Last December, I was lucky enough to get my hands on an Irex Iliad. E-readers are an emerging technology which haven’t yet caught on with the general public. In fact, many people don’t realize such things even exist – I’ve encountered many of these while reading on the bus. I thought that now that I’ve used and owned one for 6 months it would be a good time to share my experiences. This won’t be a review per se but more an description of what it is like to use an Iliad.
Lately, I have been watching a lot of Ghost in the Shell: SAC. In the show, the main antagonist is a Salinger-loving uber-hacker who has a tendency to replace faces in live video with his rotating-text logo. As with many of my projects, this piqued my interest, and sent me off coding. So, here to all of you, I debut the first version of my little python script, Warai, for replacing faces with logos. Hopefully I will add support for video in the future.
I had one of those frustrating days where you spend hours and hours searching around for what should be a simple coding solution, to no avail. Finally I was able to patch together enough disparate knowledge to achieve my goal: namely, storing and retrieving a java BitSet on a MySQL database. Below is the solution, which I hope might help any other unfortunate souls looking for this answer.
I thought I’d mirror Ben’s music post with one of my own. More detailed description of my musical tastes can be obtained through perusal of my last.fm account. If you don’t know, last.fm is an amazing service which logs song plays and contructs a profile for you with Neighbours (people with similar musical taste) and recommendations for similar artists. Plugins are available for pretty much any music player I’ve come across. In addition, through the audioscrobbler project, they provide a powerful interface to all this data which can be used to create applications.
Here are the records I’ve happened upon this summer and absolutely can’t get enough of. I realize two of these are over a decade old… I guess I’m a little behind the times, but they’re timeless classics anyways:
I’ve been finally getting back to doing some coding after a three-month hiatus. Working full time, and taking night classes was just too time consuming to work on any side projects. With coding, comes music. I think many people out there would agree with me that it is much easier to grind through a project if there is something in the background to listen to. Continue reading
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I am in Scotland for the summer, working as a software assistant in the lab of Dr. Mike Tyers at the Wellcome Trust Center for Cell Biology at the University of Edinburgh. Waiting in the airport before my flight over from Vancouver, I realized that I hadn’t packed a book, and my Irex Iliad was out of batteries… doh! As thrilled as I was at the prospect of Zoom Airline’s masterful film selections, I thought I’d better load the proverbial Dice of Entertainment Probability, and happened upon a wonderful little book in the airport bookstore:
I work at an electronics component retailer, much like the Radio Shack of lore (nothing premade, only parts). Now, we get mostly folks in who are there for business (lots of oilfield people), but from time to time, I am pleased to see an assortment of regular people who are interested in electronics. We get circuit-benders, robotics hobbyists, parents helping children build science projects. Continue reading
Normally I work Saturday mornings (thanks for the help Adriano), but today I had something much more important to do: protest bill C-61 at Jim Prentice’s Stampede Breakfast. I had some good conversations with passer-bys (especially those who didn’t already agree with us), had some delicious pancakes, and was witness to some of the most hilariously excellent alley-positioning ever: Continue reading