URLs

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Downtown_Sofia_Boby_Dimitrov_1.jpg

http://www.picturesfrombulgaria.com/

http://www.bulgariaphotos.net/?l=en

http://gallery.guide-bulgaria.com/

Photos of Bulgaria

http://www.stat.columbia.edu/~cook/movabletype/archives/2010/03/causality_and_s.html

Causality…

http://www.cnn.com/2010/HEALTH/02/26/liberals.atheists.sex.intelligence/index.html?hpt=C2

Liberalism, atheism, male sexual exclusivity linked to IQ

http://www.irs.gov/individuals/page/0,,id=14806,00.html

IRS 2010 withholding calculator

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tYoTJItSPt0&feature=popular

Tom Brokaw explains Canada to Americans

http://www.thesheepmarket.com/

The sheep market

http://www.cnn.com/2010/US/02/17/report.millennials.faith/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Report

http://www.ns.umich.edu/htdocs/releases/story.php?id=7526

Obama to get UM honorary degree

http://science.thomsonreuters.com/globalprofilesproject/

New university ranking initiative

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/LOduxYtYiG4/What-emWouldem-Have-Entered-the-Public-Domain-Tomorrow

What would have entered the public domain this year

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/vcguUw3LI2s/Worlds-Tallest-Building-To-Open-Monday

Dubai’s tower

Starbucks – giving your name

Employees at Starbucks have recently been very insistent on asking their customers their names. Here is how the conversation goes each time (with small modifications each time).

- What is your name?

- Drago

- Huh?

- Drago

- Excuse me?

- Drago

- Roberto?

- No, Drago

- Gardo?

- No, D-R-A-G-O

Barista writes on cup: Eduardo

URLs

http://www.abpi.org.uk/publications/pdfs/Periodic-table-2005.pdf

Nice periodical table

http://www.oobject.com/category/12-unrecognizable-before-and-after-views-of-cities/

Unrecognizable before and after views of cities

http://www.urbanophile.com/2009/08/09/detroit-urban-laboratory-and-the-new-american-frontier/

Detroit

http://www.cnn.com/2009/OPINION/12/25/hagan.how.to.survive.plane.crash/index.html

How to survive a plane crash

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/21/technology/21nerds.html

New Programs Aim to Lure Young Into Digital Jobs

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/321/5886/185

http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2010/01/tsinghua-uber-alles.html

The university that sends the most of its graduates to go on to get a US PhD is …

http://www.vs.inf.ethz.ch/publ/slides/Mattern-Bibliometry-SARIT06.pdf

Bibliometric evaluation of Computer Science

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/12/15/russian

Russian is back

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/12/15/qt/big_ten_may_become_big_twelve

Big 10 may get a 12th member

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/12/15/tenure

Tenurometer

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/15/science/15books.html

A Deluge of Data Shapes a New Era in Computing

http://research.microsoft.com/en-us/collaboration/fourthparadigm

The fourth paradigm

http://www.acm.org/press-room/news-releases/fellows-2009

ACM fellows for 2009

http://vonahn.blogspot.com/2009/12/advice-on-grad-school-applications.html

Luis von Ahn’s funny list

http://geoapi.com/

Geo API

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/07172009/profile.html

Robert Wright – THE EVOLUTION OF GOD

http://www.cs.jhu.edu/~sam/ccs243-mason.pdf

English Shell Code

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/11/19/qt/obama_wants_to_send_100_000_students_to_china

Obama Wants to Send 100,000 Students to China

http://www.cs.ucr.edu/~eamonn/Keogh_SIGKDD09_tutorial.pdf

How to get a paper published in KDD

http://www.factual.com

factual.com

http://jmm.people.si.umich.edu/blog/job_market_guide_2009.pdf

Job market guide for Economics PhDs

URLs

http://www.itworld.com/internet/76659/experimenting-mechanical-turk-5-how-tos

Interesting article on Amazon Mechanical Turk

Matrix Reloaded in 5 sec

Two other summaries

http://www.today.ucla.edu/portal/ut/crime-alert-a-missing-former-faculty-111857.aspx

Phil Agre is missing

http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA6706383.html

Netflix for Libraries?

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/Rankings2009-Top200.html

New university rankings

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1121855.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/921525.html

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/922550.html

Israel mulls perks for professors to stymie brain drain

http://www.spectrum.ieee.org/may09/8788

“The Million Dollar Programming Prize”. IEEE Spectrum

http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn17581-infectious-people-spread-memes-across-the-web.html

‘Infectious’ people spread memes across the web

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/04/books/review/Stossel-t.html

You and Your Friends Friends Friends

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/09/13/magazine/13contagion-t.html

Are Your Friends Making You Fat?

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/10/12/technology/12data.html?_r=1&ref=global

Training to Climb an Everest of Digital Data

http://cacm.acm.org/magazines/2009/9/38904-the-status-of-the-p-versus-np-problem/abstract

The status of the P vs. NP problem

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/10/08/social.networks.connected/index.html

Obesity, politics, STDs flow in social networks

http://www.meta-synthesis.com/webbook/35_pt/pt_database.php?PT_id=167

Database of periodical tables

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/wayoflife/10/06/mf.nobel.odd.facts/index.html?iref=newssearch

Odd facts about the Nobel Prize

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/10/07/language.facebook.google/index.html

Machine translation successes

http://infoproc.blogspot.com/2009/10/more-brainpower-and-globalization.html

More brainpower and globalization

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/091006/full/news.2009.977.html?s=news_rss

Half of EU research budget should be spent on frontier science, say
science advisers.

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090930/full/461590a.html?s=news_rss

http://www.nature.com/news/2009/090930/full/461586a.html?s=news_rss

Science in Eastern Europe

http://www.nature.com/news/specials/datasharing/index.html

Data Sharing

‘What Is That’ By Constantin Pilavios

Embarrassing mistakes in ads

1. Ad for Vitamin Water on the side of a truck (seen today).

Paraphrasing the ad:

… soccer (“futbol” for those of you in Mexico, Spain, and Italy)

2. Ad for Iona College on NPR (head about 10 days ago).

Paraphrasing the ad:

… we are proud of our “low faculty to student” ratio

URLs for September 8, 2009

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/21/AR2009082101778.html

5 Myths About Health Care Around the World

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/content/summary/325/5945/1181

Galvanizing science departments

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_the_longest-running_Broadway_shows

Longest running Broadway shows

http://chronicle.com/article/Atop-the-Latest-US-News/48084/

new US News rankings

http://www.timeshighereducation.co.uk/story.asp?sectioncode=26&storycode=407705

A threat to scientific communication

http://www.cnn.com/2009/TECH/09/04/future.library.technology/index.html

The future of libraries, with or without books

http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/europe/09/01/alan.turing.petition/index.html

Petition for Alan Turing

http://www.inyourpocket.com/data/download/sofia.pdf

Nice guide about Sofia

http://www.insidehighered.com/advice/2009/08/31/marinoff

Hiring in a Philosophy dept

http://bigeyedeer.files.wordpress.com/2009/05/modern-life2.gif?w=500&h=408

Modern life is rubbish :)

http://www.convinceme.net/

Debates

http://blog.codalism.com/?p=773

Citing papers that you haven’t read

http://www.chrisharrison.net/projects/trigramviz/

Trigram visualization

http://lucatrevisan.wordpress.com/2009/06/18/the-end-of-uc-berkeley-as-we-know-it/#more-1427

The end of UC Berkeley as we know it

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/issue_pdf/printtoc_pdf/325/5939.pdf

Science special issue on Network Science

http://www.cnn.com/2009/LIVING/worklife/07/22/cb.you.said.what.interview/index.html

43 weird things said in job interviews

http://ilo2009usa.blogspot.com

http://www.math.uni.wroc.pl/~msliw/lingw/iol/index.php

http://www.nsf.gov/news/news_summ.jsp?cntn_id=115385&org=OLPA&from=news

Linguistics Olympiad

http://polish.slavic.pitt.edu/

Resources about learning Polish

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123119236117055127.html#articleTabs%3Darticle

The best job in the world!

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/13/technology/internet/13influence.html

Another cool internet paper from Kleinberg and co.

http://www.nytimes.com/packages/html/arts/20090717-1969-feature/?hp

1969

http://www.insidehighered.com/news/2009/07/10/nrc

The new NRC rankings criteria

http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/?p=448

Building a better collective memory

http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/?p=545

Doing Science Online

http://michaelnielsen.org/blog/?p=465

Science beyond individual understanding

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/19/magazine/19healthcare-t.html

Why we must ration health care (by Peter Singer)

http://www.phishtank.com

Check here if a suspicious email is not a phishing attempt

http://www.webometrics.info/top6000.asp

Another university ranking

http://www.usnews.com/sections/education/worlds-best-colleges/index.html

Another university ranking

http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2009/06/harvard.html

Harvard’s endowment problems

http://retrobulgaria.com/main.html

Retro Bulgaria

http://www.nature.com/nature/peerreview/debate/nature05535.html

Open peer review

http://www.weizmann.ac.il/mcb/UriAlon/nurturing/index.html

Materials for Nurturing Scientists

http://worldsbestfilms.blogspot.com

Movie rankings

http://1linereview2.blogspot.com/2009/07/50-greatest-films.html

Movie rankings

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1554

http://oreilly.com/catalog/9780596516499/

NLTK book is out

Q: How many lawyers does it take to change a light bulb?

A: Whereas the party of the first part, also known as “Lawyer”, and
the party of the second part, also known as “Light Bulb”, do hereby
and forthwith agree to a transaction wherein the party of the second
part shall be removed from the current position as a result of failure
to perform previously agreed upon duties, i.e., the lighting,
elucidation, and otherwise illumination of the area ranging from the
front (north) door, through the entryway, terminating at an area just
inside the primary living area, demarcated by the beginning of the
carpet, any spillover illumination being at the option of the party of
the second part and not required by the aforementioned agreement
between the parties.

The aforementioned removal transaction shall include, but not be
limited to, the following.  The party of the first part shall, with or
without elevation at his option, by means of a chair, stepstool,
ladder or any other means of elevation, grasp the party of the second
part and rotate the party of the second part in a counter-clockwise
direction, this point being tendered non-negotiable.  Upon reaching a
point where the party of the second part becomes fully detached from
the receptacle, the party of the first part shall have the option of
disposing of the party of the second part in a manner consistent with
all relevant and applicable local, state and federal statutes.  Once
separation and disposal have been achieved, the party of the first
part shall have the option of beginning installation.  Aforesaid
installation shall occur in a manner consistent with the reverse of
the procedures described in step one of this self-same document, being
careful to note that the rotation should occur in a clockwise
direction, this point also being non-negotiable.  The above described
steps may be performed, at the option of the party of the first part,
by any or all agents authorized by him, the objective being to produce
the most possible revenue for the Partnership.

Final tally of results (preliminary numbers)

Here is the final tally:

1. Individual contest (86 participants from 17 countries)

a. individual medals

2 golds: student from Bulgaria, student from Poland
8 silvers: Rebecca Jacobs + 7 more students
12 bronzes: Sergei Bernstein, John Berman, Alan Huang + 9 more students
20 honorable mentions: Morris, Daryl, Vivaek, Anand + 16 more

b. highest average

Russia M

c. best solutions

problem 1 (tie) – student from Russia M, Alan Huang
problem 2 – student from Russia M
problem 3 – student from South Korea
problem 4 (tie) – students from Russia M, Poland, Bulgaria
problem 5 – John Berman

2. Team contest (23 teams from 17 countries)

1 gold – USA Red (Rebecca, Anand, Morris, Alan)
1 silver – South Korea 1
1 bronze – Russia M

3. Overall statistics:

a. by medal count (individual + team)

USA 5 1+1+3 (tie)
Poland 5 1+1+3 (tie)
Russia 4 1+2+1
Bulgaria 3 1+1+1
Estonia 2 0+1+1
Korea 2 0+0+2
India 1 0+1+0
Latvia 1 0+1+0
UK 1 0+0+1

b. by medal count (individual only)

the following teams got at least one honorable mention but no
medals: Latvia, Netherlands, Ireland, Germany

c. by total prizes (medals + best solution awards + highest-average)

Russia 8
USA 7
Poland 6
Bulgaria 4
South Korea 3
Estonia 2

NB! All counts above are based on my personal notes. Changes are
possible.

NB! The scores above have not been broken down into individual
teams. I will post this information when I get it from the organizers.