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Visions of Egypt

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It was impossible to believe. The pyramids rose before me, massive, monolithic, and ancient. Ancient beyond reckoning. So ancient that they appeared like mirages fluttering in the desert wind, as if transmogrified down the march of centuries, shifting in and Read more ›

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Visions of Guatemala

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We stood on the beach and stared at the three phantasmagorical volcanoes. Those volcanos floated on an azul lake; a shimmering cerulean mirage of a lake; a lake of eternal spring; crested by three perfectly symmetrical volcanoes whose veridian verdigris Read more ›

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Visions of Japan

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Read while listening to Ital Tek – Strangelove. I entered the gallery. Rows of gilt, bronze Buddhas arrayed before me. Each Buddha floated in a glass box. Each Buddha was reflected fourthly, by the the four enclosing glass panes. But Read more ›

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What is Technical Writing?

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What is a Technical Writer? A technical writer is the glue between users, developers, marketing folks, and tech support. A tech writer knows a little of everything. A technical writer carefully cultivates a broad lens on their product and fills Read more ›

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Reality is Nested Simulations

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We simulate Earth for several reasons. Economists to model the economy, meteorologists for weather, climate scientists for climate change, quants for financial models etc. The simulations within each class compete for greater and greater fidelity. By necessity, these models grow Read more ›

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Renewing my US Visa

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I hurriedly tear open the packet, eager to see my new US visa. Nothing warms an immigrant’s heart like unfurling to the world a spanking-new H1-B. What is this what is this! A green slip. Oh. No. My beautiful passport Read more ›

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Best Boston Cheap Eats

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Boston’s best restaurants for cheap eats are: Butter Chicken at Man-O-Salwa, Somerville – Best on list. Eat with Butter Naan. Closed on Mon/Tue. Maach Jhol at Royal Bengal, Somerville – Bengali food which means good fish (mind the bones!) Falafel Read more ›

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JS Essentials They Don’t Tell You

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I initially struggled learning JavaScript. This catalogues why. Coming from a C++/MATLAB background, it’s not intuitive. Corrections welcome. First off, learning JavaScript is hard! For your first language, learn Python. Then consider Java or Go. Then maybe look around. Avoid Read more ›

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