Agents of Shield

Last night I binge-watched 6 episodes of Agents of Shield on Netflix! I hadn’t watched the series for ages, and so I picked up from Season 3. I absolutely loved it!

Productivity

Some days I feel flat and completely unproductive. It’s a struggle to get anything done. I find that time-boxing helps. Today I found that going for a run really helped. This morning I felt totally discombobulated. This afternoon after the run, I had a lot more focus. I still need to ensure that I get the right things done though.

Deep Learning

The more I use Deep Learning, the more I am amazed by it. Some things which would be hard to do programmatically are easy with the right Neural Network. It feels like we are just starting to scratch the possibilities.

Walk to Rottingdean

This afternoon we watched along the Under Cliff walk to Rottingdean. It’s a walk we’ve done many times in the past. The tide was fully in, so the waves were crashing over the path in places.

End to Veganism?

Helen and I have stopped being mainly vegan – primarily because of milk and cheese. Non-dairy milks are OK for coffee and tea, and work quite well in muesli, but cow milk is so much better! Also, after trying a lot of vegan cheeses, there just is no substitute for dairy cheeses. We are still primarily vegetarian though.

Computation meets Data Science Conference

Today I was at a Computation meets Data Science Conference, organised by Wolfram Research and the CQF. There were some interesting talks. The ones I enjoyed the most used Mathematica to analyse data in real time in interesting ways. It looks like Mathematica has good support for building neural networks now. I was impressed at how quickly Jon Macloone from Wolfram was able to get some quite useful neural network models up and running. Jon made the point that for some problems you are able to get results really quickly with neural nets, and others it’s really hard to get good results, and it’s not obvious which problems are which.

More Experiments with Neural Style Transfer

I’ve been playing more with Neural-Style Transfer. It’s fun to play with, but with the code I’m using, I’m struggling to get results I can use. I was trying to merge the style of a Platon photo with a photo taken of me (when I was growing a beard). It was weird what information the neural net decided to take from the style photo.