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PHILOSOPHY

How incentivising the pursuit of philosophy and the arts can lead to a richer, more fulfilling existence.

My fascination with the humanities started when I was a child. Being homeschooled, I had a lot of time on my hands, and I would spend a lot of it going to the library a couple blocks from my house. I had a big backpack, and I would go and fill it up with books. It started with fiction, Harry Potter novels, Gulliver’s Travels and The Grimms Brothers. They transported me to a different world, one full of mythic beasts and tales of heroes, courage and bravery.

But what I really found captured my attention was people like Da Vinci


Maximizing efficiency is about knowing how the data science puzzles fit together and then executing them.

Today there is a mass of new software packages and repositories arriving on the scene that has made the data science process more interactive, nuanced, and user-driven than ever before. For evidence of this, just check the Towards Data Science homepage on any given day. In the face of this new wave of choices, it is important to understand the basic structure of development pipelines.

Data Scientists have become newly minted developers in their own right. In becoming developers, it is useful to understand development principles that software engineers use to iteratively test, construct and shape their deployed code.

In…


EXISTENTIAL, PHILOSOPHY

A Longform Ode to 2020

The Existential Prelude

A piece of advice I want to adhere to more is to build in public. For too long, I horded ideas and plans that never came to fruition because there was no pressure. A small part of me had the impression that if I shared my ideas then they would be stolen from under my nose and executed. However, over time I have come to realise most ideas are better shared. Most folks want to help, or share their insights, or better still, work on the idea with you.

I also wanted to note that I will be writing more…


What Arthur Morgan and his outlaw gang can teach us about important moral considerations. Spoilers ahead.

The notion of partiality lies at the centre of agent concerns when considering the moral justification of their actions. Susan Wolf advocates for a moderate impartialism that seeks to recognise the limits to which agent behaviour will align with impartiality. Bernard Williams asserts that existing moral theories cannot accommodate important projects in the agent’s life, due to their requirements of impartiality. This article seeks to consider how seriously morality can be considered when it conflict with an agent’s personal projects. These claims will examined within the context of one of last remaining outlaws in the Wild West age of America…


A blurred line between storytelling, UX design and game development.

1) We start with storytelling.

Usually, a story follows a straightforward logical path from inception to midplot to conclusion — except when it doesn’t. Multiple characters, subplots, chained events, changes of perspective and time all lead to complications, namely extension of length and increase in complexity.

“You face exponential growth”

A friend pointed that out to me when I first brought up TaleJS, front-end JavaScript framework for creating interactive stories (which is currently under development).

And he was right. Using Big ‘O’ notation, if you, the author, decided to add k choices with n options to your story, in theory…


Putting an investigative lens to the beautiful game.

Pitch is life. You can read that and think “what the heck even is a pitch?

A pitch can be any designated area to play football, from a marked section of the street, concrete, astroturf; but traditionally, grass.

Football represents a huge part of world sport. The World Cup for instance, is the world’s premier sporting event, bringing in a greater viewing audience than the Summer Olympics. More than 1 billion viewers tuned into the 2014 World Cup in Brazil to watch Mario Götze’s Germany take down Lionel Messi’s Argentina 1–0 in extra time.

Just the following of the top…


Victor Frankl, Viennese psychotherapist and former prisoner in Nazi Germany’s concentration camps shared his ethos on life in his 1946 bestseller.

The first part of the book focuses on his arresting life story.

Born in 1905 in Vienna, soon into his adolescence Frankl discovered a passion in psychology and philosophical thinking, concentrating a lot of his work around the topics of depression and suicide.

By the time 1940 rolled around and the Nazi party’s grip on Germany was in full effect, Frankl had completed his residency programs in Vienna and had been working at the Rothschild Hospital.

By 1944, he was transported to the infamous Auschwitz concentration camp.

During his time as a prisoner, he maintained sanity despite being forced to…


Reflection, powered by technology

It is often more powerful to look backward at what has been accomplished, in times of doubt and struggle, than to look at the forthcoming mountain yet to summit.

WE have a huge problem with technology. We love it, and it brings us so much value in terms of giving us access to information, learning new skills, finding new entertainment. It is what we rely on to connect with friends and family, for work, for money, to write, to research and to develop projects.

But my god, when I sit down to work in the morning now that I am freelancing and not in an office environment with the physical onus to focus, it can be so distracting. Useless emails. Nonstop notifications. Incessant clickbait.

Distractions.


It is often more powerful to look backward at what has been accomplished, in times of doubt and struggle, than to look at the forthcoming mountain yet to summit.

WE have a huge problem with technology. We love it, and it brings us so much value in terms of giving us access to information, learning new skills, finding new entertainment. It is what we rely on to connect with friends and family, for work, for money, to write, to research and to develop projects.

But my god, when I sit down to work in the morning now that I am freelancing and not in an office environment with the physical onus to focus, it can be so distracting. Useless emails. Nonstop notifications. Incessant clickbait.

Distractions.


A short treatise of outdoor discovery.

Driving up the mountains of western MO in Mark Twain National Forest, my friend Derek and I stumbled on a sign pointing to the highest mountain in the entire state.

Immediately Derek slammed on the brakes and pulled the car into a seemingly random gravel side road, leading up to Taum Sauk Falls lookout point.

Bearing in mind that this is in Missouri, the mountain is more of a rounded hill and the highest point is somewhere around 1,500m above sea level — hardly Basecamp 1 oxygen-deprived levels of extreme.

Parked the car, draping a damp rainfly carefully over the…

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