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3 Rap Perspectives on Turning 30

The librarian part of my mind has surfaced these musical gems for me to re-evaluate, now that I am mathematically deserving. On point 1 Momentum, I am entirely behind. On Distance (2) and Death (3) they are themes perhaps darker than I would like to delve today, but give lots to think about in the upcoming decade.

1. Momentum

Used to think 30 years old then the end comes
Now I feel like I’m just gainin’ momentum

Blackalicious, World of Vibrations

2. Distance

Now I’m pushing past 30. If I bow out as the years close in. Abandon my sound man and band and them.

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More Nuclear Icebreakers – The Most Memorable of 2016-2018

Hello, how are you? Would you like to engage meaningfully with me? How do you feel about this as-personal-as-you-want-it-to-be, non-threatening, question? Those are the hallmarks of a good ice-breaker, and these are the best ones I’ve created or pilfered in the past three years.

1. Describe your ideal burger, layer by layer.

At the SOAK festival in 2016 I suffered back spasms from an extended Butoh session, and in order not to spoil that last night I made a game of laying still in one public location from dusk to dawn. As I needed to entice people to keep me company among the night’s many attractive options, this little ditty came to me.… Read the rest

5 lessons learned from 3 months of healing a herniated disc.

1. The thing you can’t do is sitting.

http://journals.lww.com/spinejournal/Abstract/1999/04150/New-In-Vivo-Measurements-of-Pressures-in-the.5.aspx
Postures and their disc pressures. My experience is closer to the Nachemson measurement than the Wilke, as I find that standing is a lot less pressurizing than sitting.

 

 

 

You’ll probably find that laying on your back or stomach are the least painful positions, less than standing, and much less than sitting—and research agrees (see graphic 1). However sitting is really import in a society whose greatest challenge is a sedentary lifestyle. For instance, you can’t work in a default desk-centric setting. While the price point for a standing desk is relatively low, it’ll be a while until you heal enough to be able to stand all day.… Read the rest

Trivia Pub Quiz #1—Awesome Festival 2017

Prompted to find alternative ways to entertain my friends due to a herniated disc, I tried my hand at writing a trivia/pub quiz.

Please use, remix, and fix some of the impossible questions.

(The specific genre of audience-tailored trivia for a group of friends owes a deep gratitude to Sumedh Joshi R.I.P.)

 

Trivia-Pub-Quiz

 

Round point structure.

  • 1x 1 points Warmup multiple choice question.
  • 3x  2-point one-correct answer.
  • 1x List as many as possible.
  1. (1 point) The name Mendocino is derived from A).  The 16th century Spanish circumnavigator. or B) A bastardization of the “Mein de Chino” owing to the famed chow mein from the area?
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House Rules

Click to read full paper.

“I was on holiday, and I saw the same people advertising their room on Couchsurfing and Airbnb.” Two years ago my friend and co-author Benjamin Mako Hill pitched to me investigating the phenomenon of seeing the same exact accommodation available on both the paid site Airbnb, and the totally free site Couchsurfing. My advisor Haiyi Zhu turned to me and asked “what do you think?” I’m not sure how long I took to respond, but in that moment two memories came flooding back. The first was having Couchsurfed with someone who also on occasion Airbnb’d their room.… Read the rest

Synthetic Training Data For Rare Object Detection in Computer Vision

My internship this summer at Lawrence Livermore National Lab was nothing if not practical. The exceedingly real objectives of government science gave my first foray into deep learning gravitas and purpose.

The domain was satellite imagery, and the research question was whether computer vision could be trained to identify objects for which we have no training data. This presents a problem for the family of convolutional neural network algorithms (CNNs) which on the contrary require lots examples to learn from. The idea that I implemented to address this conundrum was to “synthetically” manufacture training data with renders from CAD software, and then test its performance on “natural” (i.e.… Read the rest

Interview with Tadoh

Today I interview, Nicola Tadini otherwise known as tadoh, Copenhagen-based music-lover and DJ.

His sound varies from slow deep house to dancefloor filling tech-house. Together with Wartemal he started Folkets Haus, a monthly event in Folkets Hus in Nørrebro, as an attempt to bring electronic music and the radical-left closer.

In this interview you’ll learn…
what the slow house genre is
three different ways for music to be politial
and exactly how many stars Italian cookies ought to have.

Music Featured
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+ Folkets Haus #12 – 1. maj støtteaften
+ www.mixcloud.com/tadoh/folkets-ha…t%C3%B8tteaften/

+ Vadestedsfestival 2016 – Friday closing set
+ www.mixcloud.com/tadoh/vadestedsf…day-closing-set/

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Wikidata Human Gender Indicators in the News

Data from my project the Wikidata Human Gender Indicators has started to be cited in the press (BBC, Bloomberg), which is a large dose of validation. Traffic to the data visualizations increased 500% on the day of the BBC publication to 1,000 views/day, which inspires confidence. Moreover, Wikimedia Foundation’s Grants team—who funded WHGI—praised the project in their year-end report, saying:

Grants for research and tools (such as WHGI) – which minimally contribute to the targets of people or articles – have been extremely valuable in improving our understanding of the gender gap and how or why it manifests.

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So you want to upload an image to the cloud with Node.js

So you want to upload an image to the cloud with Node.js?

Maybe you want a small raspberry pi webcam to take timelapse footage and send it to a server every hour because of its small harddrive. Maybe you want to build a social network swapping images of Lizard People, and your sever can t handle all the image traffic. Maybe you want to back-up your irreplaceable collection of dead-sea scroll fragments — it’s irreplaceable. You  might want to keep around images or files for many different reasons, and having them publicly accessible in the cloud is better than trying to manage them yourself, for storage and network reasons. … Read the rest

For Harry and Carie on their Wedding Day

Marriage is part of humanity. As Alain de Botton reflected, “[…] the impulse to cluster into small familial groups within which to safely propagate the next generation, is a project that has been known to the largest share of humanity since our earliest upright days in East Africa’s Rift Valley.” And although today Harry and Carie are engaged in this ancient tradition, they are also alternative people that create their own history. Alternative people who appreciate a form of never-ending play, which was has been so well described for myself and our couple in the book Finite and Infinite Games. I’d like to read to you it’s philosophy on marriage, the family project and their choiceful natures:

Infinite lovers may or may not have a family.

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