Find one, organize two

Technical debt

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dna113 1 day ago [-]

I recently needed an HDMI cord for a monitor and realized that my cord drawer was accruing technical debt.

Whenever I am done with a cord I just throw it in there… it gets all tangled up with all the others. When I inevitably need one of those cords I impatiently pull it out and it makes all the other cords more tangled.

Here I am needing an HDMI cable that won’t just come out easily, I have to pay off my past laziness. But I have choices/tradeoffs/opportunities here.

I can just hurry up and get the minimum untangled and get back to watching TV.

I could untangle all of them since untangling one of them will help me untangle the others and wrap and label them.

I could just untangle the minimum, but also throw a roll of tape and a marker in there and wrap and label all future cords that go into that drawer, eventually they’ll all be nicely wrapped up and well documented.

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jolmg 1 day ago [-]

Wow. I never thought of clutter in the home as technical debt, but it’s as similar as you describe. That really makes me see home organization in a whole new light.

— Technical Debt Is Like Tetris

— Hacker News

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Whenever you have to search for something, once you have found it, organize an additional thing.

— Me@2019-03-12 11:12:28 AM

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2019.03.13 Wednesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

PhD, 3.3

故事連線 1.1.5.3 | 碩士 4.3 | On Keeping Your Soul, 2.2.3 | Release early. Release often, 3.3

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

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所以,如果不是為了做學問、做研究,我大概不會去讀研究院。

(問:那是什麼意思?)

如果不是為了做研究,而是純粹為了穫得,碩士或博士學位的話,攻讀研究院是,十分浪費時間的。

換句話說,理想而言,不應為了穫得博士學位,去花(例如)六年時間,寫博士論文。反而,如果你的終極目標是做學問,你就應該直接,不斷做學問;能否穫得碩士/博士學位,並不應成為你考慮的,主要因素。

在你不斷做研究的途中,自然會有一刻,累積的研究成果/文章,無論在質素和份量上,都等價甚至優於,一般的博士論文。那時,你就有機會,透過遞交研究成果,向大學申請參與,博士論文答辯試(thesis defense);從而有機會,「直接」獲得一個博士學位。

換而言之,你的研究文章,如果是真材實學、上乘之作,它就是你的「博士論文」。

當年,哲學家維根斯坦(Ludwig Wittgenstein)和物理學家愛因斯坦,都是用這個方法,獲得博士學位的。

(問:他們大概毋須,任何博士學位吧?

根本,「愛因斯坦」這名字,遠遠重要過,「博士」這銜頭。)

無錯。所以,我以上是說「理想而言」。實際而言,在你不是研究生的情況下,要「不斷做研究」,近乎沒有可能;除非,你是金庸小說中的主要角色。

(問:什麼意思?)

他們彷彿都是,既不用上班,亦毋須維生。

那樣,他們才可以全天候地,鑽研武功。

— Me@2019-02-21 03:06:38 PM

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2019.02.21 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Pandemonium

E: Can you just, you know, like, just tell me the answer?

J: Sorry?

E: You know, the answer. To everything.

What’s the point of love if it’s just disappear?

There has to be meaning to existence, otherwise the universe is made of pain and I don’t like the thought of that.

So, tell me the answer!

J: The more human I become, the less things make sense.

But that’s part of the fun. Right?

E: What do you mean?

J: If there were an answer I can give you to, how the universe works, it wouldn’t be special. It would be just a machinery fulfilling its cosmic design. It would be just a big, dumb food processor.

But, since nothing seems to make sense, when you find something or someone that does, it’s euphoria.

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In all of this randomness, in this pandemonium, you and Chidi found each other and you had a life together.

Isn’t that remarkable?

E: Pandemonium is from Paradise Lost. Milton called the center of hell “pandemonium”, meaning “place of all demons”.

I guess all I can do is to embrace the Pandemonium.

Find happiness in the unique insanity of being here, now.

— The Good Place

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2019.01.27 Sunday ACHK

PhD, 3.2

故事連線 1.1.5.2 | 碩士 4.2 | On Keeping Your Soul, 2.2.2 | Release early. Release often, 3.2

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

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同理,合理一點的博士論文編寫模式,同樣是「release early, release often」(極速(而)頻繁(地)出版)。如果我攻讀博士課程,從課程之開頭,我就應該(例如)每一出版一篇網誌短文。日日如是,累績三年。然後,選當中最好之十篇文章合體,再打磨成學術文章出版。

(問:那樣,會不會在你成功,出版學術文章之前,就已經被同行之中的害群之馬,盜取了你的原創概念,從而捷足先登,出版了文章?)

絕對有可能。所以,你未必要跟足這個例子。重點是,你根據其精神,來設計你的策略。

(問:你的「其精神」,是指「release early, release often」?)

無錯。以下把它簡稱為「頻繁出版」。有了這個精神,你自然可以適當地修改這個例子,避免被壞人抄襲。例如,你每天學術短文,不必發表於公開網誌上。你可以改為,只發表在半公開的網誌上,導致只有知己朋友可以看到。

而最重點是,有了這個「『極速頻繁出版』遠比『延緩完美出版』優勝」的心態後,你會知道,在博士課程中途,甚至是之初,在專業學術期刊發表,每篇幾頁的文章,遠比在博士課程後期,在大學研究院之內發表,每本三百頁的論文,來得重要。

試想想,如果已經出版過,幾篇學術文章,把它們合體成博士論文,又有何難度呢?

其實,你博士論文中,最重要的想法,就已經在那幾篇文章之中。你需要做的,就只是串聯、擴展和打磨罷了。

(問:你的意思是,要透過每天出版一篇短文,累積成每數個月一篇,可出版的學術期刊文章;然後,再透過那數篇學術期刊文章,累積成你那本博士論文?)

— Me@2019-01-22 06:46:23 PM

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2019.01.22 Tuesday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

接觸永恆 2

Publish! 11

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每個人,都需要有作品。

你的作品,就是你的人生意義。

每個人,都依靠自己的作品來生存。

作品,就是一些,不會隨自己的消失而消失的東西。

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你,有沒有自己的作品?

— Me@2011.07.03

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2019.01.13 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

PhD, 3.1

故事連線 1.1.5.1 | 碩士 4.1 | On Keeping Your Soul, 2.2.1 | Release early. Release often, 3

這段改編自 2010 年 4 月 18 日的對話。

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一般寫博士論文的方法過程,有如 closed source software(閉源軟件)的開發一樣,是不合理的。

那個方法是,花數年時間,編寫一個軟件程式,然後才正式出版。這個方法的危險之處是,如果軟件上市以後,才發現不受市場認同的話,那數年的投資,基本上是血本無歸的。

合理一點的開發模式是,open source software(開源軟件)開發時,一個經常採用的方法,叫做「release early, release often」(極速(而)頻繁(地)出版)。意思是,與其花數年時間,去編寫一個軟件程式的「完美」版,然後才正式出版,倒不如,先把那個軟件的「最粗疏但已經可用」版本,極速完成,然後立刻出版。

那樣,那公司就可以馬上得到,市場的初步反應;從而決定:是否繼續開發那個軟件:如果繼續的話,又應該改進哪些部分。

如果決定繼續開發,就立刻重覆這個「極速出版」流程。亦即是話,再把那個軟件改進部分的,「最粗疏但已經可用」版本,極速完成,然後立刻出版。

— Me@2019-01-13 06:22:43 PM

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2019.01.13 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

Almost nothing new

The most valuable insights are both general and surprising. F = ma for example. But general and surprising is a hard combination to achieve. That territory tends to be picked clean, precisely because those insights are so valuable.

Because these start out so general, you only need a small delta of novelty to produce a useful insight.

A small delta of novelty is all you’ll be able to get most of the time. Which means if you take this route your ideas will seem a lot like ones that already exist. Sometimes you’ll find you’ve merely rediscovered an idea that did already exist. But don’t be discouraged. Remember the huge multiplier that kicks in when you do manage to think of something even a little new.

It’s not true that there’s nothing new under the sun. There are some domains where there’s almost nothing new. But there’s a big difference between nothing and almost nothing, when it’s multiplied by the area under the sun.

— General and Surprising

— Paul Graham

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2018.04.22 Sunday ACHK

The favorite place to find work

fecak 4 months ago

The problem with job boards is that unless they are rather unknown, everyone is using them. Applying through boards is essentially like getting into the back of a line and hoping you get noticed.

When I coach job seekers on finding new work, I typically encourage them to be careful not to spend too much time on the boards, and instead rely on their networks/meetups or personal research.

Using LinkedIn to search for open jobs is similar to using any other site, but it’s greatest value is as a research tool.

Say you’re a Python programmer in a suburb somewhere and you’re looking for a new gig. If you use LinkedIn to search “Python” and set a geographic preference, your results will likely be other Python programmers in the area. Where do they work? Where did they used to work? Sometimes LinkedIn will offer other profiles in the sidebar (“people also viewed”) – click those and see where they worked. Now you’ve got a list of companies that have employed Python devs, so you can do a bit more research to see if they are the type of place you might want to work – and pay no attention to whether or not they have any jobs listed on their site.

Once you found some companies that interest you, use LinkedIn to figure out the best person to reach out to. Might be their CTO if it’s a small shop, could be an internal recruiter or hiring manager for a larger firm. Make the approach, tell them why you’re interested in the company, and make a soft close to try and get them to agree to a conversation.

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iridium 4 months ago

Something I read a while ago that stuck with me – ‘When you are looking for a new opportunity, you are really just looking for a person.

This reframing totally changed how I look for new jobs, and what suprised me more was how willing people were to refer me, even if they had never met me.

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fecak 4 months ago

That is great advice, and to take it a step further I’d say not to focus on getting an interview but rather a conversation.

If people you haven’t met are referring you, you are already doing something right.

— Ask HN: What is your favorite place to find work? | Hacker News

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2018.03.21 Wednesday ACHK

Writers

keenerd 9 hours ago

> Three practices set romance writers up for success: they welcome newcomers, they share competitive information and they ask advice from newbies.

That last one is interesting. People entering a field do so for a reason. It might just be to do a job and get paid, but it could also be because no one is making what they want. Newbies unconsciously represent gaps in the market where someone with better execution could make a killing.

Brb, got to dive beginner programming forums and look at the types of projects that are so pressing that someone is willing to learn how to program.

— What gig workers can learn from romance writers

— Hacker News

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2018.03.08 Thursday by ACHK

Slow down

You need to slow down, in order to enjoy NOW-HERE.

— Me@2018-01-24 08:15:35 PM
 
 
 
2018.01.25 Thursday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK

I AM

無額外論 5
 
 
“God” is your self at the farthest future.

That’s why we are all becoming gods.

— Me@2018-01-12 7:08 PM
 
 
Cooper : Did it work?

TARS : I think it might have.

Cooper : How do you know?

TARS : Because, the bulk beings are closing the tesseract.

Cooper : Don’t you get it yet, TARS? They’re not *beings*… they’re us! What I’ve been doing for Murph, they’re doing for me, for all of us.

TARS : Cooper, people couldn’t build this.

Cooper : No. No, not yet. But one day. Not you and me, but a people, a civilization that’s evolved beyond the four dimensions we know.

[the tesseract closes around him in a brilliant flash of light]

Cooper : What happens now?

[he sees the Endurance on its flight through the wormhole, touches Brand’s hand through the space-time distortion]

— Interstellar (film)
 
 
 
2018.01.14 Sunday (c) All rights reserved by ACHK