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my learning toolbox and other miscellanea

Lately, I have been thinking about the processes behind how I learn. What has been effective? What has been useless? Here I examine my methods of attaining knowledge and mastery. Biases of my perception apply. Let me open my learning toolbox.ReadingTo date, reading has been my go-to method of learning things. It's also the worst. I have identified characteristics of...

Games I used to play in my head, by myself

It's the weekend. I sit back on my revolving chair, and make my way down each layer of mortal, material thoughts to my default state of being weirdly existential. At this point, a thought appears. Remember how it was like when you were a child?In pop culture, remembering your childhood often revolves around the what. We like to remember what...

Untangling my brain into simple strips (or, what improved my quality of life lately)

I'm not a happiness peddling thought leader with a course to sell, but my quality of life has improved lately. And I don't mind talking about it publicly, because if it worked for me, it might work for someone else.I'm a programmer by day. Well, more like 12 days. I started working for an honest-to-goodness business last week. Me being...

Book Review: The Ethical Algorithm

The Ethical Algorithm by Michael Kearns and Aaron Roth is a thought-provoking book that touches upon how algorithms are shaping society. I expected it to be a bit like Netflix's The Social Dilemma, that is, a giant red flag of how the age of algorithms is ruining society. Instead, I got a forward thinking book that's full of practical ideas,...