TED2 - It's okay to start freaking out about AI, like yesterday

Keyser Söze Derails a Constructed Debate Around AI & Makes Things Emotional

Intro AI development has reached a point where it is no longer the concern solely of researchers, this paper being a case in point. The impacts of greater information processing, robotics, automation and autonomous systems have far reaching consequences that extend to all present societies and likely all future generations. The ability of citizens to inform themselves and speak intelligently on the matter is crucial for devising inclusive policy responses to changes in economics, politics and culture. Consider this just one more crank’s foray into an increasingly fashionable field... [Read More]

Another Summer Bummer?

A Look at NYC 311 Calls re Drankin'

Whatchya got in that cup? Man, whatchya got in that cup? Everyone likes a drink now and again. You can’t help it if others don’t always appreciate the difficult week, new promotion, recent break up, or birthday celebration of the moment that has brought on a little imbibing. Apparently, some people can be so bothered by this form of expressiveness that they feel the need to have someone step in. That is where a “friendly” 311 call comes in. With summer officially starting today I looked to last year’s... [Read More]

Why are there no brothers on the wall?

Forget the Images, Let's Own the Wall

I am a boxing fan, someone who appreciates beer, and a lover of books. I could not tell you why it has taken me such an inexcusably long time to do a piece on books. Maybe I’m just fashionably late, even to my own party. This comes as no surprise to myself or anyone who knows me. ‘Better late than never’ will be my next tattoo, if i ever get around to it. Be that as it may we are here now. An intuitive approach to analyzing books might deal... [Read More]

Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed III

Part III - Beer Descriptors

How would you describe this? Data: BreweryDB / Vis Source: Mike Bostock Many who begin their beer adventures and step outside the “comfort” of the golden piss pushed by the global players, most especially the males amongst them, get carried away by IBU’s, as witnessed in part by the explosion and sustainability of IPA as a top category. For many the style is a gateway, a steady go-to, or just something to fall back on... [Read More]

Did you tap that?

NYE Weekend Kegs (2017)

What’s Popping? It’s not just champagne that’s bubbling up on New Year’s Eve. Craft beer has classed up the joint so much that beer ain’t just for breakfast anymore. With so many styles and producers to choose from you’ll undoubtedly be able to find a perfect pour to go with that midnight chime and kiss. Curious to get an idea how prevalent this possible phenomenon was, and by location, I looked around for a lighthearted way to... [Read More]

Experts? Pfff, ... a season long digression

We'll Put Their Name to the Test

Experts Know Things, Right? What we hope to discover in this season-long investigation into American football game predictions is which major outlet has the best brain trust. By major outlet we mean the networks that carry the games, CBS, ESPN, FOX and NBC,1 and best, at least initially, will be determined by how well the respective crews, as a collective, do against game results. Game results should be self explanatory and in addition we will be looking at performance against the spread (using SportsLine), where... [Read More]

May I advise against the lady eating the clam chowder?

The Cleanliness of NYC Craft Beer Bar Kitchens

Much is asked of New Yorkers, from high rent, congestion, overstuffed subway cars, and extreme weather conditions, to crowded tourist traps, inconsiderate asses who stand in front of subway doors, and dealing with being attached to a country that is determined to repeatedly vote against its own interests. For this it is fair that we ask and receive some things in return. We ask these things as citizens, family members, customers and as members of various groups. When forking over that hard earned cash that’s made just a bit more... [Read More]

Still Razor Thin

Three Data Approaches to a Controversial Decision

Still too Close to Call Nice build up, two top quality fighters, one hell of a tactical and willful bout, one knockdown and a controversial decision. That’s boxing, baby! I have my impressions on who won between Kovalev/Ward I (let’s all hope there’s a sequel in the near future) and am apparently curious enough about the result to want to dig deeper in order to get a more complete take. This three part (more or less) piece will explore the fight from several different angles. First we’ll see what... [Read More]

Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed II

Part II - Beer Category Dimensions

What’s in a style? As we inch our way closer to beer authority1 approaching the topic from many angles it is important to occasionally take a deeper dive. This is not one of those times. Not really. Well sort of. We will get more information on beer categories and develop an idea of their characteristics on a closer but still superficial level. It’s like knowing the stats of a player. You may be able to discuss them with more understanding but if you haven’t seen them in... [Read More]

Suds in The City

Closest Big Box Yuppie Stores in Manhattan

Grab a Roadie Share Whole Foods v. Trader Joe’s Voronoi Craft beer is here, hooray. There are more breweries and styles than ever before. Taste has won over mass produced piss and we may all rest easy now. Not so fast. While we may be experiencing a Golden Age in beer consumer options there is no guarantee these days are here... [Read More]

Then there is no pleasing you

Ten Great Beers get Bizzaro Appreciation

“Yeah, well, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.” - The Dude This post is inspired by BuzzFeed’s 2015 “One-Star Amazon Reviews Of Classic Novels Are Hilarious” article. I could not help myself from tracking down some iconic and highly rated beers to see what an equivalent level of dissatisfaction would look like in my area of interest. A well regarded item with any longevity will inevitably have people taking shots at it. This may happen for a number of different reasons: dashed hopes, hype fatigue,... [Read More]

Data Guide for the Beer Perplexed

Part I - Looking at Beer Style Connections

Whole Lotta Beers Out There Beer is delicious but it is not one thing. If you disagree with the former part of the previous sentence please keep the latter in mind. Think of sports, for instance. Many would agree with the blanket statement “sports are fun” but depending on what you have in mind two people can easily have opposite reactions to being presented the opportunity to play ping-pong. Sports are not one thing, music is not one thing, and neither is beer. Presented with a finely crafted brew... [Read More]