Insight ≠ Numbers

A web site by Ahmed Fasih



Code essays that need a slight reminder that they are essays, hosted elsewhere (newest first). A number of projects that are currently without essays. And essays being written. Finally, inspired by the IPFS project, this site serves as a mirror for:


After enjoying programming for years, I discovered applied math in mid-undergrad. I decided it would be harder, and therefore more interesting, than “just” software engineering. After years of grad school (ABD in electrical engineering from Ohio State), then working in the lovely D.C. metro area, I revised my views and came back to Ohio as a software engineer who happens to know about signal processing, machine learning, and web programming. I sling JavaScript, Clojure/Script, Python, Matlab, and C for fun and profit. And when I’m not writing code or applying math, I enjoy studying the languages and literatures of Icelandic, Persian, Chinese, and Japanese civilizations.

The title for this web site comes from Professor Richard Hamming’s motto, “The purpose of computation is insight, not numbers” (SIAM).

I have a wonderful family. Here we are in disguise:

Incognito, circa mid-2015. Emily as Poirot, Alistair as Joseph Steel, Basile as Charlie Chaplain, and Ahmed (me) as Dalí.

Unless otherwise noted, all code on this web site written by me is released into the public domain. All other content created by me is shared under Creative Commons’ CC0 “no copyright reserved” license.

Perhaps in keeping with the spirit of such licensing, this website uses no cookies, no trackers, no analytics, etc. Apart from security agencies, GitHub alone knows your IP addresses, browser specifics, etc.


IRL: Dayton, Ohio, USA. Online:

  1. electric mail, insecure babbling
  2. babble securely
  3. Tweet: micro-technobabble
  4. GitHub: repositories of technobabble (leave me notes about the website here)
  5. StackOverflow: technobabble Q&A
  6. On the off chance you use one of these: Goodreads, Koohii, Memrise, G+
  7. (I avoid these: Linked💩In, Face💩book, Red💩dit, Img💩ur, etc.)


This is the part of the web site where I try to show my appreciation to the people and projects that it is built on. I don’t know as much about these topics as I’d like, so their expertise is gratefully accepted.

Typeplate v2.1 informs this web site’s design and CSS.

Colors were chosen from Chris Kempson’s Tomorrow Theme, specifically the Tomorrow Night Eighties palette.

The typeface is Charter by Matthew Carter, made available by Matthew Butterick in Practical Typography.

I also use highlight.js for syntax highlighting (with its built-in Tomorrow Theme 😘) and Khan Academy’s KaTeX or MathJax for typesetting mathematical equations.