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Christopher James Willcock

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Neuroscience, Learning, Teaching and Star Wars

Differential Subjective Experiences in Learners and Non-learners in Frontal Alpha Neurofeedback: Piloting a Mixed-Method Approach (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
Neurofeedback is a powerful tool to help individuals control their brain profiles to optimize their mental functioning and well-being. However, not everyone manages to reach their potential level of control. We assumed that this is partly a consequence of different learning approaches to neurofeedback, some of which are congruent and some of which are incongruent with the learning goal. If neurofeedback practitioners, trainers, and coaches know what type of mindset or attitude supports the desired neurofeedback goal, NFT success could be facilitated in not only late-learners, but also those who would otherwise be classified as non-learners.

Awhile back my youngest son, Thomas, had the need for special medical attention at the IWK Children’s Hospital in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Aside: all is well.) We had some time available to us after the appointments there, so we took in a visit to the Discovery Centre.

We found there a head-to-head game, where participants don a headband with sensors that read brain waves. Whomever is the more successful at producing the appropriate brain waves advances their on-screen avatar quickest to the goal and wins the competition.

I did well enough to win my one match, but the family didn’t take time to discuss and develop strategy. Who’s got time for that when you have three hungry children, on the road, a few hundred kilometers from home?

Different kids (still all mine), different day, different location (near home of course, πŸ˜› ).

I’m not on the road today. Instead I’m thinking about microformats. What they are and what they are not. Tiring of thinking through the method of objectively classifying content it proscribes, I started searching around online for others’ various documentation of the classification of subjective experiences. Thereby, I located the linked article.

Do. Or do not. There is no try.

— Yoda, in the motion picture Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, as penned by Lawrence Kasdan & George Lucas.

Degree (music) by an author (en.wikipedia.org)

A naming scheme that relates pure frequencies found in nature, to a memorable method for communicating about, and in, music.

Triboelectric Effect by an author (en.wikipedia.org)

Sourcing names for new parts of a program. I tend to go with meaningful names borrowed from other subjects, instead of using ambiguous, generic terms.

Earth Lost by Daniel Arenson

I enjoyed book one of the series well enough to recommend it, but book two was difficult to finish. From the opening scene I was put off very much. Sparing more details, the narrative made too many leaps for my taste. It is science fiction, it isn’t going to be realistic, but some kind of logical consistency would have been nice.

I will not be reading the rest of this series.

Earth Alone by Daniel Arenson
Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle.

Just finished Earth Alone by Daniel Arenson. The romance felt forced into an otherwise consistent story, which on second thought may be entirely consistent with the young lovers involved! Overall an enjoyable read. Recommended.

Build Better WordPress Plugins with Unit Testing

WordPress plugins, PHPUnit, WP_Mock and a few important principles by Erik Torsner (WordPress Essentials)
Some 4500 words after I decided to add a few comments and insights ... it’s a good idea to consider what happens when follow a handful rather simple and obvious rules of how to write code.

Erik Torsner articulates his authoring of a production-ready-but-not-really WordPress plugin which reproduces the output of Matt Mullenweg’s commonplace Hello Dolly, while demonstrating and justifying his practical choices in software construction and testing; a wonderful example for others to consider and leverage.

Blueshift
Eight hundred years have passed and Earth is nothing like they thought it would be.

Semantic Interoperability

Semantic interoperability - Wikipedia (en.wikipedia.org)
… concerned not just with the packaging of data (syntax), but the simultaneous transmission of the meaning with the data (semantics).

When elements from independent systems of semantic interoperability appear within the same document, the semantic compatibility of the independent systems is the measure of their non-interference.

HTML and CSS have very good semantic compatibility, often appearing together in the same document.

This is on my mind lately as I consider the compatibility of web application sources with microformats, while building a utility to help identify any aspects of the web application sources which interfere with the desired interoperability embodied by microformats.

I currently describe my pre-release project as: “A utility which checks webapp sources for compatibility with microformats semantics”. Based on the foregoing, I’m considering changing the description a little. At the end of the day, the work is the program that helps find the issues in the code. I’m hopeful that someone with greater comfort discussing the topic will help me to gain some confidence in how I present the program. So long as it is providing some useful and desired outcome, I’ll be working on it for awhile longer. Hopefully work to benefit more than myself!

The working title of my project is Triage. Source code is available at the link. I posted to IndieWeb chat (#wordpress) awhile back that I would publish source as soon as it does something useful. I’ve got the core command-line utility there and it will identify semantics (and syntax) issues in CSS files. It will be a little while before I have a web-based interface to make this available to a wider audience. From there I’ll look to add other languages (HTML, PHP, JavaScript).

Semantic Compatibility in Communication

Understanding Semantic Compatibility in Communication (acrwebsite.org)
… while attention may be paid to insuring that descriptions or attributes within a target message reflect those things most likely to be meaningful to the target receiver, very little, if any, consideration seems to go into possible interactions among those descriptions or attributes.

A brief paper which discusses the oft-unconsidered problem of semantic compatibility among attributes chosen to describe one object.

Lost in Math

Lost in Math (math.columbia.edu)
... the negative LHC results for popular speculative models are now in. What effect will these have on those who have devoted decades to studying such models?