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I play at the crossroads of technology, health and art. Broadcasting from: www.mrdbourke.com

Set the system up so you always win.

snow leopard looking outward
snow leopard looking outward
Photo by Frida Bredesen on Unsplash

The games of life reveal themselves everywhere, business, dating, wealth, status, relationships, health, politics.


Don’t be a victim of your reality. Become an author by stacking your talents, affirming yourself, sparking curiosity and keeping it simple simple simple.

xbox controller with style transfer effect applied
xbox controller with style transfer effect applied
Photo by Kamil S ft. Style Transfer

Hello friend. Imagine having an Xbox controller you could point at the world. Push buttons and make things happen.


I went on date with a girl studying to be a paramedic.


What do you have without your health? Five questions to ask yourself everyday. The optionality of life. Using time and boredom to guide your decisions.

Take more baths in nature. Photo by the author.

11:58pm — Shit.


A beginner-friendly approach to learning the fundamentals of data science and machine learning with Python

a person studying at a dual monitor setup in a dark room
a person studying at a dual monitor setup in a dark room
The author nerding out at his non-cable managed work station. Thank you Sam Bourke for the photo.

When I worked at Apple, we had a system. If you had a device with an issue, you could walk-in, tell us the problem, then we’d either let you know how to fix it on the spot or take your name down so we could book you 1-on-1 time with a technician.


Speed testing a (nearly) top-spec Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro versus the new Apple silicon MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro

intel macbook pro alongisde two m1 macbooks
intel macbook pro alongisde two m1 macbooks
From right to left: an Intel-based 16-inch MacBook Pro, M1-powered 13-inch MacBook Pro, M1 13-inch MacBook Air.

I watched the keynote and saw the graphs, the battery life, the instant wake. And they got me. I started to think, how could one of these new M1-powered MacBooks make their way into my life?


Principles for using math, code and data to seduce Mother Nature into revealing her secrets.

Coding can get a little grey. Surround yourself with colour. Photo by Sam Bourke.

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.

1. Math, Code and Data are your holy trinity

Any effective machine learning pipeline leverages the crossover of mathematics, code and data. Each is only as effective as the other.


Notes, feelings and body measurements from my first five day fast

Photo by Alla Hetman on Unsplash

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).


Advice on writing words worth being paid for

iphone 12 pro promotion picture with “it’s time to get paid.” text
iphone 12 pro promotion picture with “it’s time to get paid.” text
The new iPhone 12 comes out this month. And people are going to line up to pay for it. Imagine if the same thing happened with your writing. Source: Apple iPhone 12 Pro homepage, edits by the author.

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.


…to start, make, create, ask, think differently, lead, become, be.

person in crowd of faces with their hand up and an idea
person in crowd of faces with their hand up and an idea
You could wait to be picked. Or you could put your hand up.

It’s impossible to get stuck when you’re listening to yourself.

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