I was on a swing set with my friend Paul and the chains of his swing had been thrown over the top bar so he was trying to throw it over the other side to make it normal again but he couldn’t so I tried and I jumped up and lost my balance and stumbled backwards and then my face hit the ground and it was all really a blur from there.
Friend:If you could have any pet, what would it be? I'd want a unicorn.
Me:I want a giant monitor lizard that I could put in a baby carrier sling and I'd walk around with it -but I'd keep it covered up - so when people are like 'oh is that a baby how cute' I'd be like 'no it's a white-throated monitor lizard' and it would flick its tongue at them and I'd feed it grapes.
I hate it when people complain about carrying their instruments. Last year in my school’s band I had to play bari sax, and in orchestra I played double bass, so I had it pretty bad with bulky instruments
Honey I know it. Carrying a double bass takes endurance. It’s easier for me to walk backwards when I carry mine so I just do that. People always roll up the blinds at the music studio to watch me moonwalk it to the car.
Plus my gig bag came with a strap and I’m like DO YOU REALLY THINK A STRAP IS GOING TO HELP ME CARRY THIS. IT’S A BIT BIGGER THAN A GUITAR. I don’t understand how people can hoist those things up like that. Considering I’ve been crushed under my bass on more than one occasion. I’ll stick to me wheel, thank you.~
I really like the conversations you have with your dad. They are quite interesting. It's usually the other way around for me, although I do know a good deal of the sciences, and he would end his little "lecture" by going off on a tangent.
Thank you! My dad is a cool guy. He’s always supported me in my interests - only a father’s love could withstand taking your daughter to the same exhibits in the same museum multiple times a year since she was born. But he seems to enjoy the sciences as well, and he’s a smart guy.
And ooooh do I know about “lectures.” My mom is like that sometimes. I think I get it from her. Not that it’s a bad thing! I find it’s very easy to go off on tangents when dealing with science especially, because everything relates to each other in some way. Once I was in a debate group about the hydrogen bomb and I ended up talking about the invention of Silly Putty.
Google’s X Lab designed a particular neural network to discern whether an algorithm could learn to recognize faces without being fed information on exactly what a face was. It did great at that task.
It also found cat videos quite well:
The “brain” simulation was exposed to 10 million randomly selected YouTube video thumbnails over the course of three days and, after being presented with a list of 20,000 different items, it began to recognize pictures of cats using a “deep learning” algorithm. This was despite being fed no information on distinguishing features that might help identify one.
On the surface, it’s a joke about the impending cat video singularity. But it’s a pretty awesome example of machine learning, too. It means that with careful programming, a synthetic network can learn fairly advanced patterns in completely novel data, like cat faces, or what a cat even IS.