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Bassel Khartabil, emprisonné en Syrie depuis 2012, est-il toujours en vie ? Alors que la famille de cette figure de l'Internet libre est sans nouvelles depuis plus de deux mois, des rumeurs sur une condamnation à mort commencent à se propager.
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Some (not quite) fun reading.
The complicated history of photography and race reveals how sometimes the political biases inherent to a technology's design can go unnoticed for decades.
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The surest path to failure is to tell people what they want to hear.
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The shortest path to success is to tell people what they want to hear.
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"Was saving this for another birthday, but it seems topical, so here goes:
A long time ago, I became a Buddhist. A bad Buddhist. But a Buddhist nonetheless.
Now, one of the key teachings is that we all die alone and sad.
The odd thing is that accepting that we all die alone and sad makes one feel less alone and sad.
So, I don't really worry about dying alone and sad.
And I try not to live alone and sad."
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The long and winding road to tooth brushing
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While drawing down her candy stash, 7YO asks:
"When will I watch Octonauts on your telephone?"
I answer:
"After brushing your teeth."
"We only need to brush teeth once a day."
"No: We're supposed to do it twice a day."
"No we don't. Once a day is enough."
After some back and forth, I pause to think.
"Let's ask Google."
(Tap tap tap.)
"Google says 'The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice a day.'"
After some discussion regarding the meaning of "at least":
"I can brush my teeth tonight. Once a day is enough."
I try the "when-then" technique:
"When you have brushed your teeth, you will watch Octonauts on my telephone."
"Why can't I watch Octonauts first?"
Broken record technique:
"When you have brushed your teeth, then you will watch Octonauts on my telephone."
After some more back and forth, I pause to think.
I decide to try "Ce qui est bon pour pitou est bon pour minou" (what is good for doggie is good for kitty). I stand up and announce:
"I'm brushing my teeth."
When done brushing my teeth:
"7YO, come brush your teeth!"
She comes, right away.
"Can you help me brush my teeth?"
I oblige.
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No Octonauts. She's preparing and practicing a magic trick.
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In the following story, I will use the more compelling pronoun "I" even though the only important thing about who "I" is is that it could be you.
"About a year ago, I started feeling a new type of tiredness.
Hard to pin down how different from the usual exhaustion this was. But, in a subtle but nonetheless "real" way, it felt different. For one thing, I did not seem to be able to work quite as hard.
I researched andropause.
I researched depression.
No clear fit.
I also seemed to get sick more often, and be "out" for longer periods; it's hard to tell what is what with young children.
I took an unplanned vacation to ward off burn out.
There were old and new life difficulties to deal with, and I wondered if I just was reacting to them; or simply getting old.
And then, one day, I recognized it: This felt like I imagine my mother might have felt when undiagnosed cancer was eating at her and she made an emotional call for help which I did not immediately respond to, for the simple reason that it was not clear what it was about and I was a young man trying to build his own life.
Nonetheless, there was something about "eaten from the inside" that seemed recognizable, something that I appeared to have made a record of on that long ago afternoon walk.
That's the thing: I had no reason to feel like there was a feeling to recognize there, but I really felt that I did.
And then it faded.
How do you go to your doctor and say: "I think I have cancer because the other day I felt like I think my late mother felt when I think she had undiagnosed cancer a million years ago"?
Well, you don't.
You find excuses: too busy, too much to do to waste time on hypochondria, go out and have fun, love your children, pay bills, read self-help books, do laundry, figure out what's going on in your couple, stretch more, finish the code...
Some time later an ambulance takes you to the emergency room."

Does not really matter if it's cancer, or heart disease (got an itchy scalp?), or diabetes, or depression.
Or hypochondria.
If something does not feel quite right, talk to a doctor.
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Turns out there is a happy ending. But this is another story.
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The "You've got to be kidding" compiler message of the day:

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Thank you  Alexandre Prokoudine and former student, whoever you are. Made my day.
 
Random +Nicolas Robidoux sighting in the wild:

"It's so weird whenever I hear my old discrete math teacher mentioned wrt. Gimp on random parts of the internet. First time he told our class that he was a contributor, I didn't believe him. Such a fun, excentric, awesome guy. Would regularly come into class looking like hell, and say "Sorry, I slept at the university last night -- was finishing up some work on Gimp".
Would give us bonus points to our final grade when we caught the odd mistake he would make from time to time.
Good times."
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Found out about this when someone I don't know (more precisely someone I think I don't know: I have the social skills of an absent minded professor) walked up to me at a lindy hop social dance and told me he had seen my name in connection to a new release of GIMP.
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Phase One A/S in beautiful Copenhagen is hiring an OSX software engineer
http://www.jobfinder.dk/job/329513288/mac-software-engineer/
Do you want to make the best software for the world’s top photographers? We are looking for a top-notch software engineer to join our world-class software R&D team behind the award-winning Capture One Pro software. As a part of our highly skilled and motivated team, you will work with the newest OS X technologies on Mac in the exciting world of pro photography to bring the best products into the hands of our demanding customers. Position You will...
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"There seems to be a notion in the public consciousness that the DNA of one species should not mix with the DNA of another. This belief becomes especially clear in the ongoing debate about genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Opponents frequently argue that the kind of gene transfers scientists make between different species would never happen outside the lab. Putting a wheat gene into a chestnut tree, or a bacterial gene into corn, or a fish gene into a tomato? Surely that’s unnatural. The ostensible perversion of mixing genes is struck like a gong, again and again. The supermarket chain Whole Foods, for example – which counsels its customers on how to avoid genetically modified foods – defines GMOs as ‘organisms whose genetic make-up (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally.’
But it does. Genetic promiscuity is far more prevalent in nature than we realised. This fact alone is not an argument in favour of GMOs; simply because something occurs in nature without assistance from humans does not mean it is inherently good or bad."
Genes that leap from one species to another are more common than we thought. Does this shake up the tree of life?
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Algorithmist
Skills
Pretty good card punch
Employment
  • Phase One A/S
    Senior Research Scientist, 2013 - 2016
  • Self
    Image processing and applied mathematics consultant, 2010 - 2013
  • Algolux
    Senior Imaging Researcher, 2016 - present
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Montreal QC
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Frederiksberg DK - Sudbury ON - Vancouver BC - Montreal QC - Albuquerque NM - Palmerston North NZ - Los Alamos NM - Madison WI - Cambridge UK - Sherbrooke QC
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More applied than mathematician
Introduction
Oldest Nicolas/Nicholas Robidoux still kicking.
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Four wonderful children. Five major software programs. Six good scholarly articles. And counting.
Education
  • University of New Mexico
    Applied Mathematics
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
    Mathematics
  • University of Cambridge
    Pure Mathematics
  • Université de Montréal
    Physique mathématique
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Nicolas Joseph Paul Robidoux, Joseph Paul Nicolas Robidoux
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