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Two stupid things French people do

In lecture on October 2, 2015 at 16:48

So there’s these two things that French people do, which we notice from the outside but they have no clue about.

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“What do you do?” and “Where are you from?”

In lecture on July 8, 2014 at 11:00

Both “what do you do?” and “where are you from?” are very loaded questions that will cause quite a few people offense.

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The winds are turning

In lecture, reflection on October 23, 2013 at 01:10

The end scene of Mary Poppins sprang to mind as I began to write these lines: the wind turns, and it is time for Mary to leave. And so will I soon turn my back to Apple and Google as software providers.

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That sweet spot between excess and restraint

In lecture, reflection on October 11, 2013 at 14:23

My mom is a hoarder. Or maybe was. I don’t see her often. But she keeps stuff. She lives alone in a big house, and over the years she had accumulated enough stuff that she could start a bed & breakfast business, furnishing all her guest rooms with her accumulated properties.

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Lab notes: tinkering with Go

In hack, lecture on May 21, 2013 at 12:00

Recently I designed a utility for my research. To implement this utility I needed a programming language that: 1) is appropriate for fast prototyping, 2) supports asynchronous, low-latency event handling, and 3) supports efficient in-program multi-way channel polling.

So far I could find, only Go fits the bill, and so I learned Go for a couple of days.

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Where’s waldo? The logic game

In lecture on February 13, 2013 at 13:00

I have a habit to peek at printouts that have been left at our common printer for more than a few hours. Yesterday, I found this.

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Nuances of normality

In lecture, reflection on February 1, 2013 at 13:04

Whomever has enjoyed my company more than a few times will know I have a particular sensitivity to the adjective “normal” when used to qualify human behaviour. However, until today, I was at a loss when asked to properly explain why it grates me so much.

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It can’t be wrong if it feels so good

In hack, lecture, reflection on January 7, 2013 at 12:00

I did it again.

It’s like self-gratification: can’t hurt anyone, reliable pleasure, kept me busy for a while, pleasant relief afterwards.

Really, I ought to have been working on new, abstract, sexy-sounding research directions to advance my career.

Instead, I spent a half week programming and engineering. And I learned a damn lot about myself in the process.

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Fancy numbers with words

In lecture on December 10, 2012 at 12:00

People count things with words. Yet some internal features of number systems in human languages are fascinating.

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Haskell’s magic wand is stunted, on purpose

In lecture on November 25, 2012 at 12:00

An absolutely stunning feature of the lambda calculus is that it allows us to define functional recursion without using recursion. That is, the concept of recursion is fundamentally a by-product of being able to reproduce multiple copies of a function’s input in its output.

In other words, the “essence” of functional languages does not require recursion, because it is theoretically possible to define recursion from other functional concepts without using recursion itself.

But Haskell can’t do.

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