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text 2017-04-17 18:05
How to insert book page links and cover thumbnail links to books on booklikes
Runaway Robot - Lester del Rey

The large bookcover at left (dashboard view) you get by choosing "post" on book pages, "update and publish" on currently reading display or by pressing the large "plus" sign when creating/editing posts. 

 

If in the text of your posts you want to link to book page (like Runaway Robot - Lester del Rey ) or with book cover thumbnails like:

 

.      Runaway Robot - Lester del Rey 

 

 then read on for screenshots and instructions.

 

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review 2017-03-13 18:37
Information Theory, James Stone
Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduct... Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduction - James V. Stone

Eggzellent stuff!

 

 

What a great intro to a subject I found fascinating and is widely applicable: Digital communications, computing, neuro-science and other biological sciences, linguistics (a favourite) and then there's my secret application that made me want to read the book in the first place...but you won't find it in the book. There is a proper glossary of technical terms, something that long term readers of my reviews know I think is essential and yet all too frequently absent. There are also appendices on various topics in probability and statistics that are relevant and you may be unfamiliar with or in need of a quick refresher about. This is also good textbook writing, in my view, as is including XKCD cartoons (with permission). The latter are even relevant!

 

I found it straightforward to follow what was going on despite having been solidly rebuffed by my previous encounters with the subject. I think this is mainly because some opaque terminology is properly and thoroughly defined and explained and put into a practical context as soon as possible. I strongly recommend this if you ever have a need to learn the basics of the subject and thanks to whomever recommended it to me!

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text 2017-03-13 08:49
Reading progress update: I've read 185 out of 260 pages.
Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduct... Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduction - James V. Stone

Stone says there is an energy limit (Landauer's Limit) below which acquiring information is impossible. This 0.693 Joules/bit. This apparently contradicts Feynman in his Lectures on Computation. The solution; Landauer's limit applies only to IRREVERSIBLE computations, where-as Feynman is talking about REVERSIBLE computing.

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text 2017-03-03 09:18
Reading progress update: I've read 138 out of 260 pages.
Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduct... Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduction - James V. Stone

I'm finding this to be an excellent intro to the field.

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text 2017-02-24 17:00
Reading progress update: I've read 92 out of 260 pages.
Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduct... Information Theory: A Tutorial Introduction - James V. Stone

Yep; looks like I can use Mutual Information if I can obtain an appropriate table of probabilities of input and output for the system I have in mind. I need to check more thoroughly if anything like it has been done before. Pretty exciting!

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