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The amazing power of word vectors
For today’s post, I’ve drawn material not just from one paper, but from five! The subject matter is ‘word2vec’ – the work of Mikolov et al. at Google on efficient vect…
A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores
They also earn less allowance, suggesting that the gender inequality in pay begins at home, and early in life. But there are signs the gap is narrowing.
How to Develop Empathy for Someone Who Annoys You
Try to understand the person’s perspective.
Outside Voices: Life After The Work
For these ex-convicts, participating in the Inside Circle program made life beyond prison look like something worth living for.
Research: Women Benefit When They Downplay Gender Differences
Focusing on the similarities between the sexes may be the secret to achieving equality.
The best employees are not the agreeable ones, according to Adam Grant
Prepare to see conventional wisdom challenged.
Opinion | The Last of the Tiger Parents
My daughters might someday bring home grades that my father would have regarded as failures. If so, I embrace the decline.
Why People Lose Motivation — and What Managers Can Do to Help
It comes down to self-expression, experimentation, and purpose.
Want to discover (or re-discover) your sense of purpose at work? Here’s how
For us to make the greatest impact at our jobs — and also feel the greatest satisfaction — we need to tap into work’s deeper meaning, says Leah Weiss, a compassion expert and rese…
The Right Way to Respond to Negative Feedback
How to turn upsetting or surprising information into helpful and productive data.
How to Collaborate Effectively If Your Team Is Remote
Err on the side of communicating clearly.
The Power of Listening in Helping People Change
Don’t just give feedback.
Why Great Employees Leave “Great Cultures”
Does your company practice what it preaches?
The United States of Japan
Hit Japanese products, from the Walkman to Pokémon, have long captivated us, but Japan’s most influential export might be its own lived experience.
Learning Is a Learned Behavior. Here’s How to Get Better at It.
It’s effectively a type of project management.
What Self-Awareness Really Is (and How to Cultivate It)
It’s not just about introspection.
What to do when tech jobs go bad – Alejandro Wainzinger – Medium
No matter how many companies I go to, work eventually sucks. In the tech companies in which I’ve worked, sooner or later a similar set of…
How to Solicit Negative Feedback When Your Manager Doesn’t Want to Give It
Four tactics to get the information you need to grow.
The Most Common Type of Incompetent Leader
Why an absentee boss is worse than an abusive one.
Female first aiders ordered out of sumo ring | DW | 05.04.2018
A referee told women who assisted an official to "please get off the ring" and asked that "only gentlemen go up." Women are barred from the ring but this time the sumo association chief said the call was "inappropriate."
Japanese couple apologise for ignoring work pregnancy timetable by conceiving ‘before their turn’
A Japanese worker has been reprimanded by her boss for “selfishly breaking the rules” after she became pregnant before it was her “turn”, according to media reports.
D3 Graph Theory
Graph Theory tutorials. Interactive, visual, concise and fun. Learn more in less time.
Gaijin Engineer in Tokyo – Alejandro Wainzinger – Medium
Being a foreign software engineer in Tokyo has its ups and downs. If you work in a company of foreigners you’re mostly shielded from the…
Japan's prisons swell with elderly inmates | Pictures
A 92-year-old man in a wheelchair exercises with a care worker in a courtyard at the Tokushima prison in Tokushima, Japan. The man in the wheelchair is not in a nursing home. He is in prison, serving
Chinese Citizens With Bad 'Social Credit' to Be Blocked From Taking Planes and Trains
China’s terrifying “social credit” system isn’t planned to be fully implemented until 2020, but we’re already seeing facets of it being put in place. In May, people who have committed acts of “serious dishonor” will reportedly be unable to travel on trains or flights for up to a year.
Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women
Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail.
Why Can't Everyone Do the 'Asian Squat'?
All the way down! Not on your toes!
What's The Difference Between Children's Books In China And The U.S.?
How much can you tell about a country from its children's books? Some psychology researchers decided to find out.
China takes aim at hip-hop, saying 'low-taste content' must stop
China's censors have a new target in a widespread clamp-down on popular culture: the country's nascent hip-hop scene, which resonated with Chinese youth last year on hugely popular television show "Rap of China."
RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom | Oakland Museum of California
RESPECT: Hip-Hop Style & Wisdom tells the unexpected story of how Hip-Hop changed the world, starting from its roots on the streets, before rap, DJing, street art, breakdancing, and street fashion launched into mainstream popular culture.
Employees at Practice Fusion expected IPO riches, but got nothing as execs pocketed millions
Practice Fusion was struggling to grow and looking for an acquirer even as it was projecting optimism to employees and the public.
These 12 Stories Show How Deadly The Opioid Epidemic Was In 2017
2017 was the year fentanyl became a household name. Here are 12 stories that show just how bad the US opioid epidemic has gotten, the hucksters who have profited, and how much it’ll take to get us out
Why Little Kids in Japan Are So Independent
In Japan, small children take the subway and run errands alone, no parent in sight. The reason why has more to do with social trust than self-reliance.
In a Divided Nation of Big Cities and Small Towns, Caity Cronkhite Thought She Knew Where She Belonged
She graduated from high school a year early to chase opportunity far from Kingman, Ind. A decade later, she started to see what she left behind.
Poverty in Japan
Poverty in Japan hides in plain sight. The cleanliness and order of Japan are made possible by great numbers of the working poor.
Two Sous Vide Gadgets Face Off in a Kitchen Showdown
Sous vide cooking is simple enough: Put a bag of food in hot water and wait. But two devices for doing this, the Joule and the Anova, differ greatly.
The Importance of Empathy in Everyday Life
In trying times is more important than ever to consider the feelings of those around you. We are all in our own bubble, with our own unique perspective on the world, and it is crucial for our personal development to understand how other people experience the world
8 Ways to Froth Milk
When I was 5 or 6 years old, my dad got his first espresso machine. It was a hand-me-down from my uncle, a fellow coffee enthusiast. I didn’t start drinking lattes until I was a teen, but my …
The compelling case for working a lot less
Mastering 'active rest' is far harder than it looks, but there are good reasons why we should keep working at it
How Good Is My Doctor?
The difference in effectiveness between treatment centers can be enormous. Historically, patients haven’t known this. So what happens when they find out?
How to Age Well
Getting older is inevitable. Here are a few simple ways to keep your body tuned up and your mind tuned in. The good news is that it’s never too late to get started.
How to Sleep
Should you drink more coffee? Should you take melatonin? Can you train yourself to need less sleep? A physician’s guide to sleep in a stressful age.
The Booming Japanese Rent-a-Friend Business
You can pay an actor to impersonate your relative, spouse, coworker, or any kind of acquaintance.
Japan Releases a Range of Miniature Furniture for Cats
Modern cat furniture doesn’t have to be an eyesore. The newest pet-friendly designs to catch our eye is this super-chic collection by Japan’s Okawa Kagu.
This is your brain on art
When we experience art, we feel connected to something larger. Why? A new field of science has the answers to some of art’s enduring mysteries.
Understanding the Bias-Variance Tradeoff
When we discuss prediction models, prediction errors can be decomposed into two main subcomponents we care about: error due to bias and error due to variance. There is a tradeoff between a model's ability to minimize bias and variance. Understanding these two types of error can help us diagnose model results and avoid the mistake of over- or under-fitting.
Understanding empirical Bayes estimation (using baseball statistics)
Which of these two proportions is higher: 4 out of 10, or 300 out of 1000? This sounds like a silly question. Obviously , which is greater than .
The Mathematics of 2048: Counting States with Combinatorics
How many board configurations are there in the game of 2048? Let's estimate using combinatorics.
Since the subject of “ridge regression” came up in discussions on RealClimate recently, I thought I’d give a very brief description of what the heck it is. I tried to keep the mat…
If It Doesn’t Suck, It’s Not Worth Doing – The Mission – Medium
According to psychological research, the anticipation of an event is almost always more emotionally powerful than the event itself.