LLog – 20170225

I have begun listening to audio books recently and really enjoying them.  I guess this an extension of beginning to listen to podcasts.  I never felt like I got much out of audio listening but for fiction or ‘review’ type non-fiction it’s perfect.  One habit I am going to try and cultivate is listening to an audio book and drawing.

For new non fiction that I really want to retain, however, it is not a good medium for me.  I’m finding that video is not either.  Both are too slow and too easy for my attention to wander.  However I am going to explore listening to an audio book as a form of review for a book I am learning from.

Running a Tonido Server inside Docker

In this post I will describe how to create and use the powerful Tonido file server inside a docker container. The reasons for using Docker are many and well documented, and I think Tonido represents a fantastic example of the oft-described use-case of compartmentalizing software due to dependencies. Continue reading “Running a Tonido Server inside Docker”

LLog – 20170219

The last few days have been dominated by finishing a blog post on running a Tonido server in a Docker container (I keep trying to write cocker there) and prep for a Castles and Crusaders game with O.  I’ve realized a major difference with managing my autodidactic system using principles similar to my workout schedule is the time frame.  Workouts take place in a contained space of time moving from one workout to the next whereas with learning I need to stay on some tasks until completion – like with writing the blog – which can take several sessions.

I’ve been thinking a lot about time and space a lot this morning.  Listened to an OnBeing episode with Martha Wertheim and had some insights into the concept of space, virtual space and dimensions.  Also a rethink of Descartes’ duality – maybe he was describing overlapping spaces rather than separate ones.  Thoughts that tie into to idea of reality as a simulation and Sheldrake’s concept of consciousness as a field (that occupies space outside the body).  All things that need to be expanded and fleshed out in a longer format.

LLog – 20170217

Reviewed my projects and learning goals.  I have felt myself slipping into ‘randomness’ again as far as my study and project management.  I am planning a blog to explain things in more detail but essentially I’m going to approach my projects the same way as exercise – identify primary and secondary elements then rotate through them in a specific order with primary followed by secondary. However if I can’t get to a secondary project in a given day then it falls back into the queue so that the day always begins with work on a primary project.

I’m also going to make a quick note here of what I worked on as a reference.

Worked on AI course last night.  Ended up reviewing the term ‘recursive’ which naturally led to iteration using Python examples.  That led to reading about binomial coefficients, Fibonacci numbers, and Pascal’s Pyramid.

Then secondary study of Castles and Crusaders books and some notes to prepare for playing next week when the kids are off.

My Program of 3’s – Resistance Training

My Current Resistance Routine

After 10 rounds of my 5/5 routine I have gone back to my former regimen which I call 3’s. It consists of 3 days of workout with a day of recovery in between. 2 days consist of weight training and 1 day is for body weight. On one of the recovery days I have an abdominal routine that I run through as well as a forearm routine with some heavy iron bars given to me by my brother. Continue reading “My Program of 3’s – Resistance Training”

Bruce Meets Maria – Artificial Intelligence in the ICU

It was a moment he would live thousands of times, played out slowly, some details emerging, others fading.  There is always the music playing softly as he reads the daily news feed on his tablet, relaxing comfortably with part of his attention on the smooth motion of his vehicle, that sense of enjoyment he got from those few times of constant motion in his commute.  And then a fog seems to fall across the scene.  He is outside of himself, watching, sitting there, a half smile at some humorous post and then a sudden figure appearing in the right window, a vehicle moving much too fast, much too close, something he hadn’t even thought possible in this age of Autonomous Driving Vehicles… Continue reading “Bruce Meets Maria – Artificial Intelligence in the ICU”

LLog – 20170123

I’ve spent a significant amount of time – well, for me at least – playing with RemixOS and trying to get it to work well on my Dell Inspiron 1090, which spends lots of time sitting in random places until I get a bug and start using it for little projects here and there.  Everything works fairly well actually, even the touch screen, and it is overall a wonderful experience.  However, I cannot get it to come out of sleep mode or whatever version of that mode it is in since the ‘on’ indicator is still lit.  Basically the screen will not turn back on after a certain amount of time.

Initially I thought I had fixed it installing the double tap app, so I could turn the screen off and on with screen taps.  This app does not actually turn the screen fully off which is a huge disadvantage if I’m putting the computer down for long periods in terms of battery drain and killing the screen life.  This only works for a few minutes and then the OS locks up.

Given the fact that Ubuntu works great with the MATE desktop and the probable advantage of distros like puppy, I’ll move experimentation with Remix to a VirtualBox machine on primary laptop.

Overall it does run well.  I had problems with Netflix as well, though I did not spend too much time tweaking settings for GPU and HW acceleration.

LLog – 20170121

For example, in two-dimensional space, we have vectors such as x = (3, 4) and y = (0, 2) .

I am just starting an EDx course on Artificial Intelligence  and I just read this in the recommended book, Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach,  in the math appendix and I realized it is a key-value pair, and or a tuple (I am thinking in Python terms though I think this is broadly applied to many languages)

So is this why a dictionary is hashable? It can be represented in such a way that every part is in relation to every other so if you know a few parts you can abstract or build the rest?

In other words, iterating through a dictionary takes the same amount of time no matter the size but not so with a list. In python. In some languages there is no distinction between a list and dictionary.

Here is an interesting site that describes the concepts in addition to the book.

LLog – 20170117

Just read this Business Insider article about Tim Ferriss in which he shares the quote:

Jenny Sauer-Klein, cofounder of the acrobatics-yoga hybrid AcroYoga, introduced him to the idea “No hurry, no pause.”

This reminded me of the principle from Tom’s Danzan Ryu dojo, which I subsequently found out is an old sniper saying:

Slow is smooth and Smooth is fast

This was such an important principle for executing techniques that relied on being in sync with your uke.

I have not thought of it in a long time and it applies in the same way that Tim uses the Breema principle – slow down and smoothly execute and you will accomplish your goal.

Actually I use this a lot at work when the shit is hitting the fan to keep focused and not make mistakes.

Using Slow Reps in My Weight Training

My 5/5 Weight Lifting Workout

I’m just coming to the end of a 10 workout regimen using the principle of constant tension to build muscle mass and break through what I hope was a year long plateau in my weight training. I call it 5/5. There were I believe a few factors contributing to this ridiculous plateau: Continue reading “Using Slow Reps in My Weight Training”