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There May Still Hope for Me

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There is a long-held belief among academics that truly creative intellectual work can only be performed by the young. (For example, Hardy wrote, “I do not know of an instance of a major mathematical advance initiated by a man past fifty.”) I'll be honest - as I get older it's pretty depressing to ponder the possibility that my best, most innovative and productive years (intellectually speaking) may be behind me. But this terrific article in the New Yorker gives me hope - it's the story of Yitang Zhang, a mathematician who solved a 150 year old problem at the age of 51.

There may still be hope for me yet! :)


Moving to Known

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I've moved my personal website over to run on the Known platform. Known is a tool that let's me post status updates, blogs posts, photographs, check-ins, bookmarks, etc. on a site that I completely own and control and simultaneously publish them on other sites like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Foursquare, etc. This model is sometimes referred to POSSE:

POSSE is an acronym/abbreviation for Publish (on your) Own Site, Syndicate Elsewhere. It's a Syndication Model where the flow involves posting your content on your own domain first, then syndicating out copies to 3rd party services with perma(short)links back to the original version.

I'm increasingly convinced that owning all my data is critically important. Depending on someone else (like Facebook) to grant me access to my own data just isn't acceptable. I'll continue to POSSE my updates to these 3rd party sites so others can see them, but they'll be originating from here.