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About Me   Jan 9, 2009

Web trinkets
What color is this spectrum?
C. elegans Interactive Cell Lineage
C. elegans Interactive Neural Network
Countdown Timer with Markers
Bacterial Chemotaxis Interactive Simulator
Exon-Intron Graphic Maker
Attack of the Microscopic Vacuum Cleaners

Android apps
Brightness Rocker Lite - free
Brightness Rocker Pro - $1.99

Favorite posts
An Argument for the Existence of the Soul
Survival School
I Know You
Stool Sampler
Arrogant Atheists vs. Everyone Else
How I came to believe in God

Business ideas
Gift Cards, Post-Pay Style

Blog Update (4)
Book Notes (12)
Building Stuff (1)
Business (8)
Communication (3)
Consciousness (16)
Culture (4)
Democracy (6)
Dreams (2)
Environment (2)
Ethics (2)
Fiction (7)
Friends (1)
Health and Medicine (6)
Imagination (1)
Investing (3)
Law (1)
Life (50)
Organization (3)
Photos (9)
Poetry (5)
Religion (3)
Science (16)
TV (1)
Technology (13)
Temporary (1)
Thinking (1)
Videos (1)

Friends' blogs
Sachin Agarwal
Omar Khan

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Photos on Flickr

First Pics with Canon SD700
Jul 9, 2007, 4:02p - 26 photos

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Hearst Castle & Morro Bay
Jun 18, 2007, 8:25p - 15 photos

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Washington DC
May 10, 2007, 12:09p - 35 photos

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Philadelphia & Longwood Gardens
May 8, 2007, 11:54a - 16 photos

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Manhattan with the 'Rents
May 6, 2007, 11:45a - 8 photos

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Amit & Bianka's Wedding on Long Island
May 5, 2007, 9:56a - 133 photos

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Mar 31, 2015, 2:49p - Life
You were there, at the station, before any of your friends. So you figured you had some time to kill. The storefronts were pretty boring, so you wandered away, distracting yourslef by looking for a distraction. By the time you got back to the station, all your friends were gone. The train had come, picked them up, and left without ... more »

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Photos on Flickr
Feb 8, 2015, 8:07p - Photos
I've started posting some photos on Flickr.

Ever since our trip to Europe last summer, I've really gotten back into photography. I used a Sony RX-100 on the trip, and while it took some great panoramas, I found it's highly-automatic nature irritating. Changing the aperture or shutter speed required irritating on-screen dials, and I yearned for a camera like ... more »

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Dec 31, 2014, 11:40p - Poetry
is the pain
of emotion.

Both persist
to effect
their removal.

They are then
as suicidal states,
their appearance
their very destruction.

But what
if relief
is not found.
Does the mind
recognize its masochism,
and terminate the interminable?
Or is it insulated
from the effects
of its motivating
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Dec 29, 2014, 9:22p - Poetry
We were
forced to take
the road
less traveled
into the darkness
and the rain.

I leaned
my head
against the pane;
as water
streaked, then
we cried
in unison.

without wetness
feels like
without blood.

The emptiness
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What the LendingClub IPO reveals about its business
Dec 4, 2014, 3:01p - Investing
LendingClub is planning an IPO soon, probably on or after December 10, 2014. In this post, I will discuss why I think the standard view of LendingClub as a peer-to-peer (P2P) finance service will become outdated. Specifically, I will show that a larger portion of LendingClub's loans are being funded not by other individuals but by institutional investors, such as ... more »

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Dec 1, 2014, 10:26a - Life
There are certain assumptions one tends to make in life. The assumption that you will someday have kids. Or the assumption that you won't have kids (right now, or ever). The assumption that you'll find a job. The assumption that you will die before your children do. The assumption that you'll find someone to share some (or the rest) of ... more »

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Nov 8, 2014, 6:16p - Poetry
I cry in the shower

Am I crying?

I pee in the sea

Am I peeing?

I cum in the milk

Am I cumming?

These are the liquids
of my life.
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Nov 6, 2014, 6:11p - Poetry
What does it feel like
to be struck by
The feeling, the moment,
the time.

What does it feel like
to be struck by lightning
Do your dreams become
more electric

What does it feel like to
be struck by lightning

Does the pain ever end?

Can you go back to
feeling normal again?
Can your synapses forget
to ... more »

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Free will
May 16, 2014, 11:23p - Consciousness
As a conscious human, I feel as if I'm in control of my actions. When I'm considering what to drink with dinner and get a beer, that action is preceded by the conscious feeling of having made a choice. This contrasts with situations where actions are taken without any feeling of choosing: when I do something when I'm drunk, or ... more »

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Getting books as PDFs
Feb 14, 2014, 6:19a - Technology
Ever since I started in grad school, my reading consumption has changed significantly. Before, I would read physical books, usually non-fiction. In the past 7 years eBooks have grown in popularity, but I never really got into them. In fact, I've never bought a single eBook. I really like highlighting and leaving comments in the margins of my books, esp. ... more »

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