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My Semester With the Snowflakes

My Semester With the Snowflakes

May of 2019, I was accepted to the Eli Whitney student program at Yale University. At 52, I am the oldest freshman in the class of 2023. Before I was accepted, I didn’t really know what to expect. I had seen the infamous YouTube video of students screaming at a faculty member. I had seen the news stories regarding the admissions scandal and that Yale was included in that unfortunate business. I had also heard the students at Yale referred to as “snowflakes” in various social media dumpsters and occasionally I’d seen references to Ivy League students as snowflakes in a few news sources.I...

January 2, 2020
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7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design | by Adam Wathan & Steve Schoger | Refactoring UI | Medium

7 Practical Tips for Cheating at Design | by Adam Wathan & Steve Schoger | Refactoring UI | Medium

Published inEvery web developer inevitably runs into situations where they need to make visual design decisions, whether they like it or not.Maybe the company you work for doesn’t have a full-time designer and you need to implement the UI for a new feature on your own. Or maybe you’re hacking on a side-project and you want it to look better than yet-another-Bootstrap-site.It’s easy to throw your hands up and say, “I’ll never be able to make this look good, I’m not an artist!” but it turns out there are a ton of tricks you can use to level up your work that don’t require a background in...

March 2, 2018
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Dear news media: Create news for people who have never read a newspaper | by James Tyner | Media Center Lab | Medium

Dear news media: Create news for people who have never read a newspaper | by James Tyner | Media Center Lab | Medium

Published inHey, news industry, you’re doing it wrong.As part of a USC Annenberg class looking at how to create new journalism products, I asked some of my fellow USC students what got in the way of their news consumption today. It was a pretty open question, but they had some common answers. Here’s a selection of some themes:“Whenever I try to search for anything that’s not immediately breaking, like if I wanted to learn more about Betsy DeVos, it’s hard to find backlog articles or archived pieces.”“I don’t find it super appealing all the time to sit down and read a huge article online,...

February 8, 2018
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The Killer D.A.. Chesa Boudin’s Decarceration Disaster | by David Sacks | Medium

The Killer D.A.. Chesa Boudin’s Decarceration Disaster | by David Sacks | Medium

Her name was Hanako Abe. Raised in Fukushima, Japan, she lived through the devastating 2011 tsunami and subsequent nuclear disaster and emigrated to America to attend university. After graduation in 2018, she settled in San Francisco and worked in commercial real estate. She posted a smiling selfie on Instagram Thursday, announcing her excitement for a new year she would not live to see. Shortly after 4 PM Thursday, she was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver while walking in the SOMA district of San Francisco, just 27 years old. Another woman, Elizabeth Platt, 60, was killed...

January 5, 2021
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How to deal with spinors in SUSY. a.k.a. what is the van der Waerden… | by Pretty Much Physics | Medium

How to deal with spinors in SUSY. a.k.a. what is the van der Waerden… | by Pretty Much Physics | Medium

Quantum field theory is hard, there’s no way to deny that. Especially when supersymmetry (SUSY) enters the game. In this article, we will go over the basic starting points on how to deal with spinors, as they usually appear in supersymmetric theories. In particular, there are three (yes, three) ways to denote the same expression when it involves spinors: index notation, compact index notation, and matrix notation. We will explore how they are related and how to switch between them.These notes are something I would have loved to read when I started learning about spinors in SUSY. I hope that...

August 7, 2020
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How COVID-19 will push for an even more aggressive automation | by Cache Baba | Medium

How COVID-19 will push for an even more aggressive automation | by Cache Baba | Medium

Do what you want with this informationLove podcasts or audiobooks? Learn on the go with our new app.Do what you want with this information

March 20, 2020
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We Also Failed to Build a Billion-Dollar Company | by Jim Greer | Medium

We Also Failed to Build a Billion-Dollar Company | by Jim Greer | Medium

If you haven’t seen it, you should read this unusually thoughtful and honest account from a founder who built a company that was successful by most reasonable metrics, but not by venture capital ones.My experience founding with my sister was much more positive, but I felt some of the same things. We became a vehicle for many indie game creators to make a living, which I’m extremely proud of. In our case we also had a sale that was very profitable for the founders and early employees, and also profitable for our investors.But the weird thing is that if our venture investors had known at the...

February 11, 2019
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Opinion: Bitcoin Will Rise to Insane Valuations by 2025 and You Still Won’t Make a Profit From It | by 335 | Medium

Opinion: Bitcoin Will Rise to Insane Valuations by 2025 and You Still Won’t Make a Profit From It | by 335 | Medium

is an amazing financial instrument. Never before in history has a store of value, or currency, had what Bitcoin can and does provide. Despite consistent and massive movements upward, few traders capture the profits that Bitcoin offers. The obvious question is “why”? The answer, for those of you in a hurry, points to two factors: and .Regardless of instrument or market, the average trader has perennially been over forty years old, and almost exclusively male (Cis!). This “average trader” did not come into existence accidentally. Economic pressures, Darwinian culling of unskilled traders, and...

May 12, 2020
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Tracking the Economic Impact of Covid-19 Inside China with Alternative Data | by KASPR Datahaus | Medium

Tracking the Economic Impact of Covid-19 Inside China with Alternative Data | by KASPR Datahaus | Medium

On 10 Jan 2020, the first death from (Covid-19), was reported in Wuhan, Hubei province, China. Within two weeks, millions of people were locked down in the second largest Economy in the world.Now, the world is preparing for .In China, the epicentre of the outbreak, the government’s efforts to contain the virus has led to massive disruptions in China’s manufacturing sector, with reports that most companies as the travel bans began to bite.Most companies in the manufacturing sector were cut-off from supply chains and unable to find workers. Even those While official information and data on...

February 27, 2020
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It Only Takes Seconds to Alert Facebook Users to Fake News | by Texas McCombs | Big Ideas | Medium

It Only Takes Seconds to Alert Facebook Users to Fake News | by Texas McCombs | Big Ideas | Medium

Published inBased on the research of Tricia MoravecIn the Information Age, it’s the abundance of misinformation that worries Texas McCombs researcher Tricia Moravec.Research and insights from Texas McCombsininNews, business research, and ideas from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin. Learn more at

August 13, 2020
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