Some kinds of writing are formal and strongly considered, the product of a careful revising and editing process. Other kinds are casual and off-the-cuff. In response to recent controversial articles I've seen people suggesting that we treat all writing as being formal, and that people should restrict informal communication to speech.  I think this would be harmful, and both kinds of writing serve important roles.
One thing I really like about the EA community is that we can build ideas collaboratively over large distances, where many of us have never met in person. This works in part because we have public venues where people can write the way they would speak at a meetup. You try to make yourself understood to the people you're talking to, mostly talking in the moment as opposed to taking time out to research and reflect.
As ideas become more developed it's also good to have formal venues, like papers, blog posts,  and conference talks, where people can carefully put together the strongest version of their thoughts for wide distribution and careful consideration by others.
This is another aspect of being responsible about transparency. If writing in casual public discussion gets you jumped on, that pushes that kind of discussion toward private venues. The benefits a community where people everywhere can freely participate are very high. more...
Living with several vegans I've been trying to figure out more vegan recipies I'm happy with. One thing I've recently gotten pretty excited about as an ingredient in sauces is chickpea puree. It's pretty great:
Later this month I'll be leaving Google, after four—nearly five—good years. I'm finding myself quite wistful: it's the best place I've worked, with a great culture and so many wonderful people. Google's reputation as an excellent place to work is well-deserved, and the Cambridge office is awesome. So why am I leaving?
I joined Google so I could earn money to donate, and over my time here I've been able to donate over half a million dollars. Now I have the opportunity to do something even more valuable: building a mobile money system in a low-income country. I previously estimated that expanding mobile money would be extremely beneficial, and I think Wave can make it happen. more...
Blokus is typically a turn-based game, but it also makes a fun real-time game:
Everyone plays at once, no turns
Only use one hand
Be very careful not to disturb pieces that are already placed
It's a silly game, don't take it too seriously
It plays in about a minute.
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