The Zombies

A short story on the philosophy of mind

In one of the most extraordinary events in the history of humanity, contact was made with a sentient extraterrestrial intelligence residing some light years away from Earth. Though an in-person meeting would not be possible any time soon given the vast distance involved, a radio communication . . . → Read More: The Zombies

The Age of COVID (May update)

After seeing a decline in the average Age of COVID in Canada in April, I predicted that this decline would soon plateau, and rise back up to its original level. Why?

By the end of May, 2021, Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination program had at least partially inoculated over 90% of people over 70 years old, . . . → Read More: The Age of COVID (May update)

The Age of COVID

Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination program started in December, 2020, picking up in earnest by March, 2021. The program focused on the oldest population first, with over 80% of people over 70 years old at least partially vaccinated by the end of April. However, as variants are becoming increasingly common, the media has been reporting that . . . → Read More: The Age of COVID

Upscale and interpolate video super-resolution using STARnet

Increase video resolution with an opensource machine learning algorithm for upscaling and interpolating video image frames using an automated command line script.

Bringing machine learning algorithms a step closer to usability.

Given a low-resolution video file, this script uses a machine-learning algorithm to increase (upscale) each frame’s resolution and optionally add (interpolate) an additional . . . → Read More: Upscale and interpolate video super-resolution using STARnet

Optimal Finances

A guide to optimizing your finances in Canada.

Upscale video super-resolution using RBPN

Increase video resolution with an opensource machine learning algorithm for upscaling video image frames using an automated command line script.

Bringing machine learning algorithms a step closer to usability.

Given a low-resolution video file, this script uses a machine-learning algorithm to increase (upscale) each frame’s resolution using information from neighbouring frames. The workhorse is . . . → Read More: Upscale video super-resolution using RBPN

Were early travel bans effective against the spread of Covid-19?

Evidence from previous pandemics, and early simulations generated after the beginning of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic, suggested that travel bans are a common political tool for alleviating public anxieties, but have only limited effect in delaying international spread of the Covid-19 virus. However, other models projected that travel bans could be highly effective. As . . . → Read More: Were early travel bans effective against the spread of Covid-19?

GNOME session save and restore

Save and restore your GNOME Shell desktop active running application windows and their positions across multiple workspaces using an automated command line script. Synopsis:

To save your session, press Alt+F2 or on a terminal:

>session save

To restore your session, press Alt+F2 or on a terminal:

>session restore

To restore your . . . → Read More: GNOME session save and restore

Thunderbird: Highlight row on focus

I use the keyboard a lot. For many years now, Thunderbird’s default theme (probably inherited from the desktop, which does the same thing on many dialogues) has had a little quirk that is slightly less conducive to keyboard use: It does not highlight the row with focus. Here is an example:

This way, I . . . → Read More: Thunderbird: Highlight row on focus

https and the browser conspiracy

While Google promotes HTTPS Everywhere, browsers have been working with a certifying authority oligopoly for many years promoting and enforcing an industry based on perception.

https: The good and the bad

The ‘s’ in https stands for ‘secure’ and indicates use of the SSL or TLS protocol. The SSL protocol serves 2 primary purposes:

Verification: . . . → Read More: https and the browser conspiracy