Speedo of Solomon, Girth of Hercules, Gumption of Atlas, Lust of Zeus, Heel of Achilles, Stability of Mercury

macintush:

you’re not ready to watch this video

highflying-girl:

sakka-puff:


hyouretsuzan:


So that’s how they look like without the hats. I can die peacefully now.


Why are they naked


THIS IS AWKWARD

highflying-girl:

sakka-puff:

hyouretsuzan:

So that’s how they look like without the hats. I can die peacefully now.

Why are they naked

THIS IS AWKWARD

flowersam:

you ever look at a kink and think “nah” then a few years later look at the same kink and go “actually yes”

professorelupin:

fuckyeahprettybooks:

lovejoyjohnlock:

I’m twelve years old again.

Someone help me stop laughing, it hurts.

professorelupin:

fuckyeahprettybooks:

lovejoyjohnlock:

I’m twelve years old again.

Someone help me stop laughing, it hurts.

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ruinedchildhood:

Best 5 seconds ever

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grimalkina:

ferrousfellow:

grimalkina:

ferrousfellow:

grimalkina:

Cannot get over the “big data” problem in Captain America, posting this for nerdy reference if anyone cares.

i had a feeling you’d have something to say about this~

I felt so victimized and so proud at the same…

Actually they did, and it wasn’t subtle. The kill predictions made were deduced by an “algorithm” that Evil Now-a-Computer-Scientist made, which is to say, predictive analytics. There was an explicit line that said (paraphrasing) something like “Emails, health records….The 21st century is a digital book!” which is, precisely, “Big Data” and the companies that use it.

Oh yeah you’re right. The first part of that line slipped my mind. Argument retracted.

deansdamnation:

cvilbrandt:

clairefarronsbutt:

NOT A QUEEN, A KHALEESI

i died

sNORTS VIOLETLY

deansdamnation:

cvilbrandt:

clairefarronsbutt:

NOT A QUEEN, A KHALEESI

i died

sNORTS VIOLETLY

the-uterus:

One reason why I love David Mitchell (x)

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One of these days I’m gonna sit down and do a proper retrospective on Man of Steel

kenshiro28:

the-thought-emporium-imperial:

I get the feeling the first thing I wrote was more me coming off a theatrical high.

In that watching it in IMAX and next to my dad really distracted me from the movie’s failings.

REMEMBER THE TIME THAT PA KENT TOLD CLARK TO LET THE BUS FULL OF SMALL CHILDREN DROWN also why not just have Superman suplex a fucking orphanage, christ.

HOW ABOUT THE TIME HE JUST HAD TO FLY UP AND THEN HE FUCKIN KILLED A GUY AND WAS SAD FOR TWO SECONDS


smoek weed err day

smoek weed err day

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alantyson:

Actually really good career advice from a laughing homicidal madman.

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Captain America Big Data

ferrousfellow:

grimalkina:

ferrousfellow:

grimalkina:

Cannot get over the “big data” problem in Captain America, posting this for nerdy reference if anyone cares.

i had a feeling you’d have something to say about this~

I felt so victimized and so proud at the same time! Like oh wow, people analytics / stats is the ultimate evil? I should get a pay raise.

For real though, I wish they had explicitly addressed the issue of determinism. I mean it was essentially Minority Report all over again, but without an acknowledgment of the central assumption that you *could* make this kind of prediction. 

All I want is a superhero movie that both nods to the power of predictive analytics, and dismantles the assumptions about causality inherent in taking those analytics too far. Also WE DON’T HAVE THE KIND OF BIG DATA PEOPLE THINK WE HAVE. 

We don’t.

For real. 

Like the article I linked pointed out, the self-replicating errors inherent in “Big Data” are structural problems which cannot be solved with machine learning, by definition. I’ll soapbox more about it later, but even beyond that structural impossibility*, it’s not like these easy predictive lines even exist between variables that we can easily get from people. 

And that’s not even TOUCHING on the massive problem we have of when blind machine learning doesn’t control for — or even really use — correct alpha levels. Multicollinearity and spurious correlations, much??

But whatever. I just watched that movie for Falcon. Omg, Falcon. So fine.


*at this time. It’s conceivable that fantastic compsci/analytics breakthroughs in the future create really powerful means to correct these. But I seriously doubt that’s closer to reality than mapping the brain. There are a *lot* of gaps in information theory to be solved first.

bolded to help draw attention to some of your post for my followers.  

it’s the fear du jour, madame.  while it is not to your taste nor that of any refined palate, as with many spurious fears about science/research fields, the characterization of it plays into misconceptions that are floating in the zeitgeist. 

i was sipping the last remnants of an old fashioned and found myself groaning into my straw (classy) when i saw the unveiling of the big bad’s plot in the movie. this time it hit your field, and not even in a particularly original or transformative way. more of a convenience. it seems that people think that data means encylcopedias with whole pages are being written about them.

maybe we should write a tongue in cheek script about an end of the world scenario driven by misconceptions perpetrated by the media where the only people who could save us are freelance reporters, scientists, and researchers who are given the authority to speak through global broadcasts and block chain mails/bad tumblr reblogs.

I thought it was a copy of Arnim Zola’s powerful computer brain making the connections between different people which were fed to the doomsday devices. I don’t remember the bit where anyone in Hydra was like “Yes and thanks to our gubment NSA spies we have all the data on everybody. Even you! The Audience!” There was a line close to that, but it was much more vague and I’m pretty sure that line is supposed to lead into elements of Avengers 2, but that’s a different conversation.