This page collects texts I've written over the years, starting in middle school and continuing to the present. Note that I don't necessarily endorse things I wrote in the past; for example, pieces older than 2005 ignore animal suffering, which I now think is among the most important issues.

Accounting

  • Approval of new FASB standards (2008) (pdf, doc)
  • Accounting ethics case study (2008) (pdf, doc)

Activism

  • Action alerts I've done
  • Making money and making change (2007) (pdf)
  • Letter to Peter Singer (2005) (pdf)
  • Hunger-banquet script (2005) (pdf, doc)
  • Handout on how to write legislative advocacy letters (2004) (pdf)
  • Contacting Congress (2004) (pdf)
  • Aceh letter to Congress (2003) (pdf)

Animal welfare

Autobiographical

Biology

Chemistry

  • Spectroscopic analysis (2006) (pdf)
  • "Investigation of Internal Phosphorus Loading in the Watervliet Reservoir, New York, August 2004" (2005) (pdf), a research report I submitted to the Intel Science Talent Search in fall 2004. See also a summary (pdf) and PowerPoint presentation (pdf)

Cognitive science

College essays

  • Princeton University application essays (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • Bowdoin College application supplemental essay (2004) (pdf, odt)
  • Bates College application supplemental essay (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • Swarthmore College application supplemental essay (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • College essay for the "common app" (2004) (pdf)

Environmentalism

For my current views on this topic, see "Applied Welfare Biology and Why Wild-Animal Advocates Should Focus on Not Spreading Nature".

  • Altamont Enterprise editorial about recycled paper by Melissa Hale-Spencer (2005) (pdf)
  • Recycled paper school-board letter (2005) (pdf, doc)
  • Extracurricular-activity essay (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • National Merit Scholarship essay (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • Recycled-paper monograph (2003) (pdf, doc)
  • Recycling returns to Guilderland High School (2002) (pdf)
  • Industrial hemp (2002) (pdf)
  • Bt corn (2002) (pdf)
  • Food irradiation (2002) (pdf, doc)
  • Biotechnology and GMOs (2001) (pdf, doc)

Fiction

  • Jokes
  • Nairb Story (2012)
  • Children's book about self-identity (2003) (pdf)
  • Pictures made with MS Paint (2000) (pdf)
  • Froge and Clifford (pre-1999) (pdf)

German

  • Children's book in German (2004) (pdf)
  • Marlene Dietrich bio in German (2004) (pdf)
  • "My daybook" journal (in German) (2001) (pdf, doc)

History

  • "The Contributions of Robert La Follette's 1924 Presidential Campaign to the New Deal" (2004) (pdf)
  • Charles Steinmetz (2004) (pdf)
  • Great Depression and exports (2004) (pdf)
  • Civil-war debate (2003) (pdf)
  • Fictional Jackson impeachment speech (2003) (pdf)
  • East Timor (2002) (pdf)
  • Benjamin Banneker (2002) (pdf)
  • Kaffir Boy review (2001) (pdf)
  • The Incas Remembered discussion (2001) (pdf)
  • Fictional immigrant letter (2001) (pdf)
  • Nixon and Vietnam (2001) (pdf)
  • Hitler's rise to power (2001) (pdf)
  • Vasco da Gama interview questions (2000) (pdf)

Literature and film

  • Don't Try This at Home: When Entertainment Hurts People (2014)
  • Illness Narratives discussion (2006) (pdf)
  • Connecticut Yankee review (2005) (pdf)
  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead analysis (2005) (pdf, doc)
  • Huck Finn: Reason vs. Religion (2005) (pdf, doc)
  • "Heart of Darkness" and Apocalypse Now (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • Owen Meany essay (2004) (pdf)
  • Comments on "Bartleby the Scrivener" (2004) (pdf)
  • "The Chrysanthemums" analysis (2004) (pdf, doc)
  • Silas Marner review (2004) (pdf)
  • Review of Citizen Kane and Mr. Smith (2004) (pdf)
  • Omar Khayyam analysis (2004) (pdf)
  • Discuss a Cyrano de Bergerac quote (2004) (pdf)
  • 1984 comments, part 2 (2004) (pdf)
  • 1984 comments, part 1 (2004) (pdf)
  • Chapter-by-chapter notes on the first half of 1984 (2004) (pdf)
  • Antigone characters analysis (2004) (pdf)
  • Scene-by-scene summary of Antigone (2004) (pdf)
  • Pi film (2004) (pdf)
  • Interesting aspect of Macbeth (2003) (pdf)
  • Born on the Fourth of July review (2003) (pdf)
  • The Jungle book review (2002) (pdf)
  • Romeo and Juliet commentary (2002) (pdf, doc)
  • To Kill a Mockingbird analysis (2001) (pdf, doc)
  • Animal poem (2001) (pdf)

Math

  • Expected value of information (2007) (pdf)
  • Logicism, intuitionism, and formalism (2005) (pdf)
  • Georg Cantor bio (2005) (pdf)
  • Derivative of a monomial (2004) (pdf)
  • Intuitive attempt to derive area and volume formulas before I knew calculus... (2003) (pdf)
  • Bingo problem (2003) (pdf)
  • Tic-tac-toe strategy (2003) (pdf)
  • Ways to arrange clock digits into equations (2002) (pdf)

Personal effectiveness

Philosophy

  • Journal entries, 2001-2005 (pdf)
  • Civil-disobedience debate (2004) (pdf)
  • Romanticism (2003) (pdf)
  • Shift from religion to psychology (2003) (pdf)

Public policy

  • If Taxes Could Be Earmarked... (2014)
  • Carbon taxes (2005) (pdf)
  • Green Party ads (2005) (pdf, doc)
  • Hegemony or Survival review (2005) (pdf)
  • Minor parties (2005) (pdf)
  • Precaution on climate change (2004) (pdf)
  • Terrorism vs. international health (2004) (pdf)
  • 2002 Farm Bill (2002) (pdf)
  • Satire piece about Enron (2002) (pdf, doc)

Relationships

Statistics

  • Applying EM to probit regression (2008) (pdf)
  • Bioassay stats report (2005) (pdf)

Writing mentoring

  • Writing Associate literature review (2006) (pdf)
  • Writing Associate style (2006) (pdf)
  • Writing Associate pedagogy (2006) (pdf)
  • On teaching writing (2006) (pdf, doc)