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Took a break from writing my thesis to write some fun nonsense about a programmable mechanical keyboard:

My favorite part of Machine Learning is that there's a thousand ways to do anything, and they're somehow all wrong.

Email alerts from my selfhosted servers and VMs:

Pros - I find out when stuff goes wrong pretty quickly.

Cons - the single long, continous buzz of a storm of incoming notifications is very anxiety inducing while I'm trying to deal with catastrophic failure

I was sitting in my desk, trying to solve the mystery of why my MatLab plot wasn't showing in the screen but wasn't throwing any errors either.
The data seemed ok.
The plot command was fine.
And then I noticed a sneaky line, where it read set("LineWidth", 0.01). I commented that line.

The plot thickens.

Currently LARPing Frostpunk while my apartment's furnace is broke and it's subzero outside. But we made it through the night without the pipes freezing so we'll probably be fine.

Cool thing of the day: wheel-legged robots

I'm honestly surprised we haven't seen more of them in sci-fi depictions of robots. They seem like a natural combination: you get the advantages of both form factors while mitigating their weaknesses.

Couldn't get horovod installed and working on any of 4 different machines, with either tensorflow or pytorch, GPU or CPU install. Docker container worked first try. God bless containerization.

In some news of a personal variety: my first published paper as a First Author just got publicly released! It's only a workshop paper, but still feels like an accomplishment.

Open access link, because all good publicly funded science should be publicly accessible:

Just learned that apparently people are making "Fog Computing" a thing. Basically cloud computing using edge devices, from what I've gathered.

I have mixed feelings about this.

Robots, AutoHotKey 

I get if you don't want to make your industrial biorobotics interface code open source (I don't like it, but I get it). But at least give me some APIs or a way to interact with it besides your menace of a GUI. A robust CLI, perhaps.

Otherwise I have to figure out how to puppet it using an AutoHotKey script, and nobody wants that. Not you, not me, not Dr. Steve the biologist who has to rely on my ability to foresee every corner case of interacting with your GUI. Ugh.

Podcast intro music at normal speed: thoughtful, chill, upbeat. The theme song for a quirky indie reporter

Podcast intro music at 1.5x: oh god oh fuck we gotta GO there's some shit to LEARN

I don't think I realized until this pandemic how much of my own sense of self worth was tied to my ability to be relentlessly productive. Also, how remarkably fragile the careful balance of my various workloads is.

Update: it turns out the problem was with the renderer, and not my bezier patch code. My honor as a Computer/Math nerd is restored.

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You would think that I, person with a degree in both Computer Science and Computational Mathematics, would be able to deftly convert complex equations into code.

You would think...

Nothing kills a vibe like those 2 dreaded words: Segmentation Fault

Update: it's been so long since I've used Unity. I've regressed. Also, they've changed some stuff in newer versions (I think). This'll be fun!

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Been playing Black Ops 1 Zombies with the roommates lately. Kinda want to make my own version in Unity, just for kicks, especially since later entries seem to have really diverged. It's pretty cool how doable that actually seems.

My personal struggle with tech is that I know the coolest, "best" gadgets and software and tech that I have always been passionate about is inextricably tied up in large, amoral, fundamentally profit-seeking and privacy-eradicating megacorporations with incentives that fundamentally do not align with their customer's and user's best interests. But I still love the tech, and then just end up feeling guilty and sad every time I think about it.

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