January 20, 2015

Happy New Year !

Happy New Year ! Best wishes for 2015 ! Happy New Year !

January 26, 2014

Adam Magyar’s “Stainless” project

An amazing atmosphere emanates from this video technique : “The ever changing nature of the present” as Magyar puts it. Medium’s article about Magyar

November 18, 2013

The magic of Origami

Fantastic documentary about origamis. (starts at 1m50s)   [http://boc.al/0l5jfw]

February 24, 2013

Amazing quadrocopters

Absolutely amazing video from ETH Zurich “Dynamic Systems and Control” group. In this video, quadrocopters balance an inverted pendulum and juggle with it, throwing it back and forth. More videos from the project “Flying Machine Arena”

February 17, 2013

Too Big to Fail has become Too Big for Trial

Supervising big banks when they break the law… Senator Elizabeth Warren at the Feb. 14, 2013 Banking Committee Hearing titled “Wall Street Reform: Oversight of Financial Stability and Consumer and Investor Protections.” [http://www.youtube.com/embed/mavB1lbtIow]   “I want to ask a question about supervising big banks when they break the law including the mortgage foreclosures but others as well. We all understand why settlements are important, that trials are expensive and we can’t dedicate huge resources to them but we also understand that if a party is unwilling to go to trial either because they’re too timid or because they lack the resources…” Read more

February 3, 2013

Book review : In the Forests of Siberia by Sylvain Tesson

“In the forests of Siberia” is a book for those who live in fast-paced cities where life is a perpetual race, where the fabric of life is constant motion and where solitude, silence and fresh air are rare. Sylvain Tesson’s narrative will take you to the one of the most remote parts of the globe, on the shores of lake Baikal where he spent 6 months from February to July 2010 in an existential quest. Read more

January 27, 2013

A rant on the Kindle

I love the Kindle be it on the eponymous device or on an iPad. But I just can’t stop my being extremely frustrated at the shortcomings of the current Amazon e-book format. Footnotes/endnotes are broken. On the iPad, I need to tap three or more times to activate the footnote. Unusable. Navigating back and forth from footnote to text is broken. Focus on reading is distracted by trying to navigate from and to endnotes. Read more

January 22, 2013

Nate Silver’s The signal and the noise

TL;DR Interesting and entertaining book. Fun anecdotes and stories. Paradoxically the narrative is a bit noisy and perhaps lacking of a more formal approach to some topics (frequentism vs bayesianism). Nevertheless very enjoyable and very stimulating. Key takeaways from the book We are designed to “find patterns in random noise”. Information overload forces us to simplify the world which introduces a lot of bias. [But] men may construe things after their fashion Read more