Reading Steffen Rendle’s paper of Factorization Machines (PDF). Not only is the algorithm interesting, the paper itself is worth mentioning because instead of only equations, it includes a real-world example. More ML researchers should take note.
Joseph Fox photographed the mudlarkers who comb the shore of London’s River Thames. Originally a term for the city’s poor who scraped a meagre living by scavenging in the river’s mud, it has been adopted by a new breed of treasure hunters, often armed with metal detectors.
These men and women show off their favourite finds, and discuss the joys of mudlarking.
A piece on Rjukan and its Sun mirror. Rjukan, home to a Norse Hydro plant that used to produce heavy water during WWII, was immortalised in the TV miniseries The Heavy Water War.
After spending 40+ hours with The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, it’s hard for me to remember another game that evokes the same sense of exploration. No matter what you do, you’ll likely be sidetracked by a new quest, a quaint village, a new gameplay mechanic or just the beauty of the open world.
I’m hesitant to call this the best game I’ve ever played, but it’s not far off. I haven’t had this sense of childlike discovery in over a decade.
Fired up Diablo III during the weekend and went on to spend four hours with it. It really is the best podcast game: pop on your headphones, put on the Giant Bombcast, and go slay some demons.