Interesting things I've bookmarked (old posts, page 54)

Maps of the Roman Empire

Two thousand years ago, on August 19, 14 AD, Caesar Augustus died. He was Rome's first emperor, having won a civil war more than 40 years earlier that transformed the dysfunctional Roman Republic into an empire. Under Augustus and his successors, the empire experienced 200 years of relative peace and prosperity. Here are 40 maps that explain the Roman Empire -- its rise and fall, its culture and economy, and how it laid the foundations of the modern world.

Maps of the Roman Empire

Brief History of the Internet

The Internet has revolutionized the computer and communications world like nothing before. The invention of the telegraph, telephone, radio, and computer set the stage for this unprecedented integration of capabilities. The Internet is at once a world-wide broadcasting capability, a mechanism for information dissemination, and a medium for collaboration and interaction between individuals and their computers without regard for geographic location. The Internet represents one of the most successful examples of the benefits of sustained investment and commitment to research and development of information infrastructure. Beginning with the early research in packet switching, the government, industry and academia have been partners in evolving and deploying this exciting new technology.

The Gervais Principle

I'll be basing this entire article on the American version of the show, which is more fully developed than the original British version, though the original is perhaps more satisfyingly bleak. Keep in mind that this is an interpretation of The Office as management science; the truth in the art. Literary/artistic critics don't really seem to get it. I'll have some passing comments to offer on the comedy and art of it all, but this is primarily about the truths revealed by the show, pursued with Dwight-like earnestness.

Turn Detroit into Drone Valley

But policymakers shouldn't be trying to copy Silicon Valley. Instead, they should be figuring out what domain is (or could be) specific to their region-and then removing the regulatory hurdles for that particular domain. Because we don't want 50 Silicon Valleys; we want 50 different variations of Silicon Valley, all unique from each other and all focusing on different domains. Imagine a Bitcoin Valley, for instance, where some country fully legalizes cryptocurrencies for all financial functions. Or a Drone Valley, where a particular region removes all legal barriers to flying unmanned aerial vehicles locally. A Driverless Car Valley in a city that allows experimentation with different autonomous car designs, redesigned roadways and safety laws. A Stem Cell Valley. And so on.

Turn Detroit into Drone Valley

The History of Mana

Like 'tattoo,' 'taboo' and 'tiki,' 'mana' is a word from the Polynesian branch of the Austronesian language family. In twenty-seven of these languages, the word mana means something like 'supernatural power.' Pacific Island cultures are the origin of the concept of mana, and yet more people in the world have learned about the concept from WoW or other fantasy games. The concept is a staple of the global culture of fantasy novels and video games, many of which feature a blue bar of magical energy called 'mana.'But how did this happen? How did a concept from Pago Pago become part of global gaming culture? How did an Austronesian spiritual force come on board the Exodar, and become part of the life of my draenei shaman? To answer this question we have to return to the Pacific, and to the Austronesians themselves.

The History of Mana

Wilson's Algorithm

Wilson's algorithm uses loop-erased random walks to generate a uniform spanning tree - an unbiased sample of all possible spanning trees. Most other maze generation algorithms, such as Prim's, random traversal and randomized depth-first traversal, do not have this beautiful property."

Wilson's Algorithm

Wilson's Algorithm

Rufus: Create bootable USB drives the easy way

Rufus is an utility that helps format and create bootable USB flash drives, such as USB keys/pendrives, memory sticks, etc.It can be especially useful for cases where:you need to create USB installation media from bootable ISOs (Windows, Linux, UEFI, etc.)you need to work on a system that doesn't have an OS installedyou need to flash a BIOS or other firmware from DOSyou want to run a low-level utilityDespite its small size, Rufus provides everything you need!

The Queen shows us who isn't boss

As she processes through the Princes' Chamber in the House of Lords, there are two statues representing mercy and justice placed there on purpose to focus her mind as she prepares to deliver her speech. The route is dotted with pictures and statues of previous monarchs, as if Westminster were saying: "We have seen your like before."And here is the really cheeky move: parliament forces Her Majesty to consider her own mortality as she gets dressed for the occasion. For in the Robing Room of the House of Lords, where the Queen puts on her robe and imperial state crown, the authorities have chosen to display a facsimile of the death warrant of her ancestor, Charles I.

The Queen shows us who isn't boss