2018 Baking - Tue, Dec 18 2018
Every pie I baked in 2018.
Every pie I baked in 2018.
Maintaining the trend of frequent updates: I've made a handy list of Ramen Restaurants in Amsterdam. There is a place in Utrecht as well that I have visited buut since it's the only one I feel it doesn't deserve it's own listing.
I played an Amonkhet draft recently on MTGO and had a pretty ridiculous deck! This was a league draft, meaning you draft in a pod and play anyone in the league. I had played one other draft before in person and both times red and green seemed really deep.
MTGO Amonkhet Intermediate Swiss Draft League 3-0 deck:
This format leads to strange combat because of the power/thoughnesses of the creatures. There are many aggresive creatures on a low place on the curve (2,3,4 drops) that put your opponent on a short clock, but then they often have low toughness or trades happen with mediocre stuff that comes back mummified. Combat tricks can be pretty devastating and really take some playing around.
In the bar we were wondering about the number of trees per person and in which country has the most. In this Nature article: Mapping tree density at a global scale There is a convenvient Excel file with all the data. The Top 5 (excluding overseas territories, which are sparsely populated islands with lots of trees):
|Country||Population||Trees||Trees per Capita|
We were thinking Latvia would be high up there (pop 1,990,351, trees 4,773,925,376, tpc 2,399) but it's 24th. The Netherlands ranks 170. Russia has the most trees at 698,338,508,800 and the saddest place is Vatican City with 0 trees. I do seem to recall a few trees in the central courtyard of the Vatican museum, but I assume they are excluded because they only look at trees in forest or otherwise natural growth. The definition used for tree by the way is "plant with 10cm diameter trunk measured at the base".
(Tree count Sep 09 2015, population count Jul 01 2015)
Last week skiing in Val Thorens we did a tour with a stop at every single chalet in the valley.
It took us about 7 hours, though you could do it more efficiently I'm sure!
I thought it would be nice to review the courses I've been doing on Coursera. I usually go for things in Computer Science or Biology and I prefer the ones that are a more in depth and that include actual practice when possible.
(Not all of these are still available, many of them include the need for live humans so they are not 100% automated and always running.)
Reasonable interesting, thought not very in depth. I feel that as soon as you understand that bactia form biofilms you've pretty much learned everything in this course. Teachers are calm and informative and I felt like I learned some stuff. I didn't end up excited though. Suitable for anyone who knows what bacteria are.
I was hugely disappointed. There were some interesting pictures, models and renders of dinosaurs and the lecturers were obviously very engaged. There was very little depth. In the forums people commented they had a great time doing this course with their elementary school age child and I agree that is about the level required for this one. Fun for 8 year olds who are into dinosaurs!
Amazing, 5/5, would study again. The lectures are wonderful, the teachers knowledgeable and the material both in depth and broad. Recommended for everyone, given you at least now basics about DNA.
A very fun course where you learn to put parallel programming in practice (the excercises are all on a GPU on EC2). This does not use any fancy libraries but aks you to write your stuff in C and really learn how this works. Recommended for everyone who wants some hands on practice and is proficient writing C.
5/5 would do again. Professor is fantastic and the material is great and very in depth. Some of the programming assignments were actually challenging and I actually learned many new things that come in handy often! The assignments are checked based on output so you can do any language. I used mostly Perl and that was no problem (though many forum people struggled to optimize their programs so they would finish in reasonable time, but that was all just going for brute force versus a good solution).
Quite a nice course and something I imagine in a first year university biology course. You need some background, but this is essentially a very engaging overview of, well, Life.
I'm doing an online course on Coursera on Epigenetic Control of Gene Expression which is very cool if you are into that sort of thing. It's definitely much more in depth than most offerings on Coursera.
If you are not into that sort of thing, I would still recommend looking at this animation of X Inactivation. This means an X chromosome in a female cell is silenced, since female cells have 2 copies of X.
Interesting things I've learned about so far:
Website back after short 8 year absence ;)
This is about as oldschool as it gets, pretty much a homepage with links to stuff and random storage & blogging. Also email service for this domain now works again and you can email me at email@example.com
I have some old backups of previous sites and even the one I made when in university in 1996, so maybe I'll dig that up and put it here somewhere for posterity :)
Kinderen die tafels leren hebben soms behoefte aan makkelijk en veel oefenen. Het is prettig als je zelf niet steeds sommen hoeft te verzinnen of op hoeft te letten. Deze Reken-oefen-pagina helpt je om eenvoudig een reeks tafels of deelsommen te oefenen. Werkt in Firefox en Safari (geloof ik).
Dit is al snel uitgegroeid tot een meer algemene webapp om te oefenen met:
Meer info via het GitHub Huiswerk repo.