Consider the fact that, if you live in a city, birds are essentially the only wildlife that you meet during your day.
Depending on where you live, you might come several species without even trying. In Vancouver, on my short 10 minute walk to work, I have a good chance to see rock doves, crows, mallars, wigeons, hooded mergansers (if I'm lucky), house sparrows, song sparrows, red-winged black birds, white-crowned sparrows, bushtits, black-capped chickadees, northern flickers, and the mother-of-all-honkers: Canada geese.
Birds and letters are everywhere—art of nature and man.
Letter forms, on the other hand, are the art that is also everywhere. Every typeface is an artistic expression.
Regardless where you live, sadly, you are likely to come across mutants like Comic Sans, Arial and Times New Roman. Hideous creatures from the shallows. Try to find Gotham, Gill Sans, Frutiger, or Garamond.
Mnemonics of bird songs help you remember the call and recognize the bird. It's so much easier to think "Quick, three beers!" — the call of the Olive-sided flycatcher — rather than "Chirp, chirp, chirp."
The mnemonic captures the cadence and repetition scheme of the song.
For example, if you listen to the white-throated sparrow you can't help but think that this little guy is trying to tell us something.
French Zonotrichia albicollis: Baisse ta jupe, Philomène, Philomène, Philomène. How differently we hear!
—Madelaine Lemieux (via Twitter)
Dear sweet Canada Canada Canada.
White-throated Sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis)
American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)
Here here. Come right here, dear.
Baltimore Oriole (Icterus galbula)
Who cooks for you?
Barred Owl (Strix varia)
Fire fire. Where where? Here here! See it, see it.
Indigo Bunting (Passerina cyanea)
Clear. Wick, wick, wick.
Northern Flicker (Colaptes auratus)
Quick, three beers!
Olive-sided Flycatcher (Contopus cooperi)
Where are you? Here I am.
Red-eyed Vireo (Vireo olivaceus)
Chubby chubby cheeks. Chubby cheeks.
Ruby-crowned kinglet (Regulus calendula)
Black-capped chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)
See me, pretty, pretty me.
White-crowned sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys)
If you love birds and typography, these posters are for you.
The mnemonic for the bird's song is presented on a background that proportionally presents the bird's plumage colors.
If you explore the posters, you just might find the bird too.
To achieve a `k` index for a movement you must perform `k` unbroken reps at `k`% 1RM.
The expected value for the `k` index is probably somewhere in the range of `k = 26` to `k=35`, with higher values progressively more difficult to achieve.
In my `k` index introduction article I provide detailed explanation, rep scheme table and WOD example.
The effect is intriguing and facetious—yes, those are real words.
But these are not: necronology, abobionalism, gabdologist, and nonerify.
These places only exist in the mind: Conchar and Pobacia, Hzuuland, New Kain, Rabibus and Megee Islands, Sentip and Sitina, Sinistan and Urzenia.
And these are the imaginary afflictions of the imagination: ictophobia, myconomascophobia, and talmatomania.
And these, of the body: ophalosis, icabulosis, mediatopathy and bellotalgia.
Want to name your baby? Or someone else's baby? Try Ginavietta Xilly Anganelel or Ferandulde Hommanloco Kictortick.
When taking new therapeutics, never mix salivac and labromine. And don't forget that abadarone is best taken on an empty stomach.
And nothing increases the chance of getting that grant funded than proposing the study of a new –ome! We really need someone to looking into the femome and manome.
An exploration of things that are missing in the human genome. The nullomers.
Julia Herold, Stefan Kurtz and Robert Giegerich. Efficient computation of absent words in genomic sequences. BMC Bioinformatics (2008) 9:167
We've already seen how data can be grouped into classes in our series on classifiers. In this column, we look at how data can be grouped by similarity in an unsupervised way.
We look at two common clustering approaches: `k`-means and hierarchical clustering. All clustering methods share the same approach: they first calculate similarity and then use it to group objects into clusters. The details of the methods, and outputs, vary widely.
Altman, N. & Krzywinski, M. (2017) Points of Significance: Clustering. Nature Methods 14:545–546.
In this redesign of a pie chart figure from a Nature Medicine article , I look at how to organize and present a large number of categories.
I first discuss some of the benefits of a pie chart—there are few and specific—and its shortcomings—there are few but fundamental.
I then walk through the redesign process by showing how the tumor categories can be shown more clearly if they are first aggregated into a small number groups.
(bottom left) Figure 2b from Zehir et al. Mutational landscape of metastatic cancer revealed from prospective clinical sequencing of 10,000 patients. (2017) Nature Medicine doi:10.1038/nm.4333