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.
Spotify2AppleMusic is a Chrome Extension with which you can easily copy any shared Spotify playlist into a new playlist in your Apple Music library. You can post any questions / compliments to the Spotify2AppleMusic email / web discussion group. If you have questions, please search the group using the search box at the top of the group page before posting. Tips The extension is free, but tips are greatly appreciated!
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. You make one mistake, and something will break.
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. I will externalise some of these thoughts further down in this post.
The Lilac-Breasted Roller. I met this enchanting and almost surrealistically pretty creature for the first time two weeks ago. Time period covered by this post: Monday June 18 to Sunday July 8. Reason for extended absence: Holiday-based recharge. Holiday rating: 13/10. Math is irrelevant. It’s relatively quiet from the European side of my family. I trust (partly confirmed by the grapevine) that my peeps over there are having themselves a wonderful rest.
_This post covers the period Monday June 11 to Sunday June 17. Read it to become rich, yawn at Lisp and Emacs, yearn to run free on the wide open plains and to learn Kung Fu. Not ambitious at all._Front door nearby De Waal Park, in Cape Town. Photo taken on Sunday by GOU#1, age 12. Social Democracy FTW It turns out that your chances of becoming rich are the greatest if you had the good fortune to have been born in one of the Nordic social democracies, such as Norway, Sweden or Denmark.
View of the False Bay from the Helderberg Nature Reserve. The work part of the week flew by. (I think this is the reason for the shortness of this post. As is often the case, we start with journal stuff, then nerd stuff and, hidden at the end, some backyard philosophy stuff.) Dear diary The weekend part on the other hand started with a welcome-back-braai (HI MOM!) on Friday, followed by a sublime oxtail potjie on Saturday and concluded today with a sublime long(ish, by my standards as always) run in the morning (showing a little solidarity with the Comrades participants whilst not completely busting my barefoot-style-acclimatising feet and ankles) plus Helderberg stroll and lunch, and is now ending with a WHV writing session.
Welcome back friends! (Right after the nerd news, there’s running and backyard philosophy. You can start wherever you like.) Nerd News The Weekly Nerd News Network (WNNN) wanted to bring the following points under your attention: Emacs 26.1, the first major release since September 2016, when 25.1 came out, happened on May 28. Although Emacs reached perfection (and sentience, some say) a few decades ago, this new version does include improvements such as native line numbering for the VIM refugees and buttery smooth scrolling on X11 (read the very entertaining story behind this).