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How do you choose between A or B? Well… the trick is to remember there’s also C, D, E, F, G, yes, no, all of the above and none of the above.

From my first novel, Charlie Walks.

Charlie’s downtown again. At another grey building. Working on something he enjoys but not to the depths he’d like. So he’s torn.

Torn between a known path and his own path. Between what he thinks he should be and what he’d love to be.

Chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4, chapter 5 and chapter 6 are also available.

7

Another day downtown.

Sarah decided to move overseas. Germany. I’d read writers go to France. The two are close. Where do writers who are technology nerds go?

Back to the problem. I was stuck…


Grey on grey.

From my first novel, Charlie Walks.

Since Charlie works as a machine learning engineer for the largest technology company in the world, many other companies recruit his team’s services.

Some projects are out of the main office and lack style, hence the brief chapter.

Chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4 and chapter 5 are also available.

6

Not much happened over the next three weeks. A project out of the office downtown.

The building had these colourless pillars out front, the inside matched. One notch better or worse than the vibe you get from walking into a funeral home.


Jumping out of a plane solo is about as on your own as you can get… or is it?

From my first novel, Charlie Walks.

Some background: Charlie’s a machine learning engineer working at the largest technology company in the world but wants to be a writer.

In his spare time at work he siphons the company compute power to fuel his secret world-generating project, XK-1.

However, whenever Charlie enters XK-1 and comes out, he never comes away with a full recollection. It’s more like waking up from a fuzzy dream.

So to put things together, Charlie writes stories about his past and what he finds in XK-1 to his nephew Pauly.

Chapter 5 (this post) contains the book’s…


lined paper with writing on it, pen being held by hand writing on the paper
Charlie’s extent of planning ends at a single sheet of yellow lined paper per day.

From my first novel, Charlie Walks.

Some background: Charlie’s a machine learning engineer working at the largest technology company in the world but wants to be a writer.

In his spare time at work he siphons the company compute power to fuel his secret world-generating project, XK-1. XK-1 works but there’s a catch. Charlie can’t remember all of what happens every time he connects.

Instead, he comes out with broken memories, broken memories he uses letters to his nephew Pauly to flesh out and explore more.

Today is the fourth day of release and this is chapter four.

Chapter 1


tall office building with lights on
Looking for Charlie? Floor number 77, desk number 171.

From my first novel, Charlie Walks, the story of a machine learning engineer who loves walks and wants to be a writer.

Some background: Charlie works for the largest technology company in the world. Writing machine learning code during the day for whatever the business requires, while working on his secret world-generating computer program XK-1 in his spare time.

Today is the third day of release and this is chapter three.

Chapter 1 and chapter 2 are also available.

3

Water sprayed off the big letters every time the fountains came around, creating a small rainbow. The rainbow looked good but…


Yesterday I released my first novel, Charlie Walks, the story of a machine learning engineer who wants to be a writer. And to celebrate, I’m posting the first seven chapters day by day for the first seven days. This is chapter 2. Chapter 1 is also available.

2

Someone asked me why they were there once, the flamingos on my wall. I stared at them then down at my desk and thought, you know what? I can’t work in an untidy room. I don’t know how everything got to where it did, but it did.

I shovelled crap off the desk…


writing on post-it notes, 1. I’ve died twice, 2. I’m a wri…
What would you write about yourself?

This is the first chapter of my new and first novel, Charlie Walks, the story of a machine learning engineer who wants to be writer. The digital versions are out today (print coming later in the year).

Over the next seven days, I’m going to be posting a chapter a day. This is the first.

1

1. I’ve died twice.

We were told to write down two facts about ourselves on Post-it Notes and stick them to our hands. One of those team-building exercises. The ones some might call awkward, but I loved these situations, when everyone feels like worms are…


To take heaven and connect it to Earth in a way others can understand. What a skill.

Good explanations are nothing short of magic, because that’s what they offer: a connection between the divine and reality.

I’ve noticed many YouTube channels publishing clips channels. A small dose of a larger experience. The trend isn’t new. It’s the same as movie trailers revealing a small piece of the full movie.

There’s a lesson there. You can’t have the small part without the big part.

To showcase a 90-second highlight cut of a movie, you need the 90-minute full cut and for…


machine learning code is often only a small piece of an entire machine learning system
ML code is only a small piece of the puzzle.

I’m often asked, “what kind of machine learning project should I work on?”

And I usually answer with “follow your curiosity.”

Why?

Because of how experimental machine learning is, it’s in your best interest to figure things out through tinkering. By trying things that might not work.

However, machine learning projects are no longer works of magic. The device you’re reading this on probably uses machine learning in several different ways you’re not aware of (see Apple’s implicit machine learning below).

That being said, this issue of ML Monthly (April 2021 edition) collects different design best practices from companies using…


snow leopard looking outward
Photo by Frida Bredesen on Unsplash

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

And how much I love to play them!

But of course, the games are fun until you realise you’re part of the game. A scenario where you don’t control the rules.

Do I stop playing?

No no no. Where would the fun be then? I create my own game. Yes, my own. One where there’s no competition. Me vs. me.

I’m aware competition is healthy. I’m no stranger to losing! I’ve lost in spectacular fashion. …

Daniel Bourke

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