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Musical setting of the Litany of Tarski

14 komponisto 23 March 2017 11:18AM

About a year ago, I made a setting of the Litany of Tarski for four-part a cappella (i.e. unaccompanied) chorus.

More recently, in the process of experimenting with MuseScore for potential use in explaining musical matters on the internet (it makes online sharing of playback-able scores very easy), the thought occurred to me that perhaps the Tarski piece might be of interest to some LW readers (if no one else!), so I went ahead and re-typeset it in MuseScore for your delectation. 

Here it is (properly notated :-)).

Here it is (alternate version designed to avoid freaking out those who aren't quite the fanatical enthusiasts of musical notation that I am).

(This sentence is a test edit to make sure that post-editing works properly.)

Meetup : Washington DC Kennedy Center Meetup with Michael Vassar

1 komponisto 18 April 2013 05:07AM

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington DC Kennedy Center Meetup with Michael Vassar

WHEN: 18 April 2013 12:00:00PM (-0400)

WHERE: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street, NW, Washington, DC 20566.

(This is very short notice -- 11 hours from posting -- so apologies!)

This meetup will have two "sessions"; people are welcome to attend either or both:

  • 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


  • 3:30 pm - 7:30 pm

(Michael is attending an event with press at 2, hence the break.)

We'll plan to meet in the area with tables and chairs outside the KC café, which is on the upper ("Terrace") level of the Kennedy Center. I'll try to bring a Less Wrong sign.

Discussion article for the meetup : Washington DC Kennedy Center Meetup with Michael Vassar

MIT Challenge complete

19 komponisto 29 September 2012 03:54PM

Followup to: MIT Challenge: blogger to attempt CS curriculum on own

A year after he announced it, productivity blogger Scott Young has successfully completed his "MIT Challenge", an attempt to work through that institution's undergraduate computer science curriculum independently, using the large selection of online material that it has made available.

His three pieces of advice for independent learners are worth noting:


  1. Create an exciting, but specific, mission. I couldn’t have learned the content of this challenge if I hadn’t wrapped it into a compelling mission. Even calling it the “MIT Challenge” helped me make the goal more specific and real. Too many self-education quests begin as vague ideas and fall apart without any constraints.
  2. Build a curriculum or find one. For small projects, taking an individual course will do. For bigger ones, try creating an actual curriculum. MIT (and other universities) offer many free courses, and also have outlines of their undergraduate and graduate programs. Having a preexisting curriculum forced me to be consistent and not avoid topics just because they were hard.
  3. Be public in your quest. Self-ed has a harder time obtaining legitimacy, in part, because nobody holds you accountable to that. Being public about my challenge made me accountable and gave me discipline I wouldn’t have had in a private quest. Consider starting a blog about your mission, even if you do it anonymously.

Daniel Kahneman on Charlie Rose [video]

3 komponisto 29 February 2012 10:42PM

Daniel Kahneman (of Tversky and Kahneman fame) was interviewed on PBS's Charlie Rose last night, discussing his book Thinking, Fast and Slow (reviewed here by lukeprog):


Video: Skepticon talks

15 komponisto 26 November 2011 07:23AM

The talks from Skepticon IV are being posted to YouTube

So far we have:


More to come soon, hopefully...

Meetup : Skepticon IV meetup: Saturday night

1 komponisto 18 November 2011 08:56PM

Discussion article for the meetup : Skepticon IV meetup: Saturday night

WHEN: 19 November 2011 09:30:00PM (-0600)

WHERE: University Plaza Hotel, 333 S John Q. Hammons Parkway, Springfield, Missouri 65806

Following the last talk on Saturday, we'll meet up in the lobby of the University Plaza Hotel (where most conference participants are staying), and decide what to do and where (if anywhere) to go from there! Time is listed as 9:30 pm, to allow time to get from the conference location to the hotel. I will provide a "Less Wrong" sign.

Discussion article for the meetup : Skepticon IV meetup: Saturday night

Skepticon IV meetup: planning

5 komponisto 15 November 2011 02:16AM

If any members of the Less Wrong community are planning to attend Skepticon IV this weekend (Nov. 18-20) in Springfield, Missouri (USA), it might be nice to see if we can arrange a meetup. 

Feel free to comment and say "I'll be there!". (At least one prominent Less Wronger is even among the speakers.) Suggestions regarding locations, etc. from folks familiar with the local area are particularly encouraged.

Attractions this year include (besides what was mentioned above): a panel on "How Should Rationalists Approach Death?"; and a talk by Richard Carrier entitled "Bayes' Theorem: Key to the Universe" (and subtitled: that's right, I'm teaching you math, bitches!).

Knox and Sollecito freed

26 komponisto 03 October 2011 08:24PM

See: You Be the Jury, The Amanda Knox Test

While we hear about Bayes' Theorem being under threat in some courts, it is nice to savor the occasional moment of rationality prevailing in the justice system, and of mistakes being corrected.

Congratulations to the Italian court system for successfully saying "Oops!" 

Things go wrong in this world quite a bit, as we know. Sometimes it's appropriate to just say "hooray!" when they go right.

Discuss, or celebrate.

MIT Challenge: blogger to attempt CS curriculum on own

8 komponisto 27 September 2011 11:01PM

Open Thread: August 2011

4 komponisto 03 August 2011 02:48AM

For miscellaneous discussions and remarks not suitable for top-level posts even in the Discussion section, let alone in Main.

(Naturally, if a discussion gets too unwieldy, celebrate by turning it into a top-level post, just like in the good old days.)

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