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Andrew Hunter
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How do I make a rational decision as to whether I should cut my hair?
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This articles is a follow-up of this one about standard zoning practices in North America. It is advised to read the previous article to better compare the two. First, I cannot call myself an expert on Japanese urbanism, w...
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+Andrew Hunter if there was an increased chance of storm surge, would you be more or less likely to build on the coast?
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So a while ago I came up with an idea (or heard it somewhere? I doubt I'm the originator here. Not that point) which is remarkably useful in my life.  It's a heuristic to figure out if something is safe enough to risk.

In your head, read out loud the magazine feature article about your untimely death.  The writer has gotten up to your current decision.  Put in mind what you're about to do, and figure out how to finish one of these sentences:

"And by doing that, Andrew sealed his fate, as immediately..."

"Little did he know that his action would lead to disaster, as unbeknownst to him..."

"Here's where he made his mistake:"

For me, this works remarkably well as a brainstorming aid: I can immediately pattern match to a bad outcome and know to not take the chance.
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"Every demise is untimely, the Reaper seldom arriving in the best hour; there Andrew lay, sprawled upon the cold stones of Langwyden Close as...."

My presumption is that you are about to be murdered by a pipe-wielding professor.
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http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/high-price-of-ballet-diversity-misty-copeland/

New startup idea: long-lasting pointe shoes.  Once a week replacement?!?!?!
Sydnee Carroll, a rising junior at Howard University, has been taking ballet classes since she was 3 years old. As a child, Carroll could not picture a ballerina who looked like she did. “Little gi…
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Small, wealthy market, and not enough users to support a a company which sells fewer shoes per person?

Also love that headline. News at 11: odd sports requiring personal training are only for the rich!
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A "movie barcode" is every frame of a movie smooshed together. We didn't say this quiz would be easy.
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Anyway, my point is that the metaphor you choose should make you reflect on the pedagogical point. In this case, it should make him suspect the silliness of his argument that he can't dress it in any garb but his own.
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The water is always running in Björn Hof’s laboratory. Like a Zen water fountain, it gently flows over the top of a reservoir into…
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A family epic spanning the Gracie jiu-jitsu dynasty’s generations of combat and betrayal, from the Amazon to Hollywood to the UFC
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A kitchen is spotless after it's been cleaned, but that's not why we build kitchens.

(Kenji Lopez Alt's fried chicken sandwiches, on homemade brioche.)
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One change I made and highly recommend: spike the flour with a bunch of powdered chipotle peppers, paprika, cayenne.
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- Get to bed about midnight, two hours after I intend to.
- Wake up about two hours later. Bellerophon, my great dane, got out of bed and is whining to get out of the bedroom.  Stagger out of bed, let him out into the yard.  Wait for him to return.  Kill lights, call dog.
- Bellerophon returns to bed.  What's that smell?
- Turn on lights.  Examine brown paw prints on floor.  Yup.  Bellerophon stepped in his own poop.  He is, in fact, an idiot, but I knew this.  Strip top layer of sheets, throw in laundry room to deal with later.  Drag dog forcibly into bathroom. Spend ten minutes wrestling with him so I can wash his paws with paper towels.  
- Return to bedroom.  Quickly clean larger paw prints off floor.
- Get back in bed, call dog. He returns.
- And two minutes later, pops up demanding to go out again.
- Let dog out.  He instantly comes back in--false alarm.  Fuck you, dog.
- Return to bedroom. Temeraire (my other dog) has taken over my spot in the bed.  Wedge Temeraire into a corner. She starts growling.  Give up, slide down til I'm falling off the bed and call Bellerophon.
- Bellerophon runs in circles. Start crying loudly and beg Bellerophon to go to sleep.  He gets on the bed.
- Too wired to sleep now. Grab a laptop and spend half an hour reading stuff until I can sleep (it's now about 4 AM.)
-  Sun rises at 6:10.  Temeraire immediately starts her favorite activity: picking fights with Bellerophon and growling at the top of her lungs when he wins.

parents of two-legged children who work full time and still do any fraction of the regular child care: how the hell do you function at work after similar events? I can name several nights I did some variant of the above (at least in total work and gross factor) to my parents when I was small, and I have no idea how they remained standing.
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This is why my dog sleeps on the floor next to my bed.

As for dealing with two-legged kids and still having to work during the day? You have no idea. No, really, you have no idea. It is astounding the abuse that the human body can put up with.
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http://www.cardinalpeak.com/blog/delta-sigma-converters-modulation/

This is an excellent introduction of a cute trick that, unlike most references I've found on the internet, makes sense if you're good at math but don't actually have a background in signals processing.  Make sure to click the link to part 2 for some cute tricks with oversampling.
The web is filled with introductions to Delta Sigma modulation (also sometimes referred to as Sigma Delta modulation) in the context of Delta Sigma converters. Unfortunately, the ones I’ve looked at fail to intuitively motivate how the modulator works. Therefore, [...]
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wannabe mathematician, reluctant software engineer, enthusiastic hunter-gatherer, young enough to know worse.
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