After writing my previous post about the Fried Liver Attack, I realized that I left out some more interesting lines that you might encounter. In this post, we will look at other positions you will likely encounter as you use this opening more often.
With AI/ML hype at an all time high. Many people are interested in experimenting with the latest models, learning how to train them, and learning how to deploy them. But, the main stumbling block for most of the nouveaux arrivants is getting their hands on an NVIDIA GPU. Essentially every ML library uses CUDA, an API for running parallel computations on graphics cards, which is available on every NVIDIA GPU. These days if you want an NVIDIA GPU, you have two options:
Take a moment to consider this painting by Caspar David Friedrich. It’s called Wanderer above the Sea of Fog. The wanderer stands over a precipice, gazing into a rocky landscape shrouded in a dense fog. When I look at this painting I am captured by a sense of the difficult journey ahead, of all the obstacles that must be overcome to traverse the terrain below. Each step feels heavy and consequential, because you don’t know what lays under each rock, or whether your next foothold will be firm. Each second passes like an hour, as your mind expands to overcome each new obstacle. Every step is a journey of its own. If you’ve ever tried a new hobby, or a new sport, then you know what I’m talking about.
When we think of the history of India, most people think about various religious figures, and a few large empires that spanned mostly the north of India. A brief history that shows up in many textbooks might be that the Indus Valley Civilization declined, the Mauryan Empire rose and fell 1500 years later, the Mughals invaded another 1500 years later, and then the British Empire occupied the country. Part of this is simply that large empires that battle with outside forces generally have more written about them. For example, we know a great deal about the Sakas even though they have produced little writing or history themselves, due to their interactions with the Greeks, Persians, and Chinese. So, to fill in some of these gaps in Indian history, in this article I will be writing about Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhonsle (b. 1630; d. 1680), one of the most energetic and successful leaders in recent memory. His actions and methods show him to be a true princeps, and after his death, his Maratha Empire would span all of India, acting as the primary power on the subcontinent in between the dominance of the Mughals and the British Raj.
Suppose you’re using Firebase to authenticate users on your client webapp, but then you add a backend API that you would like to protect with Firebase authentication as well. In this article, I will show you how to protect your Python Flask API’s endpoints with Firebase authentication using the Firebase Admin SDK.
When people discuss the issue of abortion and stem-cell research, the issue is often seen as one that pertains to Christianity. As a Hindu, I was curious what the classical Hindu literature has to say on the subject. One of the things that stood out in my exploration was how explicitly they are against the practice of abortion, but moreover how little time is spent justifying that claim. The belief that abortion is wrong comes across as a given, like stealing is wrong, or murdering is wrong.
Oftentimes in an Electron app, you’ll want to open a URL that points to a page
outside of your app. By default, the app will open the URL directly in your app
rather than the user’s browser. To change this behavior, we first have to
register a window open handler on your app’s
I recently came across DKB IO’s post called Google Search is Dying on
Hacker News. It’s definitely good food for thought, and really gets at some of
the problems that make search a difficult space. In particular, the post brings
up how people often search for things in Google by adding
stackexchange depending on what they’re searching for.
The purpose of OAuth is to obtain a token that allows your app to make requests to a third-party service on behalf of a user. This let’s you do things like access their GitHub repositories for code analysis, access their Slack messages to create a bot, or access their Google Sheets to import them into your tools.
We are rapidly approaching an inflection point in the history of money. With the rapid increase in the number of U.S. dollars in circulation, the meteoric rise of cryptocurrencies in the public consciousness, and the waning of the American cultural and economic empire, now is the most important time in U.S. history to understand how money works. There are three important questions we need to answer about our current economic state:
In this post I wanted to share one of the chess openings that I love playing as white, The Fried Liver Attack. It is not considered a great opening for master-level players, or even strong players below the master level. But for everyone else, The Fried Liver Attack is an extremely aggressive approach that most players will have trouble defending well.
A lot of the prominent political killings of the 19th and 20th centuries were committed by lone gunmen. These gunmen have killed prominent politicians and world leaders. These were events with enormous consequences for both domestic and foreign policy. Yet, we are told that these men largely acted alone without the backing of powerful state actors and motivated by ideals not power. We were told that they were not members of the government, not foreign agents, not soldiers, and not usurpers, but simply rogue criminals. In other words, there was no conspiracy, just a killer on the loose. Let’s take a brief look at some of these assassins.
Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Principe, or The Prince, is one of the most misunderstood texts of the last thousand years. When people think of The Prince, they think of a manual for tyrannical sociopaths. Certainly, its many notable fans, such as Benito Mussolini, Josef Stalin, and John Gotti add to its reputation. Its most famous fans may have been sociopaths, but were they following what Machiavelli actually advised? The two notions that fuel the popular narrative about The Prince are that a Machiavellian ruler would be oppressive, and that Machiavelli outright recommends that it is better for the ruler to be feared than loved. These misconceptions cause most people to miss the overall mission of The Prince.
It is a shame that what should be a personal medical decision has become an extremely political one. We are inundated with ads, political messages, and news segments delivered in hushed tones about the imminent danger of COVID-19. We are made to feel that our own safety and everyone else’s safety is dependent on getting the vaccine. But, what are the facts?
In Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, you play as Venom Snake, a soldier for the Militaires Sans Frontières (MSF) mercenary group who has been in a medically induced coma for 10 years. He discovers that the MSF has been dissolved and replaced by the Diamond Dogs. Apart from completing various missions, Snake is tasked with improving and defending the group’s Mother Base, an offshore military base near the Seychelles. To customize your Mother Base, the game allows you to design an emblem. This custom emblem will then be emblazoned all over Mother Base, displayed on vehicles used by the Diamond Dogs, and worn by Venom Snake himself. But, it isn’t possible to export the image out of the game, so I decided to make a webapp to turn my emblem into a phone or desktop wallpaper. It became an excellent opportunity to learn about LitElement and Docker. Be sure to check out the app on emblemsnake.com, and find the code on GitHub.
This is a walkthrough of the tech stack that I use to gather and analyze sports. It should apply just as well to any data on the internet though. I’ve used this tech stack to publish a couple of articles, Dispelling Eagles Injury Myths and Is the NFL serious about concussions?, using data from Pro Football Reference. I’ve also published the code on my nfldata GitHub project.
When I made this website, I learned quite a bit about domain names, hosting, HTML, CSS, and more. So, I thought I would share some of the steps in my process to help others make their own websites.
Coming off a miraculous 2017 title run, the 2018 Eagles have been mediocre at best. Last season, the Eagles won the Super Bowl, despite a rash of injuries, most notably to MVP candidate Carson Wentz. They were lauded for having a complete team with tremendous depth.