[I’m borrowing Devon Zuegel’s idea of epistemic statuses]

Epistemic status: I’m snapshotting my current level of understanding of cytometry’s role within life sciences as I learn it from scratch, coming with my software background. It’s based on reading an article in Cell Systems magazine. This note is from the genre of “tool for thought” — it helps me work out what I understand and surface interesting questions to ask next.

I became interested in the intersection of biology and deep learning a while ago. A juxtaposition of two simple observations serves as the motivation. Biology is a field of human…


I’m on a forced break from work (long story) in Munich and I wondered what I could do with myself. Luckily, I found a few locals who are interested in deep learning and that led me to a conversation on applying deep learning methods to cytometry. I’m publishing my notes from our 2h chat. My background in biology is pretty much non-existent so below represents what I eked out by asking questions. I wanted to understand enough of biology to get to the core of the problem and see if deep learning can help.

Cytometry

Cytometry is “analytics for biological cells”…


I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones — John Cage

What you find below is a fun exercise in pitching a risky software project to a hypothetical MoneyedCorp’s director-level decision maker. Inspired by musings on software ∩ business by patio11.

Technology tends to progress incrementally with rare leaps. This proposal is for a non-incremental leap in Scala’s 2 compiler performance yielding an estimated 5x-10x speedup. In broad business terms, for a company employing 1000 software engineers this amounts to $1.2 million in savings in gross labour cost per month[1]. …


On Kentucky Mule: a transcript

The world of statically typed programming languages appears to be at peace with an unfortunate division. You either have an advanced and an interesting type system in your programming language but pay for it in slow compile times or you have an uninspiring type system with fast compile times.

The economics of designing a statically typed programming language with a good user experience (and the compilation speed is a major component of ux!) hasn’t been explored in depth.

Kentucky Mule, my slow-burning side project, has been a blue-collar research on that question. The aim was to produce an insight that’s…


I’m writing and publishing my (rather raw) notes on hamstring pull recovery. I hope by taking detailed notes, I can swing my own recovery towards success. And I hope the techniques, thinking patterns, and simply the story might inspire others battling against chronic physical injuries.

Notes from previous weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6, week 7.

Week 8

Monday (July 16th, 2018). I forgot to keep detailed notes on what we did during that day during PT, unfortunately.

PT (Luca): I came to PT with tension in my trapezius muscle. Luca applied gentle position adjustments…


I’m writing and publishing my (rather raw) notes on hamstring pull recovery. I hope by taking detailed notes, I can swing my own recovery towards success. And I hope the techniques, thinking patterns, and simply the story might inspire others battling against chronic physical injuries.

Notes from previous weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5, week 6.

Week 7

Monday (9th of July, 2018), I took an early train to Como, and I had a chat with JP Meersseman about my adductor tightness. We focused on corrections of my posture and releasing trigger points. …


I’m writing and publishing my (rather raw) notes on hamstring pull recovery. I hope by taking detailed notes, I can swing my own recovery towards success. And I hope the techniques, thinking patterns, and simply the story might inspire others battling against chronic physical injuries.

Notes from previous weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4, week 5.

Week 6

Monday (2nd of July), I came with an adductor tightness (4/10). Fabienne did a massage of the trapezius muscle, back, and neck. We checked the sensitivity of my right arm that I felt was weakened recently. No conclusions found.

Tuesday. PT…


I’m writing and publishing my (rather raw) notes on hamstring pull recovery. I hope by taking detailed notes I can swing my own recovery towards success. And I hope the techniques, thinking patterns and simply the story might inspire others battling against chronic physical injuries.

Notes from previous weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3, week 4.

I’d like to take a moment and reflect on the broader picture of my recovery. It’s not looking good. At the beginning of the fifth week of my recovery, an unsettling realization sunk in: I need to throw my ambitious recovery plan of…


I’m writing and publishing my (rather raw) notes on hamstring pull recovery. I hope by taking detailed notes, I can swing my own recovery towards success. And I hope the techniques, thinking patterns, and simply the story might inspire others battling against chronic physical injuries.

Notes from previous weeks: week 1, week 2, week 3.

Week 4

I concluded the notes from week 3, by writing about a failed attempt to ride my bike from Basel to Zurich and back. I didn’t make it back due to adductor tightness. Week 4 is about struggling with that muscle problem.

On Monday (June 18th…


I’m writing and publishing my (rather raw) notes on hamstring pull recovery. Notes from previous weeks: week 1, week 2.

Daily stretching, balance and strength routine

Every day I go over a subset of a routine designed to develop my core stability, stretch core and thigh muscles. I included the complete list of exercises below. I find them all really great and I think I would like to continue doing them long after my physical therapy is done. They are an enjoyable and versatile workout.

Balance

  • Foot on a platform with a tiny, round stick supporting it from underneath, with two configurations for the attachment: parallel…

Grzegorz Kossakowski

Proponent of dense representations. Previously: @stripe , hobo, #scala at @lightbend .

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