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This page contains an archive of all of the material I have written for this site and is the best way to get a feel for what this site is actually about.

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Chronological list of everything I’ve written here

2014-09-02 » Measuring belief by constraint

2014-08-26 » Driving rules

2014-08-20 » How to survive air travel

2014-08-07 » Resources for a personal finance reboot

2014-07-13 » Finishing two hours later

2014-07-12 » Glosoli by Sigur Ros

2014-07-11 » Life lesson: Not enough data

2014-06-14 » Circular reasoning and your model

2014-06-13 » Not quite dead yet

2013-05-31 » Octopress

2013-03-14 » Moving to Boston

2013-03-13 » Vortex shedding around skyscrapers

2013-03-11 » Before and after earthquake photos

2013-03-05 » Responding to skepticism toward your model

2013-03-04 » Commenting Excel files

2013-03-04 » Preventing Instapaper bankruptsy

2013-02-27 » Bay Bridge cable walk photos

2013-02-27 » WordPress blog migration notes

2013-02-26 » Live from Only A Model dot com

2013-02-12 » The Dr. Bunsen custom notebook

2013-02-06 » Writing tool: Something to Throw

2013-02-05 » Cello Talks by David Finckel

2013-01-20 » Seth Godin on important problems

2013-01-09 » Units of expertise

2013-01-08 » Skyline of iconic skyscrapers

2013-01-03 » PhD defense advice and resources

2013-01-02 » Roderick on year-end lists

2013-01-01 » Looking back at 2012

2012-12-05 » Disappearing Golden Gate Bridge

2012-12-04 » Thesis to committee

2012-11-12 » How user-friendly should technical software be?

2012-11-07 » Heilmeier’s Catechism

2012-10-20 » How much would you say you work?

2012-10-19 » Comparison is toxic

2012-10-17 » Richter’s Vivaldi Recomposed

2012-10-17 » John Von Neumann on precision

2012-10-14 » You should write more

2012-10-14 » Elon Musk: Coax negative feedback

2012-10-12 » Teachers

2012-10-11 » Chicago skyline from the plane

2012-10-11 » When optimism doesn’t make you happier

2012-10-10 » Circa Trumps Moleskine

2012-10-02 » Benefits of having an iPad at a conference poster session

2012-10-01 » iPhone + international travel

2012-08-29 » Current Status

2012-08-19 » Structural dynamics in everyday life

2012-08-15 » Jad Abumrad on Radiolab’s inception

2012-08-14 » Historical RSS Service Idea

2012-08-14 » Don’t panic. Work the problem.

2012-08-03 » Writing-related activity

2012-08-02 » Ready to learn

2012-08-02 » Day One Journaling App

2012-08-01 » Numerical analysis on a solid state drive

2012-07-31 » Thesis typography: Bembo + Gill Sans

2012-07-26 » Why Sublime Text is a great text editor for finite element models

2012-07-24 » Why Sublime Text 2

2012-07-23 » Review of the SpaceMouse Pro 3D Mouse

2012-06-05 » Chesterton on Architecture

2012-05-25 » Breaking: Interview with engineer on mainstream tech site

2012-05-25 » Asking the reader to do the writer’s job

2012-05-20 » Introducing Top of the World

2012-05-18 » Unexpected results are good

2012-05-17 » PDF syncing in Sublime Text for LaTeX on Windows

2012-05-16 » Enough Python to keep me happy

2012-05-01 » Problem to be solved

2012-04-06 » Burj Dubai finite element model

2012-04-05 » Dealing with temperamental scientific models

2012-04-04 » How to digitize a graph on Windows

2012-04-02 » Reading research papers on the iPad

2012-03-30 » Two weeks with the new iPad

2012-03-16 » Militarize your backyard with Python

2012-03-09 » Indefinite social media hiatus

2012-03-07 » CS Lewis quotes on reading

2012-03-05 » Expanding your finite element toolkit

2012-03-02 » Keeping seminar questions classy

2012-02-22 » Fix the table of contents line breaking headache in LaTeX

2012-02-10 » Before you read Bringhurst on typography

2012-02-09 » Breaking down your research problem

2012-01-26 » Toward better blog archives

2012-01-23 » Who should you study with?

2012-01-19 » You might be a structural engineer if

2012-01-13 » When building collapse simulation meets social science

2012-01-12 » A 25-year retrospective on the finite element method

2012-01-12 » Corresponding authors who don’t correspond

2012-01-11 » How to email a professor (and make them want to help you)

2012-01-05 » Artificial scarcity and your laptop charger

2012-01-04 » If it disagrees with experiments, it’s wrong

2011-12-20 » Filter a website RSS feed for your specific interests

2011-12-19 » Hire engineers and teach them to program? Or the other way around?

2011-12-16 » This has at times hurt my career

2011-12-15 » Should you drop my class?

2011-12-14 » How to improve font rendering on Windows

2011-12-14 » Grad students always use the most complicated model

2011-12-12 » Teaching computational thinking

2011-12-07 » Finding papers that use—but never identify—a specific software platform

2011-12-05 » Graduate school—now or later?

2011-11-29 » Advice for new university instructors

2011-11-29 » Seize the year with a wall calendar

2011-11-25 » Don’t waste your slot

2011-11-21 » Book review: Visualize This

2011-11-17 » How to get started writing your thesis in LaTeX

2011-11-08 » Numerical models and crystal balls

2011-11-04 » Is engineering education too hard?

2011-10-28 » Make links in LaTeX documents print in black and white

2011-10-27 » Typographers care (way) more than you do

2011-10-26 » How to end your seminar or conference talk

2011-10-25 » Visualization of leaning buildings

2011-10-13 » How to generate ternary plots in Matplotlib

2011-10-07 » Advice for great bridge photographs

2011-10-05 » Doing science in the open—thoughts from Michael Nielsen

2011-09-27 » Know your tools better, test ideas faster

2011-09-21 » The sad state of computer science education for engineers

2011-09-20 » Survival guide for your first year of graduate school

2011-09-19 » iOS apps for LaTeX aficionados

2011-08-30 » Liberating and future-proofing your research data

2011-08-24 » How to make Windows more Mac-like (for frequent switchers)

2011-08-24 » How to predict an earthquake

2011-08-23 » Does teaching make grad students better researchers?

2011-07-26 » Why I really love LaTeX (and you should too)

2011-07-20 » A few thoughts on O’Reilly Media

2011-07-18 » Embedding real-time feedback loops in exams

2011-07-07 » Speed up plot rendering in Python/Matplotlib

2011-06-22 » Software applications so transparent they disappear

2011-06-20 » Does the Kindle provide an immersive reading experience?

2011-06-15 » How to stand up to fellow (graduate) students who cheat

2011-06-13 » What I think about people who cheat in engineering classes

2011-06-10 » Is the Internet making us anti-intellectual?

2011-05-24 » Giving a conference talk John Wheeler style

2011-05-23 » Teaching and notetaking in technicolor

2011-05-20 » Time spent on basic ideas is never wasted

2011-05-13 » How to build a great academic website

2011-05-04 » Why build a website to archive your research?

2011-03-04 » How to learn a new finite element analysis code

2011-03-03 » What do structural engineers do?

2011-03-01 » Are you actually good at what you do?

2011-02-25 » Introduction to Abaqus FEA (tutorial)

2011-02-18 » Putting the thesis into proper perspective

2011-02-03 » Do you need ideal conditions to do great work?

2011-02-02 » Why trust your instincts when you discover new tools?

2011-01-20 » Engineers and “exact” calculations

2011-01-19 » Why we have to nail practical design guidelines

2011-01-07 » Before you skip my class

2011-01-04 » Giving technical talks to a target audience

2010-12-29 » How finite element mesh generation algorithms work (video)

2010-12-21 » My conversion to the open scholar cause

2010-12-13 » Reducing bias when grading exams

2010-12-09 » Why engineers need a master’s degree

2010-12-03 » Writing in an infinitely editable medium

2010-12-02 » Optimizing signal vs noise on the Internet

2010-11-30 » Things you never say to a graduate student

2010-11-29 » Why I started this blog/website

2010-11-24 » Henry Petroski- “Engineering is not science”

2010-11-24 » Teaching math in a physical world- SOHCOHTOH (sic) edition

2010-11-17 » Books every graduate student should read

2010-11-16 » And that’s why you always solve your own exam first

2010-11-15 » How to digitize a graph on a Mac

2010-11-11 » The choose your own adventure PhD

2010-11-09 » How to automatically buzz guests in your neighborhood or apartment

2010-11-05 » No more FM transmitters: My quest for iPhone audio sanity

2010-10-28 » John Nash on sharing credit for ideas

2010-10-25 » Quote: believing experiments vs simulations

2010-10-24 » Lessons learned from forensic FEA of failed RC structures

2010-10-15 » How I started reading again

2010-10-08 » What can a EE learn from statics?

2010-09-28 » I belong to Jesus Christ

2010-09-25 » The human impact of your work

2010-09-03 » Why you should re-read your article

2010-09-03 » A homework solution format that works

2010-09-03 » How to succeed in engineering courses 101

2010-08-20 » Music animation machine

2010-08-20 » Course average calculator

2009-01-19 » Engage challenge