Author: andrew

US/Canada Import Place

I just remembered a sort of weird thing. For those who don’t know, I’m in Canada. You can order almost any American item, and find most of them in stores too, but now and then you run into a brick wall. For various reasons (some dumb, some logical), you just can’t get certain things shipped to Canada.

How I Back up My Personal Files

A friend of mine sent me a question about backing up personal files. She said this: What is the best way to buy long-term cloud storage that is private, secure, resistant to destruction? Archival storage for personal files… maybe 1TB total, more if it’s affordable I don’t think I’ve written about this much, but this

What Actually Is Machine Learning?

Now that I’ve posted two things about going to the ML conference, I’ve had two people I know ask me about machine learning. For all the attention and press that the field has received, it seems that a lot of people still just don’t quite understand what it is. I completely understand the confusion. It seems

Driving Confrontations

This is off subject, but I just wrote the title for this post, Driving Confrontations, and is it just me or does it sound like it could be the name of a prog-rock album? I’m picturing an album cover now with three cars that have been outfitted with space shuttle wings, all coming at each

Instagram Spam-following Experiment

I’ve only mentioned this to a few people, but I’ve been doing an Instagram experiment for about a month. It involves my normal account, as well as a new fake account I created. I didn’t come up with any really amazing insights or discoveries, and I wasn’t sure what to post about it, but I

Deer Family

I went to a conservation area two days ago, just for a walk, and I only took my new film camera (from this post). I’ve been to this area before, and it’s kind of cool, but I didn’t think it was that amazing. After walking around for about 45 minutes, I came around a corner

Nikon F4

After writing the post about the designer Giorgetto Giugiaro, I did end up getting one of the cameras in the post. I did a bit of wheeling and dealing on Kijiji (which has killed Craigslist in Canada), and got a Nikon F4S from a nice guy who used to do wedding photography in the ’80s

Human Consciousness

I’ve always wanted to figure out the whole deal with human consciousness, so, a while ago, I got a book about it. In the past week, I finally got around to reading it, and guess what: The author doesn’t know what human consciousness is. I don’t want to get too angry here, but that’s a