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Kevin O'Neill
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Does anyone have experience with datakind.org? Seems like an interesting way to learn data science skills while doing something useful.

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Password security is important. QED

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Whether or not marijuana is legal has little bearing on my life, but I do want to see an end to the pointless and destructive war on drugs.

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From Scott Adams:

If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:

1. Become the best at one specific thing.
2. Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.

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Maria Klawe is awesome -- it's hard to make headway on messy issues like gender inequality in CS, but she does it with aplomb (and w/o resorting to divisive identity politics). I had dinner with her once when she was a dean at UBC and it was clear she was going places.

I love the anecdote that she recently learned how to skateboard. Also the "second-body problem" inversion with her husband Nick [who taught me how Turing machines work back in 1999].

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Canada deprecates the penny!

Would be nice for this to happen in the US, but of course the penny is a symbol of freedom and protected by the constitution, so that'll never happen.

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Amazing -- a KickStarter project to raise money to build an "old-fashioned graphic adventure game." Looks like I'm too late to pledge me $15, hopefully I'll still be able to purchase.

(I'm not a gamer but I did go on a serious adventure game binge in my awkward teenage years.)

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Reading Daniel Kahneman's new book "Thinking, Fast and Slow" (on the recommendation of Michael Lewis). I think it's great, but I also think that behavioral economics in general is supremely fascinating.

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If you'd like a refresher on algorithms, Tim's a great instructor. I might watch the lectures just for pleasure.
My massive open online course, Design and Analysis of Algorithms I, has started! This course is available freely to anyone who wants to take it. Students that complete it will receive a statement of accomplishment. If you have friends, co-workers, nieces/nephews, etc. interested in algorithms, get them to sign up!
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