Ryan Barrett's blog

If you could take back the coronavirus pandemic or the Trump presidency, but not both, which would you choose?

Sun, 22 Mar 2020 03:44:15 +0000

5 year old folded her laundry, kept count of each type of clothing, made me write down the final inventory, got excited about the word “inventory,” double checked the inventory, reported it back to us, and is now reciting it in bed after lights out. “5 shirts…16 socks…4 skirts…7 underwear…” I know it’s a mug’s […]

Fri, 13 Mar 2020 03:39:27 +0000

Tyrannical Saurus Rex

Fri, 28 Feb 2020 15:48:00 +0000

“Humanity is still driving towards hell, but we have taken our foot off the accelerator.” Key clarification: this is only energy emissions, which historically make up just half of total CO2e emissions. (EPA, C2ES, Our World in Data.) Regardless, good news, and desperately needed. Details, Twitter thread.

Mon, 17 Feb 2020 18:25:11 +0000

Context on the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak: H5N1: 375 deaths SARS: ~800 deaths MERS: 858 deaths H1N1: 151-579k deaths “normal” flu: 290-650k deaths each year Coronavirus is absolutely still a tragedy, and worth every effort to contain, but fortunately doesn’t seem to warrant all the panic or fear-mongering.

Fri, 31 Jan 2020 17:33:14 +0000

Blank wall after removing a decal mural. Bonus points: find the snail, squirrel, and butterflies.

Tue, 21 Jan 2020 14:52:12 +0000

AI vs ML

Are there any common forms of AI now that aren’t machine learning? Historically we had expert systems, formal logic, hand-authored decision trees (eg old school machine translation), domain-specific algorithms (eg A* pathfinding), and more. Nowadays it seems like everything is some form of ML trained on real world data. (I’m broadly lumping everything generated automatically […]

Sun, 12 Jan 2020 14:21:03 +0000

🤪 At Badrutt’s Palace, St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:54:52 +0000

yes please At Portland International Airport.

Sun, 05 Jan 2020 00:38:29 +0000

Fascinating: distributed systems techniques now also apply to performance sensitive applications on high end multi-core computers, eg AAA game engines on modern consoles, as well as to actual distributed systems. Using the holidays for a 2-week coding session. Writing a new transactional memory manager that’s O(1) for all operations, completely non-blocking and progress-guaranteeing, and uses […]

Sat, 28 Dec 2019 15:08:02 +0000

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