Friday, August 31, 2018
This year, our win leader is Ross Stripling (with 8 wins), who is currently on the disabled list.
We have a good chance to make the playoffs, and there is an even better chance that none of our pitchers will get double digits in wins. "Accomplishing" both of these things in the same season is not easy.
(I found this out from Charley Steiner on tonight's broadcast.)
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Do complex-systems scientists dream of emergent sheep? :)— DynamicalSystemsSIAM (@DynamicsSIAM) August 30, 2018
Update: And, to complete the picture, note that there is also an old game called Netrunner.
Many Dragon*Con costumes and related things still invoke the old carpet.
Here is an article (to which I can't get full access) that appears to be about carpet-related costumes more generally (though the front picture is one from Dragon*Con).
Wednesday, August 29, 2018
It is "an open-access scientific journal written by scientists and reviewed by a board of kids and teens."
Here is some text from their online blurb:
That is why distinguished scientists are invited to write about their cutting-edge discoveries in a language that is accessible for young readers, and it is then up to the kids themselves – with the help of a science mentor – to provide feedback and explain to the authors how to best improve the articles before publication.
As a result, Frontiers for Young Minds provides a collection of freely available scientific articles by distinguished scientists that are shaped for younger audiences by the input of their own young peers.
(Tip of the cap to Petter Holme.)
Tuesday, August 28, 2018
"We are scholars and teachers at Princeton, Harvard, Yale, and other institutions who have some thoughts to share and advice to offer students across the country. Our advice can be distilled to three words:
Think for yourself."
The full statement, which I signed, is worth reading.
Monday, August 27, 2018
(However, Mark misspelled "awesome" as "dubious", for some reason.)
Snarky Karate Club lore (t-shirt + ZKCC) has made the 2nd edition of Mark Newman's textbook on networks (the closest thing we have to a standard introductory text).— Mason Porter (@masonporter) August 27, 2018
Should I be happier about having papers & research cited in the 2nd edition, or about the t-shirt being cited? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/yCjq4MCzer
P.S. You can see the history of the ZKCC at this website and buy ZKC memorabilia at The Power Law Shop.
Friday, August 17, 2018
Tuesday, August 14, 2018
I am looking forward to geeking out!
(I am also looking forward to getting out of this crowded, shitty airport. LAX is awful.)
Monday, August 13, 2018
Earlier today, I was looking for 'balance' in "Social Network Analysis" by Wasserman & Faust, but instead I found the 'beast'.— Mason Porter (@masonporter) August 13, 2018
(I suppose that social network analysis is sometimes a Wassermanian–Faustian bargain.) pic.twitter.com/cm4jZiupeW
Friday, August 10, 2018
Title: Network Analysis of Particles and Grains
Authors: Lia Papadopoulos, Mason A. Porter, Karen E. Daniels, and Danielle S. Bassett
Abstract: The arrangements of particles and forces in granular materials have a complex organization on multiple spatial scales that range from local structures to mesoscale and system-wide ones. This multiscale organization can affect how a material responds or reconfigures when exposed to external perturbations or loading. The theoretical study of particle-level, force-chain, domain and bulk properties requires the development and application of appropriate physical, mathematical, statistical and computational frameworks. Traditionally, granular materials have been investigated using particulate or continuum models, each of which tends to be implicitly agnostic to multiscale organization. Recently, tools from network science have emerged as powerful approaches for probing and characterizing heterogeneous architectures across different scales in complex systems, and a diverse set of methods have yielded fascinating insights into granular materials. In this article, we review work on network-based approaches to studying granular matter and explore the potential of such frameworks to provide a useful description of these systems and to enhance understanding of their underlying physics. We also outline a few open questions and highlight particularly promising future directions in the analysis and design of granular matter and other kinds of material networks.
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Monday, August 06, 2018
Tired of expensive diversity initiatives that haven’t really changed much? So are we 😴. We want to give you 💰 to work on projects based on evidence. Meet new people, change the game. Join us on Sept 21 + 22 @turinginst: https://t.co/gOH4KvRQM7 #womeninSTEM x @STEMGamechange pic.twitter.com/PPgDvIqqy9— Dr Jess Wade 👩🏻🔬 (@jesswade) July 25, 2018
(P.S. Jess Wade has been doing amazing things in her prolific writing of Wikipedia entries.)
Saturday, August 04, 2018
Thursday, August 02, 2018
Previously, we wrote an obituary of Zabusky for DSWeb.
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
You can also read short prize citations for the four Fields Medalists and the Nevanlinna Prize (in theoretical computer science).