Sunday, April 19, 2009

Burning the candle at both ends

Disclaimer: OK maybe I'm not burning it at both ends, but I'm certainly burning it at one end pretty quickly while entirely neglecting the other end.

I don't know what it is. Maybe it's the realization that I'm "graduating" in May from college, but lately I seem to have been trying to do stuff. Doing stuff includes going to Buffalo every weekend to get drunk and then crashing at a friend's place (or friend's crashing at my place). Doing stuff includes driving from Buffalo to Elmira to see a friend in a musical (Check it free plug!). Doing stuff apparently does not include doing thesis work.
Obviously this last part has to change. I need to finish this thing by the end of May and it's not going to write itself. It just seems that I have zero motivation when I sit down and write it. I stare at the screen for an hour and write a sentence. Then I get frustrated and surf the internet for another hour and before I know it the day is gone. Case in point: Right now I probably should be working on it, and instead I'm typing up a blog post. Lucky for me I have a negligible amount of work for my other classes, so I can afford to spend a ton of it on this.
And yet I'm not going to stop doing stuff. Next week is Beerology at the Buffalo Museum of Science. Never has science been so delicious! Let's just hope that this lack of sleep combined with a build up of work doesn't end up killing me! Hell, even if it does, it was probably worth it.

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

I can now update this thing from my phone? Neat but I'll probably stick to Twitter

Monday, April 06, 2009

Image Detection Algorithms

Recently I discovered a "Nudity Detector" () web service. Basically you give it an image and it gives you a Nudity score. Most likely this is used to censor images on websites that don't allow nudity. However I've decided to use it in conjunction with the Facebook API to rank pictures so one could more easily find the "more interesting" pictures on Facebook. My protoype seems to be working, however I lack the webspace to host it currently, but when I do I shall share it with all of you.

As most image processing algorithms nothing is perfect so you'll get some false positives and false negatives. However the following image scored by far the highest score of any image I've seen so far at a whopping 99.9. This means that it's nearly certain that nudity exists in this image if I understand this algorithm correctly. Without further ado, below is that image: (Click for full size)