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Jonne Arjoranta

I think this is one of my favourite genres of literature: the lives of groundbreaking researchers told as tragedies.

http://nautil.us/issue/21/information/the-man-who-tried-to-redeem-the-world-with-logic

Jonne Arjoranta

Watched Cold War

A really fascinating love story with the cold war as a distant background. Actually, everything in the movie is a distant background after the very beginning: the movie focuses exclusively on the two people wrapped in an on/off-romantic relationship, making even the other people in their lives appear as just props for their story. This is not a critique: the story is brilliantly told.

Watched on St. James Cavalier, Malta

Jonne Arjoranta

This exploration of a fork in the history of computing is fascinating. What would computers look like if all the central metaphors weren't based on Jobs attempt to emulate earlier work on GUIs?

https://www.exolymph.news/2017/07/27/alternate-computer-universes/

Jonne Arjoranta

Jonne Arjoranta

Reposted Polygenic scores and tea drinking

I found this explanation of polygenic scores from a geneticist to be enlightening:

Finally, there is a more fundamental disconnect between talk of polygenic scores and what some people seem to think they might learn from this kind of research. Even if we could attribute some proportion of the phenotypic difference to a difference in polygenic score, on a deeper level, it is not even clear whether such a result really answers the question that an average person means to ask when they ask whether a difference is “genetic.” Saying a phenotypic difference among individuals is genetic often is implicitly taken as implying that it is immutable or unavoidable. However, even if we could attribute a some proportion of the difference in phenotypes between groups to polygenic scores, it would not lend support to the idea that this difference is immutable or “natural”. That is simply not how genetic variation works, as many phenotypes where genetics plays a role are modifiable.Without at least some working knowledge of causal mechanisms underlying the action of the genetic variation contributing to a trait, we may often not know how environment and culture shape the actions of these variants, nor how changes in these factors may modify any role played by genetics.

Jonne Arjoranta

It's very 2018 that the series that probes the hard existential questions in life stars a cartoon horse. Hey kids, wanna watch a series where one episode is nothing but a long eulogy to a mother from a son who hated her?

Watched on Netflix

Jonne Arjoranta

This was a weird movie. 80's nostalgia played straight-faced in world where everyone pretends that it's not a horrible dystopia. Everything bad is blamed on the evil corporation, when all the structural problems in the world are due to what the "good guys" have done. There is even a "resistance," but somehow they manage to miss that what they are actually resisting is capitalism and escapism. It's hard to revolt when you're too busy collecting virtual coins.

Watched on a plane

Jonne Arjoranta

Jonne Arjoranta

“A vegan diet is probably the single biggest way to reduce your impact on planet Earth, not just greenhouse gases, but global acidification, eutrophication, land use and water use" - https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/may/31/avoiding-meat-and-dairy-is-single-biggest-way-to-reduce-your-impact-on-earth

Jonne Arjoranta

I think what happened today was practically a miracle: I replaced our modem and connected the new one to the router and everything just worked.