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Biomedical and Electrical Engineer with interests in information theory, evolution, genetics, abstract mathematics, microbiology, big history, Indieweb, and the entertainment industry including: finance, distribution, representation







LA Sheriff's Dept helicopter in NE Altadena ordering someone out of house with hands up.


@realkimhansen @signlfm If you hadn't been aware, this came out earlier in the week and may be of overlapping interest:
Three recommendations to enable Annotations on the Web | W3C News
Their method of breaking down the problem and their vocabulary may be particularly useful; the overlay onto audio may be another problem altogether...

I also thought this post (with code) by Aaron Parecki, while a relatively simple concept, was exceptionally cool.


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Thanks everyone for taking a look and for the help!

Apologies if I offended anyone -- without having read through any of the code, I wasn't quite sure what was going on. My suspicion for a while has been that using the [uf2 plugin]( for WordPress certainly isn't quite always the best, though it's fairly impressive what it **will** allow. I've been hacking around at a new/different theme that adds microformats directly rather than programmatically to have greater control of exactly where they're put, but it's also a one-off solution rather than a solution for the masses. Better microformats injection into themes is certainly a small stumbling block for coming generations.

I was previously aware that the entry-content div on my theme overextended itself (, but didn't realize that the hentry/h-entry was being injected too early via uf2.

I saw some of the resulting discussion in the -dev channel, so I'm glad my beastly banging on and breaking of things may help improve things for coming generations. ;)

@dshanske We should remember to ping the Independent Publisher theme if you decide to make changes, as I suspect it'll have the same issue(s). It's been a while since I looked at the code for it, but I recall he created a mf2.php in the theme to inject microformats similarly to uf2 or one of your recent blogposts.


Jef Rouner I suspect it's more likely the Kathryn Schultz photo that leads off the piece and not taking the time to research the factual answer, but that's just an opinion. With those who can't distinguish fact, you really never can tell. But thanks for philosophically breaking C.P. Snow's "Two Cultures" into The Three Cultures!


Evolution of a Scientific Journal Article Title (from Nature to TMZ)

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It's interesting to see the evolution of the title put on a story from its publication in a scientific journal to its reportage in a science-based magazine, and then its final form in the broad-based popular press.  

Below is a chronological list of titles that moves from Nature Materials to Quanta Magazine to Wired Magazine and finally ends with TMZ. My hypothesis (or guess, for the TMZ crowd) is that almost everyone could have easily matched the title of the article to the publication. Very telling about the process is that the Wired article is an exact reprint of the Quanta story, the only change was in the title.

Curvature-induced symmetry breaking determines elastic surface patterns


A Grand Theory of Wrinkles

A collaboration between mechanical engineers and mathematicians has revealed universal rules for how wrinkles form.


The Fascinating Math of How Wrinkles Form


Pruned People -- Guess Who!


Okay, I'll admit that the TMZ article, has nothing to do with the original article, but only because it isn't sensational enough to make their publication - perhaps if Yeezy, The Biebs, or Kim K were invloved. You will notice, however, that the article is in fact genuine and actually appeared on TMZ.



[1503.02776] The Emergence of Life as a First Order Phase Transition

We demonstrate a phase transition from non-life to life, defined as non-replicating and replicating systems respectively, and characterize some of its dynamical properties. The transition is first order and demonstrates many characteristics one might expect from a newly emergent biosphere. During the phase transition the system experiences an explosive growth in diversity, with restructuring of both the extant replicator population and the environment. The observed dynamics have a natural information-theoretic interpretation, where the probability for the transition to occur depends on the mutual information shared between replicators and environment. Through the transition, the system undergoes a series of symmetry breaking transitions whereby the information content of replicators becomes increasingly distinct from that of their environment. Thus, the replicators that nucleate the transition in the non-life phase are often not those which are ultimately selected in the life phase. We discuss the implications of these results for understanding the emergence of life, and natural selection more broadly.