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Ideas Which Changed My Perspective Part 2 of 5: Dr John and Fat Tony

Let’s get this out of the way first: Nassim Nicholas Taleb is a… difficult character. He can be pretty… reactionary in public forums. Especially Twitter. You might not want to get to know him better. But that doesn’t change the fact that Fooled by Randomness and The Black Swan are both fascinating and thought provoking books1. Be warned: they ar... Read more

Suddenly, a Wild “Now” Page Appears

There’s a new page in the menu of this site. First of all I’ll make an admission: the idea is shamelessly stolen from Jacoby Young. Hopefully it’s meaning is fairly self explanatory. It’s mostly there for my own self reflection, which I’ve decided to do in public, apparently. My working plan is that I’ll update this page about once a month. I s... Read more

Kaggle’s Yelp Restaurant Photo Classification Competition, Fast.ai Style: Part 2

Note: This post has a lot of javascript graphs, but if you’re using a feed reader or have javascript turned off you’ll just get basic tables. Sorry about that. With that out of the way: I’m going to assume that if you’re reading this you’ve already read Part 1. As such, I’m just going to dive right back in where I left off. Calculating the Per... Read more

A Short Word About GDPR

If you’re not dead and you’ve been on the internet recently, you’ve probably head about GDPR. Given the circumstances of you reading this article, I’m going to assume that both of those things are true. GDPR, which of course stands for Google Democratic People’s Republic General Data Protection Regulation, is a new law in the EU. The gist of it ... Read more

An iOS Developer’s Opinions of Flutter

Around a year ago I led a team which spent several months building a complete app using Flutter. For various reasons (none of which I can go into) this app did not ship, and I moved on to a different role. More recently, I spent a week participating in a hackathon. The team I was part of built a successful proof of concept inside an existing app... Read more

Fast.ai via iPad with Paperspace and Juno App

Note: This is a repost from my other blog. Having started Fast.ai’s Practical Deep Learning for Coders course, the first thing I noticed is how much less structured it is than Andrew Ng’s Coursera Deep Learning Specialization (non affiliate link). Fast.ai supplies you with the Jupyter notebooks needed for the assignments, but here a lot of the... Read more

Some Notes on Coursera’s Andrew Ng Deep Learning Speciality

Note: This is a repost from my other blog. As with my previous post on Coursera’s headline Machine Learning course, this is a set of observations rather than an explicit “review”. There’s a heavy dose of “your mileage may vary” here. I’m aiming to lay out a set of objective observations about the course to help the reader decide if the course w... Read more