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Recent Books — Queenpin, Emerald Lie

Sat, 22 Oct 2016 05:05:17 +0000

Queenpin by Megan Abbott. Wow this was a fun noir tale of a young woman working her way up the seamy underside of the city. Really enjoyed it. The Emerald Lie by Ken Bruen. A detective tale of a sort, tho the detective basically is a drunk who stomps around like a bull in a […]

Just leaving these here to check out later — apex, yarn, runkit

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 00:24:33 +0000 The “getting started” page is about 5x longer than it should be but I am intrigued Yarn , a new package manager for javascript — seems well motivated Runkit, a hosted node playground — might be cool. Maybe.

AWS finally has interesting GPU instances

Sat, 01 Oct 2016 16:35:37 +0000

New p2 instances — very pricey but then buying the gear yourself is pricey too.

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 […]