Oh right, it's time-change-o'clock again. It's basically jet lag without going anywhere.

Today's lesson in :
1. it isn't magic, it's just math
2. for many people, math and magic are functionally indistinguishable

I kind of just want to start referring to as "magic" again. Yes, fine, I know how it works. But that doesn't mean I'm obliged to explain it to everybody all the time.

They say you should keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but what do I do with myself? THAT'S WAY TOO CLOSE.

The way to never break things is to never do anything, and that's a disappointing solution. So I break things. And then I try to fix them. And in the best case, I'll have done a lot of work to end up where I started.

, friends. Fake it 'til you make it, but also, you should not be surprised when you actually do make it. Because this sometimes happens. Enjoy it, but remember your limits!

People keep asking me to do magic. I mean, yes, I can do magic, but I choose the magic. In advance. Way in advance. And sometimes I'm asked to do a thing I happen to have prepared, and it's great. But mostly no, magic is not a thing I do extemporaneously. πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ

If today was a Monday, I'd wish you a . But it's Thursday, and uh, I guess it's... Monday... somewhere? πŸ€”

The great pitfall of is that humans will force machines to find patterns where there is only noise, and the machines will dutifully comply.

I have this unfortunate habit of getting sick on weekends. I think this is probably my immune system hinting that I need to spend more time on self-care instead of powering through weekdays on caffeine and guilt.

The only difference between truth and fiction is consequence.

, friends! Remember that bad days exist to remind how good the other days are in comparison. Be well, friends!

, friends! Sometimes it can feel like your efforts are unrewarded, but every little bit helps. Mastery requires practice.

I do magic all the time. Well, really, only the visible things are magic--everything unseen is what makes it work.

Sometimes I feel like my work as a professional data scientist is mostly just stupid data-driven magic tricks. Then again, stupid data-driven magic tricks have tremendous entertainment value. 🐰 🎩

, friends! We all have our personal challenges, but sometimes our challenges overlap, and we can tackle them together. Find the common problems, and we can all benefit from shared efforts to solve them.

Benjamin Franklin noted that "nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes." I've managed to postpone the death thing, but I should probably deal with the other one.

I used to say that ideas are easy while implementation is hard, but that's not quite right. Coming up with *good* ideas is hard too, because it requires envisioning something that doesn't yet exist.

I only have 2 types of problems: 1. now-Alan problems, and 2. later-Alan problems. Technically there is no "not my problem" category, but I do make exceptions for physical impossibilities.

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