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12:00 AM
> When people notice new things in their environment, it tends to help them remember things better afterward. However, new research published in the Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science indicates that this “novelty boost” in memory performance is reduced among those with paranoid tendencies.
> Using a continuous recognition task (comprising Old, New, and Similar items) in a sample drawn from an online marketplace (N = 450), we found that Similar trial performance was generally enhanced by preceding judgments of “New” versus “Old”—replicating prior work. However, paranoia was associated with a reduction of this novelty-based enhancement—**a novel finding**.
> We interpret this finding in light of the role of novelty detection in maintaining adaptive predictive models, suggesting that this deficit may reduce coherence between one’s active predictive model and one’s environment, thereby contributing to perceptions of the world as unduly uncertain and threatening.
Curious. I remember reading some other research paper, in which it was said that people who develop delusions do not hold to them because they're adamantly sure of the delusion, but because they are unsure of everything, and so the delusion does not seem like a weird thing to them, since all other things are also uncertain.
So, against the backdrop of general uncertainty, it's just a helpful rule-of-thumb one may hold on to provisionally. But since the backdrop does not become less uncertain, why not hold to it longer, and longer (to the delusion).
Novelty detection is the mechanism by which an intelligent organism is able to identify an incoming sensory pattern as being hitherto unknown. If the pattern is sufficiently salient or associated with a high positive or strong negative utility, it will be given computational resources for effective future processing. The principle is long known in neurophysiology, with roots in the orienting response research by E. N. Sokolov in the 1950s. The reverse phenomenon is habituation, i.e., the phenomenon that known patterns yield a less marked response. Early neural modeling attempts were by Yehuda Salu...
> When faced with deciding between two options, subjects in studies by Simion & Shimojo were shown to choose the items they preferentially orient their gaze toward. This gaze can occur while the stimulus is present or after it has been removed, the latter causing gaze to be fixated at the point in which the stimulus had been present.
So, this is why supermarkets constantly rotate goods.
So that people can orient their gaze to some other goods, and choose them.
2 hours later…
2:09 AM
Love happens once in a decade,
Or once in a second,
Or once in a generation,
Depending on your species,
Your psychological issues,
Or your planet’s speed of rotation
And power of gravitation.
2:25 AM
See, it’s relative, kid,
But beware of blowing your lid
In a cycle of inflammation,
So God or Dawkins forbid,
Don’t discuss your love or libation,
Or your own, or your cat’s aspiration
(Temptation, vacation, castration)
Through social network postation.
2:43 AM
How come seagulls fly over the sea?
If they flew over the bay, they'd be bagels
2:53 AM
3:51 AM
Q: When did the wendy's in levittown ny open for the first time?

JohnThis wendy's is located in the nassau mall, it used to be a Roy Rogers but i wonder when the restaurant became a wendy's

Surely there is a story behind this.
4:02 AM
There must be.
4:19 AM
Russian saying of the day: Ya ne takaya, ya zhdu tramvaya -- I'm not of this kind, I'm waiting for a tram. Takaya is a possessive pronoun meaning "such" or "this way" or "of this kind". The ending ya means it's feminine. A phrase spoken by a male would have the same pronoun as Takoy: "Ya ne takoy".
> "Я не такая, я жду трамвая"
Here in the wild sung as a refrain in a Russian shanson song. Such songs are usually loved by criminals and semi-criminals.
Russian chanson (Russian: русский шансон, tr. russkiy shanson; from French "chanson") is a neologism for a musical genre covering a range of Russian songs, including city romance songs, author song performed by singer-songwriters, and blatnaya pesnya or "criminals' songs" that are based on the themes of the urban underclass and the criminal underworld. == History == The Russian chanson originated in the Russian Empire. The songs sung by serfs and political prisoners of the Tsar are very similar in content to the songs sung in the Soviet Union and the Russian Federation today. However, during...
> blatnaya pesnya or "criminals' songs" that are based on the themes of the urban underclass and the criminal underworld
Blatnaya pesnya (Russian: блатная песня, IPA: [blɐtˈnajə ˈpʲesʲnʲə], "criminals' song") or blatnyak (Russian: блатняк, IPA: [blɐtʲˈnʲak]) is a genre of Russian song characterized by depictions of criminal subculture and the urban underworld which are often romanticized and have criminally-perverted humor in nature. == Terminology == In the post-Soviet era, blatnaya pesnya are marketed largely under the more generalized name "Russian chanson" (Russian: русский шансон, romanized: russkiy shanson). Coined in the 1990s, "Russian chanson" has become a marketing neologism akin to world music. These songs...
> Thematically, blatnaya pesnya focus on injustice and oppression under a political system, depictions of prison life, and celebrations of criminal life and thieves' code of honour. These themes are sometimes combined with sexual innuendo as well as elements of irony and humour.
Like in the YouTube linke I posted. It's jocular.
The woman sings that she is not a prostitute, she is a noble thief. A man proposes to pay for sex upon seeing her at a tram stop. It's against her code of honor to be a prostitute. And in the end of the song, she stabs him, and he dies.
A typical blatnyak song.
5:17 AM
The band's name attracted me :)
So now I'm 'splaining with Batman analogies… I'm not even a fan…of the Batman. OK, he's fun to work with, I guess.
> A batman or orderly is a soldier or airman assigned to a commissioned officer as a personal servant. Before the advent of motorized transport, an officer's batman was also in charge of the officer's "bat-horse" that carried the officer's kit during a campaign.[1] This British English term is derived from the obsolete bat, meaning "pack saddle" (from French bât, from Old French bast, from Late Latin bastum).[2]
> Batman teaching children how to cross the road. London, 1967.
The uniform changed a tad between 1812 and 1967
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6:30 AM
What does garlic do when it gets hot?
It takes its cloves off
> AI-Created Art Isn’t Copyrightable, Judge Says in Ruling That Could Give Hollywood Studios Pause
6:49 AM
6:30 is my favorite time of the day
Hands down
7:09 AM
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7:20 AM
I was about to ask about the pun I missed but I got it just in time!
7:33 AM
> Results of a 2021 study in JAMA Pediatrics revealed that despite efforts to reduce lead exposure, almost half a million children in the U.S. had lead levels that were detectable in their blood. Furthermore, almost 2 percent had amounts that were elevated. pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34570188
7:46 AM
Turns out that levels of ≥5.0 μg/dL are seriously toxic, and 2% of US kids have them.
What's more chilling, in Georgia (country south of Russia), 40% of kids have levels of ≥5.0 μg/dL, and 16% of kids have levels of ≥10.0 μg/dL, says the UN site: news.un.org/ru/story/2020/07/1382901
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8:36 AM
> ... environmental historian J. R. McNeill stated that he "had more adverse impact on the atmosphere than any other single organism in Earth's history", author Bill Bryson remarked that he possessed "an instinct for the regrettable that was almost uncanny", and science writer Fred Pearce described him as a "one-man environmental disaster".
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9:40 AM
@CowperKettle Martial artist: I punched a hole through a brick wall. Midgley: Pfft, I punched a hole through the ozone layer.
10:38 AM
Luna 25 crashed.
10:48 AM
@Vikas is she okay
@M.A.R. It exists only on Wikipedia only.
Two more days for Indian landing.
11:16 AM
@Vikas Happens to the best of us.
11:40 AM
@Vikas I hope it lands okay.
12:00 PM
> Elon Musk admits X 'may fail, as so many have predicted'
Alone Musk can't save it.
12:29 PM
At least 7% of the decrease in crime observed since the second half of the 1990s may be explained by decreasing levels of lead pollution -- a meta-analysis - sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0166046222000667
The estimated range is from 7% to 28%, but even 7% is good.
@Vikas I like Bill Gates more because he seems to constantly read books, and Musk.. I'm not sure, based on his behavior.
Hence Bill Gates does something good for humanity, like fighting malaria in Africa.
12:46 PM
@CowperKettle Yeah. He reads a lot.
@Vikas "Alone" he completely wrecked it.
He just got used to test things to the limits, like with prototype rockets until they blow up.
#Worldle #576 2/6 (100%)
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Wordle 792 4/6

1:13 PM
Serpent's Wall (Ukrainian: Змієві вали, romanized: Zmiievi valy) is an ancient system of earthworks (valla) located in the middle Dnieper Ukraine (Naddniprianshchyna) that stretch across primarily Kyiv Oblast, Ukraine. They seem to be similar in purpose and character to Trajan's Wall situated to the southwest in Bessarabia. The remaining ancient walls have a total length of 1,000 km and constitute less than 20% of the original wall system. == History == According to legend, the earthworks are the result of ancient events when a mythical hero (bohatyr), Kozmodemian (or Borysohlib), in order to...
1000 km of earthworks, 2nd to 7th century
Daily Quordle 573
1:53 PM
Not a single governmental system is on the right side of history. All governments degrade to something bad eventually.
2:19 PM
Lamborghini's first electric car.
@Vikas Already filmed on the road in India
@CowperKettle Batman is also a pretty famous author
Stephen or Stephan Batman or Bateman (died 1584) was an English translator and author. == Life == Batman was born at Bruton, Somerset, and, after a preliminary education in the school of his native town, went to Cambridge, where he had the reputation of being a learned man and an excellent preacher. It is supposed he was the Bateman who in 1534 took the degree of LL.B., being at that time a priest and a student of six years' standing. Afterwards Archbishop Parker selected him as one of his domestic chaplains, and employed him in the collection of the library now deposited in Corpus Christi College...
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4:36 PM
to throw a sprat to catch a mackerel -- sacrifice something of little value in the hope of gaining something better
in Mathematics, 23 hours ago, by robjohn
@geocalc33 welcome to the Dumbfounded By Downvote club.
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5:47 PM
@alphabet To create an entire breed like me?
5:59 PM
@Cerberus Indeed. I suppose it would threaten your uniqueness.
@alphabet I don't see myself as unique, but as tertiary.
6:25 PM
@Laurel That's a pretty strict viewpoint.
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8:59 PM
> Luna 25’s trajectory allowed it to surpass India’s Chandrayaan-3 lunar lander, which launched in mid-July, on the way to the lunar surface.
OK, some might say the Chandrayaan-3 was just lazy. It doesn't take 35 days to get to the moon. 54 years ago Apollo 11 made it there and back in 8 days, including a lunar landing and takeoff.
Apollo 11 (July 16–24, 1969) was the American spaceflight that first landed humans on the Moon. Commander Neil Armstrong and lunar module pilot Buzz Aldrin landed the Apollo Lunar Module Eagle on July 20, 1969, at 20:17 UTC, and Armstrong became the first person to step onto the Moon's surface six hours and 39 minutes later, on July 21 at 02:56 UTC. Aldrin joined him 19 minutes later, and they spent about two and a quarter hours together exploring the site they had named Tranquility Base upon landing. Armstrong and Aldrin collected 47.5 pounds (21.5 kg) of lunar material to bring back to Earth...
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10:30 PM
Rolls Royce has a new electric also. kedglobal.com/automobiles/newsView/…
10:41 PM
Navalny was sent a jar of coffee powder, but not allowed to receive it in prison, because he did not write a written request for receiving it. He did not write it, because he is not allowed to have a pen. In order to be allowed to have a pen in his cell, he aslo must write a request, but cannot, without a pen.
@CowperKettle All requests must be written in blood.
Except for Navalny's blood type, of course.
From a Ukrainian news channel: "Volodimir Zelenzky is trying to obtain some flying saucers from an alien, now that he has been promised F-16s"
"It looks like he succeeded in obtaining some saucers, from the fact that the Russian Luna-25 mission has failed"
11:42 PM
@CowperKettle Sounds like Catch-22 to me.
> In the book, Catch-22 is a military rule typifying bureaucratic operation and reasoning. The rule is not stated in a precise form, but the principal example in the book fits the definition above: If one is crazy, one does not have to fly missions; and one must be crazy to fly. But one has to apply to be excused, and applying demonstrates that one is not crazy. As a result, one must continue flying, either not applying to be excused, or applying and being refused. The narrator explains:
> "There was only one catch and that was Catch-22, which specified that a concern for one's safety in the face of dangers that were real and immediate was the process of a rational mind. Orr was crazy and could be grounded. All he had to do was ask; and as soon as he did, he would no longer be crazy and would have to fly more missions.
"Orr would be crazy to fly more missions and sane if he didn't, but if he were sane he had to fly them. If he flew them he was crazy and didn't have to, but if he didn't want to he was sane and had to. Yossarian was moved very deeply by the absolute simplicit
> Other forms of Catch-22 are invoked throughout the novel to justify various bureaucratic actions. At one point, victims of harassment by military police quote the MPs' explanation of one of Catch-22's provisions: "Catch-22 states that agents enforcing Catch-22 need not prove that Catch-22 actually contains whatever provision the accused violator is accused of violating." Another character explains: "Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can't stop them from doing."
Yossarian comes to realize that Catch-22 does not actually exist, but because the powers that be claim it does, a

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