Most viewed posts of 2019
An essay about the virtue of openness.
I think people who are drawn to PhD programs should consider whether they can assemble the key ingredients on their own.
It is said that when you give the same advice three times, you should write it down in a blog post. I’m often approached for advice by job seekers in data science, so this is that blog post.
Most viewed posts of 2018
Walkthrough of a practice problem in Michael Nielsen’s book, Neural Networks and Deep Learning.
Most viewed posts of 2017
Reflections on a course I taught in the Master of Data Science program at UBC.
An exploratory analysis of data about Kendrick Lamar’s music, pulled from Spotify and Genius.
Most viewed posts of 2016
My 4500-word, chapter-by-chapter summary of Jonathan Haidt’s book on moral reasoning.
Top 10 most-liked tweets
“Restored video footage of the streets of Paris from the early 1900s. 🤯 Incroyable! https://twitter.com/i/status/1183022305867378689/video/1”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 12, 2019
“1 like = 1 way to become a tiny bit better at chess (if you're a beginner)”— David Laing (@davidklaing) December 15, 2019
“Communication in data science is more than just the final report: https://ubc-mds.github.io/2017-11-10-DSCI-542-communication/ #UBCMDS #DataScience #rstats”— David Laing (@davidklaing) November 10, 2017
“Confirmation bias makes a lot more sense under the lens, "people don't have ideas, ideas have people." When someone's views are challenged and they start digging in their heels, what you're really seeing is the thrashing of a parasite that has a death grip on its host.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) August 20, 2019
“All of those are great, and I'd add one more: for every tweet you send, reply to someone else. Finding conversational accounts is great, but you have to also *be* a conversational account. Even with few followers, it's easy to slip into broadcasting mode if you're not careful.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) November 29, 2019
“A good demonstration of this phenomenon, from @NateSilver538's The Signal and the Noise:”— David Laing (@davidklaing) August 31, 2019
“Right! The supposed sacredness of books explains so much that would otherwise seem strange, like the fact that it feels so wrong to read only 50% of a book, or that novice writers never write "covers" of their fav books (the way novice musicians learn covers of their fav songs).”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 5, 2019
“An underappreciated benefit of habitually tidying up is that it gives you more confidence to make useful messes. A few examples:”— David Laing (@davidklaing) November 23, 2019
“In the 20th century, the popularity of the phrase "10x" grew by exactly 10x.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 6, 2019
“My guess: the average public speaker is nervous and rambly, so slowing down improves coherence, while the average podcast speaker is already coherent, so speeding up improves throughput.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) December 31, 2019