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Side-projects and off-topics

1b324e4900e79878eb518c1263b41795?s=47 Piotr Migdał
September 28, 2014

Side-projects and off-topics


Piotr Migdał

September 28, 2014


  1. Side-projects and off-topics Piotr Migdał 5th Offtopicarium 28 Sept 2014,

    Węgierska Górka, Poland
  2. “All of my best projects are side projects. And yours?”

  3. Off-topic this very event is a side-project on off-topics!

  4. Standards • assuring minimal quality • matching expectations • ...but

    have their drawbacks
  5. http://www.economist.com/content/big-mac-index

  6. Topics (as seen by officials) programing physics biology research education

  7. Topics (as seen by Nature) programing physics biology research education

  8. work-life balance “work”-life balance work-“life” balance work-life “balance”

  9. The standard approach work fun/life/... do whatever you are paid

    for do whatever you like
  10. The ideal* approach work=fun/life/... * for some maybe in academia?

    now? LOL
  11. Or maybe in betwen work side-projects fun/life/... website? novel? drone?

    activism? research paper? game? algorithm?
  12. None
  13. Bay Area spirit • changing the world • believing in

    one’s ideas • focus (!= work/life balance) • a lot of startups • a lot of meetups / co-work groups
  14. Bars I would do it... even if I had to

    pay for it! if no costs were involved if I were paid if I were paid a lot
  15. Incentives • Do things that make sense • Do things

    that are being evaluated learning vs getting grades (grading shapes things) creative things are left out
  16. ...and then Facebook

  17. Bell inequality (one of quantum information founding blocks)

  18. Wolfenstein 3D Doom / Doom 2 “ideas from the depth”

  19. John Carmack • incredible focus and work ethics • (I

    would guess - Asperger’s syndrome ;)) • still a programer [oculus picture]
  20. “In the information age, the barriers [to entry into programming]

    just aren't there. The barriers are self imposed. If you want to set off and go develop some grand new thing, you don't need millions of dollars of capitalization. You need enough pizza and Diet Coke to stick in your refrigerator, a cheap PC to work on, and the dedication to go through with it. We slept on floors. We waded across rivers.” John Carmack
  21. see also: http://crastina.se/theres-no-projects-like-side-projects/