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Belated Sigh

Publishing negative results helps everyone learn. Here’s my negative result: Instacart didn’t work out in the end. I had a great time there, but the combination of legacy code, a 3-hour timezone difference, and an on-site team of 200 programmers … Continue reading

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Keeping computers from ending science’s reproducibility

Here’s a really good description of one of the key things that the people I work with are wrestling with right now: Ars Technica: Keeping computers from ending science’s reproducibility Basically, scientific exploration is relying more and more on computation. … Continue reading

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Movies

We subscribed to NetFlix a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, I still get their popups while browsing. I am kind of disappointed at that (“Check this box if you have already subscribed, so that we can stop bugging you”), but … Continue reading

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Bringing Back Adventures

I spoke with Bahiyyih and the gang again this morning (which was their evening), and her instructions were that I was to bring back “adventures”. I have to admit to being a little bit intimidated with such an assignment when … Continue reading

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An internal clamour

So I’m in Tokyo for a conference for work. I had no Internet connection for over a day while I travelled; in fact I don’t have one right now, as I type this — I plan to post it later, … Continue reading

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Feathery Bird Story

So, during the Cold War, the Soviets and the Americans vied with each other in every field they could. If one side made an improvement in something—anything—the other side would escalate and try to outdo it. One of the less-well-funded, … Continue reading

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Zoinks! New Server!

Our basement has moved. I mean the stuff on a server in our basement has moved. I’m not sure exactly where it is located, but it might be in Atlanta. You’ll have to ask these guys. Thanks to the magic … Continue reading

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Musical Origins

Maya’s been singing her way through daily activities lately — walking to the bathroom (“going toooo the bath-rooom”), playing with Georgia, eating. It’s very cute; I always claim she’s got a good sense of melody. Sometimes it’s kind of operatic, … Continue reading

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Cultural Relativity

Today, Khalil was wearing a brand-new green Mario mushroom baseball cap, backwards, with the visor in the back. Georgia got down Bahiyyih‘s #2 baseball cap from its hook by the front door and put it on, just like Khalil. She … Continue reading

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In Celebration of Colors

Maya and Georgia ask a lot of questions. And Bahiyyih and I (and all of our friends in earshot) do our best to answer them. One that they like to ask often is, “what is your favorite color?” So I … Continue reading

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