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First trip to Nicaragua

Due to unreasonably heavy traffic in Los Angeles (before the sun came up!) and a slow, cautious driver (my mother), we arrived at the airport after the designated check-in cutoff. I blame the government for subsidizing the car culture and for erecting a “security” barrier. So, upon arrival to the byzantine LAX, we immediately had […]

Religious Experience

In a piece titled Islam and the Misuses of Ecstasy, Sam Harris takes issue with some atheists about their distance regarding the motivations of religious believers. I, unfortunately, share the perspective that Harris critiques.

I once ran into the anthropologist Scott Atran after he had delivered one of his preening and delusional lectures on […]

Social Game

As a result of some deep procrastination, I’ve been spending far too much time reading junk in the manosphere, which I only recently discovered. These collection of blogs promote topics such as MGTOW (men going their own way), MRA (men’s right activism), and PUA (pick-up artistry). I think most of these guys get recruited into […]

Searching the Job Market

Instead of writing my thesis, I’ve recently been surfing around the net looking for job prospects. Fortunately, I know almost exactly what I want and the reasons why:

Desire Reason Small company. Because I’d rather be a large fish in a small pond. I’d like to have some knowledge of each aspect of the business […]

Incremental Refinement

I’ve noticed that a great mechanism for learning and improving is via step-wise incremental refinement. I just want to record some of the places in which we can see this underlying (and powerful) approach:

Evolution. Each generation represents a random perturbation from the current generation. The perturbation is incremental by the process of genetic recombination. […]

Gestapofest

On Sunday, I went with some of my friends to enjoy a beer and celebrate Oktoberfest at Alpine Village. When I arrived I was dismayed to find the festivities closely guarded by a squadron of private security decked out in pressed uniform closely mimicking that of actual police. Their attire included gun at hip, a […]

Financial Networks

According to The Great Revealing post at Divine Cosmos it seems that Vitali, Glattfelder and Battiston at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Zurich have released a paper [The network of global corporate control] which executes a version of the financial network graph idea that I envisioned in my post concerning Financial Cascade Failure.

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Notes: Tiger Parenting

First, notes from an article, Why Chinese Mothers are Superior: Short and to the point, Mother gets to say what the child can and cannot do. With ruthless efficiency, the child’s life is managed so that they can get top marks in school. They aren’t allowed to attend a sleepover, choose their own extracurricular activities, […]

Student’s Sharing Projects

There was once a legal case where a student, proud of their work in the programming course, posted their solution online. The university (San Jose State) eventually had to give in. Which seems right to me. Especially given the real workflow of professional open-source developers:

And in this case, it’s especially poignant, since Kyle’s […]

Why Grading Sucks

It’s not just that the student provided solutions are unexpectedly “creative” and don’t fit the designed rubric. Nor that they make you wonder “Why am I even trying?”. Nor that they invoke thoughts such as “How did we ever make it as a species?” and “Dear God, I hope this kid never writes the code […]