Blog: In the heat of the evening

In the heat of the evening
In the heat of the evening
Date: 2018-Jun-30 18:12:15 EST

I'm reminded by another summer that NYC can get hot. And now I'm thinking about what it's been like to change cities; the building of new habits on a blank slate that can't happen fully in a city one already knows. The making the best of things particularly ; we value the process of learning, and the process of having learned, but the former diminishes if we focus on the result rather than the process. And both are enjoyable in their own way.

When I first moved to Pittsburgh, I got an initial impression of it, having driven with Debb up through Schenley Park into SqHill but not really knowing the area at all, that it was a city with its roads in ravines and its houses looking down over the road. That would be an interesting city, but it's not the city I came to know. And I'm aware that even now, as I project a narrative back over an image rooted in my mind, that it may have come from a dream - one of those dreams that's a twisted parody of real life, rather than an initial impression; all these thoughts are based on uncertain ground. But it's still the perspective I nervously choose among alternatives, thus a highlit part of myself. So does all this mean I'm thinking of leaving NYC? Not practically, but maybe in theory. I like it here, but it is also a place with some doors closed. Tradeoffs.

Sitting in Vineapple at the moment. 235W18 apartment is generally working out well, but my usual no-AC-ness is not that great on the hottest of days. Work? Going well. In the early stages of using our own in-house GT for machine learning, and having interesting difficulties with borders of regions and non-cubic training data. Plus the incredible amount of training needed to make the networks perform. That's a broader concern that humanity will need to work on. Health? Gym is doing me good I think. Today I got some running shoes to make it easier to exercise there. I still sometimes get dizzy spells, but they're brief. Migraines are still a regular agony.

This morning before I went out I found the old Oyschlisn stuff - the originals. Was worried they were lost. Likely to pick that up and move on with it.

A few things I've been thinking about:

  • I recently saw on my YT "things you might want to watch" section a video on people who can understand the accent of people that cannot understand theirs - it was treating this as a surprise that weirded me out (I did not waych the video); my expectation is that this is quite regular because understanding distant accents is a skill that some people probably have intrinsic variance in but also people can learn to improve it. I'm more puzzled by people that expect a symmetry there.
  • Internally we had a talk on Lie Groups as a mechanism for frameworks for how visual systems recognise objects across sets of regular geometric operations - shifts in the visual field, or rotations. It got me thinking about related shifts that are trickier - recognising an object after damage or aging. Interesting though that with aging in particular and maybe damage to some extent, decays in internal representation happen in the same time axis where these transformations are most common (although not always in the modern era, with TV flashbacks and old photographs).
  • Been wondering if the reason we don't have a Lexis-Nexus for medical issues is that the raw data feeds are tied up with ethical concerns over the medical records of individuals while in law most things are naturally public record. This is not a hard constraint for medicine, but maybe nobody wants to navigate that trickiness and take the legal risk
  • Peeved that companies that help people cheat in essays are brazenly out there on twitter with only the barest difference of their phrasing between theirs and outright saying "pay us to help you cheat" - example is thefreelancehub