It was a productive holiday break for me. I launched my Patreon account for my podcast The Cartesian Cafe to enable fans to get additional benefits should they want to support the endeavor. One notable feature I’d like to give a shout out to is being able to provide content requests before episode recordings. Given that some of my guests will be quite prominent figures that will provide a rare in-depth talk on infinitely rich subjects, it’d be good to “open the floor” to what people want to hear.
Two days ago I also released my 8th episode of The Cartesian Cafe with the amazing Greg Yang. His biographical story is the stuff of legends – you’ll have to listen to find out why. The final production spans three hours of us talking about Greg’s work on Tensor Programs, which in addition to being a powerful mathematical theory, has valuable applications to the rigorous understanding of neural networks. It was quite a grueling session to record: food break and nap break over the course of 5+ hours. Lots of fun nevertheless!