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Recent Book — Hitler’s Thirty Days to Power

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 18:00:41 +0000

Hitler’s Thirty Days to Power by Henry Ashby Turner Jr. I read this years ago, and was reminded of it recently. A very very good book and perhaps relevant read, the detailed story of Hitler’s precipitous rise to power, and how he was enabled by inaction or self-serving actions of the politicians around him. The […]

Weekend Software Project — Audio classification

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 02:47:49 +0000

This weekend I experimented with some audio classification tools. It was an up and down experience. I’m interested in a couple features — hotword detection ala “Hey Siri”, “Alexa”; sound event detection (i.e. identify a glass break or gunshot); and acoustic scene classification. I didn’t dig into general speech reco, I’ve dabbled with that in […]

Re GMO or vaccines, I don’t think most people are anti-science.

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:36:30 +0000

What they are is anti-science establishment; they have lost trust in a science establishment that has allowed itself to be swayed by moneyed interests. Consider today’s news on the sugar industry: …five decades of research into the role of nutrition and heart disease, including many of today’s dietary recommendations, may have been largely shaped by […]

Politics are no uglier or dirtier today than in the past — Same as it ever was

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 03:36:51 +0000

I see so many people bemoaning the terrible state of politics in this country. Some perspective: Founding Fathers’s Dirty Campaign — hermaphrodites, half-breed, pimp, slut were just some of the epithets thrown around. A History of Dirty Tricks in Presidential Elections — the 1896 election sounds like fun Nastiest US Presidential Elections “Are you prepared […]

Weekend product trial — the Nucleus “anywhere intercom”

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:43:07 +0000

Another one of my rash kickstarter/indiegogo acquisitions, the Nucleus. I purchased the two pack so I could use them to connect to each other. The units feel like cheap clunky ipads, which they kind of are, much cheaper than ipads. They only do a couple things tho — place a video/audio call to another unit […]

I still hate Michigan but it is nice to see the Big 10 return to form

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 19:19:13 +0000

The Big 10 is healthier when the OSU/UM rivalry is healthy. Two games in, Ohio State and Michigan are collectively outscoring opponents 239-30. They have the two leading scoring offenses in the league, the two leading scoring defenses in the league. Let’s hope this continues until November.

Recent Books — Corsair, Morte d’Urban, Fluent Python

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 18:09:37 +0000

Morte d’Urban by J. F. Powers. This is a slog. I am 50% of the way thru and promised comic masterpiece has yet to really appear. Fluent Python by Luciano Ramalho. Bob recommended this book, and it is good, explains not just how to write good python code, but much insight into the internals of […]

Recent Books — Multiple Choice, Station Eleven, Small Angry Planet, Playing Dead, Time Salvager, Truth, I Let You Go

Sat, 03 Sep 2016 15:55:54 +0000

Multiple Choice by Alejandro Zambra. From the text — “You read books that are much stranger than the books you would write if you wrote.” — and that about sums it up. This is not for everyone, but I happen to like books that play with the structure of books. But don’t blame me if […]

Weekend software experiment — Facebook’s Deepmask

Mon, 29 Aug 2016 15:19:18 +0000

Facebook open-sourced its Deepmask and Sharpmask codebases last week for object segmentation in a scene. In the past I’ve tried traditional CV methods to do object masking, and it is kind of a disaster, you end up with a very finicky codebase full of heuristics and hacks, which fails as soon as it sees a […]

Weekend gadget review — the Cocoon — not recommended

Sat, 27 Aug 2016 17:45:49 +0000

This morning I set up the Cocoon I received this week — “Protect your whole home with Cocoon. Simple setup, HD video and audio, built-in siren, all controlled from your phone. Feel safe with Cocoon.” Unboxing and setup — pretty standard box quality, nothing special about. Inside the box you get the Cocoon, usb cable […]