Any number of films have left lasting impressions on me. Certainly some have gone onto shape my imagination in various ways. A lot of them are films that I watched with my father, like The Man with No Name trilogy that featured Clint Eastwood, or any number of WW2 films — Kelly’s Heroes or The Dirty Dozen or The Longest Day to name just a few — that shaped the fiction I read and the movies I watched as I grew older.
Then there are the films I found myself and watched, some of which were either “made for television” or found their only real home there or on the nascent cable television channels. The Blonde with One Black Shoe certainly falls under the latter category, as does a host of British, or near-British, spy thrillers. Like the Harry Palmer trilogy, the original Italian Job, or The Internecine Project, a film that stayed in my head for as long as it has because I loved its hammered dulcimer soundtrack so much that I recorded it as it played on air onto a cassette tape which contained a host of other favorite soundtracks, most of which I can no longer remember.
It turns out that The Internecine Project is not only watchable again on Youtube, but its soundtrack is available on Apple Music.
I don’t know how the Youtube channel Terry Talks Movies made it into my stream, but it did and it’s turned up a number of older movies to watch. In a review of “1960s Science Fiction Movies You Should See,” Terry observes the following about the protagonists of Privilege, a film he describes as a didactic docudrama (worth watching):
They are innocents in a world where predatory men are turning the passions of young people into social cages in which to enslave them.
A useful map of Africa that features population densities: good to know where the people are.
New possibilities and new horizons do not necessarily demand new infrastructure, but in this case my first shared hosting provider, A Small Orange, was long ago sold to a mega-provider and the prices have gone up while the services have somewhat declined. When I asked about alternatives, one hosting provider, CynderHost, stepped forward and invited me to try them out. So far, I have liked what I have seen, and it was time that I moved, if only to re-learn some of the basics of hosting and also to have a sense of what it is to move and what all needs to be moved. There are bound to be some hiccoughs along the way, but, in the end, you might as well embrace the change. It’s coming anyway.
Some really fascinating research suggests that dreams could be our brain’s way of avoiding overfitting when learning from experience. The idea is based on the fact that data scientists often introduce noise and voids into training data in order to keep models developed by ML like neural networks from becoming “over-fitted” — that is, very good but too narrow to be useful. This idea draws upon a long-standing interest in cognitive and computer sciences with analogy and the way humans both learn from analogous situations but somehow our mental models remain flexible enough to adapt to less-analogous events.
Coverage and publication.
The Army has a new recruitment campaign which allows you to explore interactively where your interests lie and how they might fit within the Army. I first came across it on Reddit, and I was curious to see what it might reveal to me.
It starts straightforwardly enough:
Choose Your Army Adventure: Step 1
And the next step seems a logical follow-up:
Choose Your Army Adventure: Step 2
But then you have to choose one of the following:
This feels a bit like a version of the Sesame Street Which of These Things Is Not Like the Others? game.
I can never quite keep all the options in my head. This MineCraft version comes closest to making it easy for me to remember:
The ACL anthology “currently hosts 63797 papers on the study of computational linguistics and natural language processing.” A lot of subjects covered. No immediate search interface but you can the full anthology as BibTeX (only 5.35MB) and search that — if you throw in abstracts, it’s only 13MB.
Ah, the file which is not one but is really a zipped directory of XML files and directories of XML files. In its defense, this isn’t uncommon for Mac applications — and I assume for other application-generated “files” on other operating systems as well. In case you have the bad luck of trying to understand what’s going on with a particular Word
docx file, you can do the following in a terminal window:
unzip file.docx -d file-content