Friday, March 27, 2015

First/Last Shots

“The first shot allows a director to make a statement of purpose for the film the audience is about to see. The last shot allows for a quick summation of all that’s come before. The two can provide circularity by mirroring each other exactly, or they can suggest a film’s journey by being jarring counterpoints.”

Watch: this supercut will change how you think about first and last shots of movies

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Inter-universal Teichmüller Theory

“If nobody understands a mathematical proof, does it count? Shinichi Mochizuki of Kyoto University, Japan, has tried to prove the ABC conjecture, a long-standing pure maths problem, but now says fellow mathematicians are failing to get to grips with his work.

The problem gets its name from the simple equation for adding two numbers, a + b = c, but poses deep questions about the true nature of numbers. In 2012 Mochizuki posted a 500-page paper online that claimed to solve the puzzle, but it required a dense framework of new maths dubbed “Inter-universal Teichmüller Theory” that even experienced mathematicians found difficult to follow.

Mochizuki is a highly-respected mathematician and his work is taken seriously, says Minhyong Kim of the University of Oxford, but in the years since he posted the proof no one has been able to give a definitive answer on whether it is correct. “It’s a bit disappointing that no one has come out and said it’s right or wrong,” he says.”

Mathematician’s anger over his unread 500-page proof

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Modern Media

““Facebook, Twitter, and Google are three major sources of traffic that are opt-in for readers. But what about the readers who haven’t opted in to the constant news cycle? How do we serve them? How do we even reach them? They’re on the web, but not where we can see them. That’s why whenever we see a story that has 100,000 or 300,000 views or more, we should wonder: Where are the readers we’re not seeing?””

There’s more to media than posting links on Facebook and Twitter

Monday, March 23, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015


“Results: As previously reported, among overweight/obese adults, after the eucaloric phase, participants who consumed the lower-carbohydrate vs. the lower-fat diet lost more intra-abdominal adipose tissue (IAAT) (11 ± 3% vs. 1 ± 3%; P < 0.05). After weight loss, participants who consumed the lower-carbohydrate diet had 4.4% less total fat mass. Original to this report, across the entire 16-wk study, AAs lost more fat mass with a lower-carbohydrate diet (6.2 vs. 2.9 kg; P < 0.01), whereas EAs showed no difference between diets. As previously reported, among women with PCOS, the lower-carbohydrate arm showed decreased fasting insulin (−2.8 μIU/mL; P < 0.001) and fasting glucose (−4.7 mg/dL; P < 0.01) and increased insulin sensitivity (1.06 arbitrary units; P < 0.05) and “dynamic” β-cell response (96.1 · 109; P < 0.001). In the lower-carbohydrate arm, women lost both IAAT (−4.8 cm2; P < 0.01) and intermuscular fat (−1.2 cm2; P < 0.01). In the lower-fat arm, women lost lean mass (−0.6 kg; P < 0.05). Original to this report, after the lower-carbohydrate arm, the change in IAAT was positively associated with the change in tumor necrosis factor α (P < 0.05)."

A Lower-Carbohydrate, Higher-Fat Diet Reduces Abdominal and Intermuscular Fat and Increases Insulin Sensitivity in Adults at Risk of Type 2 Diabetes

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Not Cold

“When you’re outdoors, it’s possible to create your own climate. The clothing system that is described in my book, Extreme Alpinism, was developed from my work for the military and for Patagonia. It is based on the concept that, whatever I do, I’m going to get wet. I can’t escape the elements. If I develop a system that is constantly self-drying based on the amount of effort I’m putting out, then it doesn’t matter if I get wet because I will remain warm.”


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

We Took Too Long

“On the evening of 3 October, the New York attorney Stanley Cohen got a phone call about Peter Kassig, the young American aid worker held hostage by Islamic State (Isis). The callers were Palestinians from the Sabra and Shatila refugee camp in Lebanon who knew Kassig, and they were “very upset”, Cohen recalled. They had just seen the footage of Alan Henning, a British hostage, being beheaded. At the end of the video, when the masked terrorist who has been dubbed “Jihadi John” paraded another hostage before the camera, they recognised their friend Peter.”

The race to save Peter Kassig

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Nutritional misinformation

“1. Eggs Are Unhealthy

Eggs do not cause heart disease and are among the most nutritious foods on the planet. Eggs for breakfast can help you lose weight.

2. Saturated Fat is Bad For You

Newer studies have proven that saturated fat does not cause heart disease. Natural foods that are high in saturated fat are good for you.

3. Everybody Should be Eating Grains

Grains are relatively low in nutrients compared to other real foods like vegetables. The gluten grains in particular may lead to a variety of health problems.

4. Eating a Lot of Protein is Bad For Your Bones and Kidneys

Eating a high protein diet is associated with improved bone health and a lower risk of fracture. High protein also lowers blood pressure and improves diabetes symptoms, which should lower the risk of kidney failure.

5. Low-Fat Foods Are Good For You

Low-fat foods are usually highly processed products loaded with sugar, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners. They are extremely unhealthy.

6. You Should Eat Many Small Meals Throughout The Day

There is no evidence that eating many small meals throughout the day is better than fewer, bigger meals. Not eating from time to time is good for you. Increased meal frequency is associated with colon cancer.

7. Carbs Should Be Your Biggest Source of Calories

The low-fat, high-carb diet is a miserable failure and has been proven repeatedly to be vastly inferior to lower-carb, higher-fat diets.

8. High Omega-6 Seed and Vegetable Oils Are Good For You

Humans need to get Omega-6 and Omega-3 fats in a certain ratio. Eating excess Omega-6 from seed oils raises your risk of disease.

9. Low Carb Diets Are Dangerous

Low-carb diets are the healthiest, easiest and most effective way to lose weight and reverse metabolic disease. It is a scientific fact.

10. Sugar is Unhealthy Because it Contains “Empty” Calories

Sugar causes a relentless biochemical drive for humans to eat more and get fat. It is probably the single worst ingredient in the standard western diet.

11. High Fat Foods Will Make You Fat

Despite fat having more calories per gram than carbohydrate or protein, high-fat diets do not make people fat.

The 11 Most Destructive Nutrition Lies Ever Told

Monday, March 16, 2015

Wrist Tip

Friday, March 13, 2015

Fasted Resistance

“The so-called “Wolverine Diet”, named after Hugh Jackman’s on-screen X-Men character, is just a general prescription for fasted resistance training. Because I wanted some structure to the routine, I adapted the protocol of “Lean Gains,” which developed a moderately size fan base for its thorough instructions.

There are four big elements of the strategy:

1) Intermittent fasting: 18 hours of fasting and 6 hours eating at night.

2) Olympic lifting every other day, followed by a low-fat, carb- and protein-heavy binge

3) On rest days, I eat a high-fat, low-carb diet

4) My training is heavy resistance training of low-rep work to failure (meaning I can’t physically do the last rep). I chose mainly Crossfit-style resistance workouts, with Olympic barbells and weighted calisthenics.”

The Wolverine Diet

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Carbonite Wankel engine

“There are a lot of complicated physics, fluid dynamics and computational transportation science involved in the particulars of the Hyperloop, which spanned 58 PDF pages in Musk’s first pass at an explanation. When you break it down, however, it’s really a system that anyone can understand. Here, I attempt to explain it in the simplest terms I can come up with.”

“The function of the neotransistometer, I think, is self-explanatory: It oxidizes the laser-field turbine (LFT) and compresses the Polonium intake valve so that the gasohol pistons can achieve millenniary exit velocity. In order for the Hyperloop to reach Mach 0.91 (also known as Eberstark’s Constant, represented as ρ), the LFT’s must super-collide, sublimate and thermosynthesize simultaneously, reaching the electrolytical oxiduction point; with a steady supply of polycarbonate thermite flooded into the rotary dehydration portal, each Hyperloop pod can successfully ignite, elevate, and chromosphere from one terminal to the next, without argifying, de-substantiating or undergoing fyto-photo-interterpidation.”

Explaining Elon Musk’s Hyperloop test track, in extremely basic terms

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Smart Water

“A new large floating solar panel farm — supposedly the world’s largest in terms of capacity — will be built on top of the Yamakura Dam reservoir in Chiba prefecture in Japan.”

A huge floating solar farm will be built on a reservoir in Japan

Tuesday, March 10, 2015


The Great European Disaster Movie

‘Authored documentary by Italian director Annalisa Piras and former editor of The Economist Bill Emmott, which explores the crisis facing Europe. Through case studies of citizens in different countries, the film explores a range of factors that have led to the present crisis, economic and identity challenges across Europe. High-level experts analyse how and why things are going so wrong.

The film includes fictional scenes, set in a post-EU future, which feature archaeologist Charles Granda (played by Angus Deayton) travelling on a flight through a menacing storm, explaining to a child passenger what the EU was. Sombre, thought-provoking and witty, the film frames Europe through the eyes of those who have most at stake – the Europeans themselves.’

Monday, March 09, 2015


Friday, March 06, 2015

Don’t believe the hype

“Once again, the pessimists have been confounded. The US market has now tripled since 2009, and has risen in a virtually straight line for over three years. And the VIX measure of equity volatility, a gauge of investor concern, is languishing near its long term lows at about 13.

Has the US market finally reached the point of over-exuberance? As Warren Buffet reminds us this weekend, market timing is always difficult, and it is particularly difficult to pick the top of a rampant bull market. But there are certainly increasing grounds to worry about the sustainability of the market’s advance in the rest of this year.”

Reasons to worry about US equities

There’s always grounds to worry.. it is increasingly difficult to make a ‘bubble call’ when interest rates are so low and deflation looms.. look at classic car prices.. there’s a bubble, but not when interest rates are so low.

Thursday, March 05, 2015

Perfect MP

“What are the greatest financial lessons that you’ve learnt?

Never to borrow money. One of the biggest problems we have at the moment is how easily accessible the bankers have made it to get into debt by giving you credit cards with massive APR payments and it’s just a massive scam. That’s the only real steadfast thing I can say that I have discipline in my life, is not borrowing money. I’d never buy a new car again either.

Does money make you happy?

Money doesn’t buy happiness but it does bring you a certain amount of security.”

Bez: ‘I was bankrupted twice – I’ll never be a saver’