non-trivial This is used to describe something that most people would just call “hard.” However cs people need to make sure to tell you that it’s actually “not extremely easy.” You will probably find a cs person using non-trivial where it should not be used. For example, “Doing the laundry is completely non-trivial.” well-defined ambiguous … Continue reading Small But Growing List of Words Computer Science (and probably Math people) Use Too Much
How cool would it be if you could follow updates on sites that don’t offer RSS feeds? It would be very cool. And there’s a Google product for that. Google Reader can now get you updates on site changes that don’t export RSS feeds. My current use case will be to fetch announcements from class … Continue reading This is Why Google is the Best
This was inspired by this article from the New York Times sent to me by my dad, which led me to this post on the Google blog. This article talks about how Google and everyone else should embrace open standards on the internet. I completely agree with this philosophy (either because I think its a … Continue reading Open Standards
If you are reading this now, you are on the internet, and therefore have probably used Wikipedia. Everyone I know uses it, and uses it a lot. It is one of the few websites on the internet subsisting just on donations, and for how often I use it and how important it is, I really … Continue reading Why You Should Donate to Wikipedia
So to rephrases the question: P(question right | you know Bayes’ rule) = … by Bayes’ Rule P ( you know Bayes’ rule | question right ) P ( question right ) / P ( you know Bayes’ rule) That’s kind of confusing. What struck me was how interesting it is how our intuitions about … Continue reading What is the probability you get this question right, given you know Bayes’ rule?
My friend Feross just wrote a really fascinating blog post showing a few videos about a study showing delayed gratification to be a high predictor of success. See one of the videos below: Or read Feross’ post here: It is a very interesting idea to think of “success” as the ability to postpone your rewards … Continue reading The Psychology of Success
A REVEALING TALE ABOUT MISDIRECTED ATTENTION IN THE MEDIA As I sat down to write a new article for the Flipside, I went to do my so-called “research.” Today, I decided, the perfect topic to write about was this so-called “Balloon Boy.” When balloon boy came up in our meeting and we brainstormed ideas about … Continue reading Look over there! It’s Balloon Boy
This is not really a long story, but I think it’s sort of interesting. I was going to turn in my physics problem set with my friend, and on my way there, I saw a crew of three or four people with a very large camera doing something. It looked sort of interesting, so I … Continue reading Funny Things at Stanford
I recently watched a very interesting video that Google made about what people think a browser is. The general sense you get from the video is that people generally have no idea. See the video here: (Don’t worry its short enough to watch) I also read a really interesting post by my friend Feross (read … Continue reading Technology Literacy
This is I think a very interesting question. With the emergence of countless startups and big changes from majors players — Google Wave, Facebook Connect — an important questions seems to be how these new technologies will impact web use. I read an interesting article ( here ) about how Facebook should “adopt” Google Wave. … Continue reading What’s Next For the Web?