I totally forgot I had a blog until I got notified that I needed to renew my domain name a couple days ago. Do people even read blogs nowadays? Is the cool thing to write a Medium post or make YouTube vids now? I started this blog back in 2015(!!!!!!) and I’m 26 now and no longer that bright-eyed, sleep deprived college kid. I’ve evolved into a sleep deprived adult! I read though some of my non-technical posts, and was honestly kind of half impressed half dying of cringe at my writing. Despite the cringe, I kind of want to write more…. Apparently there are still people visiting this blog daily, which is really cool honestly. I appreciate you guys! ٩(●˙▿˙●)۶
However, since I wrote the speech to text stuff, natural language processing has taken HUUUUUGE strides such that Sphinx probably isn’t your best open source tool anymore. My work now heavily focuses on ML actually, so don’t worry I’m actually saying that as a professional who knows what she’s talking about. Since I do want to continue this blog even if nobody’s reading, I should make some new posts about that…. Hmm! Maybe I will!
I figure I should generate some content since I’m here… so here are some life updates on my quarantine life.
I got into plants
No pics though because its like 12am and I’m realizing I never take photos of things that aren’t my dog. I do have a monstera and a sansevieria and a ficus plant I’m really proud of. I kept them alive for a whole year!
BTW I have a dog!
Started to learn music production
Music has always been a passion of mine, and I’ve always loved singing. I decided to put some effort into learning Logic Pro, with the eventual goal of making my own songs. I’ve covered a few so far, and I’m pretty proud of myself. Logic Pro is so complicated, but I think I’m kinda getting it. Working on my Spotify debut song right now!
Ate a bunch of ramen and soylent
Ugh, I realized cooking requires a TON of motivation which is really hard to find when you’ve been alone for a year. I’ve gotten pretty creative with my instant ramen and honestly Soylent doesn’t even taste that bad now. Is this… a win or a lose though I can’t tell.
I did some other stuff, got into an MMO, joined some twitch streams, started journaling a lot, ran a bunch of half marathons, worked up the courage to openly disagree with a friend, started seriously looking for a boyfriend, learned full-stack development, found out shopping for clothes is actually really fun, got into GPU programming etc etc etc. But this isn’t a YouTube vlog, so I’ll just stop here. Thanks for reading this update on the last year of my life, I hope both yours and mine will be full of things to look forward to in the months to come.
RAMESH P K
Good Sophie. We are alive and kicking..! What more would one wish given the pandemic.
I wish the world will become a better place to live.
Good luck to you.
Good to hear that you’ve been doing well, this last year was rough!
That’s a good wish, I’m praying for a kinder world too. All the best to you as well. ( •̀ᄇ• ́)ﻭ✧
This post really made my day. I am so glad that you posted this. Your sphinx related blogs really helped me out when I was in college while doing my main project. I still remember I had drafted a mail asking you to be my mentor. But I didn’t drop the mail due to some reason which I don’t remember. Today after reading this post only I realized we were of the same age. Thanks for all your blogs. More power to you. Lots of love.
Wow, thanks so much for your comment! You also made my day! (Its 12:06am now, so you really did start my Saturday off great haha)
PocketSphinx caused me a ton of grief when I was trying to set it up in that robolab, so it’s so neat that that post was able to help you out. My college professor always said that if I were in a room with three people, that always meant that I had three exemplars to learn from, so I’m always happy to nerd out/help out btw. Sending lots of power and love your way too ღゝ◡╹)ノ♡