Category Archives: Reflections

A Year at Home

March 5, 2021 is an anniversary of sorts. Today marks one full year since I started working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic. When I said goodbye to my colleagues at work on the evening of March 4, 2020, … Continue reading

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Election Reflection:  A Narrow Escape

What a relief! Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have been elected President and Vice President. Although the last few votes are still being counted in a couple of states, and there will still be some legal challenges, it’s clear they … Continue reading

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Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died yesterday at 87 from metastatic pancreas cancer. The tributes have been overwhelming, including this New York Times review of her life and career by Linda Greenhouse, this post by Amy Howe, a reporter for SCOTUSBlog, … Continue reading

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Two unrelated events this weekend connected together to get me thinking about how we live our lives. On Saturday, my wife and I went to a celebration of life for a man named Dennis who died a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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Yesterday morning we hitched up our much-loved tent trailer for the last time. We drove down to the Fauntleroy Ferry dock, made the short crossing over calm water to Vashon Island, and with mixed feelings delivered the trailer to a … Continue reading

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On Dumping Stuff

Last weekend we took a load of stuff to the dump. Technically it’s called a municipal waste transfer station. You pull up, back up actually, to the sloping edge of a long deep rectangular trench. The trench is really an … Continue reading

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Mr. O’Byrne

I’ve been remembering my high school calculus teacher, Mr. O’Byrne, over the last few days. It started while I was reading a lengthy article about neural networks and how they’re trained using backpropagation and analytic gradients. There’s not that much … Continue reading

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Maps and journeys

I unearthed this cache of old road maps the other day while doing a major cleanup of my office. I’d completely forgotten about them and I was pleasantly surprised by the number of places I’ve visited over the years. As … Continue reading

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