Mon 21 October 2013 | -- (permalink)

the problem

In my department, there are basically three gigantic exams you have to pass before they will give you a PhD. The first is a written qualifier, the second is an oral exam based on a research proposal you've put together, and the third is the dissertation defense ...


Tue 13 August 2013 | -- (permalink)

Ever since I bought a Mac two years ago, I've been dreaming of a text editor that compares to the Windows-only Notepad++. What a delight. My favorite thing about Notepad++ was how easy it was to run code in a REPL with a keyboard shortcut (e.g., F8 would ...


Thu 27 June 2013 | tags: hacker school, technical, -- (permalink)

Here are some great pages I've found myself referring to a lot in the past few weeks, or pages I want to remember (without bookmarking, since I never look at my bookmarks).  I'm collecting them here so I can have a somewhat reasonable number of tabs open in ...


Wed 19 June 2013 | tags: hacker school, -- (permalink)

Today is the 11th official day of my summer at Hacker School.  It. is. awesome.  By day, I get to surround myself with great people and work on whatever project I want.  Seriously, no rules.  It's been so easy to get in the zone: I start coding and lose ...


Sun 02 June 2013 | tags: hacker school, -- (permalink)

Hello from New York!

Tomorrow morning, my summer adventure begins: I'm a student in the summer 2013 batch of Hacker School!  Basically, Hacker School is three months of learning about programming, in a bring-your-own-project-ideas-or-enthusiasm, collaborative, friendly, flexible, awesome environment.  I haven't actually been yet, so that's my ...


Mon 18 March 2013 | -- (permalink)

At this time last week, I was experiencing my first ENAR!  Overall I had a great time  - met some cool people, went to some cool sessions, hung out by the pool and went to Epcot, etc.  But as we were hanging out over the course of the conference, I found ...


Thu 08 November 2012 | -- (permalink)

My advisor told me today, in a fit of excitement and enthusiasm, that "the real winners in this election were statisticians."  (He later went on to joyfully declare, "Man, I LOVE being a statistician!"  The guy is living the dream.)  According to him, today is statistician's Christmas.  What a ...


Thu 25 October 2012 | -- (permalink)

In my software/hardware setup post, I talked a little bit about working on a remote machine.  As promised, here are the details about how I make interactive coding easy for me.

Let's start from the very very beginning.  Our department has a pretty sweet set of really powerful ...


Fri 21 September 2012 | -- (permalink)

Our tendency to stick with what's right in front of us is well-documented.  (I know it's Wikipedia, but check out the fat list of references and further reading!).  I was at a lecture on obesity a few weeks ago, and I learned that in 2006, Disney World's ...


Fri 31 August 2012 | -- (permalink)

Last fall, I read an article in the New York Times called "What if the Secret to Success is Failure?"  It's a pretty long read, but I really enjoyed it.  The article centers around Dominic Randall, headmaster of a New York City private K-12 school, and a few other ...


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