Choosing Our Experience

Imagine I decided a particular event was disdainful. Not just that it may cause me some pain or a distressed emotional state. But that I really don’t like when it happens. Now whenever this event occurs, I find myself in a great deal of misery. Even just the potential of Continue Reading

Well, That’s Interesting

Imagine two people faced with the same unexpected challenge. One quickly reacts to the situation, builds stress, and is hastily trying to find the best solution to resolve the issue. The other stays calm, takes his time, thinks over the challenge thoroughly before testing plausible solutions. Which one would you Continue Reading

Is Privacy Really Private?

One of the core obstacles of a machine learning researcher is often dealing with a lack of data. It’s an easy thing to complain about when it comes to poor performance. Ironically though, those same people can be hesitant about sharing any data about themselves whenever asked. And why wouldn’t Continue Reading

The Closer We Get, The Less We See

There’s a reason why doctors are advised not to help treat their loved ones or close friends. It seems counter-intituive. More time with someone might provide even more information and insight to create better decisions. In fact, that’s sometimes how parents reason with their own judgement versus a doctor’s. But Continue Reading

Why I Love Whiteboards

I love whiteboards. For some reason, I always feel like I’m tapping into creative juices whenever I’m using them. And I just don’t get the same feeling when I’m working out problems on pen and paper. But this goes beyond the feeling. Whiteboards are magical for one reason: They can Continue Reading

It’s Not Always About Ease

The fact that most poor habits are common is explained by the idea that they have easy and instantaneous rewards. And most productive habits are rare because they have hard and far-away rewards. It’s often easy to think of lying and telling the truth within these categories as well. As Continue Reading

Actions Speak Louder Than Complaints

“We need to take out the trash.” “Can someone do the laundry?” “Somebody needs to get a floor broom soon.” These are the types of statements that can come when living with others in a home. But have they ever lead to anything meaningful? Oftentimes it is simply a shared Continue Reading

Which Wolf Are You Feeding?

An amazing parable: “” An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. “A fight is going on inside me,” he said to the boy. “It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, Continue Reading