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“Boffo” and “socko” are neologisms in the family of Variety-speak after the well known business trade journal covering Tinseltown (often better known as Hollywood aka the Coast aka H’w’d.)

Their definitions from Variety’s “slanguage” dictionary follow:

boffo (also boff, boffola) — outstanding (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has been boffo at the B.O.” (See also, socko, whammo)

socko (also sock) — very good (usually refers to box office performance); “‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’ has done socko B.O.” (See also, boff, whammo)

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Recent Posts in Information Theory, Complexity, and Molecular Biology

📖 Read pages 43-51 of Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur
📖 Read pages 43-51 of Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur
📖 Read pages 43-51 of Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur page 45 literally, as in Keynes’ (1936) phrase, taking into account “what average opinion expects the average opinion to be.” page 46 …perfect rationality in the market cannot be well defined. Infinitely intelligent agents cannot form expectations in a determinate way. This
🔖 Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
🔖 Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016
Proceedings of the Artificial Life Conference 2016 by Carlos Gershenson, Tom Froese, Jesus M. Siqueiros, Wendy Aguilar, Eduardo J. Izquierdo and Hiroki Sayama (The MIT Press) The ALife conferences are the major meeting of the artificial life research community since 1987. For its 15th edition in 2016, it was held in Latin America for the
🎧 Changing Global Diets: the website | Eat This Podcast
🎧 Changing Global Diets: the website | Eat This Podcast
Changing Global Diets: the website by Jeremy Cherfas (Eat This Podcast) A fascinating tool for exploring how, where and when diets evolve. Foodwise, what unites Cameroon, Nigeria and Grenada? How about Cape Verde, Colombia and Peru? As of today, you can visit a website to find out. The site is the brainchild of Colin Khoury
🔖 Complex Networks & Their Applications V
🔖 Complex Networks & Their Applications V
Complex Networks & Their Applications V: Proceedings of the 5th International Workshop on Complex Networks and their Applications by Hocine Cherifi, Sabrina Gaito, Walter Quattrociocchi, Alessandra Sala (Springer) This book highlights cutting-edge research in the field of network science, offering scientists, researchers and graduate students a unique opportunity to catch up on the latest advances
📖 Read pages 30-43 of Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur
📖 Read pages 30-43 of Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur
📖 Read pages 30-43 of Complexity and the Economy by W. Brian Arthur Chapter 2 is a nice piece on the El Farol Problem which is a paradox which “represented a decision problem where expectations (forecasts) that many would attend would lead to few attending, and expectations that few would attend
🔖 An Introduction to Transfer Entropy: Information Flow in Complex Systems
🔖 An Introduction to Transfer Entropy: Information Flow in Complex Systems
An Introduction to Transfer Entropy: Information Flow in Complex Systems by Terry Bossomaier, Lionel Barnett, Michael Harré, Joseph T. Lizier (Springer; 1st ed. 2016 edition) This book considers a relatively new metric in complex systems, transfer entropy, derived from a series of measurements, usually a time series. After a qualitative introduction and a chapter that
Repost of John Carlos Baez’ Biology as Information Dynamics
Repost of John Carlos Baez’ Biology as Information Dynamics
Biology as Information Dynamics by John Carlos Baez (Google+) I'm giving a talk at the Stanford Complexity Group this Thursday afternoon, April 20th. If you're around – like in Silicon Valley – please drop by! It will be in Clark S361 at 4 pm. Here's the idea. Everyone likes to say that biology is all

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Recent Posts in Mathematics

A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost | Quanta Magazine
A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost | Quanta Magazine
A Long-Sought Proof, Found and Almost Lost by Natalie Wolchover (Quanta Magazine) When a German retiree proved a famous long-standing mathematical conjecture, the response was underwhelming. As he was brushing his teeth on the morning of July 17, 2014, Thomas Royen, a little-known retired German statistician, suddenly lit upon the proof of a famous conjecture
🔖 What is good mathematics? | Terry Tao
🔖 What is good mathematics? | Terry Tao
What is good mathematics? by Terence Tao (arxiv.org) Some personal thoughts and opinions on what “good quality mathematics” is, and whether one should try to define this term rigorously. As a case study, the story of Szemer\’edi’s theorem is presented. This looks like a cool little paper. Update 3/17/17 Some thoughts after reading And indeed
Checkin UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building
Checkin UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building
UCLA Mathematical Sciences Building I’ll bet I had a better Pi Day than you did today. I got to sit through three hours of a fascinating lecture on complex analysis covering Bernoulli numbers, Reimann’s Zeta Function, the Gamma Function, Euler’s Function, the duplication formula, the symmetrical form of the zeta functional equation, and Reimann’s Hypothesis.
Why some infinities are bigger than others | Aeon Essays
Why some infinities are bigger than others | Aeon Essays
Why some infinities are bigger than others by A. W. Moore (Aeon Essays) Georg Cantor showed that some infinities are bigger than others. Did he assault mathematical wisdom or corroborate it? In 1883, the brilliant German mathematician Georg Cantor produced the first rigorous, systematic, mathematical theory of the infinite. It was a work of genius,
🔖 Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything by Hermann Simon
🔖 Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything by Hermann Simon
Confessions of the Pricing Man: How Price Affects Everything by Hermann Simon (Springer, 2015) The world’s foremost expert on pricing strategy shows how this mysterious process works and how to maximize value through pricing to company and customer. In all walks of life, we constantly make decisions about whether something is worth our money or
🔖 Linear Operator Theory in Engineering and Science
🔖 Linear Operator Theory in Engineering and Science
Linear Operator Theory in Engineering and Science by Arch W. Naylor and George R. Sell (Springer, 2nd printing 2000 edition (October 4, 2013)) A unique introduction to the theory of linear operators on Hilbert space. The author presents the basic facts of functional analysis in a form suitable for engineers, scientists, and applied mathematicians. Although

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