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Friday, May 20th, 2022

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Puberty Starts Earlier Than It Used To. No One Knows Why. (nytimes.com)

5/20/2022 12:00 am
Tags: biology, puberty, science

I have had an idea for a new RSS reader. It's a tool I want, but I don't really want to build. Currently my RSS reader pulls in 97 different feeds from varying sources, mainstream news, regional news, blogs, link aggregators, etc. One of my frustrations is when I see multiple articles on the same topic sporadically through my feed. Granted, this isn't a huge issue, but each successive article is an increasing volume of noise in the feed.

It makes sense, because I am purposefully pulling in diverse feeds, multiple places are covering a topic. And if it is an important topic, then it is good for multiple perspectives, etc. This issue is one thing preventing me from actually pulling in more feeds, with this system, the posts on the same topic suddenly become a potential value add rather than a detractor.

But at the same time, I'd really like to smooth the feed and instead see a singular entry on the topic with a prominent inclusion of "these other posts are discussing it as well."

So, I've had this idea for a while. Last night I think I found an open source project which would get me much closer and be, at the least, a first tool in looking at posts and identifying ones which have overlap. I will have to explore it further this weekend.

5/20/2022 6:54 am
Tags: rss, coding, project, news

As I grow older, I become less and less patient with drivers who feel the need to zig zag back and forth through traffic. I guess this is middle-age.

5/20/2022 7:57 am
Tags: musing, traffic

Slow Races On A Pinewood Derby Track Built From Scratch (hackaday.com)

Literally every time I hear about something relating to pinewood derbies, I am left with a very large yearning to do one.

5/20/2022 8:34 am
Tags: engineering

Borussia Dortmund Sack Marco Rose (fearthewall.com)

I am very surprised by this move and very curious to see what comes next for them.

5/20/2022 8:42 am
Tags: soccer, bundesliga, dortmund, coaching

What the Vai Script Reveals About the Evolution of Writing (sapiens.org)

Thanks to my friend Shivam for sharing this on Twitter!

This is very cool and gives an interesting look at the evolution of a natural writing system for an African language.

In a small West African village, a man named Momolu Duwalu Bukele had a compelling dream. A stranger approached him with a sacred book and then taught him how to write by tracing a stick on the ground. "Look!" said the spectral visitor. "These signs stand for sounds and meanings in your language."

Bukele, who had never learned to read or write, found that after waking he could no longer recall the precise signs the stranger revealed to him. Even so, he gathered the male members of his family together to reverse engineer the concept of writing. Working through the day and into the following night, the men devised a system of 200 symbols, each standing for a word or a syllable of their native Vai language. For millennia, varieties of the Vai language had been passed down from parents to children—but before this moment no speaker had ever recorded a single word in writing.

This took place in about 1833 in a region that would soon become the independent nation of Liberia. Vai, one of about 30 Indigenous languages of Liberia, has nearly 200,000 speakers today in the Cape Mount region that borders Sierra Leone.

5/20/2022 9:15 am
Tags: linguistics, anthropology, language, africa

This "amateur" programmer fought cancer with 50 Nvidia Geforce 1080Ti (howardchen.substack.com)

An interesting look at how an amateur built a free website which allowed uploads of mammograms and applied machine learning AI to detect early signs of breast cancer.

5/20/2022 9:43 am
Tags: technology, medicine, machine learning, programmer

Human Capital is Socially Contingent (economistwritingeveryday.com)

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