# June 10, 2018Back to Xubuntu

A while ago, I switched back to Windows so I could play video games… While I enjoyed playing video games, one thing I missed was the integration of so many languages and the operating system. So now, I’m back on Xubuntu.

This time, I put in a little more effort for finding apps I’ll be using and creating a nice look and feel. I’m documenting it, both to share, and in case I screw something up really bad.

# March 18, 2016Determining Intent Pt 1

Cortana, Alexa, Siri, and then some. Digital assistants are invading our lives, and I’m loving every minute of it.

As a kid I loved Digimon. I thought it would be cool to get sucked into the internet and hang out with my digital partner. It’s pretty much the reason I got into computers. I started poking around at computer vision and machine learning in hopes of one day getting sucked into the internet making computer interaction more natural.

Some people have been working on the problem a lot longer than me, but I thought it’d be fun to share some approaches on the subject. This is part one… There’s a lot of content to cover.

# June 11, 2013Automated Summary Experiment Pt.1

So, I decided to play around with Node.js and CoffeeScript. I thought it would be fun to program some toy command line script, so what toy problem would I solve?

Well, I’m sure you all heard about how Google and Yahoo have both acquired automated summary generation applications for big bucks. So I thought, why not write something similar so I can make the big bucks1?

I really wanted something like NumPy for Node. Luckily I found natural and Sylvester. “‘Natural’ is a general natural language facility for node.js.” Sylvester is a vector and matrix math library for JavaScript. I thought I’d have to write a lot more, but using these two libraries along with CoffeeScript, the code is around 100 lines.

1. Of course, this is just for play and probably not as awesome as something worth $20 or$30 million.

# May 31, 2013New Design

I hope things look nice and fresh and so clean clean around here1. I was trying to come up with something that looked modern and promoted readability. The goal with the home page was to have something that looked like the center column of a newspaper–headers and images to catch your attention. Individual posts are like the rest of the story, focus is on the text.

Not that the default Octopress theme is bad, it’s just bulky. I knew I wanted to redesign my blog, but I didn’t know what I wanted it to look like. I looked at the blogs I enjoy reading, like Shawn Blanc, Daring Fireball, Zach Holman, Matt Gemmell, and many others. Matt Gemmell recently wrote on blog design and made several good points.