Cheat sheet for the IPython shell’s keyboard shortcuts.

Source: Jupyter Keyboard Shortcuts | Sowing Seasons

Structured Procrastination: the fine art of doing less, but in a structured way,
or “I’m sorry it took me so long to get it done, I had less important things to do.”

This essay is pretty old and I read many years ago, but I just realized I never shared it. TL;DR, if you can’t beat them join them. :)

If you are a procrastinator, don’t try to beat your tendency into submission, instead leverage it to work on other projects. It follows the same logic that recommends to automate as many tasks as possible if you are lazy (something most CS people can relate to). After all, your brain is capable of only so many hours of creative work per day, the rest is drudge work.
Source: Structured Procrastination: Do Less & Deceive Yourself

A brief explanation of our upcoming CIKM ’15 paper!

Source: Scalable facility location for massive graphs on pregel-like systems | Northern Bytes

Apple Inc. employee Jef Raskin named the Macintosh line of personal computers after the McIntosh. He deliberately misspelled the name to avoid conflict with the hi-fi equipment manufacturer McIntosh Laboratory.


A master in the art of living draws no sharp distinction between his work and his play; his labor and his leisure; his mind and his body; his education and his recreation. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence through whatever he is doing, and leaves others to determine whether he is working or playing. To himself, he always appears to be doing both.

François-René de Chateaubriand

I am thoroughly impressed by Finnish efficiency!

On the first day I had signed my contract, got my badge, a laptop, a phone, the keys to my personal office, setup my university account, and my license to operate the coffee machine. :)

On the second day I had registered at the police, got my foreigner ID, registered as a resident, applied for social security, got my tax card, applied for a transportation card, and opened a bank account.

Couldn’t be any faster!

On the other hand, some things don’t seem very welcoming for foreigners. For example:

  • I had to pay 50€ to register at the police, which boils down to a hefty “immigration tax” which should not be there.
  • All my social benefits (social security, health insurance, transport discount, etc..) expire the moment my contract terminates
  • I need to wait 3 payslips before the bank gives me access to web banking (and I can change the PIN of my card).

Some friends even told me about circular dependencies in the set of documents you need to register (though I didn’t have any problem). Definitely an interesting mix!

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here's an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 11,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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