Archive for May, 2012|Monthly archive page

No need for manuals to “change yourself,” life will do it for you

In hack on May 29, 2012 at 10:12

All manners of self-help and “life hacking” sites promote programs and techniques to expand one’s boundaries of self-awareness or otherwise improve one’s compatibility with the real world (as opposed to the fantasy world that most people have built in their head). I think they are all unnecessary; there are already plenty of common life events that would serve that purpose just as well. Here’s a list of examples.

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Sound matters

In hack on May 28, 2012 at 10:00

Ever wondered how to put a network to good use with sound matters? Here’s how it’s done at my place. Read the rest of this entry »

The fallacy of “cloud storage”

In lecture on May 27, 2012 at 12:05

Something happened in the world of Minecraft; an opportunity to illustrate my favorite pet peeve against “cloud storage”.

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Can you steal fire?

In lecture on May 27, 2012 at 11:20

I can’t seem to remember this analogy ever been used: digital information as fire.

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Top or bottom? Both!

In hack on May 22, 2012 at 00:06

The question “top or bottom?” can be answered with “versatile,” to mean “either, depending on circumstances.” Another possible answer is “interleaved.” Here’s an argument that the proper answer should be “both” to maximize satisfaction. Read the rest of this entry »

Powerful decoys

In lecture on May 6, 2012 at 01:41

What criteria should one use to pick a job?

Most people would answer a combination of skills, salary and commute time.

My personal experience taught me that it is whom you work with, not what you do, how much you get nor where, which matters most.

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Er schuilde een addertje onder het gras

In reflection on May 3, 2012 at 11:09

You probably wish you had seen the fine print on the package. Read the rest of this entry »