Like many, I was shocked to hear of Prashant Bhargava’s death. I just saw Radhe Radhe with Vijay Iyer’s live score at BAM, and Bhargava was there. I met him once, through Mimosa Shah.

Most people know Yoko Ono as “the person who broke up the Beatles” and think of her art practice as a joke. She’s a much more serious artist than that, and this article tries to lay it out a bit better.

Via Celeste LeCompte, a tool to explore MIT’s research finances. It’s still a work-in-progress. I wonder how hard it would be to make such a thing for Rutgers.

In lieu of taking this course offered by Amardeep Singh, I could at least read the books on the syllabus I guess.

Muscae volitantes, or floaty things in your eyes.


Tracks (Music For A New Beginning)

  1. Song For The Sold – Kishi Bashi
  2. Calling – Snorri Helgason
  3. Heart Beats – Hey Marseilles
  4. We Get Along – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
  5. 1904 Twin Peaks – Alice Russel
  6. We Don’t Sleep – Har Mar Superstar
  7. Digital Witness – St. Vincent
  8. Nothing You Could Say – Big Eyes
  9. Jump And Shout – The Dirtbombs
  10. Diversionary (Do the Right Thing) – Ages and Ages
  11. Another Ten Reasons – Young Fresh Fellows
  12. Where Can I Go? – Laura Marling


A map of racial segregation in the US.

Vi Hart explains serial music (h/t Jim CaJacob).

More adventures in trolling scam journals with bogus papers (h/t my father).

Brighten does some number crunching on his research notebook.

Jerry takes “disruptive innovation” to task.

Vladimir Horowitz plays a concert at the Carter White House. Also Jim Lehrer looks very young. The program (as cribbed from YouTube)

  • The Star-Spangled Banner
  • Chopin: Sonata in B-flat minor, opus 35, n°2
  • Chopin: Waltz in a minor, opus 34, n°2
  • Chopin: Waltz in C-sharp minor, opus 64, n° 2
  • Chopin: Polonaise in A-flat major, opus 53 ,Héroïque
  • Schumann: Träumerei, Kinderszene n°7
  • Rachmaninoff: Polka de W.R
  • Horowitz: Variations on a theme from Bizet’s Carmen

The Simons Institute is going strong at Berkeley now. Moritz Hardt has some opinions about what CS theory should say about “big data,” and how it might be require some adjustments to ways of thinking. Suresh responds in part by pointing out some of the successes of the past.

John Holbo is reading Appiah and makes me want to read Appiah. My book queue is already a bit long though…

An important thing to realize about performance art that makes a splash is that it can be often exploitative.

Mimosa shows us what she sees.


The English version of the Japanese cooking site Cookpad was launched recently. The launch means more lunch for me!

In case you wanted to listen to old African vinyl albums, you’re in luck.

I have a burning-hot hatred of payday loan places, so this Pro Publica piece just stoked the fire.

Talking robots… in spaaaaaaaaace!

A tumblr on how we make progress in research.

My friend Amrys worked on the Serendip-o-matic, a tool that may be more useful for those in the humanities than us engineer types, but is pretty darn cool.


I’m sick today so here are some links.

Click That Hood, a game which asks you to identify neighborhoods. I was lousy at San Diego, but pretty decent at Chicago, even though I’ve lived here for half the time. Go figure.

For those who care about beer, there’s been some news about the blocked merger of Inbev and Modelo. I recommend Erik’s podcast post on the structure of the beer industry (the three-tier system) for those who care about craft beer, and (with reservations) Planet Money’s show on the antitrust regulatory framework that is at work here.

Remember step functions from your signals and systems course? We called them Heaviside step functions after Oliver Heaviside — you can read more about him in this Physics Today article.

Did you know that Pad Thai’s “birth and popularity came out of the nationalist campaign of Field Marshal Plaek Pibulsongkram, one of the revolutionary figures who in 1932 pushed Thailand out of an absolute monarchy?” Neither did I!

I need this album, since I love me some Kurt Weill. I can also live vicariously through NPR’s list of SXSW recommendations.

tracks : even the poor are not immune

Sometimes music is a good break from the day to day. This is a mix of old stuff I’ve overused and some newer things that are in my ear.

  1. This Song Is Called Ragged (Jonathan Boulet)
  2. Lycra Mistral (El Guincho)
  3. Dance For You (Dirty Projectors)
  4. Clouds (Deep Time)
  5. Yèné Felagoté (Tlahoun Gèssèssè)
  6. On the Sunny Side of the Street (Dizzy Gillespie / Sonny Rollins)
  7. Croon Spoon (EV and SS, from The Cradle Will Rock)
  8. Pink Wine (St. Paul De Vence)
  9. Teach My Heart (Charles Leo Gebhardt IV)
  10. Curse This City (Hockey)
  11. Rebels of the Sacred Heart (Flogging Molly)
  12. Groundhog Day (Corin Tucker Band)
  13. Faithful Man (Lee Fields & The Experience)
  14. Coquette (Brandi Shearer & The Robert Nolan Trio)
  15. Laughing At Life (Billie Holiday & Lester Young)
  16. Kithkin (Ampersand)

Linkage : Black Friday edition

This is an amazing video that makes me miss the Bay Area. (via Bobak Nazer)

Also via Bobak, we’re number 8 and 10!

Since it’s holiday season, I figured it’s time to link to some profanity-laden humor about the holidays. For the new, The Hater’s Guide to the Williams-Sonoma Catalog, and the classic It’s Decorative Gourd Season….

A Game of Food Trucks. (via MetaFilter)

Larry Wasserman takes on the Bayesian/Frequentist debate.

LCD Soundsystem + Miles Davis youtube mashup.

My friend Erik, who started the Mystery Brewing Company, has a blog called Top Fermented. He is now starting a podcast, which also has an RSS feed.


New(ish) policies at the NSF — read up if you are planning on writing some grants! h/t to Helena, who sent this in aaaaages ago.

I’m not sure I agree that these are the 10 must-listen, but it’s something at least.

This article on Jonah Lehrer is quite interesting. I think there are some things to be learned here for academic writers as well…

I forgot to add a link to Suhas Mathur has a blog, sorry!

bibimbap is a tool to import BibTeX entries from various sources. It runs in the console and is designed to be simple and fast. bibimbap is simply the easiest way to manage your BibTeX bibliographies. Be advised that it still won’t read the papers for you, though.” — looks like it could be awesome. h/t to Manu.

Tracks : kisses are a better fate than wisdom

  1. A Little Lost — Nat Baldwin
  2. Lemonade — Braids
  3. It All Began With A Burst — Kishi Bashi
  4. Plasticities — Andrew Bird
  5. Tenere Taqqim Tossam — Tinariwen
  6. Chapter 8 -Seashore and Horizon- — Cornelius
  7. Cavaleiro Monge — Antônio Carlos Jobim
  8. No Balanço da Canoa — Maga Bo
  9. Moonday School (Intergalactic Church) — THEESatisfaction
  10. triangle walks — Fever Ray
  11. Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Gams — of Montreal
  12. Awkward — Lightning Love
  13. Ignore the Bell — The Ladybug Transistor
  14. 1904 — The Tallest Man On Earth
  15. Don’t Try to Fool Me — Miss Li
  16. Forks and Knives (La Fete) — Beirut
  17. That Old Feeling — Miss Erika
  18. Kiss Me — Tom Waits