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Know Your Eels

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Know Your Eels

The wonders of biology.

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Marcin Borkowski: Emacs Lisp closures demystified

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It is often claimed that one of the advantages of closures (as in “lexical scoping”) is information hiding (a.k.a. encapsulation). This is true, but as this post shows, you can’t really hide anything in Emacs Lisp;-).
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stsquad
105 days ago
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It's in the details ;-)
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A story about Full-Stack Javascript

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Strip-Le-fullstack-JS-(2)-(650-final)(english)

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Laws of Physics

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The laws of physics are fun to try to understand, but as an organism with incredibly delicate eyes who evolved in a world full of sharp objects, I have an awful lot of trust in biology's calibration of my flinch reflex.
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denismm
132 days ago
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Black Hat is not to be trusted.
Covarr
132 days ago
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At that distance, he'll get hit regardless.
Moses Lake, WA
alexanglin
132 days ago
It would help if there were more than two dimensions.
Lythimus
132 days ago
When is xk3d launching?

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Who Then Came to Realize That Life Was Meaningless

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At least for a day or two, and then he realized that beauty too was empty and fleeting. But hey, at least he looked good in the meantime.
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tante
168 days ago
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The very hungry caterpillar who realized that life is meaningless
Oldenburg/Germany
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stsquad
164 days ago
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Alt version
Cambridge, UK
wmorrell
169 days ago
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«On Thursday he reeled from growing emptiness inside him.»

Three Words – Any Place

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Here’s an amazing new tool. what3words has identified every one of the 57 trillion 3mx3m squares on the entire planet with just three, easy to remember, words. My office, for example, not my building but my office, is token.oyster.whispering. Tyler’s office just down the hall is barons.huts.sneaky. (Especially easy to remember if you recall this is Tyrone’s office as well.)

Every location on the earth now has a fixed, easily-accessible and memorable address. Unpopulated places have addresses for the first time ever, of course, but now so do heavily populated places like favelas in Brazil where there are no roads or numbered houses. In principle, addressing could be done with latitude and longitude but that’s like trying to direct people to web sites with IP addresses–not good for humans.

Algorithms have assigned words to avoid homophones (sale & sail) and to place similar combos far from one another to aid in error detection. Simpler, more common words are used to address more populated areas and longer words are used in unpopulated areas.

Moreover the three word addresses are available not just in English but in French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swahili, Russian, German, Turkish and Swedish with more languages on the way. The addresses in other languages are not translations but unique 3 word addresses in those languages.

All of this is available in a small app so that it can be used even offline on a simple smartphone. Find your address here.

Hat tip: The Browser.

The post Three Words – Any Place appeared first on Marginal REVOLUTION.

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tante
225 days ago
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"What3Words" allows finding every place on the planet using just three words.
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JayM
226 days ago
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Cool.
Boston Metro Area
synapsecracklepop
228 days ago
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Just had too much fun finding the secret names for all the rooms in my house.
Atlanta
StatsGuru
229 days ago
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Does Google maps accept this for navigation?
gradualepiphany
229 days ago
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What about the y axis though.
Los Angeles, California, USA
satadru
226 days ago
And which coordinate system is used as the baseline? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Geodetic_System
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