I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and dog-gone it, people like me. Writing grant applications

For two years I was on the Canadian NSERC committee that reviewed individual grant applications. Fascinating.

After reading dozens of applications you can begin to see patterns emerging. I’m going to review some of these  patterns, all but one of which I don’t recommend. No guarantees but I hope this helps.

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The Secret of Academic Success – or fun filled failure if you prefer

In my research career I’ve discovered many things, including the secret of academic success (too late to help my own career). I’m  going to share the secret  with  you.

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Map Reduce for Mortals

Suppose you want the sum of the squares of the  elements of a list congruent to 1 mod 3 you can write

reduce(lambda t,x t+x,map(square,filter(lambda x: x % 3 == 1,[1,2,3,4,5])))

Clear? As mud … (there are plenty of tutorials online about map, filter and reduce).

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Implementing pyLucid

In a companion post I give an overview of pyLucid, a version of Lucid close to that found in the Lucid book and implemented in Python. Here is an overview of the implementation.

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pyLucid – a Lucid Interpreter Written in Python

I was  feeling energetic so I wrote a Lucid interpreter. I used Python and it turned out pretty well.

Lucid has been around for donkey’s years but for a long time there’s been no public implementation. Dataflow’s making a comeback and hopefully Lucid with it. I want it to be possible for interested people to run Lucid programs. Hence pyLucid.

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Double Slit Experiment No Mystery

How can you be in two places at once
When you’re not anywhere at all
— Firesign Theater

[Note: this is NOT original research. I just read the right book]

The famous double slit experiment is an unfathomably deep mystery, any number of people will tell you. People who should know. Experts.

Briefly, you shoot a beam of particles at a screen with vertical slits in it (maybe only two slits) and when they hit a detector screen on the other side you get a diffraction pattern. As if the beam were waves instead of particles. Even when you send one particle at a time.

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Free Sex Pot Bust Rap – Introduction to Noun Talk

The title of this post is a real headline from the Berkeley Barb (many years ago).

It made quite an impression on me at the time though it’s not clear what it means. I believe it was a discussion of a marijuana arrest at a sexual freedom league meeting. It sums up a lot of what was going on in Berkeley in those days.

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