Most viewed essays 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.
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
“Ways to decommodify yourself: - no side projects - no diligent note-taking - stop tracking your habits - stop trying to produce content - spend more time with loved ones - throw away your list of Great Books that you think will make you an Educated Person, and just read for fun”— David Laing (@davidklaing) March 3, 2029
“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
“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
“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
“Responsiveness is such an underrated ingredient for friendship. It almost doesn't matter how you respond if you can consistently do it immediately. Responsive friendships self-sustain via positive feedback loops; laggy ones suffocate via negative feedback loops.”— David Laing (@davidklaing) February 6, 2020
“A good demonstration of this phenomenon, from @NateSilver538's The Signal and the Noise:”— David Laing (@davidklaing) August 31, 2019
“How I Produce: ✅ Keep track of everything in my head ✅ Procrastinate a single task for 6 months (e.g. "Reply to Doug") ✅ Download a new productivity app ✅ Spend 3 hours charting out my entire life in the app ✅ Reply to Doug ✅ Immediately forget about the app ✅ Repeat”— David Laing (@davidklaing) October 5, 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