(Archive) Want to Subscribe? Use RSS!

The best way to keep up with what I'm doing is to periodically check for updates, much like how you periodically run pacman -Syu on your Arch Linux machine. However, the more people you keep up with and the more individual websites you have to visit, the more of a pain this process becomes. Enter RSS feeds. Why Use RSS? RSS feeds functions like social media without the bad parts.

(Archive) I'm Never Going to Finish Reading Infinite Jest

The year is 2157. I'm sitting in a room with a book in my hand. No, the room is the book. If you look closely, you can make out the slight imprint of the faded words "Infinite Jest" lining the walls, miniscule page numbers spanning the contents like hieroglyphs. We turn our attention to the rest of the "room". On the ceiling is emptiness: there is no light, or any hope of one.

(Archive) Linear Algebra and Its Applications, Part 1: An Introduction

Yes, the title refers to that one horrid textbook that everybody uses. I hope that reading the title brought back some fond memories of your first Linear Algebra course! Welcome to my new series on the many applications of Linear Algebra! I'm not exactly sure which applications I'll cover or how many just yet, but for now I'll just go with the flow. I'm also not much of an applied mathematician, so I'll probably end up writing about the applications of Linear Algebra in other fields of math or something like that.

(Archive) How to Contact Me

Email Addresses simon@simonxiang.xyz simonxiang@utexas.edu My Public GPG Key On Cell Phones If you know me in real life, you probably know my cell phone number or someone that has my cell phone number. The quickest way to contact me is by call. I won't respond to texts quickly because my phone doesn't alert me if someone texts— by nature they convey less important information and are more prone to sucking you into a spiral of distraction.

(Archive) Digital Privacy is Like the Blinds on Your Windows

When I'm at home, I prefer to keep my blinds down, unless the Sun is hitting my window at a good angle. It gives me a sense of security and calm to know that I can do whatever I want without the possibility of anyone scrutinizing my actions. I do things like reading books and taking showers behind the safety of my blinds— it's not like these are inherently immoral acts that need to be kept secret, thus justifying my use of blinds.