Thu 13 Aug 2020

Two Deaths

In the afternoon I discovered that the Hapalopus sp. Colombia "large" I've kept since the 7th of April, 2020 had passed away. It had molted recenly and looked fine.

Earlier this week, the 10th, the little scorpion I kept, Chaerilus sp. Java, also passed away. I also had this little one since the 7th of April. As it was quite round I guess it got stuck while attempting to molt. Or maybe the high temperatures in the room; more than 30°C (86°F), were too much for the two of them.

So that leaves me with 9 tarantulas and zero scorpions. I am going to move the 9 to a cooler place in the house, our bedroom, just to be sure.

Sets and Probability

I’ve been a big fan of Nassim Taleb’s Incerto. He wrote a series of essays on life, where all the topics revolve around decision making under uncertainty. I wanted to dig deeper on some of the more technical concepts he alluded too, so last year I explored a few textbooks on probability theory.

I was surprised with how elegant the field was. The most inspiring idea to me was how the originators interpreted probability through set theory. Not only is it a beautiful way to look at things, but by seeing it this way, they could apply few axioms, leverage set theory, and badabing badaboom they had a whole field’s worth of discoveries.

Source: Sets and Probability, an article by Stepan Parunashvili.