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In a bell-jar, in a bell-jar, surrounded by its siblings, in a triple-locked vault, in a Parisian basement is a lump of platinum-iridium alloy. It’s cylindrical, shiny, and weighs exactly one kilogram. To what accuracy, well it doesn’t just weigh a kilogram. This is the kilogram. Or at least it was until 2018.
About 3 months ago now I submitted my undergraduate dissertation on machine learning approaches to understanding sentiment of tweets. I did say I’d write a proper blog post about so…. This that blog post.
The last 3 years of my life have been very much dominated by my attending university. I’ve been studying a BSc (Hons) Computer Science at Kingston University London. Of course this culminated in a dissertation and final year project. I want to dive into that a little bit and maybe expand on my thoughts now we’re through the other side of that seemingly infinite tunnel.
My dissertation was regarding automated sentiment tracking and analysis of Tweets. A lot of things came up during this that are actually pretty interesting although not necessarily within the scope of my final report. That being said that didn’t stop me going off on one…
Over the last few weeks I’ve stepped away from various online spafs, and real world ones too for that matter, on Twitter. I took it upon myself to purge my timeline of negativity and just try and keep an overall much happier mood. I’ve found this to greatly improve my well being and I highly suggest you do the same.
Anyway I made an awful Twitter app to make hot takes. Don’t worry, I hate myself so you don’t have to.
After attending my first hackathon we just about had a working prototype of the project RoadTripr, a website designed to generate the perfect length of Spotify playlist for a road trip. After the event I decided to sort out the issues we had by converting it to Flask. This is my story! dramatic music
Back in April of this year (2017) a couple friends, Cam and May, and I went down to Goldsmiths University for AnvilHack III. This is their annual hackathon run in conjunction with MLH. AnvilHack appears to have a reputation for not only producing some very good end products, but also being one of the most inclusive hackathons in the field.
Smooth Jazz plays, the clickedy clack of an old typewriter is heard a shadowy black and white figure sits at a desk as their cigar puffs gentle rise and caress the ceiling.
“It was Easter” the page reads. “I can’t say this was an easy find but after the months of searching we cracked the case. We found the device.”
Alright enough of that crap….
So @maythegoat and I went to a charity shop and found an old Japanese brand Nakajima AX-150 electronic typewriter. Of course the only sensible option next was to hack about with it.