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Music lighter than the air

  Samuel Barber

When you break your own personal best

 First time in my life, I have three publications under review at the same time (before top was two at the same time): P. Taraba: Optimal blending of multiple independent prediction models , May 2021 A math manuscript, April 2021 P. Taraba: Linear Regression on a Set of Selected Templates from a Pool of Randomly Generated Templates , July 2016

Bacon & cheese pasta

  What you need: pasta cooked in salted water (done separately) onions & garlic fried on olive oil (till onions are gold) add bacon & tomatoes and simmer for a bit (and add bit of pepper as well) add spreadable cheese (the laughing cow brand is best for this) and simmer until it melts mix up with pasta and you are done - Bon App├ętit

So you wonder why Personal Data Fusion

Patent Personal Data Fusion   is live as of today, so you might be wondering why the emphasis on the word personal . Before I dig more into that, let's mention what kind of data there is: public data government data company data personal data Sure, this separation of data was there for quite some time, but what data belongs where was not fully determined yet and in the future years there will be a lot of "battles" about it. Examples of public data are our world in data , world meters  among many others. With government data, who knows what data is collected and how it is used. And maybe you heard about Apple & Facebook battle what data companies could have and what data they should not have. So why the emphasis on personal data? Well, first there is George Orwell's 1984 , but that is just a fiction - more of a warning. But then there is also Citizenfour documentary , which is definitely not fiction, but it still kind of makes you only a little suspicious. But th

Simple breakfast

  Simple breakfast toasted bread with garlic & cheese onion ham eggs (salt & pepper & red paprika)

Quite a crispy read

If you ever wondered what it's like to become a scientist, this is probably a great read for you (no matter what kind of organs you possess). Unlike Isaacson's other books, this one involves still living scientists so there are some excerpts from conversations with these scientists - hence it's way more fun to read. Middle of the book gets a little depressing (ego and patent fights), but that belongs to science as well I guess. Once you get through it, it gets more exciting once again as the philosophical questions come up. You can look at the book not only as a biography of current events, but as a 500 page research overview "paper" (it's no longer paper due to its length) as it contains tons of citations (hence somewhat scientific approach in writing style). Naturally and not surprisingly, Gattaca  and Brave New World are both mentioned within the book :). The book is definitely a page turner and you will run out of pages pretty quickly. I would call it &q

Lite introduction to physics

In the past, I found a cool youtube channel for lite introduction to chemistry . And now I found lite introduction to physics channel . The visual 3d graph of the atom is quite stunning. I always wondered what H2O looks like as well... While this shows only one atom, it's the step in a cool direction.

Unplugged Dara

If you missed Dara's live internet concert 'Close in distance' (Close by), which was quite funky and trippy, you can still watch the recording. Great musicians, great background vocals, Dara's music, which was newly and really well arranged, and naturally the live "B6" voice, which is always above and beyond... Dara Rolins: 'Close in distance (unplugged)'

Chicken red sauce pasta

This recipe is a bit of a cheat, because I use pre-made sauce, but as I also add some fresh onion and tomato, it's only semi-cheat :). What you need: pasta salt pre-made tomato sauce (I use roasted garlic sauce) onions (cut to small pieces) tomatoes (cut to small pieces) chicken breast (cut to small pieces) garlic powder pepper olive oil You cook pasta for 6-7 minutes in water with salt till al dente or as your package says and then drain it and let it sit while you make the sauce. Start with olive oil and onions, once onions are golden, add chicken, once chicken is half through cooked add tomatoes and add salt and pepper and garlic powder. Once it's all ready, add the pre-made tomato sauce and let it sit together for a bit longer on the heat. Take off the heat, mix up with pasta and serve on a plate. Also, chicken breast is only optional, depending if you need some less fatty protein in your food. You can sprinkle with some cheese (parmesan), but that's again optional. It

PyOpenCL - quick integration of C++ OpenCL code with python

I was quite positively surprised how easy it is to call C++ OpenCL 's APIs from python and how simple it is to code with PyOpenCL . I tried PyOpenCL a while back, but it obviously got improved and is now simpler than ever. While I did not test out its performance, the resulting code runs fast enough so I didn't feel the need to check how it's performing in comparison with pure C++ OpenCL code. Naturally, I wanted to test out Netflix competition  (2009). The winning algorithm was blending a lot of different algorithms, which is not so great as in such case code can get quite messy and maintenance of such code can become quite painful. I would also prefer one simple algorithm instead of blending of many. Blending of many algorithms probably means that we did not really figure out perfect model. While competition is over, research never ends . To make it somewhat fair inline with the competition, I removed "probe set" from the training data as grand prize set for tes

If you criticize China, don't forget to criticize SpaceX as well...

News #1 : CNN:  NASA criticizes China's handling of rocket re-entry as debris lands near Maldives "Spacefaring nations must minimize the risks to people and property on Earth of re-entries of space objects and maximize transparency regarding those operations," said NASA Administrator Sen. Bill Nelson in a statement released on the space agency's website Sunday. "China is failing to meet responsible standards regarding their space debris," he added. How it's almost supposed to be done. News #2 : NPR:  China Says Most Rocket Debris Burned Up During Reentry Harvard astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell , who tracked the tumbling rocket part, said on Twitter, "An ocean reentry was always statistically the most likely. It appears China won its gamble... But it was still reckless." In March, debris from a Falcon 9 rocket launched by U.S. aeronautics company SpaceX fell to Earth in Washington and on the Oregon coast. Where are harsher words for SpaceX? [

Got my second Covid-19 vaccine shot

  If you were postponing getting your COVID shot, it's easy to sign up on Publix website for COVID vaccine Feels nice to be done with it :)

Blood Orange Juice

  I did not see Blood Orange Juice for years... Thank you Whole Foods , you always have something cool

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