# Niwot's Challenge 2018 Race Report

I feel like I'm never going to publish this damned thing... so here it is, in bullet point form. Maybe I'll tidy it up some day. Niwot's Challenge, a very fun race out in South Platte. Jason invited me to this damned thing last week... Text from Jason: "Free Sat? »

# Niwot's Challenge 2019 Race Report

Well, I can honestly say, now, close to a year after the event, that I don't remember this event in the furious detail that characterizes my usual race reports. How lucky! We're not supposed to talk about the Niwot's Challenge at all. I ran this race in 2019 for the »

# Basis Changes for Linear Transformations

A 1-act sketch via Apple Pencil, for your viewing pleasure. Happy to link to further references or sketch this out in more detail — let me know in the comments if this is illuminating. Check it out below, or click here for a direct image link to stare at a big »

# Book: The Second Mountain

I had a hard time with this book; it showed up in the TED book club mailing months ago, and I went into my reading primed to love the message, which is concise and persuasive... but maybe so persuasive on its own that the book feels like 300 pages of »

# Taylor Series and Imaginary Numbers

I wanted to share some of the intuition I've been developing around complex numbers; some of the resources that have been helpful, for understanding why anyone would come up with an idea like $i$, the square root of -1, and then build an entire number system on top of it. »

# Entropy: Combinations and Permutations

In my ongoing quest to lay a more solid foundation for this new, strange life as a machine learning "researcher", I've been going through various foundational concepts and ideas and trying to build up rock solid intuitions that I can lean on for years. (Why the hell didn't I do »

# Book: On Having No Head

What a strange, fantastic little book! I recently read Douglas Harding's "On Having No Head" after hearing Sam Harris mention the book in one of "Waking Up" meditations, and then many times on subsequent podcasts. The book is a long look at an insight that blew Harding's mind — from the »

# Windshield and Windows Attached

The RV10 has windows! And a windshield! I've got everything attached and mostly cleaned up. Here's what it looks like now: I used three tubes of Lord 7545 A/E adhesive from Aerosport Products, one for each pair of side windows and a full tube for the windshield. The process »

# Spring Clips and Stage Time

I'm out here working on the plane today - I haven't made it out much, lately, but I'm in the garage spending the time. This project will end up taking roughly five years, three years longer than I thought it might when I started. I've gone through so many oscillations »

# Book: The Second Kind of Impossible

I spent a while this summer reading math books and popular science, trying to figure out what a life in "research" might look like; in late Spring I began to sense that it was time to wake up my brain and start thinking again, and the best way forward seemed »

I'm obsessed with sbt-microsites. Sbt-microsites is a fantastic plugin for SBT (the Scala Build Tool) that makes it easy to generate a beautiful sidecar site for your software project, full of code checked by your CI! I recently built a microsite for ScalaRL, my in-progress functional Reinforcement Learning library, and »

# Moving to Spacemacs for Scala and Python

I've just finished retooling my development environment, and the process was annoying enough that I thought I'd write it up here, for myself in the future, and for you in the present. tl;dr; I ended up porting my old Emacs config, based on the literate emacs24-starter-kit, over to Spacemacs, »

# Tahoe 200 2018 Race Report, Part 2

Welcome back to my report of the 2018 Tahoe 200. If you haven't read Part 1 and care about background and context, go check it out and come on back. Otherwise enjoy the tale! Table of ContentsHeavenly Aid Station (102)Heavenly (102) to Armstrong (117)Armstrong (117) to Housewife Hill »

# Tahoe 200 2018 Race Report

I never suspected that 100 mile races would be a gateway drug for... 200 mile races, but here I am, polishing off my race report for the Tahoe 200. What went wrong in my past? Neglectful parents? A broken home? The answers lie buried somewhere in the following account. First, »

# The Dreadful Secret of Platypus Boarding School

I'll present this here with little comment for those who track it down. This is a story I wrote in 7th grade for Henry Edwards's english class. I'm most proud of the cover art, designed by yours truly. Enjoy! Introduction"... And today for lunch, we will be having apple Juice, »