posts tagged misc

Surviving lots of travel

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I travel a lot for work. Wave is a distributed company, and we have week-long company retreats once every two months, often in Africa. On top of that, I’ve spent a lot of time working on the ground in Ethiopia. I actually flew enough last year to qualify for …

Reading lately

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More books I’ve been reading recently.

[administrivia] Site migration

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I finally decided to drop my aging and probably vulnerability-riddled Django 1.4 app and use a static site generator instead.

I apparently got 50% better at my job last month

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…by spending 50% more time on the important parts instead of Slack/email/busywork/things I do when I’m unfocused. I actually didn’t even notice until I checked a monthly time tracking report–at which point I realized I had gotten an extra 40 hours of engineering work in September compared to August.

Blogger’s block

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TL;DR: blogging frequency may decrease here; higher-variance, lower-mean blogging at scraps.benkuhn.net.

The costs of campus construction

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Universities’ construction expenses seem unbelievably high, and I have no idea why.

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

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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:

Butchering the web for fun and profit with µBlock

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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.

Links VII: baseball stars, birthday songs, and bloggers

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Argument culture • The van man • Hiring sucks • Typography advice • Eric Whitacre sets “Happy Birthday” • Depressing facts about drug reviews • Otium is back!

Links VI: money, math and macro

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No biased coins • Eurozone macroeconomics • Effective Altruism books • More EA news • Math and mystery

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