I'm not one to link to so-called "viral videos" but sometimes there are ones that are just displays of talent that deserve all the recognition. Kutiman has started a project called THRU YOU where YouTube videos are used as samples to make musical compositions. The first one, Mother of All Funk Chords, you may have already seen but the others, like, I'm New are excellent as well.
I've started a new project that spawned from work. This is also my first time stepping into the foray of blogging about my trade: writing code.
Currently at MAVERIC we are scurrying to put together a process that allows us to farm out the creation of a "gold standard" reference set that can be used to test and train our NLP tools. Using Knowtator we can create a schema in Protege and then have our annotators use the same package to annotate a set of documents.
I've been asked if I miss Portland on multiple occasions. My response without hesitation is a simple no. I still refer to Oregon as "back home" constantly and I definitely miss people and things I did with them, but it has never crossed my mind to wish to be back. I don't see any reason to be homesick.
For the past three years I have been seeing KMRIA in Portland and figured that would be my tradition as long as they kept doing it. I then moved to Boston. I was disappointed I left a week before the KMRIA show but instead found that The Pogues themselves are playing at the House of Blues in Boston. $60 later and I'm going tonight!
This ain't no NYC. People here are downright friendly and polite. Things started out auspiciously on the aeroplane (Mozilla's spell check suggested that word) where I sat next to a Northeastern University student doing graduate studies in physics. The diversity over here is amazing and I can't wait to try all the different foods. I got leads on some good Lebanese food (recommendation by a Lebanese guy) and Persian food (recommendation by an Iranian gal). My buddy that's letting me crash at his place has an Algerian restaurant he loves.
An updated Thien's First Thursday Guide as I leave Portland. This was written as a request from a friend who enjoyed my tour when I first met her.
First off this site has a handy PDF map you can download: http://www.firstthursdayportland.com/
Classical type art in the Pearl:
The Lawrence Gallery is a staple of the Pearl. They have some Dali sketches and some nice large paintings. Some stuff they have doesn't change but many others rotate. (903 NW Davis St.) (http://www.lawrencegallery.net/)
After another year in my exploration of tastes I've updated my Alcomohol List. Nothing has been removed, only some new favorites have been added. Thanks to a friend I'm now enjoying wine as much as I enjoy beer. I'm undecided if that is a good thing though.
A friend of mine asked me what I want to accomplish in Boston and my new boss emailed me saying, "I'm at a national meeting promising everyone how good you're going to be." I've been thinking about those two thoughts...
If it means making the world a better place by helping researchers find solutions to difficult problems, then I'm going to put my damnedest into exceeding expectations. I might be setting myself up for failure, but if we never aim for the stars we'll never even think we can fly.
Went to work late today because I wanted to play in the snow, so I got in at 1pm and couldn't leave 'til pretty late. Earlier I knew I had wanted to use up the pork loin so had left it out to thaw. Coming home late I needed to do something interesting but quick. Decided to put together a really simple meal that came together fast and still was delicious. I also had some left over whole wheat spaghetti noodles that I tossed with black truffle oil for my carbs.