For quite some time, I wanted to write something following Bourdain’s suicide, but I never got to it. Partially because I don’t really think there is anything that I could write about that would add anything meaningful to the debate, but mostly because he was sort of a hero to me. In my mind he was an embodiment of everything good and bad in life - he made good decisions, he made bad ones; he talked about the hedonistic aspects of life as honestly, as he did about the nasty painful ones. He had dined at the best restaurants in the world, and still loved his In-and-Out, he took President Obama not in the equivalent of Per Se or Alinea, but to the small shack in Vietnam. His shows felt real and some of them (like the Croatian one, or the Seattle one) sometimes even felt like he was channeling some of my experiences from those places. It’s a shame, we are only getting seven more weeks of it.
This is it - school is over and tomorrow marks the first day of my working career. It has been long coming and definitely did not end up according to plan (so far nothing I have ever planned ended up working), but funnily enough, it ended up even better. I’m immensely proud to say that I’ll be joining Facebook AI’s video understanding team tomorrow, where I plan to continue to develop my work on video understanding in pursue of a doctorate degree. It has been a long journey, and I hope to continue on in the right direction.
A challenge for March was to find and use a new word every day. It was a fun one, and almost certainly a useful one as well. I used both the dictionary (Oxford or Webster Pocket - whatever was closer), and Merriam-Webster’s word of the day feature.
The text editor is likely the software in which programmers (and those who sell themselves like ones, i.e. myself) spend the most time, thus it is vital that the tool of choice is up to the job. However, choice of the code editor is somewhat controversial.
2017 has been a bad year for science. A certain political figure who happens to lead what is arguably most powerful nation in the world took decided not to believe in science and made his mission to minimize the potential impact of the said nation’s scientists (through severe cuts in scientific funding, for example). Because some scientists that care about their work are having a hard time to actually convey their findings, the popularization of science is more important than ever. Randal from XKCD, who happens to be my personal hero, did a stellar job using really cool data visualization to explaining why climate change is a big deal.
Today I found out that Americans don’t know what Cvarci (plural, “cvarak” singular) are. I thought it would be a shame not to share the beauty of what Wikipedia calls “pork crisps”.