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Sorry to be missing out on all the fun… :(  I need to get…

December 22, 2012

Sorry to be missing out on all the fun… 😦 

I need to get back to writing, I promise to do so soon too. I just need to finish with my math studies, it takes me long to get working, and I can’t afford spliting my focus. 

Thank you for understanding :).

via tumblr http://vehpus.tumblr.com/post/21222393854 at April 16, 2012 at 10:42PM. Originally posted on http://vehpus.tumblr.com

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Musings on photography

December 22, 2012

Musings on photography:

I’ve always liked taking photographs (to the point I’d carry around a camera to school and take pictures of the classroom boards rather than copying notes). In the end of 2010 I bought a DSLR and started toying around with it. Then I took a photography class in early 2011, and kept on going from there.

I’ve been unable however to take photographs for a while, though, due to a personal illness. I’m better now, and today I got a chance to learn another photography skill, during a workshop I took part in today on high speed photography. 

But this is not a photography blog. I post my works elsewhere. What I wanted to share is another story for today, that linked nicely.

Before the workshop, I was at work. Returning from a morning meeting to the office, I decided to take a coffee break in our buildings coffee booth. Wanting to take some time off, I started up a conversation with the guy who ran the booth, who served as a barkeep of sorts – serving drinks and starting up a conversation.

I don’t remember how but our conversation got to photography. The guy also enjoys it and we got to a cool discussion on our different works. Eventually, the discussion got around to photography’s part in our lives: neither of us saw it as a future carreer, despite having put a lot of money and time. You could call it art for art’s sake, but neither of us felt that way. 

Instead, we got to an agreement that photography was a tool for self expression and a prism through which we looked at the world. Becoming proficient in photography allowed us both to preserve moments in our lives the way we want them too rather than the way our memories or others preserve them, as well as look for beauty in everyday lives, as framing pictures from what we see becomes a habit. 

To me, this was a nice realization – I fealt like I was finally able to explain to others, but mainly to myself, what was the source for my passion with photography. I believe that matters a lot – knowing what I want from an activity or technology is what allows me to use it best, as well as invest in the right things. This is the reason I care for versatility enough to try a lot of equipment, but know the limit of quality I’m shooting for.  

Hopefully, the skills I learnt in the high speed photography workshop will allow me to expand my horizons as a photographer, but also as a person. The skill is there, and once I better refine how to use it, I’ll buy the appropriate tools. What’s lovely is how many options we have these days to express ourselves in many methods technologies and mediums.

**The blog linked in the title is written by the workshop’s instructor – I highly recommend it!

via tumblr http://vehpus.tumblr.com/post/16323106045 at January 23, 2012 at 02:48AM. Originally posted on http://vehpus.tumblr.com

Google is already teaching itself voice recognition

December 22, 2012

Google is already teaching itself voice recognition:

If you read this article, you’ll notice it’s mostly about google’s voice recognition becoming international. Cool stuff, honestly, but you can’t learn or contribute to that too easily – you know a finite number of languages, and it’s much too hard to learn voice processing algorithms by yourself.

But then if you’ll read closer, you’ll notice a paragraph discussing the algorithm itself. Specifically, it says there that “As word spreads and millions of Koreans, Indians or Russians, for example, discover they can Google with just their voices, the model actually starts training itself, through what Cohen calls “unsupervised learning.””. 

If you’ve ever used voice recognition software, you’ll know that you always need to train it before using it. What this article is basically saying is that Google has found a learning algorithm that can put an end to this madness!

Two more points:

  • My guess is the voice recognition data is far more valuable than search. If you ask me, rather then have it be a tool to further searches on their site, google might just start selling the recognition data to companies interested in international voice recognition.
  • I’m kind of dissapointed by one part of the localisation process google is using for this project. Not that flying around to interview thousands of people in the native toungue isn’t cool, but why not try doing it digitally first. Obviously betas for searches would work badly because they won’t be impressive and because you won’t gather the data, but then what I’d do is build a game that makes users say what you need them to say. Not only would it be completely original (I don’t know any game that you can interact with by voice as a main feature yet), it could easily gather an audience if made the right way (and given for free, off course).

via tumblr http://vehpus.tumblr.com/post/15715934161 at January 12, 2012 at 10:00AM. Originally posted on http://vehpus.tumblr.com

Musings on photography

January 23, 2012

Musings on photography:

I’ve always liked taking photographs (to the point I’d carry around a camera to school and take pictures of the classroom boards rather than copying notes). In the end of 2010 I bought a DSLR and started toying around with it. Then I took a photography class in early 2011, and kept on going from there.

I’ve been unable however to take photographs for a while, though, due to a personal illness. I’m better now, and today I got a chance to learn another photography skill, during a workshop I took part in today on high speed photography.

But this is not a photography blog. I post my works elsewhere. What I wanted to share is another story for today, that linked nicely.

Before the workshop, I was at work. Returning from a morning meeting to the office, I decided to take a coffee break in our buildings coffee booth. Wanting to take some time off, I started up a conversation with the guy who ran the booth, who served as a barkeep of sorts – serving drinks and starting up a conversation.

I don’t remember how but our conversation got to photography. The guy also enjoys it and we got to a cool discussion on our different works. Eventually, the discussion got around to photography’s part in our lives: neither of us saw it as a future carreer, despite having put a lot of money and time. You could call it art for art’s sake, but neither of us felt that way.

Instead, we got to an agreement that photography was a tool for self expression and a prism through which we looked at the world. Becoming proficient in photography allowed us both to preserve moments in our lives the way we want them too rather than the way our memories or others preserve them, as well as look for beauty in everyday lives, as framing pictures from what we see becomes a habit.

To me, this was a nice realization – I fealt like I was finally able to explain to others, but mainly to myself, what was the source for my passion with photography. I believe that matters a lot – knowing what I want from an activity or technology is what allows me to use it best, as well as invest in the right things. This is the reason I care for versatility enough to try a lot of equipment, but know the limit of quality I’m shooting for.

Hopefully, the skills I learnt in the high speed photography workshop will allow me to expand my horizons as a photographer, but also as a person. The skill is there, and once I better refine how to use it, I’ll buy the appropriate tools. What’s lovely is how many options we have these days to express ourselves in many methods technologies and mediums.

**The blog linked in the title is written by the workshop’s instructor – I highly recommend it!

via tumblr http://vehpus.tumblr.com/post/16323106045 at January 23, 2012 at 02:48AM. Originally posted on http://vehpus.tumblr.com

Google is already teaching itself voice recognition

January 12, 2012

Google is already teaching itself voice recognition:

If you read this article, you’ll notice it’s mostly about google’s voice recognition becoming international. Cool stuff, honestly, but you can’t learn or contribute to that too easily – you know a finite number of languages, and it’s much too hard to learn voice processing algorithms by yourself.

But then if you’ll read closer, you’ll notice a paragraph discussing the algorithm itself. Specifically, it says there that “As word spreads and millions of Koreans, Indians or Russians, for example, discover they can Google with just their voices, the model actually starts training itself, through what Cohen calls “unsupervised learning.””.

If you’ve ever used voice recognition software, you’ll know that you always need to train it before using it. What this article is basically saying is that Google has found a learning algorithm that can put an end to this madness!

Two more points:

  • My guess is the voice recognition data is far more valuable than search. If you ask me, rather then have it be a tool to further searches on their site, google might just start selling the recognition data to companies interested in international voice recognition.
  • I’m kind of dissapointed by one part of the localisation process google is using for this project. Not that flying around to interview thousands of people in the native toungue isn’t cool, but why not try doing it digitally first. Obviously betas for searches would work badly because they won’t be impressive and because you won’t gather the data, but then what I’d do is build a game that makes users say what you need them to say. Not only would it be completely original (I don’t know any game that you can interact with by voice as a main feature yet), it could easily gather an audience if made the right way (and given for free, off course).

via tumblr http://vehpus.tumblr.com/post/15715934161 at January 12, 2012 at 10:00AM. Originally posted on http://vehpus.tumblr.com

Introduction

January 3, 2012

Taken from About.

About Me:

I am a tech enthusiast with experience in leading network and information management projects, who enjoys music production, photography, and video editing as hobbies. I am looking for friendship, inspiration for the future, and hoping to inspire you too.

My main social network is Facebook where I can be found at http://www.facebook.com/vehpus.

Most of my public posts are available on Twitter: @vehpus. Feel free to follow. I follow and post on Information Technology and the era is of user generated content,as well as other personal interests.

I am also writing a professional blog in Tumblrhttp://vehpus.tumblr.com/.

For more on my music, video, and photography, make sure you check out Mo-Shack Studio on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/moshackstudios), Tumblr (http://moshackstudios.tumblr.com) and Twitter (@MoShackStudios).

For more professional info and my CV, look me up on Linkedinhttp://il.linkedin.com/in/vehpus

About this blog:

This blog is my first serious experiment in writing regularly, and will discuss topics I find interesting, such as technology, computers, gaming and cognition. Who knows – I don’t want to limit myself, but I promise not to spread to too many topics :).

Before we begin, I’ll be frank with you – there are too many sites out there, and I don’t like overworking myself (since blogging isn’t my main job). I already started blogging on tumblr, and find it to be a very easy platform for sharing.

I do however like to try out as many sites as possible, as well as make myself available to whomever is interested (as I assume reading blog isn’t your main profession as well :).

So to make things simpler for you, I opened a wordpress account, but I can’t say I like it better than tumblr. So what I’ll do instead of double posting is link the two blogs using a nifty site called ifttt.com. Hopefully, this will make my work easier, as well as let you see my posts on the platform of your choice. If this really bothers you because you like  what I write, let me know and I’ll switch, but otherwise, just enjoy the content – I’ll make sure it appears as best as possible :).

Click the image below to see the blog in its original location. Read the introduction post to understand why I chose the hedgehog.


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