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Michael Selik
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economist and software engineer; I like bicycles and semi-colons
economist and software engineer; I like bicycles and semi-colons

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Good times eating with live music.

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Apparently all the cool kids have their own decorative hamlets. (This was Marie Antoinette's.)
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The "Lean Startup Method" is appropriate to the extent that breadth-first-search is more likely to find what you're looking for faster than depth-first-search.

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GE paid a half-million in prizes for Kaggle's Flight Quest 2, which will "help GE develop first-of-a-kind solution allowing airlines to determine the most efficient flight route in real time; could save the industry $3 billion each year". Seems like a good deal for GE.

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Worth the drive.
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Watching the gears turn on the Aiken-IBM Automatic Sequence Controlled Calculator Mark I. Loops were literally loops of paper tape. I guess you need fast reactions to break the loop when it's done?

#computing #history
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Things I wish I'd known before: Ctrl+L sends the \f form feed character, which will clear the screen in my python shell.

A tip from +Raymond Hettinger: "The best way to take notes is editing a Wikipedia article"

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We still have seats available for an R bootcamp hosted by Software Carpentry and NYU Center for Data Science, March 17-18. Learn R and other scientific computing best practices with researchers and good folks from the NYC data science community!
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