Nathan Hwang

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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Two Points of View Enter, A Better Informed Point of View Leaves

Have you noticed the typography on this blog is terrible, and wanted to let me know without hurting my feelings? Have you realized that I’m smelly, but it’s socially awkward to say so in person? Have you discovered that I’m wrong on the internet and need to go die in a fire, but can’t be […]

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Exploring Science Fiction

Don’t know if you like science fiction? Don’t know if you only like a specific subgenre of science fiction, but don’t want to wade through novels of dreck to find out what it is? As a first step, I recommend reading Hyperion by Dan Simmons. Yes, an entire novel is a big time sink, but […]

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