Emily’s homesteading articles (summary)

I’ve written several articles related to homesteading over the years, six of which I introduce here in this brief summary. I generally take a highly technical approach to homesteading (go figure—I trained as a mechanical engineer); however the last two articles in this summary relate to economic and social issues that intersect homesteading: Technical Articles […]

dynamic biomechanical simulation of thoracic cage

Introduction A client asked me to build a dynamic engineering model of the thoracic cage with which we can run “what if?” scenarios against. Applying Newton’s laws of motion and Runge-Kutta, I produced the following results. Following the videos presented below, I partially detail my methodology and propose steps for improving the work: Results The […]

blockchain is punk

Wide distribution of power lies at the heart of anarchistic thinking. While “punk” and “anarchy” do not necessarily imply one another, they often overlap. Punks tend to balk at centralized authority, as do anarchists. A short leap of logic concludes that we therefore dislike centralized technology. Concentration in technology long parallels concentration in political power. […]

fans control the music: using AI to measure fan enthusiasm at EDC

We invented technology to enhance the fan/performer connection. Vote for Team Ambience at EDC! DJs and more traditional musicians require realtime audience feedback during performances. However, often we cannot see our audience—their movement, their facial expressions, etc.—during shows due to stage lighting. Therefore we cannot gauge their enthusiasm, and therefore cannot alter our performance to respond. […]

women’s style recommendation with artificial intelligence (part #2)

In “women’s style recommendation with artificial intelligence (part #1)”, I introduced my work toward developing artificial intelligence (AI) for fashion and style recommendation. Essentially, its an expert system built on a Bayesian belief network. Now I discuss model validation and next steps in the design iteration process. I first wanted to see if the trained […]

women’s style recommendation with artificial intelligence (part #1)

Introduction We know several basic style “rules” (ha!) based on body shape: Skirts: “Apple” Body Shape: IF body shape is apple AND skirt has front zipper THEN don’t wear IF body shape is apple AND skirt has side zipper THEN wear IF body shape is apple AND skirt has no zipper THEN wear “Rectangular” Body […]

toward automated fashion recommendation using OpenIE

Open information extraction (OpenIE) enables the extraction of relationships from text data. This differs from previous relationship extraction methods in that one need not provide a relationship schema in advance [1]. This same reference provides an infographic of the process that we’ll simply quote directly [1]: We tested this method on style advice for “rectangular-bodied” […]

demonstrating a simple expert system with cascading effects (Clojure version)

We originally implemented this demonstration in CLIPS (see this post) but decided Clojure would provide a better platform due to advantages discussed below. “An expert system is a program capable of pairing up a set of facts with a set of rules to those facts, and execute some actions based on the matching rules. [1]” […]

encoding fashion rules into mathematical data structures (part one)

As we build our fashion recommendation engine, we seek rules to populate it with. With few exceptions (e.g. [1]), we find these rules encoded in prose or infographic form, rather than a semantic web form suitable for computation. For example, [2] provides written advice on dressing fabulously for a “rectangular” women’s body type. The writers […]

demonstrating a simple expert system with cascading effects (CLIPS version)

We demonstrate a more modern implementation of this system in Clojure here. “An expert system is a program capable of pairing up a set of facts with a set of rules to those facts, and execute some actions based on the matching rules. [1]” At 180 centimeters, Emily Williams stands tall. She carries a “rectangular” […]