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An Update

In middle 2014 I started thinking about a data-gathering tool for quantified-self info, with the explicit purpose of treating life as a machine learning problem. I am happy to say that for the past year, Joseph Lewis and I have been working on something I think is quite incredible.

We are very close to having a first version of the software we wrote available. I just wanted to say that I can’t wait to show off what we have accomplished. Our hope is to have a nice demo running by January!


Milestone 1

In the last week of September I started on a very interesting personal project. I was finished with homework for the week, and decided that it couldn’t hurt to play around with an idea that was bothering me for a while.

“It should take me no more than a couple days to get something up and running”, I thought.

One month later…

Nothing is up and running yet.

For the past 4 weeks I have spent every second of my free time (and some not-so-free time stolen from other obligations) to work on this project.

It wasn’t all for nothing, though. I have finally reached the first milestone. What does that mean? Well, I have the code that underlies the thing that will underlie the actual code that does stuff. In effect, I have finished a very convoluted and complex boilerplate. So about 500 more milestones, and I might have the equivalent of “hello world”.

Nevertheless, I am very proud of myself, despite not having much to show.

Now it is time for a day or two of break, so that I can catch up with my obligations, and then on to milestone 2!


The Great Balancing Act

There are several methods for reading papers. There is the “read-on-a-laptop” method, which gives a good idea of what is going on, and then there is the “print-the-paper-and-spend-6-hours-going-through-it-word-by-word” method. The second method seems to inevitably... continue »