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  • War and peace

    Eight weeks ago it became glaringly apparent that we do not understand the Russians. And that, while most people in the western world do not want it or believe it, we are in a state of war with the Russian Federation.

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  • What's in a rating?

    I often use the average ratings of books/movies from Goodreads/IMDB in order to decide what to read/watch next. Unfortunately, if there are not enough ratings, the average rating is often inflated, and it seems to decrease with the number of ratings. Plots of two datasets of books and movies show that the story is slightly more complicated.

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  • Dulce et decorum

    Since last week some verses are rattling around in my head. Initially I felt that they did not properly honor the resistance of the Ukrainians. Today, reading some refugees’ testimonials, I am convinced that these words are still relevant, even after more than 100 years.

    Bent double, like old beggars under sacks,
    Knock-kneed, coughing like hags, we cursed through sludge,
    Till on the haunting flares we turned our backs,
    And towards our distant rest began to trudge.

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  • Thoughts about modern architecture

    If asked about traditional Romanian architecture one often thinks about something like this:

    Most houses in Romanian villages actually look like this:

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  • WORDLE updates

    In a previouis post I discussed my approach to “solving” the game of WORDLE. In the meantime I have discovered quite a few excellent works about the subject, the game has been sold to NYT and even more clones can be found, some quite interesting.

    These are a few closing observations.

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  • Barış Manço - Gülpembe

    Originally posted October 2020.

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  • Evolution and identity

    A recent study investigates the relation between evolution acceptance and evolution knowledge using largish numbers of students (mostly enrolled in biology related university programs) from many European countries. The authors are European researchers from many universities, supported by EU funding.

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  • Can WORDLE be always solved?

    In the past months the Twitter has been overtaken by stacks of colored boxes. It is the fault of a new words-game: WORDLE. Free and with a minimalistic design the game has received a well deserved attention.

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  • Geographic centers of Romanian counties

    For those lacking travel destinations I have a map with geographical centers (centroids) of each Romanian county. For the moment only latitude and longitude to be checked in Google Maps.