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"We were quite surprised by the poor quality of .the human results. Our system outperforms both men’s performance in detecting women flirters (system 71.5% versus human 56.2%) and also women’s performance in detecting male flirters (system 69.0% versus human 62.2%).”

NLP researchers do compelling work. 

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wolframalpha:

Just how much Jazzercise would it take to shake off the calories from 100 Taco Bell tacos? http://wolfr.am/1kjq1rK 

wolframalpha:

Just how much Jazzercise would it take to shake off the calories from 100 Taco Bell tacos?

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erikkwakkel:

Medieval dachshund - Or: drawing with words

Here are three examples of a technique called “micrography”: decorative scenes that are drawn with words written in a tiny script. While there are examples from Latin books made in the West (here is one), the technique is particularly common in medieval Hebrew manuscripts. The drawings are usually found in biblical manuscripts and they appear to be commentaries to the text. The technique, whereby a scribe wrote in the smallest handwriting possible, goes back to the 9th century AD. The examples here, from the 13th century, shows just how entertaining the word-made drawings can be: they are an opportunity for the scribe to frolick in the margins of the page - like drawing a creature that looks like a dachshund.

Pic: London, British Library, Additional MS 21160 (13th century, more about the manuscript here). More about micrography here.

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When I go to a yoga workshop by an international yoga teacher and try to follow her instructions. 

When I go to a yoga workshop by an international yoga teacher and try to follow her instructions. 

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ilovecharts:

Famous Authors Who Hated Each Other’s Writing
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From left to right and top to bottom Sarada script and Tibetian script. Yes kids that’s a swastika at the bottom and it’s different from the Nazi version.

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erikkwakkel:

Up close and personal

I made these images today and they are quite special. The expressive medieval faces - and a pair of hands - are part of the stained-glass “Great East Windows” at York Minster and they date from 1408. Not many people have seen these details from this close, for the simple reason that they are normally positioned twenty meters or so above ground level. Except for now. They are presently being restored and thus taken down, one segment at the time, to be treated by experts. Visiting the cathedral gets you face to face - literally if you want - with these 700-year-old individuals. It is sensational to see them the way the artisans did when they made them, especially knowing they will soon be out of reach again, perhaps for centuries to come.

Pics (my own): York Cathedral, restoration exhibition.

Two dimensional art from medieval Europe is the best! Even the most beatific people give off an impression of impending doom.

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This twitter account!

This twitter account!

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Can’t wait to start training for marathon #2

Can’t wait to start training for marathon #2

(Source: theoatmeal.com)

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The noise my laptop makes when I run this command to build Mahout mvn -Dhadoop2.version=2.2.0 -DskipTests clean install