How to find and access quality sources for research.

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One of the most frustrating prospects for writing a scientific article is having the right access to quality sources. A foreign language learner’s blog is fundamentally different than a journal addressing second language acquisition. Google (including Google Scholar) only gets you so far without a more comprehensive toolkit of resources to draw from. Most journals want money for an article, others have a web interface that rivals something spawned from the ARPANET era which even modern search engines struggle to index.

The only real answer if you aren’t attached to a large research firm or a university in some way…


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Chess is the quintessential strategy game taught in the West. Virtually any English speaker can play chess, or at least knows the basics of the game. Supposedly, 70% of adults per a YouGov poll in various Western countries have played chess at some point. But, what if you want the chess experience but don’t want to play international chess?

Chess is largely viewed as a strategic or tactical game since it eliminates elements of chance. It is a fascinating game from a mathematical and theoretical perspective. Orthodox chess isn’t quite a solved game, but a computer can consistently attain a…


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Metadata provides a general description of what is contained in a collection or repository of data which can range from technical specifications such as resolution or color depth for images, what the general contents are for GIS applications (region, lat/longs, etc.), to where and how the data was collected. With the right model, metadata can become the workable data for determining trends. Combining the metadata with the actual contents of the data can provide even more information with the right process.

There are countless examples of metadata, but if you’ve worked with any modern operating system you’ve seen metadata in…


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Staring at a screen all day doesn’t come without its costs. While I really don’t want to stare at a screen all day, it’s a bit hard not to when you work in tech and blog on the side. It takes its toll on your body, both your back and your eyes.

I had serious issues with tension headaches, migraines, and even just an inability to focus before I learned how to reduce my eyestrain. Ideally, you should just let your eyes rest, but depending on your workload or goals, this isn’t always an option. …


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The internet as a global information tool has been in free fall for decades now. It started the second the government understood its information delivery abilities. While Gilmore’s quote that: The Net interprets censorship as damage and routes around it, has largely rung true, the number of valid routes around are dwindling in some areas. There are still routes to certain areas, but they’ve gotten rarer and harder to navigate.

Some places have censorship to the point a VPN or similar isn’t a luxury; it’s a necessity for access, in or out. Others are gated by content being filtered by…


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It’s hard to run out of ideas to write about, but it’s easy to run out of ideas worth writing about. At a certain point, the object of your writing becomes less fixated on producing content, and more focused on producing content which pushes your brand. I can write about everything, but I can’t write about just anything.

As you plumb the depths of a topic, you hit a wall where your understanding isn’t high enough to progress. The less you know, the harder it is to learn quickly. You walk in a spiral out away from the base of…


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Tech work can be safely reproducible, or dangerously repetitive depending on your personality and where you are in your career. It’s as easy to land in a cushy position as it is to find yourself pigeonholed if you don’t expand your skill set. The pigeonholes are a lot more common though. It’s also easy to be made redundant if the primary technology (or technologies) you support fall to the wayside.

Technology moves rapidly and for every technology which has lasted decades, there are dozens which didn’t. Let’s learn how to stay ahead of the curve and how to stay educated…


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Edge computing is one of the biggest paradigm shifts for cloud computing in recent years. The concept of edge computing boils down to reducing “distance” between devices by moving them closer to the “edge” of their networks. This term can be confusing because the “edge” really doesn’t have a solid definition. The overall goal is to reduce long-distance communication between devices so that latency is reduced and the process is more efficient. You pull out the easy pieces which can be done on the hardware available on the edge. …


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My career exists and has thrived simply because I try to always find ways to add value to what I’m doing. I think of every problem as if I were a business trying to solve it. This impacts my approach to career, side jobs, hustles, and more. An entrepreneurial approach to most work problems can only improve the odds of success if tempered with an understanding of why the problem needs to be solved and how the business functions.

I used to think the secret to entrepreneurial success was to solve a problem and to be original when doing so…


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The majority of my programming job involves working with data. While CRUD (Create Retrieve Update Delete) can be enough for many processes, sometimes the data you get isn’t the data that your users want. The biggest obstacle facing data scientists at all levels is how to get data and make it useful. What you get isn’t always what you need, and companies want data they can actually act on.

Data needs to be actionable to be useful outside of an academic sense. There’s a difference between knowing a work contains 253 of a specific character, and knowing that this means…

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