Never give up, never surrender!

The other day someone said in an interview that giving information is just half part of education, the other half is motivation. While the guy was saying this related to internet businesses and information marketing, it is not entirely unrelated to higher education either. This whole into is just to explain why I found the post “How Writing a Science(…)

Competition as a form of procrastination

The other day i was talking with a Japanese student about his dating habit. He said he needed the feel of competition, needed the adrenalin rush, so he likes compa. Compa is a special kind of group-blind date very popular in Japan. Generally a guy and a girl agree to bring over their friends, so(…)

Gnuplot on Windows

When I was a student and was young, and pretty, and smart, and everything I am not now I always used Origin for visualizing data. Commercial programs however pretty inconvenient, have to buy them again and again, and let us face: most people do not use their extra functionality. So today I decided, I go back to gnuplot.(…)

Alice goes hecker

Good children books engage and teach. Teach in a subtle way, sparking interest of the young victim, posing questions, put bugs in ears. This new book is a definitely unique attempt to spark interest and put bugs in ears – about programming. This new book was written by Carlos Bueno, a Facebook engineer, and tells a story(…)

The power of visualization – are you better then a chimpanzee?

A couple of years ago I heard a conference presentation where the professor was making jokes about  visualization and its role in scientific presentations. He said numbers were used in a presentation when we knew what we talk about, figures and plots when think we knew, but couldn’t explain, and animations when we had no clue. It(…)

The very short history of feminism

Due to  Jean-Baptiste Michel and the Harvard’s Culturnomics Department, keyword research in books is now cool and scientific and uber-out-of-the -box. I think it tells something about the average scientists’ box..  Anyway, thanks to Google, Google Books  now has a similar (though significantly simpler) interface as the Keyword Research Tool + Trending: Google Books Ngram Viewer, it is called. And(…)

Is education industry innovative at all?

I can remember a party some 15 years ago, when a mildly intoxicated young friend of mine was talking about music with another mildly intoxicated friend. One was saying that still Jimmy Hendrix was the greatest guitar player of all times, while the other one, who actually could play the guitar, just said that the(…)