I arrived on Feb. 26, 2020 in Hanoi for a consulting project. Of course we already knew about the novel coronavirus by then, but this was before it was officially named covid-19. There was less than 20 reported cases in the United States before I left, and I don’t think it even registered as a… Continue reading Being Abroad During a Worldwide Pandemic
The first dikuw WordPress blog was written on Dec. 7, 2011, more than 7 years ago. Time flies, doesn’t it? December 7, 2011 I was living in Emeryville, California, which is just across the bay from San Francisco. I was working on a project for Bayer Healthcare in Berkeley. I had a girlfriend named Erica… Continue reading Hello Word 2019!
Is the Internet destined to become self-aware? Is the singularity approaching? Will Skynet enslave us all? One thing is certain, as these networks become more complex, with more nodes and more data then ever thought possible, they start to look and behave like neural nets, the models that have historically been closest to modeling our… Continue reading Neural Nets and the Meaning of Life
The above formula is known as the “Wallis product,” named after John Wallis, a English mathematician who first recorded it in 1655. Wallis was apparently quite prolific and, among other contributions, is known as the mathematician that introduced the symbol for infinity: The interest of this blog post, however is the Wallis product. The Wallis product… Continue reading Where the Value of Pi Exists in Nature
“The things you own, end up owning you” ~ Tyler Durden, Fight Club “A man is rich in proportion to the number of things which he can afford to let alone.” ~ Henry David Thoreau, Walden Stuff I need to get rid of (and maybe you should to): Any clothes I have not worn in… Continue reading Things to Get Rid Of
A list of ways to be less reactive! Why don’t you want to be reactive? Because if you’re reactive, you’re not in the driver’s seat. You’re letting life happen to you rather than taking action to get what you want. And for some reason human beings have the innate desire to influence their environment. We’re… Continue reading How to Be Less Reactive
This blog post is highlights from the surprisingly honest book Not Fade Away by Laurence Shames and Peter Barton. The book tells the story of Barton’s fight with cancer. I picked up a copy of the book at my local library after I saw Chris Sacca had recommended it in an article for Forbes. I… Continue reading A Short Life
I’m pretty sure reality is infinite, in more ways than the human mind can comprehend; that we are swimming in a soup of realities, and our consciousness collapses just one, the one we know. If there are infinite realities, why don’t we see all possibilities occurring? The answer is twofold: Take for example another infinite… Continue reading Infinite Realities
Telling stories/describing pictures. Ideas are a series of pictures in your mind, and they more clear they are to you, and the more clearly you are able to describe them to others, the more likely they are to become reality.
Society has come a long way since the time when the majority of people would work on the pyramids as slaves, but we are still slaves to 40-hour workweeks, long commutes, cubical farms, 30 year mortgages, unrealistic relationship expectations, lack of job mobility, risk of healthcare costs, etc. I hope someday society looks back at… Continue reading Equate