nedelja, 28. april 2013

"Monotonous tranformations" seems unfair

I really appreciate the sense of humour use in some of the study material. Varian is a great example, no kidding.

What we are calling a"monotonic transformation" is, strictly speaking, called a "positive monotonic transformation", in order to distinguish
it from a "negative montonic transformation", which is one that reverses the order of numbers.
Monotonic transformations are sometimes called "monotonous tranformations", which seems unfair, since they can actually be quite interesting.

From Varian, H. R., & Repcheck, J. (2006). Intermediate microeconomics: a modern approach, p: 56. Utility.

sobota, 27. april 2013

The Red Wedding

Hecno - Martin se je očitno zgledoval po Tolkienu. Tud v tem, kako "bratovščina" razpade in vsi umrejo oz. ne.

(Funny, dat. Martin has apparently taken it a bit after Tolkien. Also with the notion of "Fellowship" falling apart and everybody dead or presumed missing or not.)

Poor Lady Stoneheart. If only you knew... Alas, also in this case, ignorance IS bliss.

Red Wedding is something that happens in the books and as yet, hasn't been screened in the TV series released. So I did not provide a link here, since it's quite spoiler-full.

Also, her name was Jeyne freakin' Westerling.

petek, 26. april 2013

I laughed till I cried series.

I laughed till I cried.

25 Photos You Need To Really Look At To Understand via @buzzfeed

If you want more humour to pee your pants, I suggest the Re: Re: Re: ... Re: Lamp, or some other things out there.

How to break up with him in under ten minutes

I find this quite funny. And sadly, true. The lightsaber part. Use the force.

The first rule od a succesful breakup is stick to the plan no matter what. He will try to disturb your flow of thoughts, he might even cry or fall on the floor and start kicking, shaking, foaming and shit. Do not let that disturb you. Focus and get on with it.
If in trouble and you run out of words use the “it’s not you it’s me” phrase. It always works without exceptions. You will boost his ego a little while dismantling it. It’s a mind fuck so use it. It’s a fucking light saber so use it. Be the Jedi.

 From: How to break up with him in under ten minutes

četrtek, 25. april 2013

Word of the day - maelstrom

ˈmeɪlstrɒm ˈmeɪlstrɑːm
 (literary) a situation full of strong emotions or confusing events, that is hard to control and makes you feel frighteneda maelstrom of conflicting emotionsThey were being sucked into the maelstrom of war.2 a very strong current of water that moves in circles
Synonym: whirlpool
Got the definition from: Oxford Advanced Learners Dictionary.
Got the word from:
Solar panels could destroy U.S. utilities, according to U.S. utilities <link>

Mitchell Zuckoff, on how he writes (on "Frozen In Time")

The following is unscrupolously copied from How I Wrote It: Mitchell Zuckoff, on "Frozen In Time" (by Neal Thompson on April 23, 2013, on Amazon. Link here.)
I found it funny and somewhat inspiring. Maybe you'll, too.

When it came time to sit and write, however, the journalist found it difficult to make himself part of the story. /.../ We asked Zuckoff to describe a few details of his writing life.


I write exclusively in a book-filled, 12-foot-square office in my house, at a three-level desk crammed into a corner. On the first level is my keyboard and, to my left, a stack of documents for a book I'm either working on or should be working on. On the second level is the computer monitor, flanked on either side by more stacks of papers and high-tech tools such as scissors and a box of index cards. On the top level, to the left, is a printer, and on the right is an old-fashioned lamp with a green glass shade. From it hangs a boar's tooth necklace I was given in New Guinea. Next to the lamp is a model of the World War II plane I wrote about in Lost in Shangri-La, given to me by a friend, and metal box with an orca tooth and a dollar bill signed by everyone on the Greenland expedition I wrote about in Frozen in Time. The walls are covered with award plaques won by my wife, a photographer with The Boston Globe, along with a few I've won, which reassure me on difficult writing days. The window is on the other side of the room, which is far enough away that I can't throw myself through it on those same tough writing days.

At the risk of sounding like a pretentious git, I never listen to music when I write because I'm trying to hear the rhythm of the words. I once tried listening to jazz and found myself eyeing the window on the other side of the room.

Pretentious git, Part II: When I've reached the point in my research where I"m ready to write at length--weeks on end, usually without missing a day--I make sure I'm downing a lot of protein. Years ago, I read a great piece by Sally Jenkins of The Washington Post about writing and playing high-level sports, and one of the takeaway messages was that my natural tendency to seek a sugar high when sitting at the keyboard was about as useful as eating a bag of M&Ms to run a marathon. Having said that, when I've finished writing for the day (usually very late at night) I reward myself with something sweet, occasionally followed by a glass of port.

When I'm working intensely on a book, I read books that are almost always directly related to what I'm writing--histories, biographies, sometimes technical manuals. To escape my own writing, I read The New Yorker because it cleanses some of the bad writing I'm forced to read and replaces it with beautiful voices in 5,000- to 15,000-word sonatas.

I'm a huge believer in the exercise-nap combo platter. I'm serious. If I exercise early in the day and take a nap, I've got the energy I need to write deep into the night.

I mostly try to avoid questions about my writing process. No, really, I try to avoid everything. I tend to write at night, when the house is quiet, everyone including my dog is asleep, and emails aren't popping into my inbox every minute.

There you have it.

sreda, 24. april 2013

Om nom nom strawberries

This just popped up on my radar:

I got it from this site, here.
A healthy Christmas treat by Ninaroid on Flickr

Repinned from Let's Share Healthy Holiday Food Ideas by Tanya
Picture of

Originally pinned by . onto Christmas Ideas

četrtek, 18. april 2013

What's wrong with Star Wars prequels?

"So. If you're Qui-Gon, what do you do when one of its parts breaks down and nobody has any money?
You don't sell the BAZILLION DOLLAR ship and buy a fleet of less pretty, but completely working spaceships. That would be too sensible. Instead, Qui-Gon, in his infinite wisdom, decides to let a nine year-old enter a podrace (which he’s never completed before) in a podracer (that’s never been tested) that - and this is a fairly important detail - was BUILT BY A SMALL CHILD on the chance that this might result in winning enough money to buy the part. What could possibly go wrong? On our planet, those kind of shenanigans gets you put up on child abuse charges."