Nathan Hwang

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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Mail It and They Will Come

I’m replacing my moribund social network presence with an email newsletter. The newsletter is actually three different newsletters, which differ mainly in how often they are sent: Monthly (tinyletter.com/thenoviceoof-monthly) Five times a year (quinquannually[1][2]) (tinyletter.com/thenoviceoof-quinquannually) Twice a year (tinyletter.com/thenoviceoof-semiyearly) The content of the newsletter is currently a grab bag; I’ll talk about notable life events, […]

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E-reader Retrospective and Engelbart’s Bookstand

I’ve had my trusty e-reader for nearly 5 years, but now it’s starting to give up the ghost. The battery is starting to run down, so it isn’t quite free range any longer, and it has started shutting down randomly: waiting for your book to reboot is exactly as annoying as it sounds. After 5 […]

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