The Roundabout Path

Roundabout Highlights - Week of September 24th and October 1st

What I'm listening I was already a big fan of Jon Batiste and particularly of his Jazz is Now album. He released a new album, Hollywood Africans, which includes well known jazz songs like What A Wonderful World, Saint James Infirmary and The Very Thought of You. What I'm reading I read At Home with the Inner Self by Jim Burns. It's a short book of 126 pages that discusses how Jim Burns, a diagnosed schizophrenic tortured by his outer self for much of his life, studied his mind to become...

Roundabout Highlights - Week of September 17th

What I'm listening I don't know why but this week I had Hiatus Kaiyote - Nakamarra on my mind all the time. No love story, but I guess I just love the mix of soul, sensuality and energy in this song. What I'm reading I really liked this conversation between Michele Gelfand and Tyler Cowen. You can listen to the podcast, but it's also worth a read. Michele discusses the concept of tight and loose culture which is fascinating from a culture, social psychology and human behavior persp...

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...