The terms commandments and self-taught are not to be taken lightly. One must be in charge of their own education and enlightenment. Ignore this and someone else will choose it for you.
Any effective machine learning pipeline leverages the crossover of mathematics, code and data. Each is only as effective as the other.
If your data is of poor quality, it does not matter how elegant your mathematics or efficient your code is.
If your data is of the highest quality but your mathematics is off, expect your results to disappoint, or worse, harm.
If your data and mathematics are world-class but your code is inefficient, you will fail to reap the benefits of scale. …
Last year I did 4 days, this year it’s 5 days. Who knows, maybe in 25 years I’ll be going a month at a time (probably not).
Thinking about trying your own extended fast? Well, you’re about to dive into the article/diary/question and answer style documentation of my first 5 day fast.
I’ve started by answering some of the questions I would’ve liked to have known before starting a 5 day fast and then finished with a day by day journal entry and some extra resources you might want to check out to learn more.
Disclaimer: What you’re about to read is not medical advice, only anecdotal stories from my experience during my first five day fast, I am not a doctor. If you’re unsure about anything, seek professional medical advice. …
Ceramic shield glass, blazing fast, two cameras, three if you’re a Pro, look at those curves, oh baby… do I want one? Yes yes yes. Do I need one? No no no. But you know what? A crazy idea dug itself into my head this morning. I could write myself a new iPhone.
You know there are sites now which let you spill your ideas out for cash now right? I’m talking Medium, Substack, Ghost, Gumroad, hell, you could even make your own site and add a link to a Patreon page.
The point being: if you want to create something of value, which scales infinitely, you can. …
It’s impossible to get stuck when you’re listening to yourself.
How many thoughts go through your head every day?
All of them are potential ideas. Most crap, some good, a handful great. You never know until you latch onto one and see where it goes. And anyone who claims they do is full of it.
I’ve noticed a trend, in others and myself and especially in the new creator: getting in your own way.
And the usual solution to this self-imposed roadblock is typically to seek approval of others before embarking on whatever journey it is you’re thinking of.
Some quotes of the fearful…
I remember being 14 and thinking 27 sounded old. Well, look what happens.
I’m convinced my years now feel like 6-month blocks. By this rate, when I’m 50 a year should feel like a season. Time flies when you’re having fun.
Anyway, I love birthdays. One of the main reasons being birthday’s in the Bourke house usually involve plenty of good food. Another reason being because growing up I always felt special that my birthday was the first day of Spring. Catch ya later Winter, bring on the singlet weather.
For the last couple of years, I usually use the backend of August to reflect on what I’ve learned in the past year. And after doing it for five years, I’m starting to notice a trend: how much I don’t know. …
This morning I did seven hill sprints, not five, not ten, seven.
Because I felt like that was enough.
80% on the first one and by the second one, you should be hitting full tilt and holding it there.
The beautiful thing about doing hill sprints?
Things should be plural because there’s more than one.
I’m underground, back where it all started. Sitting at the hidden cafe where I first met Mike. I’d been studying in my bedroom for the past 9-months and decided to step out of the cave. Half of me was concerned about having to pay $19 for breakfast (unless it’s Christmas, driving Uber on the weekends isn’t very lucrative), the other half about whether any of this study I’d been doing online meant anything.
In 2017, I left Apple, tried to build a web startup, failed, discovered machine learning, fell in love, signed up to a deep learning course with zero coding experience, emailed the support team asking what the refund policy was, didn’t get a refund, spent the next 3-months handing in the assignments four to six days late, somehow passed, decided to keep going and created my own AI Masters Degree. …
The other day, the absolute and complete living legend, Head of Data Science and creator of incredible data science-related YouTube videos, Ken Jee reached out to me asking if I wanted to collaborate on a video (or two).
I said sure.
We decided question and answer, back and forth type videos would be best.
So he sent me a few questions he’d probably ask me and to prepare, I wrote out answers to each of them.
And now I’m copying them here.
In 2017, my friends and I were building a web application (very primitive) to link together local gyms in our area. We had the problem of not being able to train with each other whenever we wanted. So we had the idea of making the Airbnb of fitness facilities, somewhere you could go and book time/space and workout with who you wanted. …
Manuela emailed me the other day asking the question “How can a beginner data scientist like me gain experience?”.
It followed with, “I did some courses and did some projects, but some interviewers said: ‘I liked your formation but you don’t have the minimum experience we want, come back later!’”.
I replied with some points I’m copying to this article.
Disclaimer: I’m not going for a job. So you might ask, “Well then, why I would I take advice from someone not going for a job?”.
And you’d be right in asking that.
Always be sceptical of advice from someone who hasn’t learned it through their own experience. My explanation is, no job I’ve found suits me, so I created my own (this could be an article on its own, in fact, my advice is: don’t get a job, start a business instead). …
At the start of May, I decided to get TensorFlow Developer Certified. So I set myself up with a curriculum to sharpen my skills and took the certification exam a couple of days ago (June 3rd). Turns out, I passed.
Let me tell you how I did it and how you can too.
Hold on. What even is TensorFlow?
TensorFlow is an open-source numerical computing framework which allows you preprocess data, model data (find patterns in it, typically with deep learning) and deploy your solutions to the world.
It’s what Google uses to power all of its machine learning services. Chances are, the device you’re reading this on has run some kind of TensorFlow before. …