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Appreciating American Prehistory

Today being Columbus Day and me living in England, I’m taking a few minutes to reflect on the richness of American Prehistory.  When it comes to Columbus Day, I’m one of those cynical people who rather laugh at the idea that we set aside a day to celebrate a huge navigational blunder that ended up […]

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Deep Learning: Installing Keras

In my previous post, I mentioned building a neural network using Keras that was able to classify thousands of Reuters documents in under 10 minutes.  Sadly, installing Keras took more effort than I wanted–longer than actually building and training the network.  So, I worked out the kinks and scripted the process to go from a bare box […]

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My Dive into Deep Learning

I spent last week in a Deep Learning workshop and I came away both encouraged and disheartened at the same time.  (For the uninitiated, Deep Learning has no formal definition; however, I would loosely define it as a new name given to the class of machine learning techniques that combine many nonlinear functions in order to approximately model abstractions of […]

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Post-Soviet Ukraine

In 1991, the Soviet Union collapsed. The pressure had been building for a while but the secession of Ukraine was the tipping point. Interestingly, Ukraine itself was a federation of sorts and the Ukraine that left the USSR was not the same geographic region that entered it almost 70 years prior. One of the interesting […]

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Many people take pride in being “colorblind,” that is, unwilling to recognize differences in the color of people’s skin.  Not only is it disrespectful to ignore such a significant part of a person’s heritage and cultural background, the example below is an illustration of how detrimental so-called colorblindness is to actually appreciating the person. Follow the […]

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Microsoft Outlook Tips

Although I’m a Mac guy, as promised in my previous post, here are four email handling features in Microsoft Outlook that I love. Drag to Create Calendar Appointments. Has someone requested a meeting in an email and not as a calendar appointment?  The nerve!  If you drag your email to the calendar (to a specific date or to […]

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Zero Inbox–Email Management

In this post, I’ll tell you how to achieve the zero inbox. The other day, I heard someone say that an empty inbox is an unreasonable goal. I whole-heartedly disagree! Not only is it a reasonable goal but given the accumulated hours of your life wasted scanning your inbox for a particular message or figuring […]

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Choosing your College Major

As my children approach college age, the question of college major has come up more than once around the dinner table. Whereas, as a professor years ago, I would tell my students to major in something they really liked, my advice is getting more pragmatic. Yes, major in something you like, but make major in […]

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Maryland’s 4 out of 500 is Not Good Enough

Something is very wrong in Maryland. Recently I was looking at the Fortune 500 list and was shocked to see that only 4 of the 500 biggest companies in America claim the Free State as home: Lockheed Martin (#59), Marriott (#219), Discovery Communications (#460), and Host Hotels (#477). Not only is it below average, but it is also significantly […]

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My 2 cents on Minimum Wage

Since there’s been such a row over President Obama’s plan to increase minimum wages, let me offer my $0.02 regarding proposals to hike the federal minimum wage. My problem with POTUS’ minimum wage plan is not a “big business versus the little man” issue or that I think people should just accept that they live […]

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