Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Interesting stuff about Flicker Fusion Threasholds

And my all time favourate thing to do whith flaming knives.

Thursday, September 30, 2004

Long time no blog!

Well a lot has happened. I sold Instines !!!!

I made a new site for dyslexia software

And I've come a long way with Read-e http://www.Read-e.com

Sunday, February 29, 2004

Being slightly obsessively - OK very obsessively - in to Einstein and his theories from an early age, being dyslexic, and going on to study physics at uni, I have already compiled a lot of evidense to the effect that Einstein was dyslexic. Here's some more (ironically, I've only read it after the age he may be refering to):

"Reading, after a certain age, diverts the mind too much from its creative pursuits. Any man who reads too much and uses his own brain too little falls into lazy habits of thinking."
Albert Einstein

Saturday, February 28, 2004

New tactic! I've decided to offer Read-e for free (for home use), if the user agrees to allow AR to share the use of their processor. "Eh?" I hear you say. Well - I have several projects that could do with some serious processing power. e.g. using a genetic algorithm to solve optical character recognision.

The user would be asked if they want to share their CPU's unused processing time. If they agree they get their nagscreen removed. I predict that within 2 years, I could have the equiverlent of around 0.5 Tflop/s - 1 Tflop/s of processing power at my disposal for spawning my ocr algorithm. That would place it in the top 200 supercomputers today. Of course More's law suggests that this will be the power of the average PC in 15 years or so. So I'm saving myself 10+ years, or £200,000 (cost of buying that kind of power). It would however only really be useful for genetic algorithm prosessing.

This also means that nobody gets grumpy about having to link to my site in order to use the software (I still think this is more than fair, but some have complained that it is too difficult for some users, thus excludes them from the "free" offer).

Sunday, February 15, 2004

Well the OCRing is going slow, decpite a week of solid slog, little progress made and lots of useless code created. But some progress has occured.

Something strange has cropped up this week though. It turns out I have a stammer. The JISC mail Dyslexia forum has been discussing stammers and dyslexia recently. This prompted me to mention that I occasionally get stuck midsentence and repeat words. I never saw this as a stammer, as I don't uncontrolably repeat parts of words (as with the stereo typical notion of a stammer). None the less, I am told this is a stammer that is simply controlled well. This prompted me to ask my folks if I had speech problems as a child. It turns out that my father (also dyslexic - but well compensated) had a stammer as a child.

I'm now adding it to my list of topics to research WIHTT.

Please do get in contact if you have any info on this topic of dyslexia and speech problems.

Sunday, February 01, 2004

At last some good AI to get my teeth stuck in to. I've needed an OCR (Optical Carachter Recognition) component for some time, to add certain features to Read-e.

I found a royalty free bit of technology that did the job, but after 2 weeks of trying to get threw to their tech support, I've decided to make my own. Again I find myself using the concepts I first learnt about in my Physics Msci.

This is farely off the topic of dyslexia, although it may be an example of dyslexic lateral thinking.

I've gone a new route to OCR. Probability density clouds, for each carachter of each font. Similar to a weighted perceptron (a clever algorithm that atributes levels of importance, to carachteristics withinin data), a PDC is the mathematical model used to describe the "fuzz" of electrons around an atom. Its useful because it works in a dimention of probability, lending predictive modeling to the arena of "dirty data" (data containing information that is randomised). Instead of using the maths to predict the likelyhood of electron energy degredation or escape during a colission, I'm using it to predict the presense of a particular letter, in a particular font at a particular place in a image.

I hope to have a working prototype up and running within the week.

I'll keep you all informed. Mean while keep an eye on www.dyslexia-software.com

Thursday, January 15, 2004

I'm restructuring my web efforts today (dispite The doc's orders). I've decided to put down some of my words of wisdom, as info pages at dyslexia-software.com

However, my links page may suffer for it.

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