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Sick Day Achievements

Spending my day at home while being sick has at least one perk: I can catch up with everything on the Internet that I’ve put off reading. After a day of RSS feed reading, I’ve compiled a list of things that I think are awesome and another list of things that I think are awful. […]

The War on Terror is Over: Repent!

Here’s an excerpt from a WSJ piece on “The War on Terror” that I found bewildering: Individually, some of this may be arguable. In toto, it’s a death sentence for an effective war on terror. It makes what’s left of the war—telephone wiretaps or monitoring money transfers—vulnerable to a steady stream of congressional and legal […]

Updating R Packages Automatically

Here’s a very naive program I just wrote to update all of the R packages I have on my system after I update the core R binary. Please let me know if there’s anything obviously wrong with this, such as failing to update items with chains of dependencies. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 […]

We Live and Die by Fire

There is no safe investment: to love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything, and your heart will certainly be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact, you must give your heart to no one — not even to an animal. Wrap it carefully around with hobbies […]