New NSF rule

… NSF will require that either the version of record or the final accepted manuscript in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and papers in juried conference proceedings or transactions must:

“be available for download, reading and *analysis* free of charge no later than 12 months after initial publication”


New French bookstore in New York

I was very excited about this new bookstore so I went there just a few
days after it opened. The building is magnificent but the store needs
a lot of work. The lighting is really horrible. Why is it so dark? I
couldn’t see my way up the stairs or read anything on the second
floor. The book selection is very disappointing for a store that
claims to carry 14,000 titles. Some areas are completely missing
(e.g., science books). The comic book (BD) and poetry selections are
very small. Many bestselling authors are represented by just 1-2
titles. I am not talking about Patrick Modiano (who who the Nobel
Prize a few days earlier) and who could understandably have sold
out. I mean Beigbeder, Simenon, Kundera, Makine, etc. They had
Pancol’s Muchachas vol 3 but no vol 1 or 2. I ended up leaving the
store with just two books and a BD. I hope that more choices will
become available in the future. If not, it will be back to
or a trip to Montreal for me.



Grandmaster Clash


Self-sabotage in the Academy

22 Maps That Show How Americans Speak English Totally Differently From Each Other

Eminem’s ‘Rap God’ Sets Guinness World Record For Most Words In A Song

BFI’s list of greatest films

Tweet library

Balancing Special-Education Needs With Rising Costs

Why Are Campus Administrators Making So Much Money?

10 Intelligent College Towns in America

New book technologies

News about bookstores in NY

Cute baby animals born in zoos

One Chart That Makes It Clear College Tuition Is Becoming Unaffordable

Big Data Scientists Should Earn ‘Big’ Salaries



Strogatz – the elements of math

Love letter to a language

List of generic place names in the UK and Ireland

Warehouse slave

More rankings of universities


Queneau and related

Data science

The choice

The age of ignorance

Enlightening video

Criteria for successful repositories

Ising model code

French books and newspapers in New York


Labyrinth books – West 112th St near Broadway

Idlewild books – West 19th St near 5th Avenue

Rizzoli books – West 57th St near 6th Avenue (update May 2014 – unfortunately, this location is now closed)


Grand Central Station

East 86th St near 2nd Avenue

East 38th St near 5th Avenue

+ a few more places, eg on Broadway near W 63rd St, South Park Avenue near 16th St, Lexington Avenue near E 64th St.


Noam Chomsky on AI

The Hedgehog and the Fox

DC population by race, over time

Probability theory notes

How many watts do you need?!msg/rec.puzzles/EnLZIKBwhwM/JzfIiv3h2NgJ

Backgammon puzzle

Ray Ozzie – The Dawn of a New Day

Me, myself, and Math – Steven Strogatz

Demos of sorting algorithms

Python for kids

purity of fields


XKCD on money

Line by line

Interschool science bowl invitational


RSS feed for omniglot

RSS feed for Google Scholar


Social Dimension

Science of Science



MIT Puzzle Contest

RSS feeds



Why French kids don’t have ADHD

Commenting threads: good, bad, or not at all

The mindset of the class of 2016

New results in matrix multiplication

Can genius be detected in infancy

This year’s PECASE winners (including Luis von Ahn and Jennifer Wortman Vaughan)

Will your Internet data still be there in 100 years?

Google fights to save 3,054 dying languages


No More Résumés, Say Some Firms


Strogatz – the elements of math

Love letter to a language

List of generic place names in the UK and Ireland

Warehouse slave

More rankings of universities


Mera joota hai japani


Queneau and related

$15M gift for Michigan Engg

Data science

The choice

Admissions statistics

The age of ignorance

Cute bear cub

Enlightening video

To Be Black at Stuyvesant High

Criteria for successful repositories

Ising model code


I was a warehouse wage slave

Crowdsourcing the analysis of scholarly tweets

Smart people are nocturnal

Walkscore rankings

Early admission applications rise as do rejections

Open science challenges

Forget six degrees. We are actually closer

An interesting review of “Zabriskie Point”

Free online courses

The Social Graph is Neither (Pinboard Blog)

Kevin Knight’s team deciphering the Copiale manuscript

Punctuated equilibrium

The top 1%

Acceptable Breaks from Reality

The cost of waiting

Don’t Blink! The Hazards of Confidence–the-capitalist-network-that-runs-the-world.html

Revealed – the capitalist network that runs the world

What books people checked out from the library a century ago