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Thoughts on Graduating from University

Posted on May 13, 2018

Some fourteen years later, at almost forty, I finally completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts degree! All aspects of my life—academic, professional, and personal—went through many metamorphoses during those years. While I may not have been conscious of the value of those experiences as I went through each of them, they all helped me grow.

There are many ways to obtain knowledge today, and there are a lot of misconceptions about the path one should take, and why going through university is essential/worthless. I’d like to address some of these issues by sharing my experience and thoughts. I hope to help students and professionals, young and old, to reconsider preconceptions they might have about the path that “should” be taken.

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Replication of “Prescribed Optimism: Is it Right to Be Wrong About the Future?”

Posted on January 1, 2019

Abstract

The main assumption about personal predictions, although an untested one, has always rested on the rationale that people want to be as accurate as possible. Armor et al. wanted to explore this assumption in 2008 and found out that in reality personal predictions about the future are often optimistically biased. In this paper, we attempted to replicate their research and share the study design we adopted, the methods we applied, as well as the results we got at the end and our commentaries on certain aspects of the study, its first replication by van’t Veer et al. and our own replication.

Keywords

accuracy, bias, open science framework, optimism, pessimism, prescription, questionnaire, replication, research

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Find out what codecs your browser supports

Posted on October 31, 2012

Codec Detect

Even though HTML5 is quite promising, a lot of us realized that the fragmentation of what video and audio codecs are supported is quite an issue.

While making a clients’s mobile version of their website, I tested on an Android phone and obtained a message from the embedded Vimeo video that the H264 codec was not supported. Even though each browser vendor publishes its own matrix of what they do and do not support, it’s not always easy to find out that information quickly. Worse, not all clients are tech savvy, and they may not easily be able to provide you with the necessary information to figure out what codecs their browser or device support.

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