@apLundell @JordiGH
And uh, sorry about flooding with this many msgs, but apparently I just can't resist discussion about cultural variation comic drawing styles. 😅

@JordiGH @apLundell And talking about comic styles and molds ... most of Dutch/Danish Disney comics look quite same, yet different from the Disney comics from Italy (but the drawing style of stuff they publish in Topolino is quite recognizable when I see it here); the classic Franco-Belgian BD style is often recognizably Franco-Belgian; US/British superhero comics are often quite similar to each other too...

tl;dr I don't think Japan is really that *special* case here.

@apLundell @JordiGH But anyway, as an example of mental images that pop into my mind when I hear "it all looks the same", here's two illustrators whose names I remember well enough to type them correctly in Google image search:

Hayao Miyazaki: goo.gl/images/xccFBx

vs

Hiromu Arakawa mangareader.net/the-heroic-leg

Yeah, maybe you can trace some stylistic lineage back to Astro Boy, but I see no point in complaining that "everything is from a same mold". (Okay I grant Nausicaa is a special case.)

@JordiGH @apLundell But also notice how the modern print manga looks quite distinct from cinematic anime (in manga: observe, usually no backgrounds or colors at all!). Also compare cinematic anime (such as Your Name you posted) vs TV stuff (limited animation, simpler bg's...).

@apLundell @JordiGH

Is it that a bad thing? I'd bet Japanese in general can recognize Western-style animation equally well.

Some of the similarity in style stems from the fact manga and anime are churned out in near-industrial scale, which further encourages any stylistic similarities (in addition to any cultural element you allude to).

@JordiGH @apLundell

I'm not a serious manga fan but as a casual, I diasgree: yes, there are some stylistic similarities, but c'mon, it's not exactly like they are all exactly same. Because I'm not a pro hobbyist myself, I tried googling a list of examples and found this anime.SE question: anime.stackexchange.com/questi ...it explains some basic differences between genres.

@ColinTheMathmo Granted, I didn't read the whole discussion, only top level comments, but I didn't see many comments that were laughably wrong...

* I also have liked the few 3Blue1Brown's videos I've seen news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

* I personally think classic geometry was/is often kinda boring, but I found squaring-the-circle and such stories super interesting news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

* Sometimes memorization is kinda necessary news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

* and book recs that could be good? idk

wired.com/story/real-heroes-ha

"Bolnick investigated his original work and, in a horrified instant, recognized his mistake: a single miswritten line of computer code. [...]
Why do I recount this story? Because I think society ought to give Bolnick some sort of a prize. We need moral examples of people who can admit when they’re wrong. We need more Heroes of Retraction."

I don't know about "Heroes of Retraction", but I do find the expressed sentiment inspiring.

(via twitter.com/yletiede/status/96 )

@JordiGH @cwebber

I second the recommendation to read Frankenstein. Frankly I thought it was much better than Dracula (I've never been able to *finish* Dracula. The first chapter is quite okay as far as horror goes, but then it starts to drag on.)

Frankenstein is also interesting because people say it's one of the proto-SF works out there. (The whole idea that Frankenstein *creates* the Creature by applying Scientific Method, not by a deal with supernatural creatures or magic-like skill)

A computational model of the Moth Olfactory Network learns to read MNIST
openreview.net/pdf?id=HyYuqoCU

(submitted by higgsfield)

@JordiGH That might've been my impression when I first read it, too,😄 but the great thing with Tolkien is that often the "gibberish" characters say *does* make sense in the wider legendarium (or can be interpreted as making sense). Moreover, the fandom has put all those interpretations and explanations on the internet!

@JordiGH 'I am a servant of the Secret Fire, wielder of the flame of Anor. You cannot pass. The dark fire will not avail you, flame of Udûn. Go back to the Shadow! You cannot pass.'

Source: en.wikiquote.org/wiki/The_Fell

No idea what he said in the movie. scifi.stackexchange provides some explanation what the passage means: scifi.stackexchange.com/questi

What a fascinating slide set:

therisingsea.org/notes/talk-ll

The logic part [ = meat of the talk] flew right above my head, but surely this approach sounds interesting: If we equip RNNs with memory, we achieve "differentiable Turing machine", and then *some logic/category theory magicks called "linear logic" happens?!?!* and you find yourself equipped with a differentiable version of functional programming.

Discussion and arxiv links on HN: news.ycombinator.com/item?id=1

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