Going Postal

Those that have followed my recent adventures on the internet will have seen both my retro-mac inspired run at NaNoWriMo, and the experiment with "Tiny Letter" - both ideas running against the tide somewhat in an eccentric attempt to get back to where we all started. I'm thinking about going further. I have been turning …

Tinkering

I have spent the evening tinkering with the new "Twenty Nineteen" theme that's in sort-of-secret development at WordPress. It's not generally available yet, but the beta is if you know how to acquire and install such things. Once upon a time I built WordPress themes and plugins to make money on-the-side - so I have …

Disappointed

While noodling around on the web this evening, I looked at a few of the more famous "A-List" blogs - to see if they are still going - and if their writing is still as interesting, entertaining, and thought provoking as I remembered. I'll admit to wondering what their secret sauce might be. This is …

On the Outside

While scrolling through Tumblr this morning I started reminiscing about the "meetups" they once helped their users stage. You could register a meetup on the site, and they would advertise it, and send out a pack with table cards, badges, namecards - everything you might need to dress up a couple of tables in a …

Chess

While browsing YouTube videos late one evening a few months ago, I happened upon a presentation about the Google "Alpha Zero" project. If you've not heard of it, it's a Google artificial intelligence project investigating machine learning techniques, and used chess as an example. Cutting a long story short, the system learned to play chess …

Footholds

I have somehow ended up with almost identical blogs at WordPress, Tumblr, and LiveJournal. Yes, LiveJournal still exists - stop laughing. Anyway - cutting a very long, introspective, and boring story short, I'm going to limit the almost-daily head emptying posts to just WordPress. I find myself being drawn into all three communities and trying …