up our algorithms. But theoreticians are obsessed with the thin set that confound the simple algorithms, despite being rarely observed in everyday life.

The same problem happens with Turing machines. Dutiful CS students learn nihilistic results like Rice’s Theorem, which shows that we really can’t analyze computer algorithms at all. But Turing machines are a pretty bad model for how our regular machines operate and it’s often very easy to create software that does smart things with our code. Any CS major who doesn’t take these theoretical results with a healthy dose of salt risks giving up when a perfectly usable answer is close at hand.

Visualizing street orientations on an interactive map … tu sú niektoré svetové mestá a tu je Žilina:

improve in foreign languages by reading books in parallel


Tak už máme obe deti školopovinné. Triedy majú vedľa seba a plánujú spolu piknikovať cez veľké prestávky. Uvidíme, ako dlho im to vydrží. 

Večerné čítanie, finišujeme Muflóna Ancijáša. “Jazda do nemocnice trvala tak dlho, že sa pacient uzdravil, kým tam prišli”.


EU komisár pre ľudské práva vydal statement, kde spomína aj zaobchádzanie so ženami pri pôrode a linkuje na publikáciu, ktorú sme minulý rok vydali s ODZ

heavy metal and natural language processing – najmetalovejšie slová? burn, cries, veins, eternity… najmenej metalové? particularly, indicated, secretary, committee…

a ešte iná analýza dát: za svojich 67 rokov, Lego akosi zošedlo

What you really see when you climb a mountain with your child – dobré čítanie aj pre tých, ktorí ešte nemajú deti

I tried a little more sweetness with my daughter but she only grew more stubborn. I looked at her then and was suddenly done. I sank beside her and stared into the middle distance. To the onlooker it would have seemed angelic and patient, but it wasn’t. I was thinking about how I was going to throw my daughter off the side of the mountain. And how good it was going to feel.

I thought a lot of angry things until eventually, I realised something. Staring out at the distance I saw how beautiful and expansive the view was. If I was to be forced to sit and think somewhere this wasn’t so bad. Maybe some of the inflexibility here was mine, not hers.

Zuzina mi poslala toto video (ďakujem) práve, keď som dumala nad tým ako si nachystať talk o feminizme, ktorý mám onedlho pre 10-14 ročné decká… veci sa niekedy stávajú v zaujímavých súhrach…


čítanie medzi riadkami – tak tento tip mám od svojej babičky 🙂

Jeho žiačka vyhrala knihu, rodičia ju ňou zbili

7 biggest problems facing science

Scientists often learn more from studies that fail. But failed studies can mean career death. So instead, they’re incentivized to generate positive results they can publish.

zomrel Elie Wieseljeho prejav pri preberaní Nobelovej ceny za mier (1986)

And then I explained to him how naive we were, that the world did know and remain silent. And that is why I swore never to be silent whenever and wherever human beings endure suffering and humiliation. We must always take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. Sometimes we must interfere. When human lives are endangered, when human dignity is in jeopardy, national borders and sensitivities become irrelevant. Wherever men or women are persecuted because of their race, religion, or political views, that place must – at that moment – become the center of the universe.

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záleží aj na osobe, ktorá fotí, nielen na tom, koho fotia:

simulácie pomocou emotikonov – paráda (môžte aj meniť)

Why boys should read girl books (h/t Zuzine)

We read to experience a panoply of perspectives. We read to learn of people and situations outside and beyond ourselves, so we can deepen our connection and understanding. We read to prepare for life. It follows, then, that we are raising our boys to dismiss other people’s experiences, and to see their needs and concerns as the center of things. We are raising our boys to lack empathy.

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dnes najprv hra/hlavolam – 2048 (vytvorte štvorček s číslom 2048)

zrýchlené video ako pavúk pletie pavučinu

the ‘cursed’ women living in shame (h/t Zuzine sa linku)

pekná myšlienka (reklama na duracel):

zaujímavá aplikácia, ktorá vám umožní rýchlejšie čítať

the world’s largest photo service just made its pictures free to use

aj na našej fakulte organizujeme Girl’s Day (akurát to pomenovanie sa mi zdá divné)

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The Sad, Beautiful Fact That We’re All Going To Miss Almost Everything

If “well-read” means “not missing anything,” then nobody has a chance. If “well-read” means “making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully,” then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we’ve seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can’t change that.

čo pláva v bazénoch – čo poviete, ako sú na tom podľa vašich odhadov tie slovenské?

sisterly kill-ink – perfektné čítanie

I would like to file a complaint about a certain someone’s lunch-eating habits. This certain someone is named Kallan, and she goes by the identity of younger sister of The Maj. I am deeply concerned about this girl-child’s eating habits. Please read this letter with an open mind, and hold your hat down tight because the open mind? It will be blown.

a ešte niečo na pobavenie

rozhovor s inšpirujúcou ženou Slovenska 2013, Gabikou Janovičovou

úžasné šperky (ja som sa nechala zlákať a objednala som si sadu náhrdelník+náušnice na želanie)




Dobré čí­tanie?

GoodreadsNie som veľkým fanúšikom Facebook-u, Twitter-u a podobných, ale jedna sociálna sieť ma predsalen dostala. Goodreads. Je to niečo ako tie ostatné, ibaže sa všetko točí okolo kníh.

Tak či tak som si písala zoznam kníh, ktoré sa raz chystám prečítať (smutné však je, že niekedy pred pár rokmi doňho začalo viac pribúdať, ako z neho odbúdať a dnes obsahuje niekoľko sto kníh – z nich asi len polovica sa mi podarila automaticky naimportovať do Goodreads, musím zistiť, ako tam dostať tú druhú) a ten sa dá takto o kus lepšie manažovať.

Okrem toho tam funguje výmenný obchod, keď za poštovné môžete od niekoho dostať knihu, ktorú si chcete prečítať, alebo nájsť nový domov pre knihy, ktoré už nechcete (asi skôr v rámci USA, ale možno by to išlo aj na Slovensku), diskusné fóra, nuž a aj ten sociálny aspekt – odporúčania od priateľov, ktorých “poličky” si môžete pozrieť.

A tak sa chcem spýtať, či ste už o tomto počuli, či sa vám to zdá užitočné a či by ste chceli vyskúšať? (Ak áno, tak dajte vedieť, a môžeme byť “priatelia”.)

Mne by sa veľmi páčil aj akýsi “čitateľský krúžok” – členovia raz za mesiac (?) prečítajú rovnakú (zaujímavú) knihu (ktorú si spolu viac/menej demokraticky zvolili) a potom o nej podiskutujú. Takýchto tam samozrejme už beží kopa, ale predtým, než sa do nejakého prihlásim, by som chcela zistiť, či sa mi podarí založiť nejaký s ľuďmi, ktorých poznám. Takže, ak máte niekto záujem, dajte vedieť (e-mail, komentár alebo cez goodreads).

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