Jun 06 2014

Talk for IxDA: “UX <3 Big Data”

Category: Science, Talkadmin @ 4:45 AM

IxDA

Together with Berit Marie Alvestrand, UX manasger at Zedge, I had a speech yesterday at IxDA Trondheim Meetup (#8: Design & BigData) which took place at DIGS. Find slides here.


Mar 28 2014

Interview

Category: Iran, Mediaadmin @ 8:38 AM

A short interview with me  with the official university newspaper at NTNU on the recent discriminative rules and regulations against the Iranian students in Norway.


Mar 20 2014

This blog post

Category: Quoteadmin @ 6:22 PM

Not every post is a post. On the other hand not every post is a post either. It’s neither necessary nor sufficient for a post to be a post . On the other hand a post is a post if and only if it’s a post. Therefor it’s both sufficient and insufficient for a post to be a post. And a post is both necessary and unnecessary. So why are you reading this post?


Mar 15 2014

Life One

Category: Philosophy, Scienceadmin @ 5:46 PM

This article might introduce a new and interesting concept to some, which is interesting, yet is confusing a conventional and intuitive notion of life with a more general definition.

I think trying to define life so it fits our intuition about the term, RNA-hypothesis can be necessary and sufficient. Darwinian evolution on the other hand is a more general concept that can potentially go beyond the life on our planet. It might be encoded into the physics of the universe. In that case self-organization, growth, reproduction and complexity can take place in many other contexts from computer viruses to ideas and from social memes to a potential/theoretical/extraterrestrial “life”. (As the article agrees)

My point here is that one random appearance of such physics may have given birth to RNA-based life on our planet that we can call Life One. Accepting the RNA hypothesis, that it evolved once, and that all its instances are relatives, there wouldn’t be much debate on what’s Life One. And Life Two or Life Thousand, theoretically predicted or really observed, wouldn’t confuse us.


Mar 08 2014

These Two

Category: Culture, Politicsadmin @ 5:04 PM

This inspiring Palestinian lady reminded me of another admirable person, actually from the other side of the “conflict”. An Israeli man also with disability caused by an accident, who could as well show how not to let anything hold us back.

He is a notable journalist at Wall Street Journal, who was guest to our relatives in Tehran and I later visited his home in NYC to learn more from him. This comparison makes me feel paralyzed, as I see but can’t do anything about it, that great people on both side of a conflict, are condemned to live in the shadow of mistrust and misunderstanding, probably for another hundred years to come.

Wait… He talked on TED too!


Feb 28 2014

Zero Gravity

Category: Scienceadmin @ 4:05 PM

Gravity makes you look different. Take a picture of your face when your head is upside down and see for yourself. Don’t use a mirror cause you shouldn’t be hanging down as an observer. That’s another effect. Enjoy Kate Upton posing in zero gravity and let’s hope there will be no gravity in heaven, as there will be no time…

Poem:

Sweet tea is sugar free.
Fuck the ones who disagree!
I traveled the world in the seventies.
Everybody was looking for such tea!


Feb 14 2014

Predicting Love and Politics

Category: Personal, Scienceadmin @ 6:22 PM

The awkward moment that you realize you already know things almost not many know, yet you commit mistakes none of them would make.

p.s.1. I had always said from early days of social networking, that a website like Facebook can come up with the best dating advices, far better than any dating website, only if they want to use it that way. For one apparent reason: They have the data. Indeed they have so much data that no dating website even finds it important or useful. Check this example. I warn it may hurt if you fit the data individually!

p.s.2. This other article doesn’t really tell you how, but it tells you it’s possible to predict a revolution. Four years ago Bruce Bueno predicted in a TED talk what will happen to the Iranian nuclear negotiations. It all happened just in a longer period. He doesn’t go into details but you get some idea.


Feb 12 2014

Talk at Yahoo

Category: Science, Talkadmin @ 11:53 PM

I had a talk about Statistical Physics in Big Data at Yahoo, Trondheim. It was a part of monthly Trondheim Big Data meetups. Thanks to Aree Witoelar, to share the event with covering the first part and  Knut O. Hellan for the nice introduction. Find slides here.


Jan 03 2014

mind-reading

Category: Magicadmin @ 9:58 AM

My newest mind-reading magic trick: Think of a food, of any color, or any combination of colors for that matter. Then go order it. Or make it. Pay attention to the colors of your meal as you slowly eat it. Now take your time and digest it. Keep thinking of the food… And its colors… When you’re ready go to toilet and take a dump. Your sh!t is, let me guess… BROWN!


Nov 11 2013

Lord Christian’s Magic Stunt

Category: Magic, Mediaadmin @ 3:19 PM

I was mentioned among other magical friends in Adressa (Trondheim’s main newspaper) regarding Lord Christian Wedøy’s magic stunt:

- Folk som gikk forbi stoppet opp og tok bilder, og responsen var veldig bra. Jeg sto der fra kloken tolv til halv to, sier Wedøy, som med hjelp fra Allan Hagen, Nima Darabi og Hans Henrik Verpe fikk gjennomført stuntet.

Read more about it here in Norwegian.


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