Chris Aldrich
Workshop Announcement: Entropy and Information in Biological Systems

I rarely, if ever, reblog anything here, but this particular post from John Baez’s blog Azimuth is so on-topic, that attempting to embellish it seems silly.

Entropy and Information in Biological Systems (Part 2)

John Harte, Marc Harper and I are running a workshop! Now you can apply here to attend:

Information and entropy in biological systems, National Institute for Mathematical and…

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The Mnemonic Major System and Gregg Shorthand Have the Same Underlying Structure!

I’ve been a proponent and user of a variety of mnemonic systems since I was about eleven years old.  The two biggest and most useful in my mind are commonly known as the “method of loci” and the “major system.” The major system is also variously known as the phonetic number system, the phonetic mnemonic system, or Hergione’s mnemonic system after French mathematician and astronomer Pierre…

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Latin Pedagogy and the Digital Humanities

I’ve long been a student of the humanities (and particularly the classics) and have recently begun reviewing over my very old and decrepit knowledge of Latin.  It’s been two decades since I made a significant study of classical languages, and lately (as the result of conversations with friends like Dave Harris, Jim Houser, Larry Richardson, and John Kountouris) I’ve been drawn to reviewing them…

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Speed Reading on Web and Mobile
“Hi, my name is Chris, and I’m a Read-aholic.”

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m a reading junkie, but unfortunately there isn’t (yet) a 12 step program to help me.  I love reading lots of different types of things across an array of platforms (books, newspapers, magazines, computer, web, phone, tablet, apps) and topics (fiction/non-fiction and especially history, biography, economics, popular…

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Regard the World as Made of Information

"Regard the physical world as made of information, with energy and matter as incidentals." -John Archibald Wheeler

Regard the World as Made of Information

"Regard the physical world as made of information, with energy and matter as incidentals." -John Archibald Wheeler

The Single Biggest Problem in Communication is the Illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

The Single Biggest Problem in Communication is the Illusion that it has taken place. - George Bernard Shaw

"The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place." - George Bernard Shaw

Ordering In-N-Out by Chapter and Verse

Today to mix things up when ordering lunch at In-N-Out, I tried making my order by number, but not In-N-Out’s traditional #1, #2, or #3 system.

I got myself a Nahum 1:7, a Revelation 3:20 with cheese, two Proverbs 24:16s, two John 3:16s, and a Chocolate Proverbs 3:5.

“What?!” you ask. “I’m all too aware of In-N-Out’s ‘Secret menu’ and have heard of a 4×4 and even a mythical 20×20, but what is a…

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The Educated Man

“A well-trained man knows how to answer questions; an educated man knows what questions are worth asking.”

-E. Digby Baltzell (1955),  an American sociologist, academic and author (November 14, 1915 – August 17, 1996)

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