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Just Nuts

My Cuisinart ice cream maker had arrived only a few days before the e-mail did. I did a double-take when I saw the subject line: trying to track down Nathan Kurz Nathan Kurz? The Nathan Kurz? The Nathan Kurz of Scream sorbet? … Continue reading

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Reviving Scream Sorbet

My unhealthy obsession with Scream Sorbet began at the Grand Lake Farmers’ Market in Oakland, where after a run around Lake Merritt in late 2010, I rewarded myself with a scoop of Nathan Kurz’s pistachio sorbet. While I’m a fan … Continue reading

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Translation

The idea of learning by translating is well known to anyone who has tried Duolingo, but I rediscovered it in a new context recently. I had planned to take piano lessons this fall at the SF Community Music Center but … Continue reading

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The Bug 2

[Earlier installments of The Bug] Now that I knew about the bug, the next thing to do was tell my advisor. It had been just a few weeks since he said to a luminary visiting campus, “One of my students generalized the entropy power inequality,” to which the … Continue reading

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The Bug

As I read through “Information theoretic inequalities”, it felt like the icing on the cake: a simpler proof of a result from my Master’s thesis. The result itself wasn’t the focus of my Master’s but instead facilitated the proof of a number of other results, … Continue reading

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Invoking Authority

Over dinner recently, a friend mentioned that when he is unfamiliar with a topic, he tends to accept what he reads on that topic at face value. The remark sparked some thoughts I’ve been having about how the way in … Continue reading

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Propagating Errors

Jim mentioned Puzzled Pint a few months ago, but it conflicted with an improv rehearsal. However, this month, we decided to make Puzzled Pint our troupe’s social outing. The first step in Puzzled Pint is to figure out where the … Continue reading

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