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We’ve started work on some histograms of the orbits under the logistic family. Code and more pictures at viz.

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  • Peacock Syndrome – America’s Fatal Disease
  • “There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution.” – Aldous Huxley
  • ‎”When the world goes mad, one must accept madness as sanity; since sanity is, in the last analysis, nothing but the madness on which the whole world happens to agree.” – George Bernard Shaw (veg)


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War Machine:

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It’s been an amazing week in bitcoin news. We’ve seen continued development and innovation within the BT economy:

We’ve also seen an upswing in security issues:

But the most bombass (bitcoin) news has been the hack, crash, shutdown and leaked database of the largest USD/BT exchange, MtGox:

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MtGox is a prime target for espionage, so it’s no surprise they got hit. But what went wrong? How bad is the damage? What do investors and developers need to know? The MSM has responded with the usual uninformed hysteria. We’ve got the full story and analysis. Keep going for the realness… Continue reading »

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Have you guys heard of bitcoin yet? Here’s the original paper: Bitcoin – A Peer to Peer Electronic Cash System. Or immerse yourself in bitcoin culture at the bitcoin wiki and the bitcoin forum. Bitcoins are currently trading around $9 $18 (6/6) at the largest bitcoin market, mt. gox (featuring dark pools and soon offering margin trading and options). You can get hyperanalytical comparing various international markets at bitcoin charts. Or watch live bitcoin transactions with a block explorer and bitcoin monitor. Right now the bitcoin economy is pretty small (eg. stores, classifieds) but you can still gamble at the bitcoin poker room or bitcoin vegas poker. Or buy drugs! For now… You can donate to your favorite hackers. It’s all up to you! Here’s some hyperbolic commentary:

If you want to get started, download the bitcoin software to obtain a wallet and mine some bitcoins. Then, send me some at: 14gFPynCLAGmhhmZcPaaXPf6vBt7NKaY56

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My homie, Dur, pointed out this nice collection of Ulam Spiral pics. The Ulam Spiral describes the picture you get, when you make a spiral of the natural numbers circling all the primes. The basic version looks like this:

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The ctkrohn page also blabs a little about the twin prime conjecture and some recent results of green and tao about the existence of arithmetic prime progressions of arbitrary length. The gist is that we know very little about basic patterns within the primes. My guess is that any reasonable pattern probably exists in there somewhere… probably infinitely often… just a guess tho…

My mathemagical homie, Noah, once said to me, “If you throw a dartboard at a number line, you’ll hit a transcendental number with probability one.” In laymen’s terms, according to the laws of probability, you will ALWAYS hit a transcendental number. This was surprising to me because at the time I only knew TWO transcendental numbers, e and pi. All the non-transcendentals from the Naturals to the Algebraic Numbers are countable and therefore have measure zero (ie. non-transcendentals are unhittable by the mathemagicians darts). Check out this list of transcendentals on wikipedia. Alot of those guys are just e or pi disguised as sines or logarithms. Yeah, the Gelfond-Schneider theorem gives us infinitely many transcendentals, but only countably infinite. We’ll never hit probability one at that rate. And frankly those other transcendentals, the Champernowne, Chaitin and Prouhet-Thue-Morse constants are demonic, fantastic and insane.

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