The Journey

By Shivan Sivakumaran

My life's journey talking about technology 💻, optometry 👓 and a whole variety straight into your inbox every Sunday morning NZT.

My life's journey talking about technology 💻, optometry 👓 and a whole variety straight into your inbox every Sunday morning NZT.

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Vlogmas and Advent of Code

Podcast The Stag Roar — Ep214: Shivan Sivakumaran; Optometry AI A week ago, I was invited onto a podcast given by fellow Kiwi Optometrist, Ryan O'Connor. We talk about optometry and philosophy. Always grateful to be a guest on the show.Podcast Sci Grad New Ze…


What's stopping you from hitting upload?

Article Ghost: The #1 open source headless Node.js CMS I'm moving over to Ghost ("self"-hosting on a virtual machine) because it's a lot more clean compared to WordPress.Challenge Advent of Code 2021 In December, daily code challenges are released for victims…


The hype around technologies

Video Homework for Life In an effort to improve storytelling, Matthew Dicks provides us with a 5-minute exercise, done daily, for the rest of our lives. All you have to do is write a brief story of what happened on that day. Most of us think we live disintere…


My Journey Home

Kia ora e hoa,Friday night turns into Saturday morning. It's roughly 2 am. A six-hour delayed ferry crossing didn't help. All that mattered is that I finally made it. All the way home, I made it.Why the dramatic account?Because that is how it felt.I'm just so…


The Future of the Web

Article What is Web3? The Decentralized Internet of the Future Explained This is a more detailed explanation of Web 3.0.Article A te reo Māori glossary for your home Here is a good way to bolster up your Te Reo.Article UsingVimWithDjango A good guide to vim p…


Feeling dumb...

The Law of Diminishing Marginal Returns


"When you lick the lollipop of mediocrity, you suck it forever"

Mediocrity is not OKWhether it be fear of appearing less masculine in the opposite sex's eyes, a competitive atmosphere, or teachers catering to gender-specific learning styles, "single-sex schooling may mitigate the male disadvantage in educational achieveme…


Update - I'm moving

Kia ora o hoa,I'm moving back to Palmerston North at the start of November. So, I've been swamped saying goodbye to people and organising the shift.In parallel, I've been working on a few projects:An article about my old school's teaching methods.An applicati…


Revisiting Aotearoa New Zealand's Border Restrictions

But when a company clearly communicates their WHY, what they believe, and we believe what they believe, then we will sometimes go to extraordinary lengths to include those products or brands in our livesSimon Sinek, Start With WHY


Reflecting on Low Vision Optometry

Video AlphaGo - The Movie | Full award-winning documentary This is an excellent documentary on AlphaGo — artificial intelligence designed by DeepMind to out game the best Go player, Lee Sedol. This story is both emotional and inspiring.Podcast ‎The Tim Ferris…


Ethical Artificial Intelligence

Kia ora e hoa,In previous newsletters, we discussed what is deep learning and even gave an example of creating an artificial intelligence model to differentiate blue eyes and brown eyes.Exciting! But we found there are a few limitations. One was with the data…


Going deeper into Deep Learning

Kia ora e hoa,In last week's newsletter, we touched on deep learning basics. We got stuck on collecting a dataset for metal frames and acetate frames. It turns out metal frames don't have to be glasses. They could be a metal frame for a house or a metal frame…


A deep learning of Deep Learning

Kia ora e hoa,My brief absence has made me realise how much I miss landing in your inbox every Sunday morning with a topic that I am passionate about. This feeling makes me want to come back sooner, and so, here I am.In the previous newsletter, before my decl…


Taking time...

Kia ora e hoa,I'm going to take some time out to sort some things out.Life changes. It's okay to stop some things you love to catch up on other matters that require more attention.That's what I will be doing now.I'll be back soon.Ngā mihi,Shivan


What are AlGoRitHms?

Kia ora e hoa,Over the last few months, I've been working on writing an article about artificial intelligence and eye care.To begin this journey is learning about this topic. We need to understand what are algorithms.An algorithm is what computers use to solv…


The incredible story of Thích Quảng Đức

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Website The Django Project This is a web framework that I have been learning. It allows you to make a website using the Python programming language.


The secret behind why I write?

Kia ora e hoa,I'm frantically writing this one 10 minutes before the usual deadline of 10 AM Sunday (NZT). Let's see if I'll make it?This week a friend asked my underlying reason for blogging. To extend that further, why do I have an active presence on Linked…


Is Giving a Cure to Hapiness or a Selfish Act?

Film Dangal (2016) Recommended by a friend, directed and written by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan, this film is based on the true story of the Phogut sisters and their career as wrestlers. What the Phogut sisters had to endure was inspirational to man…


Getting in the flow 🌊

Video Future of AI in Optometry and Ophthalmology Ehsan Vagefi provides a great explanation, promise and challenge of artificial intelligence — the good, the bad and the ugly.Podcast Series Machine Learning Guide Podcast Tyler Renelle must have been a voice a…