Universities’ construction expenses seem unbelievably high, and I have no idea why.
I’m Ben! This is where I put things I write, usually about some convex combination of effective altruism, math, computers, philosophy, and other assorted miscellany.
How can the effective altruism community be more welcoming? And why is it important?
Every so often, I step back, take stock of what I’ve been up to recently, and figure out where I’d like to go next. (I have some ambition of doing this on a regular schedule, but I’m too often distracted by other blog posts.) Since this was one of the times I got distracted, this review covers everything since I wrote the last one in January 2014. Here’s what I’ve been doing:
I recently started using the µBlock ad blocker. One advantage it has, in addition to blocking ads, is a nice interface for blocking arbitrary CSS elements from pages. This turns it from a single-purpose ad blocker into an incredibly versatile tool that can displace any number of site-specific addons.
Argument culture • The van man • Hiring sucks • Typography advice • Eric Whitacre sets “Happy Birthday” • Depressing facts about drug reviews • Otium is back!