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On Learning: Expectations are Key

On April 10, 2014

In this series I explore learning — specifically, why it’s difficult and how to get better at it. There’s no single simple trick or hack. It turns out that learning is hard work. But you can set yourself up for success if you can learn to manage your frustration effectively.

Learn to Embrace Dinkiness

On February 21, 2014

If you want to keep learning and improving, learn to embrace dinkiness first. This advice applies if you’ve been having trouble getting motivated to take the next step or learn new things often.

Machine Learning: Sentiment Analysis

On November 9, 2013

This article demonstrates a simple but effective sentiment analysis algorithm built on top of the Naive Bayes classifier I demonstrated in the last ML in JS article. I’ll go over some basic sentiment analysis concepts and then discuss how a Naive Bayes classifier can be modified for sentiment analysis.

Why I’m Learning Morse Code

On August 18, 2013

I’m fascinated by Morse code. It teaches us about encoding, language, technology, and our ability to learn to communicate in a revolutionary manner. Here’s why I’m learning to speak Morse.

Bash Scripting: Why didn’t I start this earlier?

On August 16, 2013

Learning bash scripting ended up turning what used to be a 30 minute manual server build process into a perfect lean, mean, server building machine. Why didn’t I start this earlier?

Machine Learning: Naive Bayes Document Classification Algorithm in Javascript

On March 20, 2013

Today we’re going to solve a simple problem: language detection. Put another way: “given a piece of text, determine if it’s in Spanish, English, or French”.

I was just tricked into learning another language

On January 29, 2013

This is a follow-up to my “Effective teaching is a long-con” article, except in the context of web apps rather than classrooms. In the previous article I basically made the argument that you need to trick people into learning — and that’s how the best teachers do it. Now I’m writing because I recently had an experience where I, myself, was tricked (by a website) into learning.

Big data doesn’t need to be so big.

On November 7, 2012

There are lots of people talking about big data these days. There’s a lot of discussion about how to build apps for “web scale”, and there’s an emphasis on real time apps that collect comprehensive data.

Do we have a moral obligation to society?

On November 3, 2012

I just spent 48 hours without electricity. I’m not complaining; I could have had it much worse (many people in Staten Island did) and very fortunately nobody I know was hurt or lost their home. But my experience without power got me thinking.

SiteChat: a postmortem. Or, the rise and fall of a society.

On October 20, 2012

About a year ago I built a Chrome extension called SiteChat — the premise was simple: turn every website into a chatroom. The app was an instant success, and over the following year I watched entire societies emerge and die off inside the bizarre ecosystem that I had created.

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