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Gary Robinson
Bangor, ME
Solo Software Developer, married to eye surgeon in Bangor, Maine; 2 wonderful kids.
Interests: my family, my business, great music of all kinds (classical, late bebop-period jazz, interesting songwriters like Leonard Cohen and Randy Newman), programming, statistics, songwriting (I play guitar and write), movies...
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[A note on these predictions: the following is a coldly analytical look at fatalities counts. Every single death is an enormous personal tragedy to the families, friends, and associates of the person who died, and such an analysis seems to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
As of April 19, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is predicting 60,308 US COVID-19 deaths by August 4, 2020.[1] (Down from their prediction of 68,841 a few days earlier, and from a prediction 61,545 for that date made... Continue reading
Posted Apr 19, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
As of April 17, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is predicting 60,308 US COVID-19 deaths by August 4, 2020.[1] (Down from their prediction of 68,841 yesterday, and from a prediction 61,545 for that date made on April 12.)... Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
As of April 13, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is still predicting 61,545 COVID-19 deaths by August 4, 2020.[1] Here is the recent growth in fatality rates. You’ll notice that the rate was lower yesterday than on any... Continue reading
Posted Apr 13, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
As of April 12, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is predicting 61,545 COVID-19 deaths by August 4, 2020.[1] Here is the recent growth in fatality rates. You’ll notice that the rate was lower yesterday than on any other... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
As of April 10, the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation is predicting 61,545 COVID-19 deaths by August 4, 2020.[1] That prediction is up a bit from their prediction of a few days ago for August 4, which was 60,415,... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
The predictions made by the organizations who specialize in making predictions are looking at all sorts of short-term changes in various locales and drawing conclusions from them. But if we take the philosophy: "There will always be various ebbs and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 10, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
[Note: I fixed a bug in my calculations for earlier days] A very simple, two-week-ahead COVID-19 fatalities predictor. The main purpose of this predictor is to give a better sense of the implications of exponential growth to viewers who may... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
[I will be updating this daily for the foreseeable future.] A very simple, two-week-ahead COVID-19 fatalities predictor. The main purpose of this predictor is to give a better sense of the implications of exponential growth to viewers who may not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 8, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
[I will be updating this daily for the foreseeable future.] A very simple, two-week-ahead COVID-19 fatalities predictor. The main purpose of this predictor is to give a better sense of the implications of exponential growth to viewers who may not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
[I will be updating this daily for the foreseeable future.] A very simple, two-week-ahead COVID-19 fatalities predictor. The main purpose of this predictor is to give a better sense of the implications of exponential growth to viewers who may not... Continue reading
Posted Apr 6, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
If you've been exploring ReasonML, you might have run into a problem where the Pipe First operator doesn't seem to work in rtop. You get the error message: Error: Unbound value |. Well, it turns out that that's just the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2020 at Gary Robinson's Rants
Nope, didn't know that about the numpy function. Thanks for commenting, it's amazing to see this post still reaching anyone after 10+ years!
From the Unix & Linux StackExchange: Q: We've noticed that some of our automatic tests fail when they run at 00:30 but work fine the rest of the day. They fail with the message "gimme gimme gimme" in stderr, which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2017 at Gary Robinson's Rants
Derek Sivers asks: How do you know when you've found the right solution? Is the ugly solution ever the best solution? ... Which got me wondering how other programmers handle this situation: when you've written something that WORKS, but goes... Continue reading
Posted Jul 25, 2016 at Gary Robinson's Rants
I can't let this go unremarked. This may be one of the greatest milestones in the history not only of technology, but of humanity, and it is not being noticed at all by the vast majority of people. A machine... Continue reading
Posted Mar 12, 2016 at Gary Robinson's Rants
I assume everyone reading this has heard by now of the LIGO experiment detecting gravitational waves for the first time. The discovery is encapsulated in this very short YouTube. It is a little confusing without explanation. I saw the video... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2016 at Gary Robinson's Rants
Inspired by “Git in 5 Minutes”, I decided to take things a step further, and create guide for git that takes even less time to get through. Of course, this is very minimalistic git! But it’s enough be useful for... Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2014 at Gary Robinson's Rants
I was impressed by the hate-filled speech of one of the Ferguson cops (who had something like 35 years on the force). He seemed to have no doubt whatsoever about his opinions, most of which seemed quite irrational to this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at Gary Robinson's Rants
An observation found on a t-shirt my son owns, and which I also noticed today on Hacker News: There are 10 people in this world, those who understand binary and those who don't. The first reply on Hacker News: There... Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2013 at Gary Robinson's Rants
Durandal provides the Durandal Test Framework for unit testing. This test framework uses [PhantomJS](http://phantomjs.org) and [Jasmine](http://pivotal.github.io/jasmine/). As shipped with Durandal, it's focused on testing Durandal's own internal components. But it can easily be adapted for your own unit testing needs.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2013 at Gary Robinson's Rants
I love Python and have posted a number of Python tips on this blog. And I've been involved in the creation of sizable web sites using Django. But I've come to feel that for many types of web sites, doing... Continue reading
Posted Oct 7, 2013 at Gary Robinson's Rants
I've always been pretty mystified about the use of the word "disc" ending in "c" for CD's and the like. Why?? The world seemed to have gotten along pretty well with "disk" ending in "k" for a few centuries. Still... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2012 at Gary Robinson's Rants
The ASPN site yesterday presented a technique to eliminate a lot of verbosity in Python __init__() methods where a bunch of arguments to __init__() are assigned to instance attributes. Such assignments are a frequent source of error due to forgetting... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Gary Robinson's Rants
A while ago I posted a suggestion for how to eliminate some mindless code in python __init__() methods when you want to assign instance attributes from __init__() args. Henry Crutcher postedhis own solution on Thursday in the Python Cookbook. I've... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2012 at Gary Robinson's Rants