About a year ago, I realized that packing all my bathroom stuff was one of the more difficult and annoying and error-prone parts of packing for travel. So, without planning on going anywhere, I packed my travel bathroom bag. This bag had all the things I was previously likely to forget – toothbrush and toothpaste,Continue reading “Pack a travel bathroom bag”
It took me three years to realize I should be ordering the special rolls when I got all-you-can-eat sushi. At first, I reasoned that the other sushi was free, and paying infinity times as much for a slightly better piece of sushi couldn’t be worth it. In a sense, this was correct – for anyContinue reading “Ordering the Special Rolls”
Playing StarCraft 2 as a kid helped me develop the general purpose skill of deliberate practice, and taught me that practicing things makes you improve. I believe that SC2 provides an almost uniquely good arena to improve that skill, when compared to other modern games. In order to deliberately practice a skill, you need feedbackContinue reading “StarCraft II is better for you than Fortnite”
A gun is a tool for making a bit of metal move very fast. It accomplishes this goal by accelerating the bit of metal over time. First, the gun seals the bit of metal in an area where it only has one direction to go, and then creates pressure behind the metal, pushing the bulletContinue reading “How do guns work?”
A lot of people try to be the best at something – but that’s pretty difficult, because you are competing with lots of other people, and only one of you can be the best. If your measure of self-worth is based on being the best, you’re going to have a rough time. If you’re goingContinue reading “Being Non-Dominated”
The rhythmic click-click-clack of a keyboard was the only sound in Otto’s apartment that night. The computer monitor glowing bright onto Otto’s face was the only light. It was almost 2AM, and he had to work the next day, but he knew he couldn’t stop now. He was close to a breakthrough, to fixing theContinue reading “Reset”
It is inconsistent to be against growth or to advocate for social systems because you think they will reduce growth. The most common formulation of this argument that I hear in the wild goes, essentially “capitalism bad because exponential growth is causing problems, do socialism instead” (ignoring the fact that the USSR grew faster thanContinue reading “Against Being Against Growth”
I recently read this post that discusses the author’s experience leading military decision-making trainings for ROTC cadets during the pandemic. I’m going to briefly discuss what those decision-making trainings looked like, and how the principles could be adapted to teach software engineering effectively. To quote from that article, a Tactical Decision Game (TDG) is aContinue reading “Decision-Making Training for Software Engineering”
Looking at the top posts on /r/prepping right now, you can find these two images: I used to think that people who are stockpiling food, water, and guns out of fear of are acting irrationally. But then I realized maybe they just have different utility functions than me. I think preppers have a satisficing utilityContinue reading “The Utility Function of a Prepper”
Mathematical Truth (Benacerraf 1973), introduces a problem for mathematical knowledge that I find incredibly compelling. Benacerraf thinks that there are two requirements of a theory of mathematical truth: semantic uniformity, such that what we mean when we talk about math is similar to what we mean when we talk about everything else; and epistemic uniformity,Continue reading “Paper Review: Mathematical Truth”
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