Category Archives for "News & Stuff"

Let’s Create a Business, pt.1

I’ve had this domain now for over 10 years: http://vomitmonster.com/

That’s a decade of non-use. And for those of you who know how much a domain costs, it’s not entirely free either.

So, let’s create a business.

My goal is to make back the money and more. How much more? Not much. Just a bit.

It’s just a small creative side-hustle – a neat summer project, hopefully.

Any ideas what could I do with it? Sell t-shirts? Anyone wants to draw me a monster? Something else?

Hit me up, let’s do this. Email me or write in the comments below (But leave your contact details). I’ll reward, MAGNIFICIENTLY, the ideas leading to me being a millionaire in 2022.

Party

Wow. Wild Funding Appears.

So… In the past, I’ve been celebrating my rejects. Lost the count, so stopped partying 🙂

But then this happened: https://www.oulu.fi/biocenter/node/59351!! Basically, we have funding for four years (2020-2023), to hire a postdoc and 2 doctoral students to work on next-generation ways to study musculoskeletal disorders, with a focus on low back pain — at least to begin with!

Huh. In addition to the Co-PI Denzil Ferreira, we have as key collaborators Professor Jaro Karppinen from the PRIMO research group, Professor Markku Timonen (leader of the ELITE research unit), and Chief Medical Officer Esa-Pekka Takala from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.

Good times.

The Scientific Diet Selector

This is…The Scientific Diet Selector

And my first test run with the new WordPress editor….

But let’s see if my pet plugin / dev exercise works!

Behold…

DISCOVER THE DIET THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

You may have failed to lose weight simply because of trying the wrong diets. Take 30 seconds to find a diet, based on science and crowdsourced knowledge from people just like you.

And it's all based on science!

OK! Who are you?

We'll use data from people like you to improve the suggestions.

What really matters to you in your diet?

Use the sliders (one or more) to indicate what type of diet would be ideal for you.

- It helps me lose weight fast Does not matter at all

- It is a good long-term solution Does not matter at all

- It is generally recommended also by other people Does not matter at all

- It does not require a lot of willpower Does not matter at all

- It is a balanced diet and provides the needed nutrients Does not matter at all

- It is cheap to follow Does not matter at all

The best diets for you are:

Just a sec...crunching data...

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Sure thing!

It's not easy, we know. Sign up below, and we'll help you get started:

Is it there?

1 Rejects keep on flowing

I celebrate rejects.

Got another one, just last Friday, from the Academy of Finland.

I’ve been a busy bee

 

Since it’s been a while from the last remarkable news item here, I thought I’d let you all know.

Making rejections public also serves another, perhaps more worthy purpose: letting people fellow academics know it’s tough out here.

 

 

Mmm.. I Write about Food, Too!

News time. Exciting, eh?

We just got a full paper accepted to CHI 2018 on crowdsourcing back pain treatments!

But that’s not the news.

Actually I just wanted to write this so I can post a picture of a hamburger.

I like hamburgers.

The news is I’m now also a certified food scientist. Party time!

We’re working on a system that allows people to find personalised diets.

So, we have a workshop paper on that, in CHI as well. Find the gem from this fine Portuguese gentleman’s archives. Or if you want you could also support The Netherlands by getting the PDF here!

 

 

 

Testing a new plugin…

Before….just to check margins (lead para, font size ok)

DISCOVER THE DIET THAT WORKS FOR YOU!

You may have failed to lose weight simply because of trying the wrong diets. Take 30 seconds to find a diet, based on science and crowdsourced knowledge from people just like you.

And it's all based on science!

OK! Who are you?

We'll use data from people like you to improve the suggestions.

What really matters to you in your diet?

Use the sliders (one or more) to indicate what type of diet would be ideal for you.

- It helps me lose weight fast Does not matter at all

- It is a good long-term solution Does not matter at all

- It is generally recommended also by other people Does not matter at all

- It does not require a lot of willpower Does not matter at all

- It is a balanced diet and provides the needed nutrients Does not matter at all

- It is cheap to follow Does not matter at all

The best diets for you are:

Just a sec...crunching data...

promotionBody

Sure thing!

It's not easy, we know. Sign up below, and we'll help you get started:

After…margins check

Best (Short) Paper Award

Boom,

Good news this time! (I guess one seldom publishes bad news… or maybe I should start publishing a news item every time we get a reject – which is pretty damn often…)

Anyway, our paper titled Exploring the Use of Ambient WiFi Signals to Find Vacant Houses (by Shin’ichi Konomi, Tomoyo Sasao, me, and Kaoru Sezaki) won the Best Short Paper Award at the 2017 European Conference on Ambient Intelligence.

This is more or less the first paper coming out as a result of my Visit to the University of Tokyo last summer (2016), which makes me a happy panda!

 

The Great News Experiment

So I’m starting to publish short news here.

Why? I’m not exactly sure.

But I’ll give it a decent go. If I won’t find the reason during the next, say, 6 months, I’ll just quit.

That’s what experiments are for – trying stuff and seeing if it’s worth it!

Oh, and experiments are also a key ingredient in Kaizen Hour!