Philosophy

Entitlement, or otherwise?

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A while back, the following tweet appeared on my Twitter feed: My sister is doing an experiment: Whenever men walk towards her, she doesn’t move out of the way first. So far she has collided with 28 men. — Anna Breslaw (@annabreslaw) December 13, 2014 Since then, a few of my friends attempted to replicate […]

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What I Learned in 2015 (pt. 2)

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Emphasize Efficiency, not Effort At the beginning of 2015, I realized that most of my work had become tragically inefficient. Ironically, I had gotten myself into this situation as a result of trying to eliminate inefficiencies. In retrospect, the trap seems very obvious: my team and I were attempting to “get ahead of the curve” […]

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What I Learned in 2015 (pt. 1)

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Happy New Year, everybody! You know, the problem with creating New Year’s Resolutions is that they’re a recipe for giving up.  As soon as you fail a resolution for the first time, you immediately tell yourself “Damn it — I screwed up!  Oh well.  I guess I’ll try again next year…”. Rather than publicly declaring […]

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Book Review: The Call of Cthulu

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A young woman leaves her fast paced job in New York to care for her ailing mother in Cthulu, Kentucky.  After being hypnotized by the small town’s cult…ure, she finds that she cannot stop dreaming about Cthulu.  Will she sacrifice her life (in New York) to pursue the Call of Cthulu? 4 Stars

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Stealing Passwords the Easy Way!

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If you work in the same office as me, then you should stop reading this blog post immediately.  Thanks! … Ahem.  Anyway, almost everyone in my office has exactly the same model of wireless keyboard.  If I listened to the devil sitting on my left shoulder, then I would: Show up to the office early. […]

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Spam Bot Spills its Guts

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I was skimming through the spam comments when I spotted this little gem:

Hmm.  I think an important step might have been overlooked…

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Unclogging Congress

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I’ve been wondering: what would happen if we just began firing members of Congress at random?  That is: everyday, we draw a name out of a hat, and the lucky winner immediately gets fired, perhaps even out of a cannon.  Oh — and their pension is depleted to help subsidize 50 furloughed workers.  Do you […]

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Say “She sells seashells” 10x Fast!

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Back when I was a kid, I had a real problem with tongue twisters.  In particular, I was confused with what the statement “10 times fast” actually meant.  I thought it was some kind of speed multiplier — that is: I interpreted the statement as “10x Fast”.  With this interpretation, “1x Fast” meant “Say this […]

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FYI: World Ending. kthxbye

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I had always assumed that a U.F.O. invasion would occur on a relatively cloudy day.  Everyone would be inside watching TV, lethargic and unaware of the alien armies amassing just outside their windows.  Then — SNAP! — the power would shut off, and the wailing and gnashing of teeth would commence.  Moments later, the alien […]

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Common Case vs Base Case

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Pop quiz!  What’s wrong with the following statements? The man pointed to the case of Dr. Peppers across the room and asked whoever was listening, “Hey, could’ja pass me one of them Cokes?” “The best part about the Canon MP560 printer,” remarked the salesman, “is that it allows you to Xerox things in your own […]