Tuesday, March 09, 2021

Machine Learning and AI for You to Learn


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I am going a webinar/presentation titled "5 Steps to Play With and Learn AI" On March 23, 2021.  The live webinar is free (you can register here) and will be available soon afterward on-demand with other of my webinars.

This is reference information for that presentation.

 The 5 steps to learning:

  1. Awareness / Decision / Goal
  2. Play / Experience / Experiment
  3. Learn
  4. Apply
  5. Share

1. Awareness: 

The fact that you are here shows that you are aware. Now, you need to decide if you want to pursue it. Then, set a goal.

Forbes "Top 10 Tech Job Skills Predicted To Grow The Fastest In 2021" names AI as a top paying job.

Coursera story: "How Stijn landed his new job after completing the IBM Applied AI Professional Certificate"

Data Science compared to Machine Learning "When Data Science Met Machine Learning" (this includes the Five Vs of data: volume, variety, veracity, value and velocity

Towards Data Science: "Data Science vs. Artificial Intelligence vs. Machine Learning vs. Deep Learning" by Sunny Srinidhi.

UpGrad: "Data Science vs AI: Difference Between Data Science and Artificial Intelligence" by Rohit Sharma Dec 17, 2019

SimpliLearn "AI vs Data Science: Mapping Your Career Path" By Ronald Van Loon Last updated on Feb 5, 2021

Thinkful: "Data Science vs Artificial Intelligence" includes salary information and career track information

New Jersey Institute of Technology: One of the only B.S. degrees in Data Science in the Nation

2. Play and Experiment




Includes: AI and Writing, AI and Learning, AI and Drawing, AI and Music

Google Vision AI






TJ BOT: https://www.ibm.org/activities/tjbot

Virtual TJ BOT: https://www.ibm.org/activities/virtual-tjbot

Machine Learning for Kids: https://www.ibm.org/activities/machine-learning-for-kids  

Watson Conversation: https://www.ibm.org/activities/watson-conversation



This x does not exist





Generative Engine: https://experiments.runwayml.com/generative_engine/ Write and AI will draw a picture.

Image to Image Demo: upload an image and AI will make a corresponding image: https://affinelayer.com/pixsrv/

3. Learn

A great introductory article as an overview: From IBM "A beginner’s guide to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cognitive computing"

AI and ML for Kids






8 AI-driven Creative Apps for You and Your Kids


Google Youtube video "AI Adventures: What is Machine Learning"

Google Dialogflow tutorials -Try it free https://cloud.google.com/dialogflow

 Medium "The most impressive Youtube Channels for you to Learn AI, Machine Learning, and Data Science"

Python Profits:  Learn ML, Regression, Classification, DL, Big Data https://www.pythonprofits.com/

IBM Watson

FREE cognitiveclass.ai courses include docker, chatbots, cloud, ML, Python, Node-RED, blockchain, TJBot, Big Data, Hadoop, Data Science, R, Serverless computing, Iot, Data Visualization, DL, Istio, Swift, statistics, Spark, GPU, Tensorflow, SQL, Bitcoin, Scala, NoSQL, MapReduce, YARN, Graphx, Kubernetes K8s, OpenShift, Microservices, Predictive modeling, Kafka, zookeeper, Solr, and more. see https://cognitiveclass.ai/courses

Data Science courses https://community.ibm.com/community/user/datascience/coursera

Design Thinking course https://www.ibm.com/design/thinking/page/courses/Practitioner

AI: Deep Learning Course at NYU CDS (Center for Data Science) accessible to all: https://nyudatascience.medium.com/yann-lecuns-deep-learning-course-at-cds-is-now-fully-online-accessible-to-all-787ddc8bf0af








Learn Python 

Python is considered by many to be the most popular language for AI.

For beginners (and children too), you can learn a bit about Python by using Turtle graphics. This was introduced to me by our local library which sponsored an Hour of Code and provided some of the following links:

https://hourofpython.com/  - Click on the "start learning" button for the free lesson of "Python with Turtles" - This might be fun to do with your friends or family too.

Python Turtle sandbox and documentation on how to use turtle and the beginner's guide to python turtle

If you want to learn python, here are some courses and tutorials

Beginners guide: https://wiki.python.org/moin/BeginnersGuide/NonProgrammers


Learn DL 

Or you can monitor a class on Coursera or edx.

AI Newsletter: https://thesequence.substack.com/ or https://thesequence.substack.com/p

Ivy League University Online Classes


Georgia Tech Course on Machine Learning (need to create a free account):

https://classroom.udacity.com/courses/ud262AI Machine Learning Data Sets:

Data for AI:







Community Data License Agreement:


AWS Data Exchange marketplace

Data Access Exchange: DAX: https://developer.ibm.com/exchanges/data/
Has data notebooks

Model Exchanges
Model zoos:  Pytorch, TensorFlow, Keras, ONYX

MAX – Model Asset Exchange 


When I presented the webinar, there were questions about Project Management and AI. I referred people to my previous webinar on "Project Management and Artificial Intelligence" and my blog post on "Project Management and Artificial Intelligence"

4. Use / Apply

Alexa Skills:  

Alexa has "Skill Blueprints" that can be set up fairly easily. For example, here is the Q&A skill blueprint you can use to have Alexa answer your questions with answers you want. More information in this article by CNBC "How to get Alexa to answer certain questions exactly how you want it to" Updated Thu, Apr 19 2018 by Todd Haselton @robotodd

Learn to program a skill (like an app) for Alexa: "What is the Alexa Skills Kit?"

Compete for good with AI: Kaggle Competitions include some benevolent uses of AI

"How to build a chatbot for your school in less than an hour" by Brooke Gleason on 08 APR 2020

AI Gaming - Competitions at programming bots to win games with bitcoin as the prize https://www.aigaming.com/

 5. Share / Use it for Good / For Benefit

AI for Good organization

Microsoft AI for Good

Google AI for Social Good

DataRobot - AI for Good - For Non-profits - Cohort program open until April 30, 2021 



Saturday, February 13, 2021

DIY Wood Pickup Truck Bank


Photo by Henry Will

Someone's birthday was coming up and they wanted a bank. I asked what types of things they like. The answer was dinosaurs, trucks and helicopters. I had an idea! I could make a wood bank that is in the shape of his dad's pickup truck!

So, I asked for a photo and received this:

I had some wood wheels that I wanted to use. I found from my experience with past projects (see other posts here in my blog) that wood wheels are a bit difficult to make, so I just buy them at the craft store.  

Looking at the picture of the pickup, I measured out the proportions of the real truck with respect to the wheels in the photo. I made a stencil out of paper using the same proportions to the wheels that matched the size of the wood wheels I had. I then traced from the paper stencil onto cardboard and cut it out. 

I saw a wood pickup truck online that was made with layers of wood and decided to follow that method so the middle section could hold coins.

I had a nice piece of oak to use to cut out the left and right sides of the truck. I decided to use some scrap 2 X 4 for the middle section.

I had to create a shape for the 2 X 4 to go in the middle of the truck that would allow coins to be put in the top and be stored toward the back. This piece also had to have a spot to drill holes for the axels for the wheels. Here (below) you can see the two shapes.

Part of the way through cutting out the two sides, I ran into an issue with my jig saw. It gave out. As you can see in the picture below, I wasn't quite done. Isn't amazing that even without planning, the two sides fit together like a puzzle so I wasted very little wood? Thank God!

Our nice neighbor, who makes wonderful wooden furniture, let me borrow his amazing scroll saw to finish the cutting of the 2 sides. 

The scroll saw didn't seem to be willing to cut through a 2 X 4 so I used a jig saw. My good neighbor also loaned me his jig saw (Thank you, you know who you are). I cut the 2 X 4 to the shape. The space between the two wheels was very difficult. There was nothing to sit the jig saw on. So, I cut grooves and then broke them out with a screwdriver. You can see that a file was also helpful and I used my protective eye wear even though I also wear glasses (my grandfather was a carpenter and had a mishap with his eye, so I'm careful).

I used some brown finishing nails to nail it together. Because this is hard wood, I had to drill holes first for the nails so I didn't split the wood. Not shown in this picture was the challenge I had on the other side. A finishing nail broke and split the wood. I had to glue it back together and put in a nail nearby.

I carefully cut a piece of oak to fit exactly where the tailgate was and carefully measured holes for a "hinge". I made a little handle and had to bevel the edges of the tailgate so it fit tight when closed, but allowed space to tilt open. I guess there has to be a way to get the coins out, right?  The file and Dremel tool were very helpful tools for this work.

I was looking into acrylic to cover the windshield, back window, and bed. But, after looking into the tools I would need to drill holes and the issues I've had in the past drilling holes in acrylic, I decided to use my wife's good idea. She suggested using the plastic that held some apple cider donuts we bought at a local farm stand!  It worked very well and doesn't scratch as easy as acrylic!  I just bent it to shape, drilled some holes through it and into the wood so the oak didn't split, and used a screw with a washer. 

All in all, I think it came out well.  Solo Deo Gloria! 

I prayed and God helped me with this. I kept reminding God that Jesus was a carpenter and I needed his help.


Please like and comment with your thoughts and stories about DIY projects!

Thursday, February 04, 2021

7 Proven Ways to Manage Your Time and Tasks


Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I'm giving a free webinar on 2021-02-10 titled "7 Proven Ways to Manage  Your Time and Tasks."

In this post I will provide some information related to the subject. Anyone attending the webinar can find more detail here in this post. If you want to attend, register at this link.

The 7 Proven Techniques are:

1. The Pomodoro technique ® – focus and eliminate distractions

2. GTD: getting things done – take big tasks (projects) and break down into pieces. Just start on one piece.
3. Inbox 0 – Manage your email inbox - look at each incoming task once
4. Personal kanban – visualize work, limit work in progress
5. Saying "No"
6. Eisenhower's prioritization technique
7. Margin – Don’t over-commit
8. Bonus: bullet journaling

 You'll find links to more information below:

Here is a very recent article about Time Management:

3 time management myths messing with your productivity

 1. Pomodoro Technique ® (Registered Trademark)

2. GTD: getting things done – take big tasks (projects) and break down into pieces. Just start on one piece.

3. Inbox 0 – Manage your email inbox - look at each incoming task once

 4. Personal kanban – principles: visualize work, limit work in progress

5. Eisenhower's prioritization technique

6. Saying "No"


7. Margin – Don’t over-commit

8. Bonus: Bullet Journaling (aka BuJo)

My past two blog posts on this subject are also helpful:



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Wednesday, February 03, 2021

Online Courses, MOOCs, and many for FREE

Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay

I mentioned to someone recently how I was taking several online courses and many are free.
She asked if I would share a list, so here they are:

1. Udemy offers courses on all types of subjects and many are free. I've enrolled in courses here by Amazon about the Amazon Web Services (AWS cloud). You can find discounts on courses here every now and then since they tend to have sales now and then.  I recently saw a PMI-ACP class on sale for $9.99 that offered 21 hours of PMI approved education. That was an offer too good for me to refuse!

2. Coursera - has courses and some are credited. I've recently taken 9 courses on Coursera that were created by IBM. I learned about AI, Machine Learning, Python, Visualization, and Data Science and received a Professional Certificate in Data Science.

3. Edx - has many courses. Some are offered by Harvard and other schools (MIT, BU, Berkley, etc.). You can audit some courses or pay extra for a certificate when you complete the course (if you have a passing grade). I took courses from HarvardX in Data Science and the R language.  They did have a 20% off sale around April 2019. I am also auditing a course from MIT in Machine Learning.

These online courses are sometimes referred to as MOOCs : Massive Open Online Course

Are there any online courses you can recommend?

Saturday, January 16, 2021

Glass Fusing Project


Photo by Henry Will using Google Photo Scan app

The picture above is before being fused.

This picture is after being fused...

Photo by Henry Will

 This was a gift from one of our lovely daughters. She got it locally in Morristown NJ. It's a take home kit (and you can also work on projects at their shop).

They have a setup to drop things off and pick them up contact-less (even after hours), but I wanted to see the place. So, I went during business hours. They are very careful and cautious with the pandemic. It is a big place with lots of room for people to spread out. When I went, there were 3 family groups there that were spaced far apart, with masks, socially distanced, and working on various projects. 

There is loads of glass in all sizes, shapes, and colors. You can make all types of things: suncatchers, dishes, spoon rests, jewelry,etc. It looks like a very nice place to spend some time together and make something. Here's the website: https://umakeglass.com/

This was a kit to take home and work on. I waited until after Christmas day to do it. You can work on the kit at home and drop it off for fusing and then they contact you when you can pick it up (contact-less). It's a good system. Or, you can go to their studio and work on a project there if you want.

A "tip of the hat" to the Google PhotoScan app for allowing me to get a clear, no glare picture of the glass. I've used this app for many other pictures of pictures and find it performs very well. Highly recommended!

(note: my next project is a wooden pickup truck bank - I start on that today!)

I saw a very nice glass spoon rest at the shop that had a very nice flower design. Maybe that will be a future gift for someone!

What do you think about this fused glass project? What would you make out of glass?

Tuesday, January 12, 2021

DIY Toy Wood Camera

I was looking for a gift to make for a 1 year birthday and suggested a few things to the parents. They liked the idea of a Wood Toy Camera. I found a few posts on the internet and liked one the best. So, I somewhat fasioned it after that one.


and then

and then

You'll see the finished project at the top. A fun toy for a child.

Sunday, January 03, 2021

DIY Wood Push Toy Duck

This is a push toy duck that was fashioned after a similar item that was purchased many years ago.
The pre-schoolers and the toddlers liked it, so I decided to make a similar one for another toddler. I used a 2" X 6" board for the body and filed the edges to smooth it. The wheels are wood too. Cut them out, drill a hole in the center (or for more fun, a little off center to help with the "waddle"). Cut a slot in each wheel and glue a "foot" in there.  I couldn't find any rubber (I didn't have any old inner tubes laying around from a bicycle), so I used a cut out piece from a black plastic binder from the local dollar store (you can see the binder in the phone below, I had to cut out a piece to fix the old duck from years ago in the picture below).

This is the one we purchased many years ago.When it's pushed, the wheels turn and there were pieces of rubber that would flap around and slap on the ground: alternating with the right, then the left. The duck waddles as it's pushed.  The rubber "feet" were lost years ago, I just cut a piece out of that plastic binder to replace them. Good as new!