- Basics of Machine Learning Course Notes — slides and audio from university course. Watch along on YouTube.
- A Primer on Deep Learning — a very quick catch-up on WTF this is all about.
- 3D Printers Have a Lot to Learn from Sewing Machines — Sewing does not create more waste but, potentially, less, and the process of sewing is filled with opportunities for increasing one’s skills and doing it over as well as doing it yourself. What are quilts, after all, but a clever way to use every last scrap of precious fabric? (via Jenn Webb)
- Liftware — Parkinson’s-correcting spoons.
Code for Speed, Wooden Locks, Font Design, and a Java Distributed Data Store
- Why Git Is So Fast — interesting mailing list post about the problems that the JGit folks had when they tried to make their Java version of Git go faster. Higher level languages hide enough of the machine that we can’t make all of these optimizations. A reminder that you must know and control the systems you’re running on if you want to get great performance. (via Hacker News)
- Wooden Combination Lock — you’ll easily understand how combination locks work with this find piece of crafty construction work.
- From Moleskine to Market — how a leading font designer designs fonts. Fascinating, and beautiful, and it makes me covet his skills.
Terrastore — open source distributed document store, HTTP accessible, data and queries are distributed, built on Terracotta
which is built on ehcache(updated: Terracotta has an ehcache plugin, but isn’t built on ehcache). A NoSQL database built on Java tools that serious Java developers respect, the firstsuch one that I’ve noticed (update: I brain-farted: neo4j was definitely on my radar). Notice that all the interesting work going on in the NoSQL arena is happening in open source projects.
Toys, telegraphs, transparency, and travel in today’s roundup of short interesting links.
- New Law Could Wipe Out Handcrafted Toy Makers – CNN story on a new consumer safety law that mandates expensive quality tests for components of toys, even those handmade in the US by micro-businesses. It’s not clear what a solution looks like: mass-produced in China or micro-produced in the USA, a lead-filled toy is still unsafe. However, if the cost of proving safety prevents safe toys from reaching the market, the consumer has lost. I wonder what Make and Craft have to say about it.
- Bio of Samuel Morse – he was more interesting than I realized. He also came up in Andy Kessler’s How We Got Here, which I just finished reading and thoroughly enjoyed. See also Steven Johnson’s guest post Joseph Priestley and the Open Flow of Ideas on BoingBoing. Understand the history of technology if you wish to understand its future.
- Ze Frank’s Explicit – a serious blog by Ze, where he talks about how he does what he does. I had always thought of Ze as a funny guy, based on his video podcasts, but when I met him at Foo Camp I realized he was a performer. George Clooney isn’t a bankrobber like Danny Ocean. Sarah Michelle Gellar doesn’t slay vampires like Buffy does. Miley Cyrus isn’t a teen musical superstar like Hannah Mon… ok, some actors are like their characters, but most aren’t. Ze takes performance seriously whether it’s on the web, on video, in person, or on Twitter–he consciously approaches it as a task, and deliberately chooses how he does it. Think of this as “Inside the Actor’s Studio” for the Internet age.
- The Dopplr Personal Annual Report – a beautiful PDF report of your travel, automatically generated using the Prawn PDF library. Their sample travel report is that of Barack Obama. Internet businesses are able to capture lots more data than was possible in the past, and one way they differentiate themselves is by reflecting it back in useful and beautiful ways.
When archives are built incrementally on top of access, instead of access being born of hard labor from accumulated storage, the nature of the archive is transformed. The possibilities for an Obama Presidential Library — built from today and onwards — are transformative.