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veekaybee /
Last active May 18, 2024 20:16
Normcore LLM Reads

Anti-hype LLM reading list

Goals: Add links that are reasonable and good explanations of how stuff works. No hype and no vendor content if possible. Practical first-hand accounts of models in prod eagerly sought.

Foundational Concepts

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Pre-Transformer Models

veekaybee /
Last active May 18, 2024 11:41
Everything I understand about chatgpt

ChatGPT Resources


ChatGPT appeared like an explosion on all my social media timelines in early December 2022. While I keep up with machine learning as an industry, I wasn't focused so much on this particular corner, and all the screenshots seemed like they came out of nowhere. What was this model? How did the chat prompting work? What was the context of OpenAI doing this work and collecting my prompts for training data?

I decided to do a quick investigation. Here's all the information I've found so far. I'm aggregating and synthesizing it as I go, so it's currently changing pretty frequently.

Model Architecture

eyeseast /
Last active May 6, 2024 17:11
How to set up Python in 2022

I have an updated version of this on my blog here:


This is my recommended Python setup, as of Fall 2022. The Python landscape can be a confusing mess of overlapping tools that sometimes don't work well together. This is an effort to standardize our approach and environments.

Tools and helpful links:

  • Python docs:
  • Python Standard Library:  - Start here when you're trying to solve a specific problem
jph00 /
Last active September 25, 2022 15:42
Update in parallel all repos listed in ~/git/repos, and print status of any that are dirty
#!/usr/bin/env bash
for f in $(<~/git/repos); do
cd ~/git/$f
git pull > /dev/null &
cd - > /dev/null
wait < <(jobs -p)
for f in $(<~/git/repos); do
rouxcaesar /
Last active April 26, 2024 21:03
Thoughts on Bradfield

My Thoughts on Bradfield

I've been asked by several people over time about my experience with the classes offered by Bradfield, and thought that I should save some future keystrokes by writing up a short gist for future reference. Hopefully this gist will be useful for others who are considering Bradfield and wondering it is worth it. My intended audience is primarily Launch School students who have completed the Core program and likely also Capstone, but the majority of this gist will be applicable to anyone who is a working/experienced software engineer.

Since late 2019, I've taken 4 short courses from the Bradfield School of Computer Science and in 2021 I enrolled in their Computer Science Intensive (CSI) program1. Overall, I've found the courses and CSI to be an excellent opportunity to grown my technical skills and broaden my knowledge of CS topics.

The courses I completed were:

  • Computer Architecture: The Hardware/Software Interface
Rank Type Prefix/Suffix Length
1 Prefix my+ 2
2 Suffix +online 6
3 Prefix the+ 3
4 Suffix +web 3
5 Suffix +media 5
6 Prefix web+ 3
7 Suffix +world 5
8 Suffix +net 3
9 Prefix go+ 2
lizthegrey / attributes.rb
Last active February 24, 2024 14:11
Hardening SSH with 2fa
default['sshd']['sshd_config']['AuthenticationMethods'] = 'publickey,keyboard-interactive:pam'
default['sshd']['sshd_config']['ChallengeResponseAuthentication'] = 'yes'
default['sshd']['sshd_config']['PasswordAuthentication'] = 'no'
sirupsen / book.rb
Last active March 5, 2024 20:42
Script to import books from Instapaper to Airtable. Will not work out of the box.
class Book < Airrecord::Table
class Endorser < Airrecord::Table
self.base_key = ""
self.table_name = "Endorser"
self.base_key = ""
self.table_name = "Books"
has_many :endorsements, class: 'Book::Endorser', column: 'Endorsements'
joncalhoun /
Last active May 30, 2023 05:29
Most of my settings for a new mac


  • Download & install Chrome
  • Login & sync settings/whatever else

Mac OS settings

  • General -> Use dark menu bar
  • General -> Default web browser: Google Chrome

FWIW: I (@rondy) am not the creator of the content shared here, which is an excerpt from Edmond Lau's book. I simply copied and pasted it from another location and saved it as a personal note, before it gained popularity on Unfortunately, I cannot recall the exact origin of the original source, nor was I able to find the author's name, so I am can't provide the appropriate credits.

Effective Engineer - Notes

What's an Effective Engineer?