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bloodseeker costume

Here are a bunch of WIP pictures of the Bloodseeker (Dota 2) cosplay I did for MCM London Comic Con on the weekend. This is the first non-Halloween costume I've made, and the first non-trivial sewing project I've done, so it's far from perfect, but I'm ...

NIPS 2016

We return for another installment of Stephanie Summarises a Conference. My previous work in this area is NIPS 2015, AAAI 2016, and ICML 2016. I was pleasantly surprised at NIPS to be asked if I was going to write one of these again. Apparently someone somehow found my blog. Ignorance ...

roller derby week 4

See week 3 here.

It had occurred to me that I might injure myself while practising, and I had thought about avoiding practising on the weekends to give myself time to heal before Monday. I think about a lot of things that don't happen. So having somehow intensified the ...

roller derby week 3

See week 2 here.

Having discovered and then fixed an embarassingly serious bug in my code on Friday, I spent the weekend before the paper deadline at the office rerunning experiments. This is a slow process - for whatever reason, tensorflow takes several minutes to fully initialise the computation graph for ...

roller derby week 2ish

See week 1 here.

I endeavoured to revise and presumably master all the material we covered in the first class on a Sunday afternoon (nerd, remember. Historically 'Good At School'). It seemed quite straight forward. I would just repeat the difficult thing until it became easy. I've been there ...

roller derby week 1

See week 0 here.

I am a nerd. I didn't want to go to class unprepared, so a few weeks before the Rookie Course started, I went to a neighbouring canton to buy derby gear so I could practice. Practice and hope to attain a minimal competency such that ...

roller derby week 0

In a turn of events baffling to those who know me, I decided to sign up to (try to) learn to play roller derby. Roller derby is a full-contact sport played on rollerskates. The game basically consists of getting in someone's way, or getting through people who are getting ...

transcribing my accent

An exercise in the international phonetic alphabet (IPA).

Here's a quote from the magnificent Margaret Atwood book, "The Handmaid's Tale":

"Now we walk along the same street, in red pairs, and no man shouts obscenities at us, speaks to us, touches us. No one whistles.

There is more ...

important site updates

Two matters, one vastly more important than the other:

  1. SSL is active! It was incredibly easy to set up with Let's Encrypt. Losing SSL was one sad thing about moving away from GitHub pages, but it is clearly remedied. Now you can access my content securely.
  2. This site has ...

ICML 2016 not by the day

The International Conference on Machine Learning (ICML) was in NYC this year! Unfortunately(?) for me, I moved from NYC to Z├╝rich two months ago. Fortunately for me, I was able to return to attend the conference. Instead of doing a day-by-day breakdown (as I did for NIPS and AAAI), this ...