Paterson -by Jim Jarmusch

Feel free to read reviews or the plot online.

Loved the movie which also encouraged me to read more about the poet, William Carlos Williams.

It is a slow movie, which flow is a bit repetitive yet changing . Found myself captured in the movie flow which lasted for a while after I left the movie theater.

As I was taking the escalator down from the movie theater, I felt like I was in the movie, but as I walked in Shibuya d¥towards the station it slowly disappeared.

Netflix Million Yen Women

In Japanese, it is 100万円の女たち  。 

Watched it almost back to back and finished within a week. Loved the story and characters, except the main male character who is obviously not a good actor.

Without spoilers it is difficult to explain further, but I definitely liked the first several episodes over the last.

5 women pay a writer a Million yen every month, no explanations and no questions are allowed. We learn a bit about each character as the story develops and experience also the writing process, the publishing world and the success that ensues.
The women are committed to assist the writer with his writing and make him successful.

Especially liked the character of 白川美波 (Shirakawa Minami) played by the model actress Fukushima Rila. (福島 リラ)

 

Coursera Deep Learning specialization

Finished the 3 first courses of the deep learning AI specialization .

Fourth and Fifth are not available yet, so not sure what to do? Cancel my subscription and wait for them to appear, or just wait patiently.

I really enjoyed the first two courses and exercises, including Tensor flow program, but the third one was less challenging.

Hopefully the fourth will have actual programming tasks for me to refresh my skills.

Now, I need to figure out a Machine Learning project that will exercise my newly acquired skills.

Ideas?

Selfie Stick

Don’t get it.

Why would people walk on the beach with a selfie stick, taking a video of themselves.

Doesn’t it seems to them too staged? What do they plan to with this video? A memory? Show their Friends?

I do take photos, but seldom of myself. A photo or a video is a good way to remind me of an encounter, a specific event. But I never considered documenting myself walking on the beach.

Generation gap, or generation vanity ?

Guam Onigiri Seven

Guam is great, but the food is American.

More than 8 years in Japan and it seems my tastes and stomach are not in favor of fat greasy food.
So, you can imagine what a great relief I found in Onigiri Seven, a Japanese food stand which serves tasty and reasonable Japanese food. From Onigiri to Udon, Gyudon and more.

Highly recommended.

 

 

Neural Networks

When I was in university, many years ago, AI was a big hype. Or so it seemed to me back then.
I obviously took AI classes, implemented Backgammon heuristics in LISP and lost the competition we had.
One of the projects (or was it a seminar) i did was to implement Neural networks to identify text from a small pixelated images.

Quite certain I still have a print-out of the code at my parents house, but I doubt if it make me proud readying it now.

And why do I write about this?

As I am taking the Deep Learning Specialization in Coursera, I implement Neural Networks in Python and in one hour of coding I achieve more than several weeks of coding, trial and error more than 20 years ago.

 

Not a Bonsai

Have a tiny pomegranate tree in a plant pot in my garden.

A very small tree with small leaf, small flowers and fruit. As we don’t really handle it correctly, it is just a tiny tree, not a Bonsai. Now I wish I knew how to do it right.

 

pomegranate

pomegranate

Business card holder, Cordovan

First time working with Cordovan leather, and what a fabulous leather it is.

Purchased online from Leathermania  (payment via Amazon) and what a wonderful leather it is.

Made in Japan by Shinki Hikaku , in Himeji, Hyogo. An area that has many tanneries and good leather companies.
As it is rather small (and expensive), decided to make a business card holder. The Cordovan was used for the exterior and main pocket.

Result is quite good, I could improve the side and how it closes, but overall the result is great.