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”

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”

GitHub notification… notifier

Here is what my inbox look like each morning: All those pink-tagged messages are emails from GitHub. Gmail cannot figure out which ones are important and GitHub’s notification stream, in my experience, is useless. It’s noisy and doesn’t clear the way I’d expect. The problem is, people actually do mention me on bugs. And IContinue reading “GitHub notification… notifier”

Four alternative debugging techniques

I’ve recently been working on a side project that uses WebGL and a physics engine that was transpiled from C++ into JavaScript so… printing variable to the console and using the debugger just weren’t cutting it. I started thinking about the other ways I debug things: Ship of Theseus debugging: the ship of Theseus isContinue reading “Four alternative debugging techniques”

Compilation à la mode

Bazel lets you set up various “modes” of compilation. There are several built-in (fast, optimized, debug) and you can define your own. The built in ones are: Fast: build your program as quickly as possible. This is generally best for development (when you want a tight compile/edit loop) and is the default, when you don’tContinue reading “Compilation à la mode”

Startup idea #6ec4e42a-28cc-4425-9ebc-61ac8e224580: Adventurer’s gear for geeky hikers

I’m going to start “calling” my startup ideas in the same way Andy Dwyer calls band names. So, first up: it’s like REI for D&D players. We’d sell a “basic adventurer’s kit” that came with iron rations, wineskin, torches, 50 feet of rope, etc. Then you could get “class specialization” kits, for example: Rogue: containsContinue reading “Startup idea #6ec4e42a-28cc-4425-9ebc-61ac8e224580: Adventurer’s gear for geeky hikers”

Star Trek invades our timeline

I was at Kennedy Space Center yesterday and they have an exhibit with all of the Apollo mission flags. Having mission flags is a great idea, more software launches should have flags, too. I noticed one in particular: (Please excuse the poor image quality, I have a technology-defying ability to take crappy photographs.) Those symbolsContinue reading “Star Trek invades our timeline”