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October 2017 Media Thread

2 Post author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08AM

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 (25)

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:09:01AM 0 points [-]

Short Online Texts Thread

Comment author: morganism 16 October 2017 11:47:06PM 0 points [-]

Physically active white men at high risk for plaque buildup in arteries


"When these findings were stratified by race and gender, they found that white men were at the highest risk-they were 86 percent more likely to have CAC. There was no higher odds of CAC for black participants who exercised at this level, and while there was a similar trend for white women it was not statistically significant."

"High levels of exercise over time may cause stress on the arteries leading to higher CAC," said Rana, "however this plaque buildup may well be of the more stable kind, and thus less likely to rupture and causes heart attack, which was not evaluated in this study."

Comment author: WalterL 17 October 2017 02:04:48PM 0 points [-]


Comment author: morganism 15 October 2017 07:39:39PM 0 points [-]

Glucosamine dampens the brain hyperexcitability seen in seizures or epilepsy


Since neural excitability in the hippocampus is a key feature of seizures and epilepsy, they hypothesized that acutely increasing protein O-GlcNAcylation might dampen the pathological hyperexcitability associated with these brain disorders.

Comment author: morganism 14 October 2017 07:57:53AM 0 points [-]

NIST cautions of using bayes for weighting in legal forensics


"Bayesian theory does not support using an expert's opinion, even when expressed numerically, as a universal weight of evidence. Among different ways of presenting information, it has not been shown that LR is most appropriate."

Comment author: IlyaShpitser 14 October 2017 10:48:09PM 0 points [-]

They recommend using LR only in cases where a probability-based model is warranted.

Well, yeah.

Comment author: morganism 08 October 2017 10:47:00PM 0 points [-]

Machine Learning for Investors: A Primer


"We’ll review the following items in this piece:

How machine learning differs from statistical methods and why it’s a big deal
The key concepts
A couple of nuts-and-bolts examples to give a flavor of how it solves problems
Code to jumpstart your own mad science experiments
A roadmap to learn more about it.
Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:57AM 0 points [-]

Online Videos Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:54AM 0 points [-]

Fanfiction Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:52AM 0 points [-]

Nonfiction Books Thread

Comment author: Torello 01 October 2017 08:52:35PM *  0 points [-]
Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:48AM 0 points [-]

Fiction Books Thread

Comment author: polymathwannabe 08 October 2017 06:07:34AM *  0 points [-]

Neuropath by R. Scott Bakker. A crazy neurosurgeon dissects people's selfhood while the good guys discuss evolutionary psychology and why the whole concept of crime may be misguided. The author keeps a blog on the same ideas (https://rsbakker.wordpress.com).

Comment author: zpinter 06 October 2017 03:17:22PM 0 points [-]

The Bobiverse Series by Dennis E. Taylor

A fun book series with good pacing that explores a lot of interesting ideas (cryonics, mind uploading, AI, etc). Highly recommended.

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:45AM 0 points [-]

TV and Movies (Animation) Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:42AM 0 points [-]

TV and Movies (Live Action) Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:38AM 0 points [-]

Games Thread

Comment author: morganism 07 October 2017 09:29:06PM 0 points [-]

Lung Collapses Are A Surprisingly Common Esports Injury


"Over the last seven years, at least six high-profile esports players have been struck with a debilitating and serious medical condition called spontaneous pneumothorax—a collapsed lung. Some had to withdraw from matches. A couple kept playing, even though it probably wasn’t a great idea. Why is this, of all injuries, common in esports?

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:35AM 0 points [-]

Music Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:32AM 0 points [-]

Podcasts Thread

Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:29AM 0 points [-]

Other Media Thread

Comment author: MaryCh 10 October 2017 06:40:17PM 0 points [-]
Comment author: morganism 07 October 2017 09:43:14PM *  0 points [-]

Our minds can be hijacked': the tech insiders who fear a smartphone dystopia

"Google, Twitter and Facebook workers who helped make technology so addictive are disconnecting themselves from the internet."

There is growing concern that as well as addicting users, technology is contributing toward so-called “continuous partial attention”, severely limiting people’s ability to focus, and possibly lowering IQ."


and this on ads and graphics


Comment author: ArisKatsaris 01 October 2017 02:08:25AM 0 points [-]

Meta Thread

Comment author: gwern 17 October 2017 07:05:04PM 1 point [-]