Chicken scratch

For less half-baked and more polished exposition, check out my blog posts. Chicken

Because not all posts are publication-worthy. Not all ideas are fully baked, not all words are written, yet all trash should be put on the internet.

Sci-fi List

I really enjoy reading sci-fi, and want to start to compile a list, and eventually an encyclopedia/knowledge engine of ideas and technologies present in each. This is also what I class as sci-fi, others, including original artist themselves may beg to differ.

TLDR: The Original Bitcoin Whitepaper

Bitcoin: A Peer-to-Peer Electronic Cash System One-Liner Bitcoin is an anonymous digital coin that changes hands based on unique cryptographic keys, validated through a decentralized distributed (P2P) ledger that A) is publicly-run by transaction chronology verification from decentralized volunteer compute nodes that solve a “proof-of-work” (proof of this node’s goodwill) in exchange for the coin itself and B) incentivizes actors with malicious intent to support the system because it is more profitable for them to perform A rather than attack it (antifragile).


I’m going to add another level of granularity to the notes of my website: Zettelkasten. I think there’s a strong case this will improve my learning and production. Blog posts are polished, well-researched, peer-reviewed pieces that take 15-20 hours to write.

Active learning for video (Iteration)

Put your money where your mouth is and build out this prototype. This will be a YouTube video annotator. You watch a longer YouTube clip, you want to index it, get the meat out of it, so you can re-watch it yourself, or share a set of clips seamlessly to a friend.

Blog categorization ideas

This blog is about passing things along, as I’ve benefitted greatly from what others have offered on the internet. My degrees might as well have been from Google or John’s blog or Hacker News.

TLDR Paper: Compositional Inductive Biases for Function Learning

One-liner This paper studies and confirms the effectiveness of compositionality through human experiments from data generated by gaussian processes regression, supporting it’s case that human learning is inherently compositional. TLDR This paper uses eight carefully designed experiments to probe whether an inductive bias for compositionality exists in human learning Two class of theories around function learning exist: rule-based, parametric, strong inductive bias vs.

How to download videos from Yuketang

I don’t like the Yuketang interface. There’s many advantages to watching lectures playback. I like to watch video on VLC, where I can take notes and index parts of it. I got interested in this.

Lagrange Multipliers Intuition ELI5

TLDR Lagrange multipliers is a constrained optimization method Lagrange multipliers restricts solutions to points that are feasible and stationary Key intuitive points: $\nabla{c}$ of our constraint function is normal to the surface.

Reclaiming my boyhood

The SFW (Safe for work) version What happens when you hand the steering wheel to the boy in the man? "Don’t think about what you want to be, but what you want to do.

Active learning for lectures and podcasts

Something I’ve been thinking a little about is how to learn more effectively. My main philosophy around this is DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) and KISS (Keep It Simple Stupid). My friend David introduced me to LiquidText, an extremely useful iPad app for indexing and closely analyzing documents.