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I write an average of five new programs every week. Poets have to write poems. I have to write computer programs.

The ultimate test of whether I understand something is if I can explain it to a computer. I can say something to you and you’ll nod your head, but I’m not sure that I explained it well. But the computer doesn’t nod its head. It repeats back exactly what I tell it. In most of life, you can bluff, but not with computers.

Donald Knuth in Quanta Magazine: The Computer Scientist Who Can’t Stop Telling Stories

Preparing slow and using fast.

Often taking longer than expected:

  • cooking
  • writing
  • thinking

Often taking shorter than expected:

  • eating
  • reading
  • doing

Elongated nons.

As nouns the difference between car and train is that car is (dated) a wheeled vehicle, drawn by a horse or other animal or car can be (computing) the first part of a cons in lisp the first element of a list while train is elongated portion or train can be (obsolete) treachery; deceit.

WikiDiff: What is the difference between car and train?


Manchmal ist alles Käse.

You know you want (g)it.

When writing an academic article with multiple collaborators, you really want to be using a git repository to manage your LaTeX sources and/or other related materials.

I think this is common advice given out to grad students in CS and related departments, but a lot of people don’t really seem to be taking it to heart. Using tools like Overleaf, ShareLaTeX, or even a shared sync folder like Dropbox seems to be the norm. While I’m in agreement that these tools can really reduce the friction for getting started, I think that it’s in your best interest as a graduate student learning how to write effectively in an academic setting to use a git repository instead. Here are my reasons why.

Chase Geigle: Overleaf Considered Harmful: Why a Simple git Repository is Best for Academic Writing

Author, Title, DOI. Forget the rest.

It is 2019. Anything without a or another stable and direct link to the full text should not be acceptable as a citation or reference.


Reviewing is a strange business.

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