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

The Introspection Illusion

 

Decision Awareness

In the early 1980s, Benjamin Libet, a neuroscientist at the University of California in San Francisco, conducted a series of pioneering experiments designed to study properties of conscious awareness. By this time it was already known that signals from the motor cortex region of the brain travel through the nervous system to . . . → Read More: The Introspection Illusion