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A Little Ludwig Goes A Long Way

Last Build Date: Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:47:28 +0000 is now part of Xevo

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 15:47:28 +0000

Been working on this for quite a while, our team is now part of Xevo ( Very excited to join Xevo, the founder of Xevo is Satoshi Nakajima, former colleague at Ignition and at Microsoft, someone who I have long enjoyed working with. And the rest of the team at Xevo is just great, and […]

AMZN should make their own home automation gear

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 18:03:16 +0000

I purchased a TP-Link Smart Plug, a top seller in home improvement, to control turning on and off our Christmas tree lights from our Amazon Echo. The final working solution is pretty slick, it works reliably, and it is pretty tolerant of slight differences in phrasing. But setup was a long path of horrible. Create […]

Let’s stay positive and focus on Seattle and the West Coast

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 08:09:35 +0000

I find myself a little befuddled these days about our country. Some days I find myself feeling a lot of anger. The decision by a significant minority of our electorate to hand the reins of government to an unfit man, for the sake of unspecified change, is difficult to understand. But I can’t control what […]

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 […]