Happy place: Running on a gravel road somewhere, this time in Wilderness. HELLO FRIENDS! Due to being outside so often, I have not been able to make the time to sit down and write to you more regularly over the past weeks. I did miss you! Fortunately, I am here now (that was Tuesday, it’s now Friday…) to babble a little bit about my subjective experience of the period of time from Monday September 17 to Sunday October 7.
A view from the West Coast National Park on Langebaan with Schaapen Island visible. No, we were never a Dutch colony. This was the week from Monday september 10 to Sunday september 16. Nerd stuff I fought with VTK renderer window reparenting on three different platforms. Suffice to say that the 2018 is probably also not going to be the year of the Linux desktop. Serendipitously (seems to be a theme) I came across UMAP, a great new technique for dimensionality reduction which functions in the same space (weak math pun, sorry) as t-SNE.
Looking back at the week from Monday September 3 to Sunday September 9, I present to you the following memories and after-effects. Aphex Twin never left us I serendipitously ran into T69 Collapse, the brand new track and video by Aphex Twin. In the grand tradition of WHV intro art, I have embedded the video above. Whether you’re a fan or not, I think it’s worth sitting through this one, preferably with the headphones and the video in full screen.
GOU#2, age 8, made this for the blog, super special. This edition of the Weekly Head Voices covers the period from Monday August 6 to Sunday September 2. Somewhere during this period, I experienced my 44th birthday. More than once since then, my partner has had to endure my brand-new joke / half-truth that I’m now as clever as a team of four smart 11-year olds. (Hey, it took a team of four smart 11-year olds to come up with that joke!
A Vice article titled Your Phone Is Listening and it’s Not Paranoia has been doing the rounds. In it, the author explains how they did an “experiment” demonstrating that topics they discussed verbally were later reflected in Facebook ads. Whilst it’s prudent to be careful with modern technology around one’s privacy, Vice is being a tad sensationalist. This blog post, which will optimistically be read by three to four people, tries to fill some of the holes they left.
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The Weekly Head Voices number 151 are trying to tell you something about the week from Monday July 30 to Sunday August 5. Prepare yourself for a slightly stranger than usual post. I have: two short programming ideas, a bad review of an outdoor security passive infrared sensor, using Jupyter Notebook for (GPU-accelerated) numerical computation when you only have a browser, computing device input latency, and an utterly unexpected bit of backyard philosophy from the gut.
Photo of a cotula lineariloba flower, taken by GOU#1, age 12. This edition of the WHV covers the week from Monday, July 23 up to and including Sunday, July 29. Running update Strava says I’ve just passed the 300km threshold in my Luna Mono 2 sandals. It also says I’ve done 27km in my Xero Genesis sandals, or as I have begun to call them, Xero Tolerance.
Part of the Sunday morning trail. Although I really enjoy these, I’m at my happiest running down antelope on the savannah. Antelope strictly-speaking not required, but those wide open plains on the other hand… This, the one hundred and forty ninth edition of the Weekly Head Voices, covers the week from Monday July 16 to Sunday July 22 of the year 2018. This week, we have apple watch running adventures, deep learning in production (finally), yet another focus tip and finally a youtube poetry reading.
Ridiculously fun trail in Paarl somewhere. (Photo taken by Trail Friend #1. Trail Friend #2 cropped from picture, because no permission to appear on the internets!) This post covers the week from Monday July 9 to Sunday July 15. The business part of my week was unfairly dominated by far too much after-work obsessing over programming languages, with which I seem to have an unhealthy (or perhaps not) obsession.