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A checklist for stock option offers

tech

Why are gradual static types so great?

tech

The best RSS reader is Kindle4RSS

misc

My 2018 donations

altruism

Stop trying

misc

Small company or big company?

misc

You too can use the Feynman Algorithm

misc

Syntax highlighting is backwards

tech

The real problem isn’t privacy, it’s our dystopian hellscape of Skinner boxes

misc

Unintended consequences and GDPR (but not the way you think)

tech

Are venture capital markets inefficient?

tech

Is treating a cold with zinc still evidence-backed?

misc

What to care about in a job

misc

Where, why and how I donated in 2017

altruism

People seem very confused about 401(k) loans

misc

The product

misc

The Globalization Paradox and the perils of simple models

misc

How bad are bad fundraising terms?

tech

Startup options are much better than they look

misc

Surviving lots of travel

misc

Stock options are really complicated

tech

Don’t run code at import time

tech

Reading lately

misc

Where I’m giving and why, 2016

altruism

[administrivia] Site migration

misc

Don’t claw back employee options

tech

I apparently got 50% better at my job last month

misc

Back to benkuhn.net

scraps

Strangers Drowning

altruism

Autocomplete as an interface

tech essay

Effective altruism and quantitative estimates

scraps

Fixing Powerline in Emacs 24.5

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More links

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Programming tools I’ve recently tried

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Interface abusers

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Escape hatch examples

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Abstraction escape hatches

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Fun with code stats

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Why object-relational mapping makes me sad

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Some links (mostly software)

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Blog recommendations

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Technological dark matter

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Miscellaneous interesting quotes from Coders at Work

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How programmers start projects

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Coders at Work on finding and preventing bugs

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Study recommendations from Coders at Work

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Three interesting refrains of Coders at Work

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Bleg: programmers, what tools and practices have improved your work the most?

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The Slippery Utilitarian

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Late employee equity

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[Review] Coming Apart, by Charles Murray

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[Link] Scott Aaronson sums up my thoughts on environmentalism and divestment

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Review: Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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Learning J

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Two interesting GiveWell updates

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Links #2

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More on civilizational inadequacy

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Against civilizational inadequacy

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Status update

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Why do linear models work?

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How do bubbles work?

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Where I’m giving: Effective Altruism Policy Analytics

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[Link] Criticism of the Gates Foundation

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Effective altruism and growth

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[Link] 50 breakthroughs needed for sustainable global development

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Frugality for EA-influenced spending patterns

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Things that screw up your causal inference

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Don’t just debias

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Absence of evidence and confidence intervals

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Blogger’s block

misc

My opponents are all biased!

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Cheap tablets as e-readers

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Links, May 25

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Fighting conversational death spirals

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Do your homework!

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Intuition for the utility of finance

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Random selection of development economics ideas

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Reading Poor Economics

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The costs of campus construction

misc

How useful is data science?

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Hello, world

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On being welcoming

altruism

Year-and-a-bit in review, 2014: where I’ve been

misc

Butchering the web for fun and profit with ┬ÁBlock

misc

Links VII: baseball stars, birthday songs, and bloggers

misc

Links VI: money, math and macro

misc

My literature review process

misc

Surviving an open-plan office

misc

I just sold half of a blog post

altruism

Readability, hackability, and abstraction

tech

Another restaurant replacement

altruism

Modern methods for old-school statistics

tech

Why I left Harvard early

misc

Effective social norms: small groups

altruism

The volunteering paradox

altruism

Effective social norms: don’t eat out

altruism

Two open-source music books

misc

Things that have taught me statistics

tech

Links V: Art, Aristotle and American Fuzzy Lop

misc

Probability, uncertainty, and markets

misc

What happened to all the non-programmers?

misc

Donation matching survey results

altruism

Valuing intelligence

misc

In praise of gradient boosting

tech

Spiders and starfish

misc

Donation matching survey

misc

North Korean game theory

misc

Does donation matching work?

altruism

Links IV

misc

Some stories about comparative advantage

altruism

Why squared error?

tech essay

PSA: consider bunching your donations

altruism

Spitballing EA career ideas

altruism

Decision trees for survival analysis

tech

A useful view of decision trees

tech

Student group Q&A #1: Activities

altruism

Tracking function dependencies

tech

De-noising the inbox

misc

Links III

misc

Student group notes #7: advertising strategies

altruism

Student group notes #6: lessons from the philanthropy fellowship

altruism

Student group notes #5: outside support

altruism

Student group notes #4: navigating bureaucracy

altruism

Student group notes #3: getting good speakers

altruism

Student group notes #2: don’t be embarrassed

altruism

Student group notes #1: have two people

altruism

Advice on running an effective altruism student group

altruism essay

Effective altruism reading material for busy people

altruism

Interview with Pablo Stafforini

altruism

My job hunt experience

tech

Avoiding bugs in machine learning code, part 2

tech

How many causes should you give to?

altruism

Avoiding bugs in machine learning code

tech

Donation bunching for tax savings

altruism

Giving away money: a guide

altruism

Links II: Epistemology, &c.

misc

CFAR, one year later

misc

Plants, continued fractions, and the golden ratio

tech essay

Thoughts on outreach

altruism

Updates

misc

Document how you communicate

misc

A bunch of links

misc

Reading lately

misc

Channel factors

misc

Hip tech, useful tech

tech

What I learned from working at GiveWell

altruism

The St. Petersburg “paradox”

tech

General Miseducation

misc

Email etiquette

misc

On inclusivity in Less Wrong: a response to Scott Alexander

misc

Replaceability arguments are overblown

altruism

Income inequality and markets

misc

Semester review

misc

Conversation with Alice Yu on effective environmentalism

altruism

A critique of effective altruism

altruism

100 things I’m grateful for

misc

Flanderization

misc

Open source!

tech

Crocker’s revisited

misc

I declare Crocker’s Rules today

misc

OMG evil Chinese eugenics!!!

misc

Don’t optimize multiple things at once

misc

Ration your judgment

altruism

It’s not utilitarian to live in a cardboard box

altruism

Networking can be actually useful

misc

Actually doing things

misc

Notes: Effective Altruism or Mobilization for Institutional Reform?

altruism

Is X unethical?

misc

I’m in the Crimson!

altruism

Don’t have conversations on Facebook

misc

Useful ideas in debate

misc

To stressed-out altruists

altruism

A conversation with Satvik Beri

altruism

Squashing blips

misc

A short rant about contra dance etiquette

misc

My current plans

altruism

Replaceability in altruism

altruism

Things I’ve learned recently

misc

Effective altruists and outsiders

altruism

Improving Facebook

tech

How to give good gifts

misc

CFAR workshop review

misc

Moral arguments

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Exploration and exploitation

misc

Common objections to earning to give

altruism

How to have a productive argument

misc

Doing things I’m terrible at

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Spending on yourself vs. charity

altruism

The is-ought problem

misc

Fun linear algebra solutions, part 1

tech

Second-order vanity

misc

Downgrading confidence in earning to give

altruism

Dangers of being willing to argue

misc

Things I learned from Toby Ord

altruism

Writing to clarify thoughts

misc

Fun linear algebra problems

tech

Why I’m taking operating systems

tech

Silly semantics arguments

misc

The www prefix

tech

Redesign

tech