Notes for March 6, 2018

Today I grasped the difference between the differential and the derivative (only took 6 years -_-), lost my fear of \(dx\) as a single symbol (until learning the exterior derivative changes that into 2 symbols again), and finally got a hint as to why transposes pop up in weird places in “matrix calculus”.

Basic Idea Of Gaussian Elimination (If You Already Know Linear Algebra)

(This is not meant to show you how to solve the problem, just what the solution does in the most important special case).

Book Notes: Make It Stick


How to Install OpenCV for Python

No need to build OpenCV from scratch, a task almost as hard as getting the projector dongles to work when you plug them in.


(I sat on this post for a while, but rather than let it rot in my drafts, I decided to publish it even though it’s lacking something.)

Book Notes: The Talent Code by Daniel Coyle

This is for anyone trying to be more than just good.

Notes for February 6, 2018

Spent another fun afternoon on the BART.

Notes for February 5, 2018

What I learned today:

Book Notes: The Effective Engineer

This book won’t be a substitute for mindful reflection.

2 Definitions: Computational and Abstract

In math, you notice a lot of concepts have multiple definitions, which are formally equivalent but give insight into different aspects of that concept.

My Morning Straitjacket: Model-Agnostic Meta-Learning for Fast Adaptation of Deep Networks (MAML)

Turns out American Dad already did the joke.

Compressing Neural Networks To See If They Learn

I’ve been thinking about the paper Understanding Deep Learning Requires Rethinking Generalization.

Practical Benefits of Reading Fiction

Fiction gives concrete examples of abstract lessons, and your brain doesn’t care if it’s made up.1

  1. A lot of these benefits can also be gotten from thinking deeply 

Book Notes: Decisive by Chip and Dan Heath 1

This book is about making better decisions. Unlike most books with that theme, it emphasizes thinking rationally.

Don't Fetishize Your Captors

See SMBC and Nick Bostrom for a longer version of my views.

How to Run Jupyter over SSH

Use port forwarding.