From Whalesharks To Leopard Spheres

One of my big weekend projects (for longer than I care to think) has been trying to create a pipeline for identifying individual whalesharks from photos. The project had kind of grown moribund as I repeatedly failed to get any decent level of recognition despite using what I thought was a good technique: An algorithm […]

Ricky Jay R.I.P

Ricky Jay was one of my heroes. I first became aware of him in the pages of the remarkable “Cards as Weapons,” an oversized paperback that I bought at age 13 because it had a few pictures of topless women in it (you really can’t appreciate how much the Internet has changed the adolescent male […]

“The Deuce” Stinks. A Rant.

I’m a hair’s-breadth away from declaring that “The Deuce,” HBO’s Sunday night “prestige drama” about flesh-peddling and pornos in Times Square and 42nd Street in the mid-70s, is an exercise in trolling, some kind of meta-level commentary on the lack of drama, characterization, or stakes in, y’know, pornos. It’s almost easier to believe that David […]

Writing to Azure Storage With F#

This last weekend I participated in the “Hack for the Sea” hackathon. As part of that, I needed to store images and structured data to Azure Storage. The process is very straightforward using F#’s async capabilities. First, you’ll need the connection string for your Azure Storage: Use that to instantiate a CloudStorageAccount object: let csa […]

Deep Whalesharks

Whalesharks are the largest fish in the ocean, but very little is known about their movements (where they breed, for instance, has been a huge mystery, although there’s now pretty good evidence that some, at least, breed in the Galapagos). Whalesharks have a “fingerprint” in the form of distinct spots on their front half. The […]