Many documents here were written knowing that the content would quickly
become obsolete or written as historical retrospective.
Some were written for projects later abandoned and have since been
adapted for a general audience.
- A Gentle Introduction To Natural Language Processing, 2018
- People understand text from writings and conversations, but this can be
difficult for computers.
This explains how the technology of Natural Language Processing (NLP) works
by building upon what you already know.
It assumes only that you are able to read an English language document.
This gets progressively deeper into useful methods (and ultimately deploying
into production, for those so inclined). Go as deep as you like. Annotated
references at the end are intended as a jumping-off point for learning more,
TL;DR: Perusing just the Annotated References will help
get you from zero to full deployment in production, yet reading the whole
document will help you get the most out of that short list of NLP resources.
- New Entrepreneur Checklist & Sanity-Check, 2018
- When starting a new business with an on-line presence, these are things to
consider even if your website offers little more than being a shingle or
sign in front of the front door.
Consider this the least you need to know and do— as part of doing business
today. Each section could be expanded into an entire book.
- Solar Storms, Solar Flares & Cosmic Rays, 2018
- A solar storm is the common name given to a variety events
emanating from the Sun. One is a coronal mass ejection.
Here's a list of resources regarding the different types of solar storms and
Includes: general information, physics perspective, historical details,
impact on health and remedies.
- Seattle Peoples' Internet, 1992-1999, retrospective from 2017
- A co-operative Internet Service Provider offering 24-hour dedicated
access in the era of 28.8kbps dial-up
- Improve SEO Ranking, 2017 (revised: 2018)
- Help people find your content, and do this by accommodating where they are
likely to initiate their search. Then, help the spyders and algorithms
across the various platforms, so these beasts in turn can help the people you
are trying to reach.
These are tips and tricks from successful Search Engine Optimization (SEO),
including tips for automated Social Media integration for further reach.
- With Bitcoin, "You Are The Bank", 2016 (revised 2017, 2018)
- In many references to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, "You are the bank,"
will be commonly found.
Using a table, this article attempts to put that statement into context.
But at end of the day, you still must make up your own mind about it.
- Getting talent into Canada
- As a nation, Canada already assists and facilitates technology startups
through various incentives and programs.
A proposal outlined here could help more startups as well.
This is a call to action with little effort required by startup incubators
and accelerators but also calls for acknowledgement by Immigration
authorities that *existing* policies may be used in this way.
To be clear: government policy remains unmodified.
(This piece was written upon invitation from someone at a Government
Canada office, a contact made at Vancouver Startup Week 2016.)
- Raspberry Pi As Music Jukebox Using MPD, 2014
- Ideally, when you want to hear music everything should just work, but what it means to "just work" is different for each person.
For those wanting high quality sound with reasonably straight-forward setup and willing to spend more for components beyond merely docking a portable music player or mobile phone.
Following a bit of background on current options and decisions made, gritty details about software configuration and off-the-shelf components are given. Most may be followed by someone with cursory knowledge of Linux command-line access.
- Contributed Lisp manipulation of C structures to
- Still relevant a decade later and likely for decades to come...
From presentation at LispSea (Seattle Lisp users group)
Note that content within Wikibooks may change due to administrators and other members there, and this link has been
revised at least twice since being contributed.
- Authoring Stories For Metarealm, 2004 (revised 2017)
- How to build a compelling experience for open-course, shared,
interactive, persistent Virtual Environments including Virtual Reality,
Augmented Reality & Mixed Reality
- Contributing Your Grain Of Sand To The Computer Security Mandala, 2004
- Once upon a time, people didn't realize that marketers wanted your
Here's a quaint rant from yesteryear suggesting a security posture for
your home electronics— back when it was still possible to opt-out.
- Certificate Authority With Multi-Tier Signing Hierarchy, 2003
- Enterprise level “best practices” of building and operating
a Certificate Authority using OpenSSL and accommodating future use of
This is the least you need to know and uses Borne shell scripts for the
least you need to implement.
- Custom Shader Tutorial for Softimage XSI & Mental Ray, 2003
- Learn the least you need to know to author a custom shader for
Mental Ray 3.1 and have it function within Softimage XSI 3.0.
Download: tutorial with source code,
or see Github
- Using A Five Button Mouse For 3D Modeling & Animation, 2002
- There is a problem for those relying upon the classic style three button
mouse for users of Blender, Softimage, etc.
The bottom line: get a newer 4-5 button mouse with a driver supporting
button remapping, reprogramming, etc.
- Creating Content: Lessons Learned From Filmmakers, Pixel-Pushers & Audiences, 2002
- After seeing other artists struggle with their role in a collaboration
or trying to discover where or how to begin their own projects— this was
the essence of my advice given to many just starting their careers.
- Demo Reel Presentation, 2002
- You're an artist becoming professional, and you want the job.
You have visual content for your portfolio. But how do you get your work
noticed so you get the job?
- Need For DV Specialization, March 2002 (annotated May 2003)
- In the context of filmmaking, there are lessons that the digital video
(DV) community can learn from the early days in the personal computer
- Application Credentials: Multiple levels of Anonymous versus Identity access controls and credentials, 1999
- Being a participant with a verifiable identity has advantages as much as
operating anonymously permits privacy. Support for both is provided by the
ability to alternate between two modes seamlessly.
The default mode for anonymity requires zero credentials. When credentials
are required, the participant must then leave or present the proper level.
The basic modes are anonymous versus identity. Each contain multiple
levels with progressively more private information.
Additional levels may be introduced between those presented here. This is
merely a starting point.
- Hardcore Hosting, 1997
- Originally written as a non-proprietary 1997 memo for a high-level friend inside IBM:
This was the result of on-going research based upon contacts within the
In 1997, a book was drafted based on this paper but never published
because I belived it to have been too late to be timely. The .com era then
peaked three years later in early 2000— oops!
At least IBM's Universal Server Farm was influenced by this paper. The first USF
was the technical basis of the IBM/Qwest partnership announced in 2000.
- Criteria For Building A Powerful
- For high-end computers for everything from graphics workstations to web
servers, this was my advice as a former CAD consultant and Unix systems
The specification details, of course, changed over the years, but the
general approach and core technologies remained the same for those six