11/04/2014

How to remove an old/duplicate Amazon Wish List

Here's what I ended up doing to get rid of an old/duplicate wishlist, it took Amazon about a day to complete the deletion.

1. I initiated a chat session with Amazon support, they told me that they would need the following info (either submitted in to the website or emailed to them) to delete the old wishlist.

    • E-mail address used while creating Wish List.
    • Shipping address associated with Wish List.
    • First three items on the Wish List.
    • URL of the Wish List page, if possible.
2. I had determined the email address used to create the old/duplicate wish list, by using the alternate email address to search for the wish list on the Amazon Find a Wish List or Registry search page.

3. Since I couldn't login with that old email address, I went thru the Amazon Contact Us page again and instead of the Chat I picked Email and provided the requested info.

24 hours later the old wish list was gone.

This answer is buried in a support post on an Amazon Discussions page.

6/29/2014

Three Hilly Bike Rides

I completed the first of three rides that I plan to do this summer. The first was the Horribly Hilly Hundreds. I choose and stuck to my plan of doing the 100K route. The course is tough, with ~6,600ft of climbing within that 100k (~66mile) route, with the hardest climb (in my opinion) being the second climb up Mounds Park Rd. Strava says it s Cat 3 climb from the very bottom all the way to the top at the Blue Mounds State Park parking lot.

I felt good going into the ride and had my hydration and nutrition well planned for the route. I had also changed out the standard (11-28) cassette for a 11-32 with a long cage derailleur.  I also tried something new on this ride: arm coolers (for UV protection). The temperatures that day were idle, in the high 70's to low 80's with light to moderate winds. The arm coolers worked as advertised and I was wearing them even up the last climb to the parking lot.

The toughest part, I'd have to say, is riding passed other riders who have started to walk up the hills. I know that a large part of climbing and endurance is not only physical but mental. I'm happy to say that training and planning allowed me to bike up every hill on the route I selected, but I don't think I could have tackled even the 150k route.

The next ride on the schedule is the Dairyland Dare in Aug. and then the Wright Stuff in Sept.

4/27/2014

Is google glass a data gathering tool for training autonomous vehicles or AI?

I had this thought the other day, that perhaps, Google Glass is a way for Google to acquire human experience, from the "human-eye-view" on real world interactions. Which could then be used as referential data for the AI algorithms that power autonomous vehicles, robots or other services for human-machine interfaces or simulations.

This wouldn't be a unique concept for Google, they scan our gmail for purposes of providing relevant ads. They also have years of google voice mail data to help make their voice recognition systems better.

Their Privacy Policy allows for this type of usage for the development of new services and it would seem to me to be the perfect way to provide nature interaction data that might be hard or impossible to acquire in a lab.

If we are the "teachers" of these future AI algorithms, lets hope the people providing the data are doing so responsibly.

Just a random thought for the day.