"Frequently" Asked Questions
where frequently is defined as ≥ 0 times. In no particular order:
Did you make this website all by yourself?
No. I could not have built this site without lots of help. In no particular order, I'd like to 😘 give credit to Strikingly, the unknown author of this awesome math wallpaper, and S. Czajkowski (author of the underwater background loop video). My lifestyle today is also only possible because we live in the universe that included, but was not limited to, in no particular order, Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn, Ada Lovelace, Emmy Noether, my mom and dad, my kid, my soulmate, and all of you exactly as you are.
Do you own everything on this website?
Mostly. I own all work on this site and any site wherein I share content (All rights reserved. CC BY-SA 4.0 © 2021), unless I attributed it to someone else, in which case then they hold the copyrights. I try to capture the source of that which I share but sometimes I forget to, and then all I have is the content itself without a trackback for attribution. This does not mean that I imply ownership. If you feel that I have posted something without permission, please let me know and I’ll correct it.
Copyright is at once a simple and a complicated matter. Most of the 📜 legal framework around copyright was set into place before the Internet came onto the scene and is biased towards large corporations rather than creative individuals. No matter what my opinion on the matter is, the current copyright regime is the law and affects almost all usage of creative materials. Wikipedia’s copyright page has a lot of good information. (As an aside, you should donate to Wikimedia, and you should also support efforts to keep Wikipedia complete.) Basically, none of the content here can be reprinted without letting folks know where you got it; I'd appreciate it if you asked first though.
Is this really Angela's website?
Yes. I'm really me. This website used to have an encrypted validation tag, but it was abused by some sad soul to send me spam so I removed it and now you'll just have to take my word for it. (You can read all about the Keybase saga in Vicki Boykis excellent Normcore Tech newsletter here.)
Well, that and the publications, talks, interviews, patents, endorsements, etc.
No. I also don't keep any information about you. That’s a policy, I guess. Voilà.
For what it's worth, if you have not been careful about your browsing habits and setup, I 🕵 can probably see a lot of "anonymized" information about you. It's 😱 pretty scary when you think about it. You can use Tor if you want to keep your connection information anonymous and protect your privacy. You can also opt out of many of these services. You should also know that I use many intermediary services to make this page possible, and accept no responsibility for any liability attributable to any of them. As far as I'm aware, all services I knowingly use have a privacy and protection compliant data retention policy. There are also services I could but do not use (such as Google Analytics, for instance) because they are bundled with other services I use to build and host this page. There are no affiliate links and I do not make (even fractional) money from anything you click on this website.
I ask for your 💌 email in the contact form on this site. To be clear, I have no interest in spamming you. I will neither sell nor share your data with anyone for any reason without your express and explicit consent, unless required by law. To date, I have never sent a single email to anyone who's given me their info except in order to answer their specific request.
Whose opinions are these?
All mine. Any views or opinions presented herein are solely mine and do not necessarily represent those of any company I have been, currently am, or will ever be associated with. The postings on this site and any site wherein I share content, including but not limited to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, etc. are my own and don't represent my employer's (or anyone else's) positions, strategies, or opinions.
My opinions are my own; I'm not online to represent anyone or anything other than myself. I love my job in particular, gainful employment in general, and 🦄 unicorns; please do not endanger any of them.
How do you measure things?
Carefully. When I talk about 💰 monetary quantities, please note that they are discussed in original year indices, and do not account for price-index, capital market, or inflation adjustments.
Can I trust what you say?
Sometimes. We can't escape the matter of semantic and semiotic instabilities, which are only compounded by the fallibility of our sensory mechanisms in objectively describing reality. Also it turns out that objective reality might not even be a thing, so 🤷♀️
Frankly, in the grand scheme of things (with regards to the vast majority of human knowledge), most of the time 🤠 I have no idea what I'm talking about. As a mathematician, a recovering individually contributing data scientist, and an executive at a publicly-traded company, I tend to simplify things in order to be able to understand them. I may also be bound here and there by non-disclosure, non-disparagement, and other negotiated and non-negotiated agreements. So... grains of salt and all that.
Please keep in mind at all times that I am not a lawyer ⚖, a doctor 💉, a journalist 🗞, or an engineer 🛠; I also don't have a math license. There are more things that I am not an expert in than there are things in which I am an expert. Don’t blame me if you lack common sense.
I make no guarantees as to the accuracy, relevance, or quality of the content herein. I make no guarantees as to anything else herein either. I accept no liability for issues with the content of links (due to reasons including but not limited to deprecation, machine error, human error, human success, or meteor impact), or for the consequences of any actions taken on the basis of the information provided. Risks are inherent in the use of the Internet 🛰. Contact your vendors for additional information.
Do you have to use such salty language?
I also end sentences with prepositions; it's grammatically fine, and it's just something you'll have to learn to deal with. Remember, and this is important: you came to this site, this site did not go to you. I do this to entertain me, not you.
Do you have to talk so much about non-data stuff?
Yes. Even though I work with 🤖 robots, I am not one myself. Like all humans, I'm complex and I contain multitudes.
When I talk about the life I'm balancing with (or building around) my career, it helps break down stereotypes. I agree with Katie Mack that it can be an especially good opportunity for women or minorities in STEM to become role models 💁 for young people hoping to follow the same path.
Can I quote you on that?
Maybe. Not everything I share publicly happened exactly as I said it did. There are many reasons why this could be true 🤥, not least of which are that my memory is fallible; sometimes I'm sharing a composite anecdote; sometimes I may be trying to protect the innocent (and the guilty for reasons that may be none of your business); and sometimes I'll say something hyperbolically or in jest and you shouldn't take everything you read or see on the internet at face value. There are very few oaths I've taken in my life, and those I take very very seriously; anything else might just be a shitpost.
Do you agree with or endorse everything you share?
No. I come across a large amount of content every day; this content may contain objectionable material, even stuff I don’t agree with. For instance, sometimes I feel it's important to call attention to the absurd, bizarre, fanciful, fantastic, foolish, nonsensical, preposterous, unreal, and/or wild.
This site and any site wherein I share content, including but not limited to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, etc. are merely a collection of thoughts upon which I choose to impose categorization and archival. Essentially:
You say you practice Inbox Zero, so you must have seen my messages. Why won't you reply to my messages?
Who knows? But just so you know, if you choose to comment or tweet at me about stuff I'm not interested in or in an aggressive, sea-lioning manner, then I’ll just mute you. 😏 You won't even know. Or I'll block you. If you have an opinion, good for you—you don’t necessarily need to tell me about it. You do you.
I also do not reply to 🗑 cold emails from vendors or service providers. If you're looking for a surefire way of getting on my "mute" list, this would be it.
I'm blocked?! How come you blocked me on social media?
I've seriously no idea. I use a few block-together tools to keep things sane. I'm liberal with the use of the block button because I don't want to engage with anyone who's displayed seemingly unnecessary aggression 🤬 to someone else—so I block them before they get seemingly unnecessarily aggressive with me.
If I have blocked you, it is very unlikely that it implies that I believe you are some combination of ignorant or evil; I might simply mean that I don’t want to hear from you anymore and I want the algorithm to know about it. I don’t mean to censure you or to curtail your ability to talk to others. I just, for whatever reason, at some point, thought that I would likely rather not want to risk a bad interaction. You could even take it as a compliment; maybe I’m scared of you and I want to make sure we don’t ever cross paths because I can’t be trusted not to say something stupid that’ll get me in trouble.
It might have been a misunderstanding on my part. Oh well, we'll live.
Wait, I remember you said something before but can't find it now. Where did it go?
Again, no idea. I reserve the right to evolve my opinions and to change my mind altogether on any topic at any time with no notice. Listening and learning and thinking and growing 🤓 are inherently good things and I refuse to steadfastly hold onto an idea simply because it's the way it's always been idea'ed. Consequently, I delete my bad twetes. I delete good ones too, in case they didn't land quite right or if I want to rephrase them.
I also delete ✂️ conversations that are no longer relevant, especially if I've tried to have a constructive dialog with you only to realize that you're not actually having a conversation in good faith and are rather demonstrating a willful and pervasive form of aggressive cluelessness masquerading as a sincere desire to understand.
I noticed an issue with the website. How can I tell you about it?
You can use the contact form. But I'm zen 😌 about it: the formatting is just going to be crap sometimes. Call it personal growth: I'm allowing it to stay crap and not obsessing over it. Really, I'm not secretly obsessing 😳 over each and every broken carriage return.
Do you have any terms under which you provide this website?
You betcha. By loading and continuing to use this webpage and any platform wherein I share content, including but not limited to Twitter, LinkedIn, Medium, etc., you agree to comply with my terms, as such may be revised from time to time without notice.
You agree to 🔓 release me from all obligations and waivers arising from any and all non-negotiated agreements, licenses, terms-of-service, shrinkwrap, clickwrap, browsewrap, confidentiality, non-disclosure, non-compete, and acceptable use policies that I have entered into with you or your employer, its partners, licensors, agents and assigns, in perpetuity and throughout the universe, in any timeline, without prejudice to my ongoing rights and privileges.
You further represent that you have the authority ✍️ to release me from any such agreements on behalf of your past, current, and future employers.
You also agree to release me from all arbitration and/or moderation dispute clauses, even those which I may have previously agreed to in non-negotiated contracts.
And since I'm on a roll 🎲, I'd also like to take this opportunity to notify all service providers involved in the creation, distribution, and storage of this site and any platform wherein I share content of my decision to opt out of arbitration with them too.
Can I advertise on your website? Can I help you market it?
Nope. There is no advertising on my site. In fact, I pay someone to host this, so you are actually costing me money being here. You should feel bad 😞 for doubting my integrity.
I also do not pay for marketing. 🙅 Please do not inquire.