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text 2017-11-09 15:33
Barcelona Guide Books
Lonely Planet Best of Barcelona 2018 (Travel Guide) - Lonely Planet
Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide: Barcelona - DK

When I went to Spain I brought two with me from the libraries, the DK Eyewitness Top 10 2017 Barcelona and Lonely Planet's Best of Barcelona that was fresh off the new books shelf.  Both were interesting but I was almost overwhelmed with the places and things to do.  I was also a little stymied by the fact that neither of them fit in my handbag (my fault), but the suggestions weren't very useful for someone with only 2.5 days in the city.  The Sagrada Familia may be a "must see" but the queues are insane. The Hospital de la Santa Creu i de Sant Pau is a well worth the trip, under touristed space where we had space to wander and a great time (I also spent too much in the gift shop).

 

To be honest they were good but quick googling helped us almost more.

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review 2017-11-08 20:19
A bit of backstory
Secrets and Souls: Prequel to The Soul Guide - A Bertram and Mellissa Novella - Kelly Stock

This fast-paced and well-written prequel tells Mellissa and Bertram's story and explains the dynamic between them. It also gives some answers about Carlo and how he fits into the world of the soul guide. Mellissa's past is emotional and filled with choices she feels forced to make, making the situation with Bertram even more tense. While this one does answer some questions from book 1, I would suggest reading it after you've read The Soul Guide as some of the questions this one answers add a bit of the mystery to the first book. 

 
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review 2017-11-07 17:46
Incompleteness: “Build Deeper - Deep Learning Beginner's Guide by Thimira Amaratunga
Build Deeper: Deep Learning Beginners' Guide - Thimira Amaratunga

‘{

“epsilon”: 1e-07,

“float”: “float32”,

“image_data_format”:”channels_last”,

“backend”: “tensorflow”

}

 

In “Build Deeper - Deep Learning Beginner's Guide by Thimira Amaratunga

 

This book confirms other predictive system results that I have seen, where it has often been found that we human as a species who fancy ourselves as psychics or using other la-di-da methodologies can at best achieve around an 80% accuracy rate, even with good regular practice and tuning. The more accustomed you are toward reaching ever higher accuracy & precision percentile targets the more the distance to the next little increase in goal horizon. Still it does bring into question the abilities of Science and machine systems designing new machine systems, often through excluding what are regarded as unrepeatable subjective methods in favour of repeatable objectiveness. Outliers and other non-obvious patterns & so on are pushing back the boundaries at the edge of our cultural belief systems.

 

I don't think that any computer scientist would dispute the point that modern AI or machine learning is nowhere near the threshold of 'consciousness' or even 'general intelligence'. But it's not uncommon for words to have a different meaning within a technical field compared to how they are used in everyday communication. In regular English 'chaos' means unpredictable, whereas in mathematics it refers to the tendency of sensitive nonlinear systems to exhibit emergent attraction basins that can potentially be extremely predictable. Those are arguably even antonyms. Another example would be terms 'deterministic/nondeterministic' in Computer Science, which also differ strongly from their meanings in regular English. The point is that if you feel the need to grandstand on these trivialities, you clearly don't understand the fundamentals of the subject matter under discussion.

 

 

If you're into Computer Science and Machine Learning in particular, read on.

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review 2017-10-29 21:28
Star Witch (Lazy Girl's Guide to Magic #2) by Helen Harper
Star Witch (The Lazy Girl's Guide To Magic) (Volume 1) - Helen Harper

Ivy, the Laziest of All Witches, is still being pulled into the machinations of the Hallowed Order of Magical Enlightenment. And not just because she finds Winter hot and isn’t entirely willing to see him lead her life

 

The Order needs a witch to investigate some possible grisly magical murders… one without official capacity. Sounds like a job for the talented Ivy - especially since the murder is happening on the set of her favourite reality TV show.


We return to Ivy and our completely non-heroic heroine. A protagonist who is perhaps the most normal person I have ever read. She’s lazy, she hates getting up early and certainly before her cup of tea, she is too idle to be easily impressed. Her lofty goals in life is to happily lay in front of the sofa bingewatching bad television. And she’s a fan of bad reality TV

 

And that works - because this is who Ivy is, a normal person. And while the genre is full of protagonists who are Not Like The Others and like classical piano concerto and Impressionist art or classical literature; actually being interested in popular entertainment, especially something as low brow as reality TV, is unheard of!

 

Her daily interactions also excellently continue this thread of normality. Sure she is a very powerful witch, an extremely talented witch - but she also lacks focus and concentration and willpower. Basically, she’s too lazy to reach her full potential. And how many of us could be many things if we could bring ourselves to get up an hour earlier, go to the gym a bit more, spend a bit more time studying.

 

And when she’s investigating the crime and mystery, she doesn’t make vast leaps of logic and be RIGHT. She makes massive leaps of logic, in enthusiasm as the amateur investigator. And is hilariously, sillily, wrong - because she isn’t a perfect savant or brilliant and half the time she’d be putting in twice her current effort just to half-ass something. And it’s not frustrating. It’s really, it’s fun and I really love her - because she also doesn’t really take herself all that seriously. Or the situation she’s in. She joins a reality TV show as both a huge fan and entirely aware of just how silly it is. She plays with the job, the events, and is willing to have absolutely immense fun all from an epic place of really Not Caring.



This applies even to her crush on Winter. Like many people she can indeed be stirred from her laziness because she wants to impress the hot guy. But even then she has her limits - he can stir her to act but not keep her concentrating on it. Her relationship with Winter is fun, they’re direct opposites who work well together and have a nice amount of shark. Yes, Winter is still the up-tight, rules-obsessed over achiever -but Ivy nicely melts him in the same way that he gets her to actually focus on things.

 

Throw in a hilarious take on reality TV, openly pillorying the inability of the contestants, the blatant caricatures and stereotypes as well as tricks like letting all the contestants meet early so they have chance to get to know each other and not be still on “first impression good manners”.  And she happily accepting the role of the Nasty One in between winning events by being too lazy (and losing them the same way). And a feud with wardrobe lady who dresses her ridiculously sexily - I love her response to Winter’s apoplexy about how all men will be staring at her: “that’s their problem, not mine.” We also throw in more weighty issues like nepotism and tv personalities using their influence to sexually harass the vulnerable

 

 

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Source: www.fangsforthefantasy.com/2017/10/star-witch-lazy-girls-guide-to-magic-2.html
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text 2017-10-12 17:06
Reading progress update: I've read 161 out of 528 pages.
The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue - Mackenzi Lee

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