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The first step in respecting language is keeping it as concrete, meaningful, and truthful as possible—part of the job of keeping information streams clear. The second step is to enlarge language to make it consistent with our enlarged understanding of systems.
[A palindrome in 3 parts]
I rode out to the intersection of 212 and 26 today, mostly to get some miles in, but also to start prepping for my 2nd attempt at a human powered climb of Hood from Portland.… continue reading
I’ve been taking the long commute on my bike the last couple of weeks as I take a short break from running. I’m riding further East toward the freeways and then taking the commuter/walking path in a big loop back to the Willamette River and into downtown.… continue reading
This book has been sitting on my shelf for about 10 years. I finally decided to pick it up and read it. The Shock Doctrine by Naomi Klein.
Beginning in the 1970’s in Latin America, Neoliberals from the Chicago School of Economics, following the ideology of Milton Friedman and Friedrich Hayek began to influence (experiment with) the economies of countries in the Southern Cone.… continue reading
I heard the phrase “information pollution” from Evgeny Morozov the other day and I think it perfectly captures what I’ve been thinking as I try to allocate more time to read and write and think during the day. It’s a grasping at the ability to have a cohesive thought, to formulate a thesis and make a case for an idea without being sidetracked and having my attention hijacked.… continue reading
Supervised, Unsupervised, Semi-supervised, Reinforcement learning
Supervised learning procedures are used in problems for which we
can provide the system with example inputs as well as their corre‐
sponding outputs and wish to induce an implicit approximation of
the rules or function that governs these correlations.
I’m a sucker for the larger historical contexts of technology and culture. This book didn’t disappoint. I’m finding these types of books, where the author takes a contemporary idea and does a bunch of research and then writes a book to be less interesting than books with original ideas that are then supported with research. … continue reading