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  • Personal Prediction Markets

    I’ve been fascinated by prediction markets ever since I learned about them in 2021. Scott Alexander’s FAQ on the subject is a great resource, and my Metaculus question about Tether has garnered a lot of attention. Despite some ups and downs, I remain bullish on the potential of prediction markets... »
  • SREcon EMEA Talk

    I recently gave a presentation at SREcon EMEA 2022, an annual gathering of professionals that focuses on Site Reliability Engineering and DevOps. The event was held in Amsterdam. My talk, “Going from 30 to 30 Million SLOs”, centered around the development of the GCE control plane SLOs. You can ch... »
  • Bitcoin Cash & Carry Trade and HMRC Taxation

    First off, I am not an accountant, I am not a lawyer, I am not a financial advisor, this is not legal advice, this is not investment adivce and this is not tax advice. These are just my opinions on how to interpret British law in regards to the Bitcoin cash & carry trade. I will be using this... »

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  • The Cranberries' 'Linger' - A Wistful '90s Gem That's Pure Irish Poetry

    That night, in a drizzling rain, a ragtag group of travelers walked from the farmhouse hostel down an old stone road into town. We entered a pub and bellied up to whiskeys and stouts. Everyone was enjoying the “Craic,” Gaelic for “What’s happening?” “What’s good?” Shortly after a band of older men—probably 50 and 60-somethings—stood near the rock fireplace and performed a cover of “Linger” on acoustic guitars, mandolin and violin. Another man stood in front, in his thick sweater and ragged newsboy cap, singing the verses. Then the whole bar joined him for the choruses, as the rain fell outside. “Do you have to let it linger / Do you have to / Do you have to let it linger?” That night on the walk back to the hostel, the clouds broke and the stars shone bright in the Irish mist. O’Riordan’s legacy will not just linger, but live on forever, like the spirit of a Irish patron saint.

    I saw her last year in May in concert. The moment her voice joined together with thousands of other British people signing will remain forever in my mind.

  • How is poverty changing for higher poverty lines?

    poverty china

    The case of China is remarkable. As the chart below shows, there has been a dramatic decline in the number of people living in extreme poverty, while at the same time there has been an increase in the number of people living on incomes above $10 a day.

    I never imagined that the improvements could be this dramatic in only 20 years.

  • Internatul testamentar

    Pe șesul unui sat din Moldova, o femeie doarme adânc dis-de-dimineață. E trântită cu fața în jos. O mână o ține sub frunte, iar cu cealaltă și-a cuprins copilul de un an și jumătate, lipit de ea. Micuțul privește petele albe de pe cerul azuriu de vară și bolmojește cuvinte răzlețite și înțelese doar de el. Câteva gâze roiesc prin jurul lor, seduse de mirosul de scutec neschimbat de 3 zile și de vodcă „Spicușor”.

    Dacă jurnalismul în România ar avea un premiu Pulitzer, articolul ăsta l-ar câștiga de departe. 😞

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  • Informatica la Castel (Computer Science at the Castle)

    This week I’m participating in Arad in a summer school called “Informatica la Castel” (Computer Science at the Castle), where the central theme is open source technology and education. I’m live blogging in Romanian on Gazeta de Informatica. »
  • InfoEducație 2015

    Off goes this year’s edition. I wrote more thoughts on Gazeta de Informatică. There were 132 participants with 117 projects in the camp. You can check out the results. We built from scratch a new website in Rails and React this year. We had 17 presentations and workshops for the students. I want ... »
  • Application process for the Community Development Lab

    The Community and Development Lab is a traditional yearly ROSEdu project where we teach students how to start contributing to open source software. This year we had 117 applicants and had to select only 19 of them. To do this, we gave them an algorithms problem to filter 60 potential candidates w... »