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  • Why should I pay for an open-source app?

    I recently made the decision to start charging $2 for my open-source app, SoundSeer. This was a tough choice for me; after all, why should someone pay for something they can get for free? What’s in it for you The core value proposition of SoundSeer is that it lets you see what’s playing on Spotify…

  • Some thoughts on going from an idea to the App Store in one week

    Recently, I released a macOS app called SoundSeer to the App Store. It’s a Spotify companion that shows your current song in the menu bar. It also has a couple other conveniences like Next Track, and Copy Spotify URL. I’d like to briefly share how this came about, and how I feel about making my…

  • Using Claude Opus to analyze Shakespeare

    Using Claude Opus to analyze Shakespeare

    Recently, I wanted to find the origin of the idiom “My word is my bond.” Unfortunately, the legendary Quote InvestigatorĀ® had nothing to say. Some articles also suggested that the saying had its basis in the Hip Hop movement, but I had a feeling it existed earlier. After some Googling, I found an article that…

  • How do you determine the root of a decision tree?

    While I have briefly covered decision trees before, I’d like to go a little bit more in depth about how particular nodes are chosen, in this case the root. Recall that the earlier you are in your “20 Questions” game, the more general your question should be. For example, suppose your opponent has chosen Austin…

  • My experience with Google Gemini

    I have spent the last two months playing around with Gemini Ultra 1.0. Overally, I am quite happy with it. For comparison, I have spent a similar amount of time using ChatGPT (GPT-4). I have also tried Llama 2 and Mistral 7B. Here are my initial thoughts: 1) Gemini has a much more tolerable output…

  • Predicting Titanic survivors pt. 2: know your data

    See part 1 here. Last post, I talked about my experience doing my first Kaggle competition. The goal was to determine who survived the Titanic shipwreck. I achieved an accuracy of 77.5% using RandomForestClassifier. I’d like to do better this time. I decided to join the Kaggle discord, where they have a channel dedicated to…