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Fly Fishing In Yellowstone National Park: Firehole River Hints THERE ARE NO SECRETSThere Are Less Used Placescheck out these-- As fishing on the Firehole River in Yellowstone National Park progresses into the season it becomes crowded and, in places, elbow to elbow.-- People often ask about secret places that hold fish and can be fished in less crowded circumstances. Truth-be-told, there are no secret places. The Firehole is well known, short, and celebrated in many books and articles.

The Meme Hustler Tim O’Reilly’s crazy talk Evgeny Morozov [from The Baffler No. 22, 2013] While the brightest minds of Silicon Valley are “disrupting” whatever industry is too crippled to fend off their advances, something odd is happening to our language. Old, trusted words no longer mean what they used to mean; often, they don’t mean anything at all.

How to Do What You Love January 2006 To do something well you have to like it. That idea is not exactly novel. Every Company Is Up For Disruption, So Keep Your Products Simple Editor’s note: Victor Belfor is the vice president of business development at Influitive and the former vice president of business development at RingCentral. He recently started angel investing and mentoring at 500 startups. Follow him on Twitter @vbelfor. A friend of mine told me recently that he closed a $240,000 account.

The View from Hell: Trying to See Through: A Unified Theory of Nerddom This was written in 2012! You may be interested in Weaponized Sacredness on egregores, preference falsification, and preference cascades. There is a single characteristic, I argue, that defines and unites the cognitive community that you and I share if you are reading this (the community of nerds). These days we often identify as rationalists, skeptics, or atheists, interested in cognition and cognitive biases; we are likely to eat LSD at Burning Man.

The very brief history of Computer Science — History of Computer Science 1900s In the early 1900s, Bertrand Russell invented type theory to avoid paradoxes in a variety of formal logics. He proposed this theory when he discovered that Gottlob Frege’s version of naive set theory afflicted with Russell’s paradox. Russell proposed a solution that avoids Russell’s paradox by first creating a hierarchy of types, then assigning each mathematical entity to a type.

Martin Luther King Christmas Sermon on Peace Martin Luther King Dr. King first delivered this sermon at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where he served as co-pastor. Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity by Maria Popova Why creativity is like LEGO, or what Richard Dawkins has to do with Susan Sontag and Gandhi. In May, I had the pleasure of speaking at the wonderful Creative Mornings free lecture series masterminded by my studiomate Tina of Swiss Miss fame. I spoke about Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity, something at the heart of Brain Pickings and of increasing importance as we face our present information reality. The talk is now available online — full (approximate) transcript below, enhanced with images and links to all materials referenced in the talk.

Return and Ridicule I am going down to Princeton today to talk to Ed Zschau's class on entrepreneurship today. Ed asked me what I wanted to talk about. I told him "return and ridicule". I have found that return and ridicule are highly correlated over the years. We have made more money on things that were highly ridiculed than on any other cohort. The Lagrangian: 2015: The Year in Insight Titles made of words make sense for art made of words. They are little bits of writing that are used either to describe the essence of a piece or to give an initial platform from which the reader is meant to approach the piece. But why are they also associated with every other form of art? Music, film, theater, and visual art all buy into this lexical convention. Titles function as handles or file names. They are compact, portable signs for the signified piece of art.

Abstract Types with Isomorphic Types Here’s a cute little example of programming in HoTT that I worked out for a recent talk. Abstract Types One of the main ideas used to structure large programs is abstract types. You give a specification for a component, and then you divide your program into two parts, the client and the implementation.

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