Luis Apiolaza — Palimpsest

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Welcome, stranger! I'm Luis Apiolaza and this site is a constant palimpsest of my notes, images and sounds.

Blog posts on research, statistics, and teaching go to Quantum Forest, transient thoughts make their way to @zentree, photos end up at 500px, and very sporadic writing in Spanish shows up Tren de Carga.

There are a few ways of contacting me.

Selfie in New Brighton, Christchurch (2018-01-01)

Selfie in New Brighton, Christchurch (2018-01-01)

  • Why Not Film

    “Why don’t you try film?”, asked him. “I can’t afford the time and expense required to work with film”, I muttered. Perhaps a truer statement would be that, right now, is not a high-enough prioritary to allocate the time and resources to go for film. My connection with film started in 1980. I got shooting using a Pentax MX, with a fantastic 50mm f1.4 which I still use, and I learnt to process and print in my high school’s darkroom.

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  • Italo Calvino's humanity

    This year requires an extra dose of new perspective, to make the most of time, to bring the best of people. Whenever humanity seems condemned to heaviness, I think I should fly like Perseus into a different space. I don’t mean escaping into dreams or the irrational. I mean that I have to change my approach, look at the world from a different perspective, with a different logic and with fresh methods of cognition and verification—Italo Calvino in Six Memos For The Next Millennium.

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  • Switching site to Hugo

    I finally accepted that, given all my other interests, I would never set aside the time to write all the additional functionality that I would like to have in After evaluating a few static website generators I opted for Hugo because it was closer to what I had in mind. Publon is dead, long live Hugo.

  • Left-to-right

    When I write code I am often amazed by the direction of the statements. I mean, we read and write left-to-right except when we assign statements to a variable. So here we are, doing our business, slowly working in a sentence and, puff!, we get this insight from the future and we assign it to our past, on the left. I commented this on Twitter and @fadesingh pointed me to an artistic creation of right-to-left programing language, except that the assign was left-to-right.

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  • Paying for a job well done

    At the moment I am writing R code that involves a lot of simulation for a project. This time I wanted to organize the work properly, put a package together, document it,… the whole shebang. Hadley Wickham has excellent documentation for this process in Advanced R, which works very well as a website. Up to this point there is nothing new; but the material is also available as a book.

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