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Sign Painters Movie and Book

I watched a great movie last week. Sign Painters is a 2014 documentary, directed by Faythe Levine and Sam Macon, about the hand painted sign industry. Levine and Macon interview a number of people across the U.S. about all aspects of the business. A lot of the interviewees are artists who started painting back when the industry was

Patreon Update

So my Patreon campaign is going about about how I expected, not incredible, but it’s early days. The way I figure it, if you’re going to make it to 1 million patrons/month, you have to start at the very bottom. I was thinking of a few ideas to pump up the campaign, here are a

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

Steve Jobs

I just want to post something quickly. I’ve been working on some stuff for this blog, and I should have new content quite soon, but in the meantime, I want to talk about Steve Jobs. I don’t think any blogger has ever done that. A lot of people know about Steve Jobs, and his complicated

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

I Have a Better Idea than Curing Death

So many scientists and dotcom billionaires are working on curing death. The idea is that death by old age is a terrible bug in humanity, and something that should be fixed immediately. Preferably before these guys die. I understand this. I know personally when I think about Baby Boomers and what they’ve done to the world,