As an alternative to the email list, I have just setup a telegram group which you could join if you’d like to be kept up to date with posts from this blog via instant messenger! If all goes according to plan, a notification should be sent to the group automatically whenever I publish a post over here. P.S. I first did this with IFTTT’s Telegram applet, but its post preview was pretty bad.
Vergelegen, an important node on my Rome Glen – Vergelegen – Lourensford – Land en Zeezicht route. It’s Monday evening around 22:31. The track “Still on Fire” by Trentemøller is making my neurons fire in highly pleasant patterns while I try to gaze back through time at the days from Monday October 22 to Sunday November 4, and to gather my thoughts. I have come to a decision: The rest of this blog will be less melodramatic.
Scene from a recent lunch with a very flat cat. Whilst appreciating these moments with direct experience mode set to 11, one does have to realise that it’s all much more complicated than it looks. Welcome to this, the 156th edition of the Weekly Head Voices, voices who are planning to sing about the two weeks from Monday October 8 to Sunday October 21. Summer has arrived, and it’s really very hot down here.
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.