Charlottesville: Why You Cannot Trust the Video Footage

It was Saturday afternoon when I became aware of the Charlottesville story, via tweets and Reddit. Unfortunately, like probably most people, my opinions were formed by a smattering of loosely-connected video clips showing a black muscle car plowing into people protesting a ‘white nationalist’ gathering….

Verbal…Harder than Math? Part 2

Part 1: Verbal Harder Than Math? A month ago, Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who was also the first female Field’s Metal winner, died. From her obituary, this passage stood out: Maryam Mirzakhani was born on May 3, 1977, in Tehran. As a child, she read…

In Defense of the Journalistic Method

It’s easy to disparage journalists until you try to do it yourself and realize the difficulty of composing and conveying a generally cogent, thoughtful yet enticing argument in 1000-1500 words to an audience that has high expectations, that isn’t total crap or mean-spirited and abrasive….

Putting Charlottesville in perspective

The news cycle had slowed to a trickle, until a crescendo of stories–Google memo, North Korea, and Charlottesville–all hit in the span of a week. I’m so sick to death of the virtue signaling and spiraling–both by the the NRO right and predictably the left–in…

Debunking more STEM sexism

I’m a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you. For example, we could look to the percentage of women majoring in computer science at highly selective colleges and universities. Women currently make up about 30 percent of the computer science…

The 99% vs. 1%…who is exploiting whom

From Vox Day: The only way to raise wages Regarding individual socioeconomic achievement, how does one disentangle the role of the individual versus the responsibility/role of society. Are societal factors (culture, economics, government, etc.) chiefly to blame for inequality, or factors intrinsic to the individual…

North Korea : What Happens Next

Tensions between North Korea and the US continue to roil the volatility markets, although the overall stock market ended the week only slightly negative. The problem is, unlike past pivotal moments such as Brexit, the 2017 French election, and the 2016 US presidential election, there…

Not Worried about North Korea

Here is the best summary I could find of the North Korea situation: North Korea Finalizing Test Missile Launches Aimed Toward Guam North Korea said Thursday it is finalizing a plan to launch a salvo of four ballistic missiles off the shores of the U.S….