Picture this. You’re enjoying a beer with a group of friends, some of them are a bit older than you, maybe 5, 10, or 20 years older. A song comes on the speaker. Your older friend goes wild. He sings along. He drums his fingers. He wants you to dance with him to the song but you feel awkward because the song isn’t really your jam.
“You don’t like this song?” Your friend asks in disbelief.
“It’s not that I don’t like it. I just don’t know it.”
“You don’t know this song? What? Do you not know Jim Morrison? The Doors?”
Continue reading “[Day 407] Dear old people, please stop calling us a failed generation just because we don’t know your favorite band”
It’s summer! The feeling of having no homework is amazing. I can finally do all the things that I’ve been doing throughout the year, but with much less guilt.
I still can’t decide if I had a good year or not. On the one hand, I suffered. A LOT. I overloaded myself with too many things: projects, teaching, writing, rocky relationships, and in the end half-assed everything. In hindsight, I believe I could have learned a lot more if I had tried to learn less.
On the other hand, it was a year of personal growth with amazing experiences. It was the year when I published my third book in Vietnamese. I finished my 2016’s reading challenge: read 50 books. I taught a course at Stanford, which was endorsed by Google, Kaggle, DeepLearning4J and was featured on front page of HackerNews, AI Weekly, and GitHub. A professor invited me to Hungary to help his team with a machine learning project — I accepted and had the time of my life. I started working at one of the world’s most interesting companies. I also fell in love.
Continue reading “[Day 406] It’s the end of junior year as I know it”
Being off Facebook, I’ve been entirely oblivious to my friend Viraj’s famed middle-finger. I knew that he has been on Jeopardy and I knew that he’s had some pretty impressive win — the rock I live under isn’t that big — but I wasn’t aware that there was more to that. When I ran into Viraj this afternoon, he was pretty excited:
“Chip, I’m famous now!”
“What? Did you win that $100k?”
“I can’t say, but google my name!”
So I googled “Viraj” and saw this:
Continue reading “[Day 290] Did Viraj Mehta really flip off American people on TV?”
When I’m too busy, I can’t do work because I’m too stressed. But because I haven’t been doing work, I have even more work to do. My life is a catch-22.
Since I’m super stressed with work, I’ve decided to dedicate more of my life into making memes. Continue reading “[Day 283] Procrastination”
Some of the cool things that happened today:
- Jeff Dean high-fived me! I was having a drink with Brennan Saeta at the TensorFlow after party when I looked up and realized that standing right next to me was Jeff Dean. “OMG that’s Jeff Dean,” I said, slightly freaking out. “I’m just going to act casual. No big deal.” Brennan laughed: “Would you like to say hi to him?” “Maaaybe.” SoBrennan introduced me to Jeff and Jeff thought that teaching a TensorFlow class was cool.
- I guess my *new* best friend just got on the cover of Nature. Brett Kuprel was featured on the cover of Nature before he turned 25. PhD students these days (shaking head).
Continue reading “[Day 282] The pressure of impressing new people”
I’m half excited, half nervous about the TensorFlow Dev Summit tomorrow. I’m excited because it’s the first official TF event, and I will undoubtedly learn a lot. I’m nervous because I’ll be around strangers! S-T-R-A-N-G-E-R-S!!!!
Seriously, what do people do at an event like this? Do you approach to people? Do you maintain eye contact? What if nobody wants to talk to you? What if you accidentally come across as being creepy af? What if you want to take a nap?
TL;DR: If you’re at the event, please come say hi.
If you don’t already know, style transfer is the cool, hip thing that has been taking the recreational AI community by storm. It’s so cool that even Kristen Stewart co-authored a paper about it. To quote one researcher who has done extensive work in style transfer that I’ve got a chance to talk to, “it is an utterly unremarkable paper that wouldn’t have been published otherwise [if Kristen Stewart’s name is not on it]. That’s a publicity stunt.”
Some background on why I’m doing this: I’m teaching the course CS 20SI: “TensorFlow for Deep Learning Research” and for the assignment about convolution neural networks, I thought it’d be fun for students to do style transfer as their exercise at home. They, after all, showed a lot of enthusiasm when we did Deep Dream in class.
Continue reading “[Day 276] Detailed instruction on how to do Style Transfer”