Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Medieval Fantasy City Generator

This is so cool!

I also wonder if it uses any generative-model ideas from urban analytics and/or complex systems?

(Tip of the cap to Dungeons and Dragons Memes.)

Monday, July 16, 2018

Heart and Caffeine Plushies

I bought Heart a couple of months ago, and Caffeine just arrived today.

"Message-Passing Methods for Complex Contagions"

Here is the published version of a the chapter that James Gleeson and I wrote for the book Complex Spreading Phenomena in Social Systems, which was edited by Sune Lehmann and YY Ahn. You can also find preprint versions of many chapters available for free on this website.

XKCD: "Negative Results"

I am amused.

Friday, July 13, 2018

Creating Wikipedia Entries for Underrepresented Scientists and Engineers

As described in this article, physicist Jess Wade has been doing incredible work on writing new Wikipedia entries.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018


If I recall correctly, I encountered this one when purchasing theatre tickets at a certain venue in Oxford.

Real-Life Elliptical Billiard Table

I approve!

Now we just need real-life Sinai and stadium billiards (and, of course, a mushroom billiard, to make Lyonia happy).

(Tip of the cap to Alex Bellos.)

Update: The table pictured in the article appears to be a circle, rather than a more general ellipse.

Algorithmic Author Ordership

I am amused. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Awesome Close-Up Photos of Snails

You can snail, you can snail...

(Tip of the cap to Invisible Scientist.)

Thursday, July 05, 2018

My Eponymous Agent-Based-Model (ABM) Simulator

(Tip of the cap to Sang Hoon Lee.)

Tuesday, July 03, 2018

"My" Eponymous Band

As some of you know, there is a band called Mason Porter. We both show up near the top of Google search for "Mason Porter" (and similar items). Over the years, I have been tagged on several Twitter posts instead of them. I am also followed by a few random people who are interested in folk and bluegrass music, and I have even had some good-natured Twitter battles with the band when I visit Philadelphia.

And now, on this occasion, even the band itself accidentally tagged me in their Facebook post instead of themselves!

Rock on! ("Folk on?")

One of these years, I seriously need to crash one of their shows with a short mathematics lecture.