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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 in …

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 than one …

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 a …

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 Zürich 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 …

characterising treatment pathways at scale using the OHDSI network

This post is about the paper Characterizing treatment pathways at scale using the OHDSI network from the hefty author list: George Hripcsak, Patrick B. Ryan, Jon D. Duke, Nigam H. Shah, Rae Woong Park, Vojtech Huser, Marc A. Suchard, Martijn J. Schuemie, Frank J. DeFalco, Adler Perotte, Juan M. Banda …

play me a match of doto for your heart

Here are some strange messages I have received on OKCupid.


  • you are evil // Sorry you do not you're Sorry
  • hi // how are you? // what did you mean with that you are dog person
  • Hi. How are you? Please I need a favor
  • Hey bitch, are you studying computer science? (this …

moved to pelican

Here's what happened:

My phone started acting up. The lock button turned into a 'maybe turn the phone off' button. The unlock button turned into a 'maybe turn the phone off, or open the camera?' button. I impulse-purchased a new phone, and the old one magically fixed itself. New phone …

installing tmux locally

I have been setting myself up on a new computing cluster (CentOS 6.7), so I'm in the lovely land of installing things without root. tmux proved a bit frustrating, so here's what I ended up doing:

install libevent

tmux needs this, I didn't have it (you might, so try …

AAAI 2016 by the day

I started writing this in Phoenix airport, so if the current trend (n=2) continues, I'll start recounting my next conference half-way through, with interesting implications for the latter half of the post. This was my first time attending the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence Conference (AAAI), so …

linking between zotero and evernote (in OSX)

I'm upgrading my paper-management workflow from 'labyrinth of folders' to an Evernote + Zotero mix. I already use Evernote a little for this by writing paper summaries in it, but I would rather do the 'heavy duty' management and organisation in Zotero. So, I'd like to easily switch between the Evernote …