tidying Objective Tidiness Conditions While "tidying up" the apartment, I've needed a clear procedure for myself, and now, to teach my apartment mates how to do it. Here's how I have explained it. Note If you've not read/listened to any of Marie Kondo's work or

art Transfiguration Art inspired by Yoko Ono's Acorn, a book of conceptual instructions, and my own meditations. Anyone may share with credit. Context The same book I bought four years ago, Acorn

My Glucose Tolerance Diabetes runs strong in my family. When I had a bad response to a weekend of cake, I felt the need to test my sugar response and make a plan. A bad response to cake It's Friday morning. I bake the "Family Favorite

programming Calendar Search I need to text every student from this semester with when I'm planning on going home, and I decided to search my tutoring calendar for the names using python to get a complete list. First Steps Things necessary to get started, that you may

analysis Why You Will Marry the Wrong Person (Topics) So much I've seen from The School of Life has been great, and this video my father shared with me is no exception: The one thing it doesn't have is a list of topics, which is really unfortunate since it crams so much into

cogsci A Solution Mindset Even those skilled at problem solving can lose their solution mindset, as I call it, and so it's important to recognize what it is and is not. Soon I will post on how to encourage a solution mindset in yourself and others. What is

art Dishwash Holding a dish with one hand and scrubbing with the other reminds me of the necessity of stability and action. The initial addition of water reminds me of the necessity of preparation. The addition of soap reminds me of the necessity of an agent.

teaching Absolute Value Definitions I teach three interchangeable definitions of the absolute value function, encouraging students to choose a favorite and be able to swap between them freely. In each definition, the absolute value function is a [real function][(\(\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R},\) meaning that for every

project Starting Self-Taught Courses Here's the story of this spring semester, and how I made some courses for myself. This catches the reader up to my four-week checkup on progress. Background and Design After finishing my undergrad studies three years ago, I took a break from schoolwork to

rules Netrunner Rules I condensed the rules to the card game Netrunner down from its 36 pages, mostly to lower the barrier to entry for new players. Ideally, this text and the starter Shaper and Jinteki decks, with the neutral cards shuffled in, should be all it

math What are independent probabilities? The way they are discussed for SAT and GRE exams usually doesn't give students a good intuition. Examples Most probabilities are not independent, which means they have some sort of correlation. (Examples...)(correlated-examples) (start correlated-examples) This US presidential election year, we have Trump as

art Charcoalings A series of charcoal artworks I made inspired by pointillist drawings with poetry. As always, I'm fine with anyone sharing my art with credit. Context I tend to have trouble drawing things, in the sense that I am horribly unmotivated to do so. In

cogsci A Heuristic Model for Emotion This model comes from a [computational approach to interpreting cognitive science.][(Imagining the brain as a kind of computer, and using that to make predictions.)] , working memory as RAM, and the kinds of intelligence.--> To try to explain emotion, the reasoning goes like

instruction PulseAudio Loopback My brother and I have started playing a point-and-click adventure (The Dig) together over Google Hangouts. Here's how we got the audio to broadcast from a Linux machine, with extra explanation for the general solution. The Problem Eric has the game on his Linux

physics Why do we study impulse? One of the most unaddressed questions in high school physics is regarding impulse, so much so that most people don't even think to ask it. Here's an answer. Definition Before getting into the "Why?", we must have the "What?". Every

math Sums of Sequences on the SAT Monday night, my friend Jesse mentioned an SAT question he felt was actually insightful. It led us to explore a property we did not expect to find. The Initial Question The integer \(8\) may be written as the sum of \(n\) consecutive integers, for

math Math Process A number of posts I make illustrate the process of mathematics rather than the results, while still trying to appeal to those primarily interested in the results. This post serves to explain how those are written, and how to read them. Hidden Text The

My Ghost Configuration I started with a minimalist setup, using the default Casper theme with a few necessary additions. If you like any of them, here's the resources I used. Initially, I made all my alterations in the Ghost header through code injection. Eventually, that got too

teaching Turning Students Into Scientists When intuition fails us as scientists, we fall back on experimentation.<!TODO: Post about why experimentation is a "fall back".> This post is about how to build individual skills for students to experiment in a group setting. These skills are

math Implicit Differentiation When introducing this concept, most courses overlook the best examples: the basic ones. Implicit differentiation is what allows you to find the derivatives for so many functions and even prove some general properties of derivatives that it's ridiculous to teach the concept without emphasizing

math Derivatives of Specific Functions Every calculus student has to study the definitions of limits and derivatives (future post), the properties of derivatives of general functions (future post), the derivatives of specific classes of functions, and the applications of derivatives (future post). There will be a future post on

teaching Even and Odd Functions Most middle and high schools nowadays introduce the terms "even" and "odd" to describe functions without really explaining why they're named that way. Without that, the definitions are harder to recall, and the reason we might find them interesting is

math What is Linear Algebra? With most math courses, you can't really know what it's about until you're in it. This, hopefully, will express some of what Lin Al is about before you decide to take it. Each context assumes you've taken the corresponding course, be it Algebra I,

math Trigonometry Formula Sheet This post contains the info I pretty much reiterate verbatim for every trigonometry (or calculus, etc.) student I've tutored. There will be a future post on how to use this one.<!TODO> Definitions These should be the only things you have to

project Cobble/stone Generator (Project Page) This is the primary project page for this problem, an ever-changing nexus of links to our solutions. "We" refers to my brother and myself. Description of the Problem We want to use cobble — a lot of cobble — in construction, but we either