The Roundabout Path

Roundabout Highlights - Week of September 10th

Event I attended On Saturday September 15th, I attended Ottawa Hockey Analytics at Carleton (#OTTHAC18). I'm less involved in hockey than I was in my younger years so I'm not very familiar will all the techniques used in sports analytics but the event was of high quality and quite interesting. Since the big missing piece in hockey analytics right now is player tracking, the most fascinating talk was from ccweaver1 who used deep convolutional neural networks and other ML techniques to extract ...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of September 3rd

What I'm listening One of my favorite live music show was Chambers from Chilly Gonzales and the Kaiser Quartett. I love Chilly's style and I think he's a musical genius. He just released Solo Piano III and it's beautiful. More description is needed. Like Haydon Spenceley said in his Under The Radar article: "When music is beautiful, it just is." What I'm reading I'm almost done with Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence. I liked how they ref...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of August 27th

What I'm listening One of my favorite product feature ever is Discover Weekly in Spotify. I listen to pretty much everything from classical music to hip hop, house, rock, funk, disco, jazz, etc. so it is amazing to me that they are (almost) always spot on on their recommendations. This week, one of the song they recommended is Jungle by Jimi Hendrix. The transitions are insane. What I'm reading I bought Alexander J.A Cortes Mega Program Package. When I was younger (lol), I played a lot of hockey (ie >...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of August 20th

What I'm listening After having tried a bunch of workout soundtrack, my two favorites are Hype and Pumping Iron. I used to listen to podcast while I was training, but I feel way more effective with high BPM soundtrack. Random things I learned 1. According to a Certify report, "Uber and Lyft are dominating traditional business traveler ground transportation services. In Q1 2018, ride-hailing companies took 70.5% of all ground transportation receipts and expenses, while rental cars took 23.5% and taxis ...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of August 6th

What I'm listening I tried a bunch of workout soundtrack this weekend. Some of them are pretty good, but not sure they will stand the test of time. Beside that I pleased myself and listened to Tony Allen tribute to Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers. This might be one of my favorite tribute ever and Tony Allen is truly one of the great in modern jazz. Random things I learned I'm not sure it's still true, I verified the source a bit, but I'm still skeptical. Apparently cash is still the means of paymen...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of July 30th

What I'm listening This week I'm listening to the Tiki Tiki Happy Afternoon Drinks, which is the hotel Tiki Tiki Tulum vibes, music from the 50's 60's and all the great oldies you can imagine, perfect with a tropical cocktail. Random things I learnedLactose free milk is not even lactose free. According to AZ Central, "Those who are lactose intolerant are not allergic to milk, or even to lactose. Instead, they lack the digestive enzyme needed to break down the lactose, or the sugar ...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of July 23rd

What I'm listening This week I'm listening to One Love, a reggae and rock playlist. App I downloaded I don't download apps often, but this week I made an exception and downloaded the Genius App on Android. The integration with Spotify is great! As soon as you listen a song, the app will send you a notification and you can then have the lyrics will listening to the song. If you're at work and can't read the lyrics (duh!), you can still go back in the app at the end of the day. ...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of July 9th and July 16th

What I'm listening I went down a familiar rabbit hole by listening to The Rhythm of Japan, an extensive look at the Japanese jazz scene, on repeat. Podcasts I listened My podcasts consumption goes up and down like a yoyo. In the past 2 weeks I binged a bunch of them and here's a list I liked:Why ‘Star Wars’ is like a social network, and other insights from Eugene Wei on Recode MediaInnovating on the farm with Bethany Deshpande, Founder & CEO @ Soma DetectVitalik Buterin on Cryptoeconomics a...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of June 25th and July 2nd

Events I attended It's Montreal Jazz Festival and my little brother was in town. I wanted to go see more show but it's quite busy at work. I ended up going to the following:Papagroove - Afro Funk musicKamasi Washington - First part: AnomalieGoGo Penguin - First part: Moon HoochHerbie Hancock - First part: Thundercat All of them were superb. I was quite impressed by Kamasi Washington & co doing solos after solos, the execution of GoGo Penguin, and how Herbie Hancock looks in shape even at 78 y...

Lessons from David Ossip, CEO at Ceridian

David Ossip is the CEO of Ceridian HCM, a provider of HR software and services. It is a publicly traded company on the NYSE as of April 2018 and the one of the most interesting turnaround story in recent years. In 2012, Ceridian acquired Dayforce, a time and attendance cloud company founded by David. David began the transformation and renewal of Ceridian with focus on the Dayforce HCM offering. In 2013, David became the CEO of Ceridian. David also founded Workbrain, a workforce management software comp...