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Jason Bandlow
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July 2nd day hike with Jessica
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Some pictures from a trip Jessica and I took last weekend to Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Wildflowers in full "super bloom", bighorn sheep, and a full moon ... it was a good trip.
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What's better than a week in the high Sierra? A week in the high Sierra after which your traveling companion writes a detailed and beautiful blog post. ☺ Thanks +Maia Averett​! https://plutoniclove.com/2017/02/20/the-circle-of-solitude/
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This is an excellent overview of the history of one of the central technologies of humanity: textiles.
http://aeon.co/magazine/culture/how-textiles-repeatedly-revolutionised-technology/
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65536

Recently at work, I ran a job which processed several records overnight.  The next morning I ran a query to see how many records had been processed, and saw the number above.  The programmers reading this post are now wincing (as I did), because 65536 is equal to 2 to the 16th power, (in fact, 2 to the 2 to the 2 to the 2) and has been associated with innumerable bugs throughout the ages.

The punch line?  My query was slightly wrong, and was measuring the number of records that had been processed, but not yet affected by normal traffic to the site.  The actual number of records processed was a few hundred more than 65536, and the query I ran could only have given that exact answer if I happened to run it in a time window that was only a few minutes long, which I did.

It was genuinely a coincidence.  I think this is a sign I've run too many queries in my career...
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I really enjoy Siobhan Roberts' writings about mathematicians.
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I consider myself too busy to do math research these days.

Baltimore Ravens Offensive Lineman John Urschel does not, and I'm impressed. 

The story is here: http://its-interesting.com/2015/03/19/baltimore-ravens-offensive-lineman-john-urschel-publishes-paper-in-math-journal/

And here is the paper: http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.0565
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Tomorrow morning, I start a new job as a data scientist for Workpop.

Workpop is a site/app/community focused on connecting hourly workers with the businesses that employ them.  I'm optimistic that they we can make that process less confusing and more useful than the current tools, for both parties.

I must admit, it feels a little bit crazy and surreal to be walking away from Google. But I like the team, and I'm really excited about a chance to do challenging, meaningful work.
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Each of these bear canisters is holding seven days of food for one person.  For about the next three weeks, Jessica and I will (mostly) be living out of these as we hike the John Muir Trail (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Muir_Trail) from Yosemite to Mt. Whitney for our belated honeymoon.

We've mailed food to ourselves at a few locations along the way, including to a wonderful service which will bring our things to a designated meeting spot by mule.

All this is to say that I won't be around much on the Internet for the next month, but I hope to have some nice pictures to post once I return.

Update: I've removed the broken map link that was here. I'll try to post a working one when we return.
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