URLs (December 29, 2010)

http://www.physorg.com/news/2010-12-scientists-factors-news-agenda.html

Scientists map what factors influence the news agenda

http://www.springerlink.com/content/978-3-642-15327-3/contents/

Algorithms unplugged

https://lsadc.org/info/documents/2010/press-releases/2010-12-media-advisory-annual-meeting.pdf

Linguistics Society of America Annual Awards

http://cacm.acm.org/news/102934-ibm-supercomputer-watson-to-challenge-jeopardy-stars

IBM’s Watson

http://ngrams.googlelabs.com/datasets

New n-gram datasets from Google

http://nymag.com/daily/entertainment/2010/12/polanski.html

Polanski

http://www.cnn.com/2010/SPORT/football/12/02/world.cup.qatar.opinion/index.html?hpt=T2

Qatar 2022

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/multimedia/photo_gallery/1009/soccer.2022.world.cup.stadiums.qatar/content.1.html

Proposed stadiums for Qatar 2022

http://www.economist.com/node/17460678

Climbing Mount Publishable

http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2741

“Untranslateable” words

http://www.cs.unm.edu/~aaron/blog/archives/2010/10/storytelling_st.htm

Story telling (by Aaron Clauset)

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2010/10/21/opinion/20101021_Oplunch.html?scp=8&sq=healthy%20food%20cafeteria&st=cse

Lunch line redesign

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/08/opinion/08judt.html?_r=1&scp=1&sq=judt%20new%20york&st=cse

Tony Judt on New York

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-11710831

Houellebecq wins Goncourt Prize for his new book “The Map and the Territory”

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/10/05/opinion/05iht-edcohen.html?hp

Change or Perish

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/us/2010/11/22/am.tsa.snl.spoof.cnn?hpt=T1

SNL’s TSA spoof

http://www.sciencemag.org/content/330/6007/1032.full.pdf?sid=2dd73c30-a5de-482a-90c7-92c5be9ec5df

Handful of U.S. Schools Claim Larger Share of Output

http://chronicle.com/article/Decoding-the-Value-of-Computer/125266/

Decoding the value of Computer Science

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/17/books/17words.html

In 500 Billion Words, New Window on Culture

URLs for December 7, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/05/health/05happy-web.html

Strangers May Cheer You Up, Study Says

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/12/05/googling-security-bo.html

Googling Security: book that opens your eyes to how much you disclose to Google

http://www.imchess.com/2008/12/week-1-december-2008-live-chess-ratings.html

latest ELO ratings

http://archinect.com/news/article.php?id=83347_0_24_0_C

New towers in China

http://gizmodo.com/5101308/amazon-iphone-app-lets-you-buy-anything-you-take-a-picture-of

Cool app

http://www.cnn.com/2008/LIVING/12/05/atheists.christmas/index.html

Atheist sign stolen

http://scottaaronson.com/blog/?p=367

Wanted: Better Wikipedia coverage of theoretical computer science

http://science.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=08/11/28/1515216&from=rss

Cyberchondria

http://www.thepublicdomain.org/download/

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind (by James Boyle)

http://tantek.com/log/2008/02.html#d19t2359

http://tantek.pbwiki.com/CommunicationProtocols

http://lifehacker.com/343665/get-things-done-over-the-phone-with-jott

Email use protocols, etc.

http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-education/2008/11/24/obama-girls-opt-for-a-posh-private-school.html

Obama girls opt for a posh private school

http://www.usnews.com/articles/education/worlds-best-colleges/2008/11/20/worlds-best-colleges-and-universities-top-200.html

New US News & WR rankings – world universities

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/business/30privacy.html

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/30/magazine/30google-t.html

http://www.boston.com/bostonglobe/ideas/articles/2008/06/22/stopping_google/

Google-related stuff

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/magazine/23Netflix-t.html

The netflix challenge

http://rss.slashdot.org/~r/Slashdot/slashdot/~3/xRrvc8CZPQ8/article.pl

Google SearchWiki

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/business/23novelties.html?emc=eta1

SearchTogether

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bulgarianscienceproblems/message/3408

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/322/5905/1183.pdf

http://www.sciencemag.org/cgi/reprint/322/5905/1184.pdf

http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/bulgarianscienceproblems/message/3417

Science in Romania

http://www.chessdom.com/kamsky-topalov-sofia

The Kamsky-Topalov match

http://www.dresden2008.de/

The Chess olympiad

http://www.europeana.eu/

European digital library (planned?)

http://www.nationalpost.com/story.html?id=946910

Entitled students expect better grades for effort: study

http://www.nature.com/news/2008/081117/full/news.2008.1235.html

The multi-million dollar 1000 Genomes project is set to be finished in a year

http://www.businessweek.com/ap/financialnews/D94GNJTO0.htm

College payday: presidents’ salaries up last year

http://www.cnn.com/2008/TECH/science/11/13/worldmapper/index.html

Mapping out a new world order

The smartests cities in the World (from Forbes)

http://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/2006/12/14/boulder-education-cities-ent_cx_ee_1215smartcities.html
http://www.forbes.com/entrepreneurs/2006/12/14/boulder-education-cities-ent_cx_ee_1215smartcities_slides.html
America’s 10 smartest cities,
“ranked them based on the percentage of the population age 25 and over
with at least a bachelors degree”.
1. Boulder, CO
2. Bethesda, MD
3. Ann Arbor, MI
4. Cambridge, MA
5. San Francisco, CA
6. Durham, NC
7. Fort Collins-Loveland, CO
8. Washington, DC
9. Bridgeport, Stamford, and Norwalk, CT
10. San Jose, Sunnyvale, and Santa Clara, CA

I guess New York City and Seattle lose on this criterion.

How to name email attachments

Here is a suggestion. If you send a homework assignment or a resume as
an attachment, please consider that the person receiving it (an
instructor or potential employer) is likely to get such submissions
from other people as well. If you name your submission “HW1.tar.gz” or
“resume.pdf”, chances are that your recipient will have other files
with the same name. It is much better to name your file with some
identifying information about yourself, e.g., your name or user id, e.g., “HW1-CS499-johnson.tar.gz” or “Alice.Smith.resume.pdf”.

Tenure discussions

U. Michigan is planning to switch to a tenure cycle with a 10-year cap (instead of the current and more standard 6-7 cycle).

http://www.provost.umich.edu/reports/flexible_tenure/contents.html
http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/02/28/michigan
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060226/SCHOOLS/602260344/1026

Under the proposal, each department may end up having its own rules
about the tenure process, including allowing or not a second try if the
first one fails and also allowing or not tenure track faculty to go
early.

Nothing is decided yet. Watch this space for updates.

This reminds me to post the first entry in my list of “Ten most
useful blogs”. This would be a free and very informative site on Higher
Education:

http://insidehighered.com/

Here is an interesting recent link about tenure from this site:

http://insidehighered.com/news/2006/04/25/tenure

More blogs from my top ten will follow (in no particular order) in future postings.