thrift store mysticism

I treat thrift store shopping as a mystical experience, as a spiritual discipline. Being somewhat of a mystic, and a massive optimist (see my post “curvilinear optimism“), I tend to believe that the Universe (or the Divine if you prefer) provides what we need to accomplish our missions in life as we need it (or […]

how to be a rock star

Lesson One Stop caring about what other people think of you. Lesson Two While nervousness proves a real, honest challenge, never let it show! Lesson Three Make it look easy. Lesson Four Be prepared! Strings break, equipment fails, batteries die, and sound systems and room acoustics often suck. Be prepared! Lesson Five The show must […]

the “system” and all the bars on the cage

If you only see one bar at a time, you will not know that you reside in a cage. Here I attempt a systemic view, a whole picture. This work requires further refinement, but it’s a good start: Update 5 August 2018 I received the following (welcome) response to this graphic: I responded as follows: […]

women’s style recommendation with artificial intelligence (part #2)

In “women’s style recommendation with artificial intelligence (part #1)”, I introduced my work toward developing artificial intelligence (AI) for fashion and style recommendation. Essentially, its an expert system built on a Bayesian belief network. Now I discuss model validation and next steps in the design iteration process. I first wanted to see if the trained […]

women’s style recommendation with artificial intelligence (part #1)

Introduction We know several basic style “rules” (ha!) based on body shape: Skirts: “Apple” Body Shape: IF body shape is apple AND skirt has front zipper THEN don’t wear IF body shape is apple AND skirt has side zipper THEN wear IF body shape is apple AND skirt has no zipper THEN wear “Rectangular” Body […] hacked (cracked) for the first time

I don’t like to use the word “hacked” to refer to unwanted system intrusion and unwanted system change, but that is the word everyone understands. See my post “on my frequent use of the word ‘hacker’” for an explanation of my objection. I prefer the term “cracked” instead. Anyway someone recently cracked my Transgender Resources […]