Revolutionary Social-Democracy as the Vanguard of All Democratic Struggle | Notes on Chapter 3 of Lenin's "What Is To Be Done?"

In the first chapter of What Is To Be Done?, Lenin begins to introduce his theory-centric vision for the shape of Russian Social-Democratic struggle. In the second chapter, Leni...

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Why Hustle? Hustle Culture as a Mechanism To Seek Belonging…and Change the World

Edyfi is a house of young techies with shared traits of curiosity, bias towards action, and “recursive self-improvement.” These values are par for the course in tech: they signi...

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Space Solar Power: An Introduction and Assessment

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Deconstructing Objectivity: News Media's Relationship with Power and the Public

The purpose of journalism is to disseminate a rigorously objective documentation of what happens in the world, without inserting the journalists’ or any institution’s biases, le...

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A Decolonized America Is No America | Notes on Tuck and Yang's "Decolonization Is Not A Metaphor"

The structures and constructions by which people are discriminated against in today’s society are numerous. Oppression based on race, gender, sexuality, ability, and other syste...

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coconutmilk chocolate almond bar

The streets around us are dark and quiet, but we whirl around them a nucleus of yelling and music, the energetic nonchalance of youth in glowing orbit around us. The Utah roads,...

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Play Team Sports and Live in the Future: Shafin Diamond's Advice to Young Entrepreneurs

Investing in “the next unicorns before they are unicorns” is the goal of every investor, but Victory Square Technologies CEO Shafin Diamond does it in a way that’s excitingly in...

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Working-class Spontaneity and Revolutionary Consciousness: Notes on Chapter 2 of Lenin's "What Is to Be Done?"

Spontaneity and Consciousness Lenin refers to two concepts in this second chapter: spontaneity and consciousness. Spontaneity is what drives actual working-class protests. Wor...

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How To Set Up Tailwind and Typescript in Next.js IN ONE STEP

Run npx create-next-app [your-project-name] -e https://github.com/wwsalmon/next-tailwind-typescript-example. That’s it. cd into your project and get to work with Typescript and...

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Activating Space Solar Power

Two days ago, I scheduled a call with Brandon,1 asking to brainstorm together about research questions/directions for my space solar power research. In the past week or two, I’...

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How I Use Learning in Public as My Personal Knowledge Management Strategy

Lately, I’ve been writing quite prolifically. I’ve published sixteen blog posts in the last 28 days, with content ranging from personal essays, to frameworks for productivity, c...

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How Do Transistors Work? The Building Blocks of Modern Computing

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The Joy of Wasting Time: The Exploration/Exploitation Tradeoff of Life

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Creating a Ping Pong Elo Tracker for Edyfi in 1 Hour

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Implementing Notifications Using MongoDB and Next.js for Updately

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The Importance of Theory to Revolution | Notes on Chapter 1 of Lenin's "What Is to Be Done?"

At the turn of the 20th century, while Western Europe had industrialized and instituted democratic or constitutional governments, Russian peasants labored as serfs under the rul...

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The Rule of Three

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How Attacking Racial Political Identities Perpetuates White Supremacy

“Being black should not influence a political view,” reads one prompt in Jubilee’s “Black Liberals vs Black Conservatives” video. All three conservatives step forward in agreem...

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How to Innovate and Create a Culture of Innovation

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present

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The Sync Gap: How to Be Creative in Conversation, Writing, and Work

A week ago, I had an amazing conversation with Brennan and a few others at Edyfi. You know the type: it went on for hours, flowing powerfully from Taleb’s essays about black swa...

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Culture Is the Key to Sustainable Motivation

Brennan struggles to turn his beautiful tangles of thoughts into writing. Why? we inquire. Brennan expresses his admiration for my drive to just do – I had written an article a...

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Democratizing High-quality Parenting: Brennan Colberg's Vision for Radical Education Reform

Brennan’s vision for a reformed education system: teach kids the skills and mindsets they need to succeed in life – finances, networking, exponential growth, and other basic kno...

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Memory as an Array of Locked Doors

We remember the beginnings and ends of things best. The meaning I was compelled by to write in this moment belongs to this moment, and not the year 2020, or its events. Yet, ...

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a concept for an interdisciplinary, impact-driven, human accelerator community house

“My name is Samson. I’m part of a program called TKS, a human accelerator that trains high schoolers to impact billions. The first year of the program focuses on emerging techno...

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How to find your next dream job or mentor: two strategies to supercharge cold outreach

Cold reachouts are an important skill to have. When thinking about learning and careers, it’s easy to get caught up in classes, qualifications, and applications. But the most po...

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what has irreversibly passed by, lost to the currents of time, residing now only in memory

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mental health

I didn’t understand mental health until this year. My parents didn’t teach me about mental health. I haven’t thought too much about the roots of their parenting philosophies an...

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David Hume, the radical empiricist who knocked on Existentialism's door

Physical space doesn’t exist; it is only a construct of the mind, created out of experience. Time doesn’t exist either. It is also a construct of the mind, arising from collect...

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coleg

7 PM tonight was an important time for a friend of mine. This was someone who was very college-oriented, but also straight up the smartest person who I’m close friends with, wh...

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TKS Community Talks Round 1 Post-Mortem

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走向谁都末知的那个明天

Browsing through music in Spotify — unsatisfied by a racing Mendelssohn piano piece — I find my way to a playlist of Chinese EXO songs (inspired to search for by Riku having Jay...

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How I achieved exponential growth (ft. mindsets, connections, high standards, and passion) and then burned out

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peppercorn

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my childhood tech obsession is beautiful

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I built and launched a social platform app in three days. Here's how I did it, and what I learned

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Understanding the math behind neural networks by building one from scratch (no TF/Keras, just numpy)

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The line between physics and metaphysics: musings on Descartes and phenomenology

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What Does It Mean to Be Good at Something? A Framework for Excellence, Ft. Jeff Bezos and Ira Glass

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How Excel calculates trendlines, and how you can too: an introduction to gradient descent, the most important Machine Learning algorithm

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fireplace

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Rebuilding my personal website, Jekyll => Gatsby: Day 1

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From fearing React to Product Hunt webapp launch in 2 months!

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Building, connecting, and questioning my way to meaning

Recently, I’ve been thinking a lot about how I should think and act to steer my life in a purposeful direction — “maximize the potential of your life,” as TKS co-founder Nadeem ...

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The most important step in web design happens before you push a single pixel

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How to Support User-Selected Google Fonts in WordPress Themes & Plugins

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The "Flow" Mind State

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A Love Letter to the Non-Library (Andover Commencement Commentary)

“How are you feeling?” I asked a senior friend around this time last year. “Everything has an added weight to it,” he replied. “Heavy with the thought that everything I do might...

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CSS is an art, and it's dying. A reflection on CSS and JS frameworks and the evolution of CSS

I’ve been working through the serverless-stack.com tutorial. It’s awesome, teaching you how to set up an AWS backend, React front-end, and now is going through CI/CD through See...

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“What do you truly want to accomplish before you die?” A goal-setting app that shares my life philosophy

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pedestal

Thick foam. Support — pedestal for a statue. On a webpage, a store shelf; a box, a bag, a shoe rack, a pair of feet. Rubber soles. Carpet, concrete, asphalt, grass, gravel. Win...

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Offsetting Overlapping Labels in d3.js with a Recursive Algorithm, or: using recursion on a real project for the first time eeeee

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roar

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The Only Thing A Graphic Designer Needs to Know

or, How To Break Through And Create Amazing Graphics / or, intuition derived from my jank design journey that many designer friends don’t have / or, Gesalt Principles, Purpose-B...

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Brief Reflection on Coronavirus, or: Realizing The World Is (Slightly) Falling Apart

Talking with a friend about how things are falling apart, how we might not be able to return to campus for the rest of the term; me realizing just how many opportunities are van...

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Meaning and Purpose in Life as an Equilibrium of Monkey Mechanisms in an Unmonkey World (briefly ft. Coronavirus)

Talking about Coronavirus, confrontation with the possibility of death or the death of a loved one, and the emotional pain caused by having higher desires and ambitions ripped a...

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peace

I sat on the floor of my room, eyes closed. My brain was filled with noise, with random thoughts and anxieties throwing themselves all around. “Clear, clear,” I thought, trying ...

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platonic slut

A label Tessa and Kelly came up with for me, because I have so many platonic one-night stands.1 Sure enough, I had platonically “fucked,” without entering into a close social r...

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Thoughts on Ben Platt, Excellence, and Running

I: Ben Platt Yesterday, I read this New York Times feature on “Dear Evan Hansen” star Ben Platt. It discusses Platt’s background immersed in musical theater, growing up in Beve...

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library stairwell

Searching for a study space with sight of the clear afternoon sun, Maxwell and I end up in the back stairwell of the library. Tucked between the furthest back study rooms, the s...

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folding clothes

There’s a simple joy to folding clothes. At 2 AM, I descended to my room only to find the pile of unfolded laundry I had left on my bed. I was dismayed at not being able to slee...

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bus ride

Sitting in a coach bus — “the nicest I’ve ever seen,” says Christina — my relphil reading on my lap in front of me, wearing sleek purple-blue Nordic gear up top down to ugly swe...

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apology

An apology through email holds up as an admission of guilt in a court of law. As soon as you apologize, it’s over. I spent the whole time fighting. I didn’t apologize because ...

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Welcome! ~About This Blog

Hi, welcome to my blog! I’ve wanted to build a blog for a while. Over the summer I remade my entire website and now I’ve finally added a blog to it. I have a variety of objectiv...

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Hymn for a Scarecrow Cover

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