If you are reading this I imagine it’s because you are suffering yourself from a herniated disc. I was there too, and still am 2 years later. While I’m not a doctor and hope you don’t take this as strict medical advice, I hope you might gain something from my experience. My first five lessons that I wrote when I was just 3 months in remain cogent and apt, but feel a bit like a story without an ending. As the injury transitions into a memory rather than an urgent priority, I should leave this map for who ever finds it useful.… Read the rest
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.
Used to think 30 years old then the end comes
Now I feel like I’m just gainin’ momentum
Blackalicious, World of Vibrations
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Now I’m pushing past 30. If I bow out as the years close in. Abandon my sound man and band and them.
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
I suffered a herniated disc by foolish jumping off a large drop while camping. It has been the most serious injury of my life to date. As it invaded almost every aspect of my life, my mood, my career, my friendships, it gave me lots of pause to reflect. This is what learned and wrote after 3 months. However in the end it took me 2 years to be pain free, at which point I wrote a follow up “5 more lessons learned” which also contains more practical lessons than the more abstracted ones here.
1. The thing you can’t do is sitting.… Read the rest
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.)
Round point structure.
- 1x 1 points Warmup multiple choice question.
- 3x 2-point one-correct answer.
- 1x List as many as possible.
- (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?
“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
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
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.
+ Folkets Haus #12 – 1. maj støtteaften
+ Vadestedsfestival 2016 – Friday closing set
+ Klangkarussell – Sonnentanz ft.… Read the rest
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:
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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.
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