eksctl & kubectl – let’s be friends

Going through the documentation for eksctl earlier this evening, tucked away in a corner of their website I discovered the experimental release of EKS Quickstart. This not only does all the heavy lifting for your regular EKS setup, but also includes Prometheus, Grafana, Fluentd, Kubernetes dashboard, load balancer and autoscaler plus toy application. Sounds too […]


Beat/songmaking with new MPK Mini Mk3

As you know I’ve been DJing for the last 20-odd years and always like to push the envelope when it comes to my music. While I bought the Traktor S4 a few years back, towards the end of 2023 I had started becoming a little restless playing other people’s music. Yes STEMs are one proxy […]


Digging into SRE best practices

After the end of year/beginning of year busyness with CES 2024, it was important to look out at the horizon again, and see where I need to improve. While building and exploring AI tech & toolchains is exciting, I realized I needed to spend more time on operational reliability and process improvement. That’s why I’ve […]


Spaceport Lounge Mix

After finishing the recent Sky High Mix this summer, focused on housey, tribal and tropical sounds, I wanted to create something more dreamy yet intimate at the deeper end of house music. Started revisiting old moody vocal based tracks on Naked Music. Yet I didn’t just want it to be another deep house tribute mix, […]


Sky High Mix (Summer ’23 Tropical)

Just finished my latest mix, the “Sky High Mix (Summer ’23 Tropical Edit)” with a jazzy / tribal house / tropical twist. For no particular reason, was listening to my music and decided to mix this live on the plane at 10,000m, travelling to tropical Southern Japan… Just uploaded to my Soundcloud channel. Enjoy šŸ™‚


Towards Photonic TPUs for AI?

This interesting paper published last month entitled Integrated Photonic Tensor Processing Unit for Matrix Multiply sparked my interest in the area of silicon photonics. The article shares the applications of silicon photonics for improved AI performance. While the review points to a lot of research work ongoing, one of the sobering conclusions of the paper […]


Optimization with Olive and AIMET, plus tools

Over the last two weeks I’ve been researching open source tools starting with optimization – was particularly interested in revisiting the Olive announcement at Microsoft Build 2023 back in May, which promised a hardware-aware model optimization framework to any target device. While we all know about ONNX, the standard data exchange format for machine learning […]


Late Sunday night musings w DJ Krush

It’s almost 11pm and I’m collecting music for my next mix, mainly deep/tech/minimal house pieces from places new and old. But before I complete that I get sidetracked in my research with a piece by DJ Krush mixed inside a temple in Shizuoka? It’s really a masterpiece of respect and meditation in this holy place, […]

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Journey into Bakhoor incense

Last autumn during a brief stopover in Dubai, I was walking around the back alleys of the Perfume Souk and was greeted by a waft of smoke from a small shop as I turned the corner into another nondescript sidestreet. Intrigued I walked in and bought that local “Bakhoor” incense (agarwood mixed with other perfumes […]


Trying out NLP Sentiment Analysis… and Tikiman

Been trying out some examples of NLP sentiment analysis the last couple of days, ie CNN vs GRU vs bidirectional LSTM. I guess it’s not surprising but complex is not always best… I know it’s only running for 30 epochs but the dataset is the full GLUE/SST2 dataset so not too shabby. Plus not showing […]