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September 2017 Media Thread

1 Post author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:17PM

This is the monthly thread for posting media of various types that you've found that you enjoy. Post what you're reading, listening to, watching, and your opinion of it. Post recommendations to blogs. Post whatever media you feel like discussing! To see previous recommendations, check out the older threads.


  • Please avoid downvoting recommendations just because you don't personally like the recommended material; remember that liking is a two-place word. If you can point out a specific flaw in a person's recommendation, consider posting a comment to that effect.
  • If you want to post something that (you know) has been recommended before, but have another recommendation to add, please link to the original, so that the reader has both recommendations.
  • Please post only under one of the already created subthreads, and never directly under the parent media thread.
  • Use the "Other Media" thread if you believe the piece of media you want to discuss doesn't fit under any of the established categories.
  • Use the "Meta" thread if you want to discuss about the monthly media thread itself (e.g. to propose adding/removing/splitting/merging subthreads, or to discuss the type of content properly belonging to each subthread) or for any other question or issue you may have about the thread or the rules.

Comments (26)

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:02PM 1 point [-]

Meta Thread

Comment author: gwern 02 September 2017 11:45:05PM 2 points [-]
Comment author: morganism 16 September 2017 09:42:12PM *  0 points [-]

Prepping for the end of Moores Law, freeing the CPU for actual computation

Shedding Light on Dark Bandwidth

"Reducing overall system data movement will likely net system designers far more over the next decade than any revolutionary technology changes,” Beard explains. “Enabling small amounts of computation in- or near-memory along with fixing the virtual memory system could enable future systems to recapture dark bandwidth. Doing all of this, while not breaking all extant software is a huge, but not insurmountable, challenge. It’s not just the memory technology or compute alone that should be the focus, it’s how the compute system as a whole uses it.”


Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:45PM 0 points [-]

Short Online Texts Thread

Comment author: morganism 14 September 2017 08:37:03PM 1 point [-]

Autonomous Robots Plant, Tend, and Harvest Entire Crop of Barley

During the Hands Free Hectare project, no human set foot on the field between planting and harvest—everything was done by robots. This includes:

Drilling channels in the dirt for barley seeds to be planted at specific depths and intervals with an autonomous tractor;
Spraying a series of fungicides, herbicides, and fertilizers when and where necessary;
Harvesting the barley with an autonomous combine.



Comment author: morganism 30 September 2017 11:05:44PM 0 points [-]

Machs Effect interstellar propellentless propulsion mission proposal at NASA NIAC


Next Steps • Publish – – One or more papers on results of our current laboratory scale test program – Additional peer-reviewed papers on theory are in preparation – Paper on IMES-1 design and Concept of Operations (CONOPS) • Upgrade test facilities and increase thrust – –Increase data rate and number of channels –Improve torsion balance – Increase thrust ~10x • Design an on-orbit test of the MEGA drive – – Our planned on-orbit test using a microsatellite (or CubeSat) is presently at TRL ~ 2 – We favor a rotational test, spinning a microsatellite up (and down) by opposing drives. This removes atmospheric drag as a major error source.

Comment author: morganism 30 September 2017 10:28:21PM 0 points [-]

What I Hate About Dating Women vs What I Hate About Dating Men


"There is also something a little bit socially darwinian about the whole thing. The overriding assumption with guys I date seems to be that the most valuable thing I have to contribute to my children is my DNA. My life experience and wisdom? Worthless. I mean, maybe that’s too harsh — many men do care about personality — but only after I’ve made the DNA cut. And, it’s worth mentioning, I think many men care about intelligence more than looks, so they’re not “superficial” exactly, but they view intelligence as an inheritable trait and they like me because they think my kids will get that trait from me. My primary bartering chip with men is what I was born with."

Comment author: Elo 02 October 2017 08:26:52PM 0 points [-]

Read it. Interesting.

Comment author: morganism 16 September 2017 12:28:51AM 0 points [-]

Humans no longer have ancient defence mechanism against viruses

The AGO2 family takes care of the defence against viruses. However, we didn't find these AGO2 proteins in vertebrates."


Comment author: morganism 10 September 2017 09:04:36PM 0 points [-]

Uranus moons on collision courses. Found the paths while studying the rings.



some implications on disc accretion, rings, and planetary capture mechanics

Comment author: morganism 02 September 2017 11:15:47PM 0 points [-]

Application of Systematic Review Methods in an Overall Strategy for Evaluating Low-Dose Toxicity from Endocrine Active Chemicals


Meta study that tries to deal with cross-study imbalances, and animal dose vs. internal take up. Seems balanced. Phatalates and flame proofing are models studied.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:41PM 0 points [-]

Online Videos Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:37PM 0 points [-]

Fanfiction Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:31PM 0 points [-]

Nonfiction Books Thread

Comment author: WalterL 05 September 2017 07:36:25PM 0 points [-]
Comment author: Torello 03 September 2017 02:41:48PM 0 points [-]
Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:28PM 0 points [-]

Fiction Books Thread

Comment author: morganism 17 September 2017 08:52:29PM 0 points [-]

listen to the audio above of Tolkien himself reading from Chapter IV of The Two Towers.


Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:24PM 0 points [-]

TV and Movies (Animation) Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:20PM 0 points [-]

TV and Movies (Live Action) Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:17PM 0 points [-]

Games Thread

Comment author: morganism 14 September 2017 07:08:00PM 0 points [-]

What are the best horror games for VR?


Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:13PM 0 points [-]

Music Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:09PM 0 points [-]

Podcasts Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 02 September 2017 09:18:06PM 0 points [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: morganism 17 September 2017 08:55:15PM 0 points [-]

California design firm IDEO has launched two free courses--a 7-week Introduction to Human-Centered Design and a 4-week course on Prototyping.