A self-indulgent post for a self-indulgent day

I think how I feel around holidays is a good barometer for how my life is going. For example, last year over the winter vacation, I just wanted to stay there forever and dreaded returning to “real life.” By contrast, year’s winter vacation I had a lot of fun, but I was looking forward toContinue reading “A self-indulgent post for a self-indulgent day”

P.T. Barnum on salary vs. equity

I’ve been reading P.T. Barnum’s autobiography and came across an interesting passage about when he was employed at Mr. Taylor’s (maybe of Lord & Taylor’s? Not sure) shop: My employer manifested great interest in me, and treated me with the upmost kindness, but the situation did not suit me. The fact is, there are someContinue reading “P.T. Barnum on salary vs. equity”

My favorite benefits that more companies should offer

Google is famous for its perks, but the ones that ended up being my favorite were not the free food: Peer bonuses Anyone at Google can nominate a coworker for a peer bonus. They write a couple sentences about what the person did and send it to their manager for approval. It’s a really niceContinue reading “My favorite benefits that more companies should offer”

The next great frontier in ML: dogs in hats

I’ve been messing around with Keras, a ML library that makes it pretty easy to do AI experiments. I decided to try out image recognition, so I found a picture of Domino in a fez: Then I wrote the following Python program which uses the existing ResNet50 image recognition library. import numpy as np fromContinue reading “The next great frontier in ML: dogs in hats”

Keeping your deps tidy

My coworker Carmi just published a blog post on the Bazel blog about how Java tracks dependencies. Bazel has some nice facilities built in to let you know when you need to add dependencies: ERROR: /home/kchodorow/test/a/BUILD:24:1: Building libA.jar (1 source file) failed: Worker process sent response with exit code: 1. A.java:6: error: [strict] Using typeContinue reading “Keeping your deps tidy”