Venkatesh Rao on Big Data, Machine Learning, and Blockchains

Venkatesh Rao had a good take on the big data/machine learning/blockchain mania in Breaking Smart a few weeks ago: Many people, database experts among them, dismiss Big Data as a fad that’s already come and gone, and argue that it was a meaningless term, and that relational databases can do everything NoSQL databases can. That’s … Continue reading Venkatesh Rao on Big Data, Machine Learning, and Blockchains

Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 2)

I’m working my way through Rolf Dobelli’s The Art of Thinking Clearly by reading a few sections each morning. Below are my notes on sections 12-23. Read 1-11 here. “It’ll-get-worse-before-it-gets-better” fallacy: A variant of confirmation bias. If the problem gets worse, the prediction is confirmed. If the situation improves unexpectedly, the customer is happy and … Continue reading Fallacies, Illusions, and Biases (Part 2)

Listening Notes: You Are Not So Smart podcast ep 92: Bullshit

Episode link: https://soundcloud.com/youarenotsosmart/092-bullshit-rebroadcast Takeaways:  Methods of thinking are more important than raw intelligence. The people who were burning witches probably didn’t have a lower IQ than the people who went to the moon. They thought about the world in a different way.  Bullshit and lying aren’t the same. Bullshit may contain lies, but the purpose … Continue reading Listening Notes: You Are Not So Smart podcast ep 92: Bullshit

Learning to Draw, Day 16: In Progress

Today’s drawing is still in progress. I had a busy day today and spent the entire evening down in the city, so I only got about 30 minutes to start a drawing of a leaf on the cover of this book I’m reading. I’m going to work on filling in the details tomorrow.

Learning to Draw, Day 15: Broadway Bridge

Today I did a quick sketch of the Broadway Bridge over the Harlem River on my iPad.  After I completed the drawing, I saw multiple places where I messed up the proportions and perspective. In particular, I made the bridge much too wide. I’ll pay particular attention to that tomorrow.