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Weighing Second Order Effects
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I'm confused about how to order second order effects, compared to first order ones. Both of these are things that happen after you take an action. Fir...
Last Updated: 2019-11-24 15:14
How to Weight Second Order Effects?
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I've been feeling confused about how to weigh second order effects. This essay is an attempt to tease out when it makes sense to over or underweigh th...
Last Updated: 2019-11-24 14:26
My Personal Views on Value
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I was talking with RJ earlier, and I think I finally articulated what I think is a core feature of my philosophy. I value the production of work much ...
Last Updated: 2019-11-22 00:47
On Doing Stuff
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It seems like affordances are really important when talking about my ability to get stuff one. One part of it is paying attention to what sorts of thi...
Last Updated: 2019-11-16 17:14
Neural Networks 1
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Writing a neural net in Python, covers forward pass and backpropagation code and derivations.
Last Updated: 2019-11-09 13:28
The Flip Side of Cynicism
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I've noticed myself getting more and more critical lately. As in, when people say things or when I hear new ideas (or maybe ideas in general? or ideas...
Last Updated: 2019-11-07 19:58
Favorite Books
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I expect to update this over time, as a reference for things I've really enjoyed reading, that are vaguely book-shaped. ### Fiction 1. Harry Potter ...
Last Updated: 2019-11-07 19:36
Mathematics for Machine Learning
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Working through mml-book and Deep Learning.
Last Updated: 2019-10-24 15:37
Unread Emails: A Biased Survey
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I ask my Facebook friends how many unread emails they have.
Last Updated: 2019-10-21 21:32
Updating Before Reporting
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When people ask me questions, I sometimes think about how my response will be received. For example, if I have strong views on a subject, I might want...
Last Updated: 2019-10-08 23:15
More on Pedagogy
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I think I've been jumping the gun too quickly when it comes to "helping people figure things out". To reiterate: it's much better to have people figur...
Last Updated: 2019-09-20 22:25
Do What You Really Want
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I think that if I were to go back in time and give my freshman college self some good advice, it'd be "work on what you really want". I am still inter...
Last Updated: 2019-09-11 00:02
What Makes Good Exercises?
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Ben Pace has a new post up on LessWrong that's asking about good exercises for rationality / general LW-adjacent stuff. I think this is a good thing t...
Last Updated: 2019-09-07 21:44
Thoughts on Recovering
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### Knowing Isn't Enough Say that you have a problem, and you know that you're doomed to fail. 1. Knowing that you have a problem isn't enough. 2. ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-22 23:29
Speediness 1
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It's now my second year of college. I suppose that Muse works more as a place for me to be far more casual about what's been up with my life. I'm not ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
I Think I'm Feeling Less Scared of Apocalypses Now
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A few years ago, I was viscerally scared by the thought of the world ending. It felt a lot closer than it does now. Also, since a few years ago, I've ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Stockholm Syndrome and Cargo Cults
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Two concepts: Stockholm Syndrome: - A bunch of classes / requirements are probably only perpetuated because of Stockholm-Syndrome-esque reasons, whe...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Stat Check 19-05-21
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It's been a while now, but I've found that I really enjoy writing my dates in terms of year, month, day. This is like how numbers work, with the most ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Controlling vs Controlled Attention
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I often think about activities we can engage in as one of two types: activities in which we're directing our attention and activities where our attent...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
What Makes A Skinner Box?
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One common theme that I return to, time and time again, is that of addictiveness. More specifically, what makes something habit-forming in a bad way? ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
The Surprising Effectiveness of Doing Literally Anything
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So I've been using Todoist as my to-do list of choice for over a year now. This feels pretty good and great. I don't think it's the optimal to-do list...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Caring About Literally Anything
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I have this gut feeling that games should have some degree of *depth* to them. There should be lots of options, menus, customization, and variety. Whe...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
A Stickler For Rules
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Here's something that feels like another instance of the deontologist vs consequentialist abstraction, except that the particulars of the situation ar...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Reward Loops
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Sometimes, when I'm on Facebook, I'll get a notification. I'll click on it, and then someone has sent me a message. I'll respond to the message, and t...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Black-box Explanations For Productivity Stuff
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You know how sometimes you're staring at a problem or a math proof, and you know that you *could* find the solution? But maybe you don't go all the wa...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Happiness and Meaningness
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I used to think that happiness was pretty important. Now, though, it looks like I didn't do a good job of figuring out exactly what 'happiness' was ab...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Where Did The Excitement Go?
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So it's been a while since my last blog post. It still feels weird writing all of my insecurities out into this weird internet void. But I figure it's...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Consuming vs Creating
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This is similar to my previous post on Consumers and Creators. Except this time, instead of thinking about roles that people play, I'm thinking about ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Titles are Evil
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[Malcolm Ocean gets it](https://malcolmocean.com/2016/02/sparkly-pink-purple-ball-thing/). There's a terrible thing that happens when you try to encap...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Morning Page
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Mornings Pages were this thing I used to do. I feel like my mornings have been significantly out of whack, so I'd like to get more into a habit of doi...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Important Stuff in Romance
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Everyone kinda knows that some mixture of love and affection doesn't cut it in relationships. I've been reading Attached on attachment theory. (Yes, I...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Acceptance, Analogies, and Asymmetries
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Three concepts that I seem to be using a lot lately are acceptance, analogies, and asymmetries. They feel like important building blocks that I use fo...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Corporate Ruins Everything
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I'm currently at Microsoft. We're really big on growth mindset. It feels fake when corporate people try to espouse it. It also feels fake when we try ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Self-Discovery vs Self-Modification
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In [Normative vs Descriptive Confusions](https://mindlevelup.wordpress.com/2018/08/31/normative-vs-descriptive-confusions/) I touch upon a key distinc...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Writing Journals
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It's been a while since I have written in my journal. This is quite odd, actually, as I have previously written in journals daily for 4-ish years. So ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Why Does Self-Help Work?
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One thing I've been thinking about is why self-help works at all. In conjunction with the blog right below this one, why *is it* the case that doing a...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Anticipated Fear in Mental Explorations
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There's this weird thing that's been happening lately where I generally feel okay, and I'm noting that my state of mind is "y'know, pretty good". And ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Attention vs Effort
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I think I missed the memo on this, but apparently 2x2 squares have been the sexy thing to do when talking about concepts for a while now, re: Ribbonfa...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Calibrating With Cards
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In this post, I'll try to bring together two things I enjoy: rationality and magic. Like [Hazard](https://www.lesswrong.com/posts/ctBCPaD3yYimEHXPu/ma...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Ascetic Aesthetic
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I have a Mood or a Feel that I care a lot about. It's a little like minimalism. It's a little like praising deprivation. It's a little like mindfulnes...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Critiquing Schoolwork
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I'm taking some classes this quarter, and they are all sort of okay. What I'm annoyed by is how much better the assignments and lectures could be. Bei...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Famous People I Don't Know
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There are lots of famous people in the world, and I don't know most of them. That's a little weird for me to think about. By "famous", there are two d...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Building Up Constantly
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It's a little weird. I haven't been really doing lots of rationality stuff or introspection. And I think this correlates with enjoying life a lot less...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Waning Attention
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I've been worried lately at my ability to do work and to focus and do work. Not Deep Work in the Cal Newport sense, of putting in several hours, mind ...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
What Sources Inform Your Friends?
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(A lot of ink has been shed on the topic of how to rationally update your beliefs with respect to other sources. I don't mean for this little essay to...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Working on MLU 2.0
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So I finally got around to updating my site. It's been my goal for a while ot have a nice place where I can port over all of my blog posts, and I'm ex...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Sliding Windows of Experience
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Maybe because it's one of the algorithms that's been showing up lately, but I've been thinking about sliding windows as an analogy. Specifically, as a...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Blogging Redux
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Hey, yo, so I'm back to writing stuff for now. Or, sort of. I mentioned that I'd be taking a break for about three to four months. And now I'm back. I...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Creators vs Consumers
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It feels like there's been a push towards getting people to start creating their own content. Platforms like YouTube + the Internet make it a lot easi...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04
Experience Is Compounding
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I've been on a real not-learning kick lately. By that, I mean a long stretch of not feeling like I've changed much as a person. See also [Learning fro...
Last Updated: 2019-08-08 18:04