Prompted to find alternative ways to entertain my friends due to a herniated disc, I tried my hand at writing a trivia/pub quiz.
Please use, remix, and fix some of the impossible questions.
(The specific genre of audience-tailored trivia for a group of friends owes a deep gratitude to Sumedh Joshi R.I.P.)
Round point structure.
- 1x 1 points Warmup multiple choice question.
- 3x 2-point one-correct answer.
- 1x List as many as possible.
- (1 point) The name Mendocino is derived from A). The 16th century Spanish circumnavigator. or B) A bastardization of the “Mein de Chino” owing to the famed chow mein from the area?
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Today I interview, Nicola Tadini otherwise known as tadoh, Copenhagen-based music-lover and DJ.
His sound varies from slow deep house to dancefloor filling tech-house. Together with Wartemal he started Folkets Haus, a monthly event in Folkets Hus in Nørrebro, as an attempt to bring electronic music and the radical-left closer.
In this interview you’ll learn…
what the slow house genre is
three different ways for music to be politial
and exactly how many stars Italian cookies ought to have.
+ Folkets Haus #12 – 1. maj støtteaften
+ Vadestedsfestival 2016 – Friday closing set
+ Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz ft.… Read the rest
Data from my project the Wikidata Human Gender Indicators has started to be cited in the press (BBC, Bloomberg), which is a large dose of validation. Traffic to the data visualizations increased 500% on the day of the BBC publication to 1,000 views/day, which inspires confidence. Moreover, Wikimedia Foundation’s Grants team—who funded WHGI—praised the project in their year-end report, saying:
Grants for research and tools (such as WHGI) – which minimally contribute to the targets of people or articles – have been extremely valuable in improving our understanding of the gender gap and how or why it manifests.
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Marriage is part of humanity. As Alain de Botton reflected, “[…] the impulse to cluster into small familial groups within which to safely propagate the next generation, is a project that has been known to the largest share of humanity since our earliest upright days in East Africa’s Rift Valley.” And although today Harry and Carie are engaged in this ancient tradition, they are also alternative people that create their own history. Alternative people who appreciate a form of never-ending play, which was has been so well described for myself and our couple in the book Finite and Infinite Games. I’d like to read to you it’s philosophy on marriage, the family project and their choiceful natures:
Infinite lovers may or may not have a family.
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The Economist has commented on the irony that machine learning helps school teachers relax after work by choosing what movie to watch, but helps none in determining how to assist their students. In my fellowship this summer, I tried to change that. At DSSG, I worked with the Tulsa Public Schools to do identify which students are at risk of being made to repeat 3rd grade. Using machine learning techniques we were able to predict 95% of the second grade students that would require intervention before the Reading Sufficiency Act destined them to do the year over.
At Data Fest 2016 I gave a fuller yet concise explanation, watch the video below.… Read the rest
Note: This post is quite old. In fact Wikidata can now be accessed “properly” via the Wikidata Query Service (WDQS). However the techniques outlined below still have their advantages.
The inaugural Wiki Research Hackathon went very well, and I’m affirmed that I feel best when I’m conducting Wiki Research. I was asked to give one of the tech talks of the day about accessing Wikidata data programmatically. Here is an outline of the talk
We’ll be viewing Wikidata as file in its own right for research, not as it’s canonical use case of being used in various Wikipedias.
Wikidata is a mostly standard Mediawiki instance except that pages don’t store “Wikitext”, they store JSON blobs.… Read the rest
In my early software education, I’d been taught about how untested software could result in deadly radiation-therapy machines. But since I never planned to be in the medical devices industry, these sort of warnings didn’t apply to me – after all I was only writing Wikipedia bots. But this week I was proved wrong when another Wikipedian messaged me with a query unlike any I’d received before (empahsis mine):
Hi Max, I’ve pinged you a couple of times, but in case you’re not getting them, would you mind commenting?
It’s about an edit your bot made to Wikidata that changed the infobox of a featured article about a book about the Holocaust, Night.
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I spent a weekend with my friend riding 30 miles between Minneapolis breweries. We learned some important lessons.
- The modern consumer elects to understand arbitrary differences in item-classes.
- The corporation co-opts leisure time of the individual to construct an aesthetic.
- Even if thebeers are not that different, they will say they are.
- This is similar to the divided political “spectrum”, that is, not a spectrum at all.
- As a test case take the IPA, the least versatile “acquired” taste.
- Once the consumer has developed a false consciousness and accepts the objectionable and anti-rational quality of IPA ethanol, that consumer has joined the in-group.
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I first discovered Why? in the same way that all new music came to me in my teenage years, pen-pal-ship with my best friend Daniel Cohen. I’d wanted to retain my friends and life when I was stripped from England in ’99, and between annual visits, emails filled in the gaps for us. (In retrospect this comments on the history of chat technology, youngsters able to figure it out around the millennium.) An early symbol of my empathetic practice, in 2004 electro-mails I basically asked Dan questions that Pitchfork media was answering. I’m not taking credit for his current success as a reviewing journalist, but I think he relished the task and I gave him plenty of practice.… Read the rest
While Ceephax has exposed me to a hyperactive, ultrajoyful side of myself, Why? has shown me how to cope with inexorable loss of impermanent identities. Just today I was going to go to an event I’d been looking forward to for over a year; the Stupor Bowl is a 50 mile bike ride in Minneapolis, stopping at 9 bars, and on the coldest day of the year. But after ceding a pool table yesterday to a man who my friends told me looked very much like myself, due to his moustache and cycling jacket, I became paralyzed by the self-awareness of my new identity.… Read the rest