Nathan Hwang

Sandbox Statistics: Methodological Insurgency Edition

Epistemic status: almost certainly did something egregiously wrong, and I would really like to know what it is. I collect papers. Whenever I run across an interesting paper, on the internet or referenced from another paper, I add it to a list for later perusal. Since I’m not discriminating in what I add, I add […]

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Tools I Use

I’ve been thinking about whether the tools I use to get things done are good enough. Where are the gaps in my toolset? Do I need to make new tools for myself? Do I need to make tools that can make more tools[1]? Before diving too deep, though, I thought it would be helpful to […]

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Transcript 7X-2: A Zoothropological Perspective

Thank you all for coming to today’s seminar on the Zootopia artifact, recovered during our excursion on planet 7X. I’ll be diving a bit deeper into the implications of the recording, especially those clues that might reveal the reason for their civilization’s demise. You should have gotten a copy of the translated recording last night, […]

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How to Succeed in Business by Playing Video Games: An XCOMedy of Learning

It’s no secret that I have a love-hate relationship with video games. On the one hand, games whisk you off to enchanted worlds optimized for fun. On the other hand, any sense of accomplishment is illusory at best: congratulations, you’ve learned how to press buttons better than before! However, I’ve found that one particular game, […]

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Surely You’re Hamming It Up, Mr. Feynman!

I was talking to friends about Deep Work, a book about doing, well, deep work, when I realized that I had two conflicting models of how to choose what to work on, and how to work on it. The more straightforward approach is sketched by Richard Hamming in You and Your Research, which simply asks […]

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