What on the Internet do I find interesting?
- Programming Languages and Verification group at MIT CSAIL
- Programming Methods Laboratory (the Scala lab) at EPFL
- Educational Studies Program, runs educational programs for middle- and high-schoolers
- SPARC, the Summer Program on Applied Rationality and Cognition
- Panini Linguistics Olympiad, linguistics contest for Indian high schoolers
- Monsoon Math Camp, an Indian math camp for high schoolers
- Euler Circle, advanced math circle in the California Bay Area (although currently online)
- Causality in Cognition Lab at Stanford
- A nice article about me in the MIT News!
- The Short, Tampered Clavier, a kind of dead blog run by me and a few friends.
- Not really a link, but a personal wishlist:
- studio headphones
- small earrings — geometric shapes, animals, icons, etc.
- webcomic merch or perhaps tasteful prints
- a nice and/or quaint poster, or perhaps “How to Work Better”, also postcards, notecards, and the like
- a insulated travel mug with lid
- a skateboard
- an adjustable wrench
- I used to maintain a selected list of subjects I took at MIT along with my reflections about them. The content, instructors, and subject numbers may have changed since I wrote these!
- Colophon for this website.
- Friends who have
plagiarizedadapted my website’s sources for their own personal websites: Mandar Juvekar, Aalok Sathe, Shinjini Ghosh
- Questionable Content (no, it’s not NSFW) sitcom-style but with sentient robots
- Wondermark, absurd humor with Victorian visuals
- Strong Female Protagonist, superheroes and supervillains and moral dilemmas (the protagonist is a female who is strong)
- Subnormality, extremely detailed artwork with often deep social commentary, not your typical comic
- The Perry Bible Fellowship, charming art and offbeat punchlines
- xkcd, very nerdy
- Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, also nerdy and often dark
- Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality (HPMOR) by Eliezer Yudkowsky. The only fanfic of any kind that I’ve ever liked. ‘What if Harry Potter was a rationalist?’
- Worm and Pact, two webserials by wildly successful debutant Internet author ‘wildbow’. The premise of Worm is superpowers in a very imperfect, human world, from city blocks to planetary politics; the premise of Pact is dealings with the supernatural, who have a polity of their own.
- UNSONG: ‘What if Kabbalistic Judaism were true, in a power-hungry capitalist world?’ By Scott Alexander, roughly in the genre of rational fiction, very engaging.
- What football will look like in the future – 17776, football but also science fiction.
- SCP Foundation, a sprawling, wiki-style collection of stories set in a universe with mysterious supernatural artifacts ‘secured, contained, and protected’ by the Foundation.
Newsletters/blogs I read
- The Browser, an exceptionally good curated newsletter of well-written articles on various topics, current and past
- Marginal Revolution, on current scientific, political, and economic events, by Tyler Cowen and Alex Tabarrok
- Astral Codex Ten, Scott Alexander writes about medicine, anthropology, and rationality. Always very thoughtful.
- The Baffler, “The Journal That Blunts the Cutting Edge”. Weekly dose of cynical takes.
- Aeon and its sister Psyche, broadly reflecting on the human condition. Often insightful.
- EFFector from the Electronic Frontier Foundation on digital rights
- Free Software Supporter from the Free Software Foundation
- MIT Daily, daily news from MIT
- MIT Technology Review, technology news (and a bimonthly magazine)
- Rajan Parrikar’s Music Archive is both a curated archive of thousands of rare, old, Hindustani classical music recordings, and a large collection of artful blog posts about Hindustani classical music from a seasoned connoiseur.
- SwarGanga has handy tools to search for raags or bandishes by their notes.
- Aathavanitli Gani has a huge collection of lyrics and metadata about Marathi songs.
- The Darbar Festival YouTube channel has high-quality recordings of modern classical artists.
- Rahul Deshpande has an audioblog about Hindustani classical music: facts, opinions, and stories interspersed with short vocal demonstrations. (This used to be on his now-defunct website.)
- Pink Trombone, an interactive sound-producing model of the vocal cavity that is a great phonetics teaching tool.
- My friend lindrew’s website has extensive and complete LaTeX notes for many subjects he’s taken at MIT.
- DeTeXify, find the LaTeX command for a handwritten symbol.
- The LaTeX WikiBook. My go-to LaTeX reference for simple things.
- Digital Dictionaries of South Asia, full-text access to high-quality online dictionaries (although I only have direct experience with the Marathi ones)
- Sanskrit Dictionary for Spoken Sanskrit
- CSS Autoprefixer (for cross-browser CSS compatibility)
- MathILy (and MathILy-Er), an enriching and very fun math camp. The same people run an REU-style program called MathILy-EST.
- Lockhart’s Lament, a cogent piece about mathematics education
- the mango zone – ‘self-described hacker who goes by the name of Alex’(?)
- Bret Victor, purveyor of impossible dreams – personal website of an education/design/engineering activist
- The Recurse Center, “a self-directed, community-driven educational retreat for programmers” that I’ve only seen and heard great things about