Julian's Notes

For as far back as I can remember, I have always prioritized the pursuit of knowledge. All through my school years, I was almost always one of the top students in class. I saw knowledge as a kind of power I could wield under appropriate circumstances to my benefit and the benefit of those around […]

Category: Random

Posted on 28 Dec, 2021

2021 was a stellar year for Nigerian music with Afrobeats gaining more global recognition. Last year I compiled a list of my favorite Nigerian songs. So I thought I’ll do the same this year. For a number of artists, Buju and Tems in particular, 2021 was a breakout year. Also, many club bangers made it […]

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Posted on 27 Dec, 2021

As I stared at the wallet balance on my Bundle app, I couldn’t help wondering what was going on. Date: May 13, 2021. My crypto portfolio had lost over 20% value in 24 hours. It was a bloodbath. From Bitcoin to Ethereum, Cardano, BNB. All were in the red. What manner of fuckery?? The crypto […]

Category: Technology

Posted on 14 Jun, 2021

For the past few months, I haven’t turned up any new articles. Partly due to laziness, partly because I’ve been on a journey of rediscovery. I call it rediscovery because I thought I had already trod the path of discovery. I thought I knew who I was, and who I wanted to be. But that […]

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Posted on 22 May, 2021

Some time ago, I found myself ruminating on a pertinent question; one I have asked myself multiple times. I’m pretty sure you might have asked yourself the same question if you’re a thinker like me. What do I really want in life? It’s interesting though. For many people, whenever this question pops up, they can’t […]

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Posted on 12 Feb, 2021

Quite recently, I started dabbling in Recommender Systems. My interest was piqued as a result of the pervasiveness of these systems in major technology platforms. Think of any site you use which offers suggestions to you based on your past activity: Amazon recommends books similar to ones you have liked and purchased; Netflix recommends movies […]

Category: Machine Learning

Posted on 26 Jan, 2021

Anyone who has followed Nigerian music over the years can acknowledge it has come a long way. Once there was a time I didn’t fancy much of the jams our artists put out. I would label them as too loud or too fast, with inordinately shitty lyrics. But times have changed. I guess the current […]

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Posted on 22 Dec, 2020

The first note in this series gave an introduction to the K- Nearest Neighbour algorithm. In the note, I went ahead to point out some of the concerns around KNN. I also did a primer on concepts like Feature Scaling and Euclidean distances. In this note, we will be implementing a simple movie recommender system […]

Category: Machine Learning

Posted on 5 Dec, 2020

Much of Machine Learning involves finding and exploring patterns in data. ML algorithms will typically learn patterns from training data and apply what is learned on new data. One algorithm deviates slightly from this method, however; instead choosing to discover patterns as it encounters new data. K Nearest Neighbours (KNN for short) is an algorithm […]

Category: Machine Learning

Posted on 16 Nov, 2020

Throughout last week, I was unable to shake off an overarching feeling of dread. Usually, I’m not one to allow external circumstances to influence my mood. Life is hard. Shit happens. You can’t take many things to heart. But if you’re a Nigerian like me, then you probably followed the recent protests against police brutality […]

Category: Random

Posted on 25 Oct, 2020

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