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lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 3, 2018

The shop is still a mess from building the chicken coop this summer, if that gives you any idea how things have been lately.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: January 3, 2018

I've been away for the past while, busy with research and personal/relationship growth. Some of the latter is going to take me years to get to where I want to be, but at least I know where I'm going, even if I'm not entirely sure how to get there yet.

I finished a paper on my research, then cut it from 32 pages to 15 in half an hour to meet the conference page limit. I don't expect that paper to get accepted, but hopefully the reviewers will have some advice at least. I'm in an awkward spot where I'm not sure how to cut this into several papers, but a proper writeup with all the details and good examples needs about 40 pages. Maybe that's something worth publishing on the Arxiv as a supplement to a mch much shorter conference or journal paper.

It's been pretty cold out lately; the chickens are not a huge fan of this but they seem to be doing alright. At night they fluff all their feathers out so they look like little potatoes with beaks!

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 15, 2017


When I got married, sure there were difficulties, but we also had a really strong sense of "we're in this together" that encouraged us to sort those difficulties out. So, maybe you won't run across "first year blues" at all if you've got the right attitude going in to this whole marriage thing?

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 8, 2017

This whole tax thing is pissing me off. Big companies can evade billions in taxes, but if Trump's tax plan goes through, I'll have to pay taxes on my tuition waiver -- which by most estimates will double what I owe. Fuck. I was so happy to be finally making five figures...all I want is to be able to not lose money while I'm finishing up school.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's wrong with big data?

You're right, predictive power is the wrong phrase -- I think I meant something like 'explanatory power'.

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: What's wrong with big data?

Oh, I'm not opposed to using computers as tools to expand human understanding...I'm just mad at the Hacker News commenter types that are all "exponential growth means soon we will have computers producing results humans will never understand".

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: November 1, 2017


A friend made halloween costumes for our birds. The birds hated them but they were patient with us for a little while at least.

My wife started a tumblr for our chickens:


Research progresses inexorably. I've given 4 variations of the "what is research/grad school" talk/conversation in the last week, which is always fun, although it's sometimes tricky to be honest without sounding too negative.

Online dating is kinda weird. This is a good town if you're into single moms...

lm  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Alan Kay on Lisp

I don't think he does? Perhaps one could say that Lisp is less abstract than lambda calculus in the sense that it has primitive operations on integers and whatnot.

I also don't think he's arguing that it's more abstract, just that the notation makes it easier for humans to reason about programs, much in the same way that arithmetic is easier with Arabic numbers than Roman numerals. Or how currying and partial function application is common in Haskell because the syntax makes those operations painless.

However, all of the vulnerabilities found in HTTPS have been fixed, and the TLS specs (the security layer of HTTPS) are regularly updated to remove insecure cryptographic algorithms and add new, improved algorithms.

Don't get me wrong; internet security is still a shitshow in many ways, but you should be confident in the encryption provided by HTTPS.

If you haven't already, look up This Old Tony as well.

If you're stuck in just one place you're doing better than I am!

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