Alex Raichev

The Economics of Happiness

The failure of globalization and how small, slow, and local is the way to go.

Watch it on Thought Maybe

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-08-05
Tags: video
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There Is No Light

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By Wildbirds and Peacedrums from their 2008 album The Snake.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-07-29
Tags: video, drums
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Short and Straight

A devout, elderly village lady from a nearby province came on a pilgrimage to Wat Ba Pong. She told Achaan Chah she could stay only a short time, as she had to return to take care of her great grandchildren, and since she was an old lady, she asked if he could please give her a brief Dharma talk.

He replied with great force, "Hey, listen. There's no one here, just this. No owner, no one to be old, to be young, to be good or bad, weak or strong. Just this, that's all; various elements of nature playing themselves out, all empty. No one born and no one to die. Those who speak of death are speaking the language of ignorant children. In the language of the heart, of Dharma, there's no such thing.

"When we carry a burden, it's heavy. When there's no one to carry it, there's not a problem in the world. Do not look for good or bad or for anything at all. Do not be anything. There's nothing more; just this."

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-07-21
Tags: nonduality
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P Value Bad, Confidence Interval Good

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Video sourced from YouTube here, and the comments there are also informative.

This video relates to the replication crisis in science.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-07-02
Tags: video, stats
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Homemade Techno

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Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-06-28
Tags: video, drums
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Stretch at Your Desk

PDF version here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-06-28
Tags: health
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Leinartas Partial Fraction Decompositions

I wrote some notes on Leinartas multivariate partial fraction decompositions and Sage code to compute them. If that sounds useful to you, check out the notes and code on my R&D page. Extra points if you review the Sage patch :-)

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-06-27
Tags: math
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Why We Get Fat

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Gary Taubes giving a lecture summary of his book Why We Get Fat.

Video sourced from YouTube here.

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-27
Tags: health, video
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Jag Mandir

'Jag Mandir' is a documentary by Werner Herzogabout a grand cultural performance in Udaipur, India. One of the dance and music acts of the performance contains a funky rhythm that i've adapted to drum set and call 'Jag Mandir'. Here is a lo-fi mobile phone recording of me playing it:

Jag Mandir

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: beatlog, music, drums
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The Apprentice

By Billy Martin from 'Illy Beats Volume 2'.

The Apprentice

Author: Alex Raichev
Date: 2012-04-24
Tags: beatlog, music
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