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Making Beautiful Schematics with TikZ

Posted in College Productivity
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I have always been a fan of using LaTeX for all of my writeups. LaTeX has a fantastic graphical library called TikZ that I use to generate nearly all of my graphics. It has quite a steep learning curve, but once you get going, you can define all of your …

How to Write Beautiful Code Documentation

Posted in College Productivity
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Writing code documentation is really important. More than anything else, documenting your code pushes you to use best practices, and organize your code in a logical way.

After a year of writing Python code for a living [1], I'm writing to share the documentation process that works best for me …

Submitting Jobs to the Stanford Cluster via SLURM

Posted in College Productivity
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I do a lot of coding at Stanford on my laptop. It's a wonderful machine, but it simply cannot handle huge amounts of number-crunching. Most research organizations provide computing clusters fully equipped with state-of-the-art software in order to help out folks like me.

Clusters are helpful not only when you …

Setting Up Anaconda for Scientific Python

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Python is great. Not only is it relatively easy to learn, but it is extremely robust when it comes to gathering, processing, and plotting data, thanks to free open-source libraries like numpy, matplotlib, and pandas. The power that you get from using Python is comparable to other software solutions, such …

Basketball and Urgency

Posted in Reflections
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This morning, I received a marketing email from Asian Efficiency. In it, the author wrote three harrowing facts:

  1. Half of all heart attacks have no symptoms.
  2. Some tumors don't cause symptoms until it's too late.
  3. Some cancers kill within weeks of their discovery.

With these morbid health facts in mind …

Piwik and Discourse and Pelican, Oh My!

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Up until yesterday, this blog was hosted on Github pages, and was built using Jekyll. There were no comments, and I had no analytics.

Way back in 2015, I read an article by Joe Buhlig where he migrated from WordPress and Google Analytics to Jekyll and Piwik. Jekyll is a …

I'm Worth More than Monopoly Money!

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I’m worth more than a $100 trillion in Zimbabwean dollars! Now before you tell me that the currency isn’t worth the paper it’s written on, I want to mention that until yesterday, I had less money than a homeless person. On August 22, 2017, I received a …

The Ultimate App

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On the quest to find the ultimate app, I believe I have arrived at a sublime truth. Productivity and efficiency are not software problems. If they were, you'd be able to assemble enough code to do a persons job for them, so that they wouldn't have to do anything. While …

Float Your Projects

Posted in College Productivity
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One of the (many) stresses we face in life is feeling overwhelmed with daunting projects that we have not yet started on. A youth pastor once gave me an interesting strategy that he applied when he was in school: whenever he received an assignment, he immediately (that night) began to …

The Zeigarnik Effect

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I'm always amazed when a waiter takes my order without writing anything down. I'm a vegetarian, and occasionally I ask for substitutions with my order. My wife absolutely loves to make substitutions, and when our order is transformed into food 20 minutes later, I'm blown away when it comes through …

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