“So what will it mean to bear witness in the future?”

They say that history is written by the victors. But now, before the victors win, there is a chance to scream out with a text message that will not vanish. What would we know about what passed between Turks and Armenians, between Germans and Jews, if every one of them had had the chance, before […]

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Educational video on ‘Quants’ and their role in the financial crisis

YouTube: “Quants: The Alchemists of Wall Street (Marije Meerman, VPRO Backlight 2010)” Related: “The Modelers’ Hippocratic Oath”: I will never sacrifice reality for elegance without explaining why I have done so….I understand that my work may have enormous effects on society and the economy, many of them beyond my comprehension.

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Programing Links March 7th, 2009

Mike Taylor on Kernighan and Plauger’s “The Elements of Programming Style” (gotta buy and read this) Eli Bendersky: “The server-side Javascript meme” PragPub–March 2010: Jason Huggins: “JavaScript: It’s Not Just for Browsers Any More” “Algorithms are Thoughts, Chainsaws are Tools”, reviewing a short film by Stephen Ramsey on “Live Coding”. Read it and watch it. […]

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