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Write down your basic realizations as a matter of habit. Share this file with the world.

I do this often, and over time. I've noticed quite a bit of digital pack rat genetics in myself, not just related to Anki but data in general. Over this December holiday I reindexed and cleared out over 16 years of digital projects, I was amazed at the amount of things I thought I'd have use for again at some point.

What was however fun, was seeing how I've grown as a programmer and developer.

With Anki, I do it gladly, every note deleted with no practical value, saves me first the cognitive overhead and stress of review and second all those wasted little future times. With things like Coursera material, I've found that some information loses it value for me over time, so I might keep a personal note deck then, but export it, if I wanted to glance over it in future.

Write down your basic realizations as a matter of habit. Share this file with the world.

That makes sense, I however try to keep my new cards low as I'm mostly bulking academic content and vocabularies. I still recall the first month with Anki, where the planning fallacy had me learn so many new cards that I was stuck within 2 weeks with something like a 2 hour deck, which then luckily eased off to a more sensible 35 minute deck I could squeeze in to my day.

Open Thread for January 17 - 23 2014

That was probably more sensible. Post here

Welcome to Less Wrong! (6th thread, July 2013)

Hi LW, I've been a lurker for the quite some time, it ended this week.

The sequences and blog (ebook compilation I found somewhere) have a comfortable text-to-speech place in my commutes and I've incorporated quite a bit of the lingo, bias definitions and concepts into my daily Anki decks. It's not that this community was that daunting but rather that I thought I could play catch up. My reluctance reminds me of a programmer asking if it's worth getting on github if he's only joining the party now. I've studied computer systems engineering (electronics, digital circuit design, programming, math) and I'm spending most of my time teaching and writing, although most of my work focuses on internet technologies, security and automation - I've veered of quite a bit from my assembly beginnings to the Python world I seem to be living in now.

Some things that have already been actionable for me since around the end of 2011, after reading LW material and more specifically Shut up and do the impossible, includes

  • cramming around 12.8k German words into my vocabulary in a mere 35-45 minutes daily in 12 months (which Goethe Inst. deemed impossible) - I do swear by SRS now,
  • finally finishing my thesis in security (software fingerprinting and vulnerability mapping) after realising my supervisor might just be incentivised to keep me around for articles - whilst teaching full time - I finally realised focusing on student throughput might mean subsidy for the university but penultimately I need to focus on my work first in order for everyone to benefit - after 10 years of teaching graduate level programming,
  • I jumped into a couple of technologies that seemed daunting in terms of scope and people that have used them for years, including LaTeX (no idea how I would live without it now), emacs and org-mode (still only 6 months, but it's getting its grip on me firmly) and also R (although my gut feel is that I'll probably rather veer into using pandas later),
  • turning into a QS oversubscriber with tools like RescueTime, Beeminder and selfspy keeping track of my goals and my actual CLI time, and
  • lastly probably becoming a more critical reader of everything including my own work. However fuzzy this might make me feel and regardless of how it might sound, some of the sequence material left me with a feeling of coming home.

Soon I hope to be emigrate to Germany from the beautiful South Africa that is suffering at the hands of peak-level irrational politicians (discussions on this in later posts).

I hope to become more involved in discussions to ensure I get a deeper understanding of the concepts. As someone that have spent large amounts of time with curriculum development I'm also very interested in how rationality could be taught, not only to more adults but starting much younger (having grown up under Christian parents myself).

Thanks to @army1987 for the prod to post here, and sorry for all the specific technology mentions - I just find specifics give me more information than saying 'learning' or SRS and such. Also, English is my second language, German third, so excuse the odd pillaging of your tongue. This feels longer than anything I've written about myself.

I'm happy to answer any questions, and I hope I can keep throwing my ignorant rock of understanding against this anvil for a hopefully more interesting shape. There is so much to learn if one approaches this with a growth mindset.

Community bias in threat evaluation

Definitely brings déformation professionnelle to mind for me, I'm not sure if there is anything in there about the community aspects of it though.

Open Thread for January 17 - 23 2014

I feel like I'm whoring for upvotes just so I can post links. I've been lurking for so long, but I guess the 20 karma finally got me into action in the last two weeks.

2 more to go cracks best rationalist grin and winks

Write down your basic realizations as a matter of habit. Share this file with the world.

I like this idea, and I'll post if I can get around to it over the weekend.

In the past I've used https://thoughtback.com to send me quotes,ideas and maxims I thought useful. These come up at semi random times in email, and retriggers the memory and context - probably not as good as Anki, but I enjoy having these show up in my email stream.

Physics grad student: how to build employability in programming & finance

You could also supplement your learning by doing a couple of standard industry certifications related to security, although I do not know how relevant something like CISSP would be in quant finance environments, it would give you a little bit of background, especially if you haven't been interested previously. This and other similar courses also give you a considerable foot in the door at certain environments requiring security clearances.

I agree with the rest of the comments that a github profile (even contributing to interesting projects you didn't create yourself) outclasses a CV, I'll post a video by Continuum Analytics about why python is getting so strong in science in analytics, but can't seem to find right search criteria, right now.

A big Singularity-themed Hollywood movie out in April offers many opportunities to talk about AI risk

The panel idea - especially if this can be done early, has a lot of value, could boost discussion and also provide a possible influx here.

[LINK] Why I'm not on the Rationalist Masterlist

I've definitely experienced strong adverse reactions to discussing eugenics 'cavalierly' if you don't spend at least ten to fifteen minutes covering the inferential steps and sanitising the perceived later uses of the concept.

Good point about the possible three communities. I haven't posted here much, as I found myself standing too far outside the concepts whilst I worked my way through the sequences. Regardless of that, the more I read the more I feel I have to learn, especially about patterned thinking and reframes. To a certain extent I see this community as a more scientifically minded Maybe Logic group, when thinking about priors and updating information.

A lot of the transhumanist material have garnered very strong responses from friends though, but I've stocked up on Istvan paperbacks to hopefully disseminate soon.

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