setting up mastodon with hometown

This is a 'how to do something' sort of blog post, I might write about why later. The something is running a social network for my friends.

The starting point is probably run your own social, which covers a lot of the 'why' and some of the 'what'. Chances are …

the urgency of slowness

My parents are not originally from Dublin. My father came to Ireland from Chile in the 70s, and my mother came from Wicklow a bit later. In both cases the rest of their family stayed behind for the most part, so visiting family has always meant travelling. My family regularly …

yes, but did it work? evaluating variational inference

This post is about the paper Yes, but Did It Work?: Evaluating Variational Inference by Yuling Yao, Aki Vehtari, Daniel Simpson, Andrew Gelman, which will appear at ICML 2018. I'm going to try to summarise/explain the paper in my own words, largely for my own benefit. I'm also going …

NIPS 2017

I'm continuing my tradition of summarising conferences I attend. Previous posts: NIPS 2016, NIPS 2015, AAAI 2016, ICML 2016. I also went to AAAI 2017 to present my work on unitary recurrent neural networks, but didn't write a summary.

This was my third time attending NIPS, but my first time …

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 pretty happy with how …

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 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. I …

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 I …