Author Archives: Brent

Maniac week postmortem

My maniac week was a great success! First things first: here’s a time-lapse video1 (I recommend watching it at the full size, 1280×720). Some statistics2: Total hours of productive work: 55.5 (74 pings) Average hours of work per day3: 11 … Continue reading

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Readers wanted!

tl;dr: Read a draft of my thesis and send me your feedback by September 9! Over the past year I’ve had several people say things along the lines of, “let me know if you want me to read through your … Continue reading

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Maniac week

Inspired by Bethany Soule (and indirectly by Nick Winter, and also by the fact that my dissertation defense and the start of the semester are looming), I am planning a “maniac week” while Joyia and Noah will be at the … Continue reading

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Anafunctors

This is part four in a series of posts on avoiding the axiom of choice (part one, part two, part three). In my previous post, we considered the “Axiom of Protoequivalence”—that is, the statement that every fully faithful, essentially surjective … Continue reading

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AC and equivalence of categories

This is part three in a series of posts on avoiding the axiom of choice (part one, part two). In my previous post, I explained one place where the axiom of choice often shows up in category theory, namely, when … Continue reading

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Unique isomorphism and generalized “the”

This is part two in a series of posts on avoiding the axiom of choice; you can read part one here. In category theory, one is typically interested in specifying objects only up to unique isomorphism. In fact, definitions which … Continue reading

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Avoiding the axiom of choice, part I

I’m hard at work on my dissertation, and plan to get back to doing a bit of blogging based on stuff I’m writing and thinking about, as a way of forcing myself to explain things clearly and to potentially get … Continue reading

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Diagrams 1.0

The diagrams team is very pleased to announce the 1.0 release of diagrams, a framework and embedded domain-specific language for declarative drawing in Haskell. Check out the gallery for some examples of what it can do. Diagrams can be used … Continue reading

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Catsters guide

tl;dr: http://byorgey.wordpress.com/catsters-guide-2/ In an attempt to solidify and extend my knowledge of category theory, I have been working my way through the excellent series of category theory lectures posted on Youtube by Eugenia Cheng and Simon Willerton, aka the Catsters. … Continue reading

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In defense of drawing by coding

Just some half-baked thoughts in repsonse to Bret Victor’s talk, Drawing Dynamic Visualizations (along with his addendum here). As usual, it is a fun and inspiring talk, so if you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it; but I will … Continue reading

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