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"alanna" Discussed on Revision Path
"And then I think it just from there went to following this passion that I've had for a long time. I think that first exposure to Jessica hitch's work was probably 2013, 2014 or something like that. So from there, I just had lettering as a hobby and a creative outlet while I was sitting at my receptionist desk. So I think being a graph of designer full-time made it harder for me to nurture that creative hunger, I think, for lettering. So I knew that what I wanted to buy myself was more time. So from there, I saved money. I knew I was like, I'm completely new to freelancing. I never truly envisioned myself freelancing, you know, in my career, so I was just like, I know one thing that I need is a little bit of a cushion financially. So I definitely took a risk quitting my job, but I didn't just do it without any kind of logistical understanding of my expenses and stuff. And then I think from there it's just really, you know, go with your gut. I did have the financial cushion, but I did not have a client history. I didn't have referrals from other people that I could take with me in my little email address book or something. I took a risk definitely in that aspect, but because I've been nurturing this skill in this hobby for so long with the hopes of somehow making this my profession, I think a lot of the things that I've encountered were that whole luck where it's opportunity meets the preparation. So yeah, if you want to do something, make sure that you're already doing it in some capacity, even if it's just on the side to begin with, as long as you're feeding into that, whatever that thing is that you really want to be doing, that's definitely positive as well. What does success look like for you at this point in your career? Wow. Right now, success looks like being able to sustain and continue from places of passion and genuine excitement and interest and not from the place of I got to take this client on because I need to, you know, I need to pay my rent this month. I think just continuing with that feeling of excitement and passion, I think, because even when you're doing things that you're really interested in, after a while, you might get a little burned out. So I'm hoping to not to not reach that burnout point and be able to be responsible with my time and with my emotional well-being. So yeah, I just want to keep doing this and maintaining. Do you have a dream project you love to do one day? Oh jeez. I have many. And it's great because some of them even happen this year. But I am definitely setting my sights out for a large scale projects like murals. So I am definitely looking to get my lettering painted outside somewhere in New York City. I think that would be the coolest thing and have people take pictures with my work outdoors, I think that would be that'd be really awesome. What do you appreciate the most about your life right now? I appreciate the privilege that comes with being able to take a risk like the one that I took and in some ways I'm still taking yeah, I really appreciate that and I appreciate the luxury of time I've bought myself a little bit of time with a little bit of the planning that I did before I ended up going freelance. But yeah, I'm abundantly grateful for those things. So given where you are now, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? Is there like certain work that you'd want to be doing at that point or anything like that? This year has been a lot of seed planting. So, you know, it's like I have to start from somewhere, so I started my YouTube channel this year, started with zero subscribers just like everyone who starts anything. So in 5 years it would just be nice to see these communities that I've started investing in grow and just I really love lettering and I love working with clients. It's such a rewarding feeling being able to help them. But it's also really rewarding to help other people who are interested in lettering. So that's why I definitely knew that as a part of my freelancing that I wanted there to be some sort of educational aspect with workshops or tutorials and stuff like that, like I do on YouTube. So yeah, just expanding my reach and having that allow me to reach back as well to others. Reaching forward and reaching back. I like that. So, you know, just to kind of wrap things up here, where can our audience find out more information about you? Like, where can they see your work and everything online? Yeah, you can find my work at AGS design studio dot com, but you can find me on YouTube at ADF design studio. That's my channel name. That's also my name on Instagram. And then also on Instagram and Twitter, I'm Alana underscore flowers. All right. Sounds good. Well, a lot of flowers I definitely want to thank you so much for coming on the show and really one that telling your story, but then two also kind of giving us a little bit of a peek behind the curtain of what it's like to be kind of a new freelancer. You know there's been all this talk this year specifically about the great resignation and people leaving jobs, it's like striking out on their own and it seems like you've really well one you have struck out on your own, but two it seems like you've really hit a stride and you're making great work, you're promoting yourself out there on social media. I wish when I started my studio that I was half as prepared and put together as you are without your doing everything. So I think you're doing a great job and I'd love to see where your work goes in the future. So thank you so much for coming on the show. I appreciate it. Thank you so much for having me. Big big thanks to Alana flowers and of course thanks to you for listening. You can find out more about Alana and her work through the links in the show notes at revision path dot com. And of course, thanks to our wonderful sponsor brevity and wit. Brevity and wit is a strategy and design firm committed to designing a more inclusive and equitable world. They accomplish this through graphic design, presentations, and workshops around IDEA, inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility. If you're curious to learn how to combine a passion for IDEA with design, check them out at brevity and wit dot com. Brevity and wit creative excellence without the grind. Revision path is brought to you by lunch, a multidisciplinary creative studio in Atlanta, Georgia. This podcast is created hosted and produced by me, Mari's cherry, with engineering and editing by RJ basilio. Our intro voice-over is by music mandre with intro and outro music by yellow speaker. 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"alanna" Discussed on Revision Path
"Best to be in as many places as possible. And also, you know by doing that work and showing off what it is that you're doing, you're attracting other people, which for your first year in business, that's not the best marketing that you can do is to really show the work that you're doing. So other people can find out about it. No, definitely. It's definitely a whole process of show and tell, you know, your social media quickly becomes your portfolio or your YouTube becomes a real of the things that you can do. I've had so many people tell me, it's like, oh, I watched some of your YouTube videos. And that exhibited that you can speak about this topic and you've know about video editing. So it's interesting also the way that people will break down. Oh, I've seen your content in this place this place in this place and from that I can deduce relatively the kind of skills that you have and the interests that you have. So I think it's just like a great way to showcase everything that you can do. Do you find that different social networks are better depending on what you're trying to accomplish? Yeah, I would say so. I think it depends because a lot of people have been saying, especially this year that video content has really taken over platforms that were previously photo based like Instagram, where TikTok and SnapChat have mostly TikTok, but I guess SnapChat really kind of did it at first where people are creating video content. And using that as a way of exhibiting a tutorial, it could be for anything. I use a lot of my platforms to use as tutorial based. Posting. So I think that's a great way to engage with my community. And it's not always about like, oh, this is a finished piece that I did. I like to share educational content. So I found that anything that really has videos on it, which is everything can really be used in that way, which I've tried to leverage a lot this year and has been pretty successful. And then other platforms like Twitter, I found are just like a great for building community and just getting out there and just talking with people who are really like minded and in your same sort of creative sphere, maybe they do they don't do lettering, but maybe they do type design and other kinds of illustrations. So it's really interesting to hit that follow button on someone and see them follow back and be surprised maybe the people who are just willing to talk to you about the stuff that you guys already know that you're interested in from your bio or whatever. So even with all that you're on these different social networks you're doing these things. And I see that you have a section on your site about art licensing. Talk to me about that because that's something that I haven't really seen on a lot of really designers or illustrator sites. It's about licensing. Yeah, that's definitely one of the areas that I knew that even if quote unquote, I was maybe slow out the gate to get some clients. I could definitely build a licensing portfolio. So I'm personally I've think I've collected probably almost every greeting card or holiday card birthday card. I've gotten since I was like, I don't know, ten or something. And I've just always loved the illustrations and just like the look of greeting cards and the site, that's art licensing. I could totally do that. And I was able to actually get an art licensing course that I purchased at the top of the year and it was really helpful for me getting some licensing clients and that's just like a little bit of recurring income that I get, which is nice and it's completely passive. Once I've done the designs, they just generate that little bit of income for me every month. So it's really nice. So have companies already reached out to you to license some of your work? Yeah, I actually did a little bit of I think I've actually done a probably all of the outreach maybe I think for all of the companies that I'm licensing with right now. The first one I did was a mobile app called felt. And they actually do digital greeting cards. So you have the app on your phone. You can design the greeting card. You can write it on your phone and they'll mail the cart out to whoever is in your address book. So they have a hybrid sort of approach where it's like you do it the process digitally, but they'll still mail the card. So that was kind of interesting. And I don't honestly, I think I just Google searched like crazy. Just like art licensing, seeing other companies that fellow lettering artists have licensing deals through and just collecting contacts and doing the research and just sending out cold emails and got a few good responses this year. So. And I would imagine that's probably pretty steady income too with licensing because you're doing it along like certain time terms like maybe monthly or annual or something like that. Yeah, exactly. So yeah, it just depends on whatever your contract agreement is. The terms of your royalty payments. But yeah, it's cool because I can expand my portfolio if I want to add ten new cards to a collection I can and just have those go in circulation and see how they perform. And then you just get your little your monthly convention reports so you can kind of see how your designs are performing and maybe where you want to make some improvements maybe add to different categories or something like that. Who are some of your inspirations like either as an artist or as a business person? Who inspires you? Oh jeez. Well, I definitely was inspired from the very beginning by Jessica, because she was probably the first name that I heard attached to lettering. And I think that happened when I was in a typography class that I took in college, my professor had shown her daily drop cap project as an example of lettering and I was just like lettering. And then from there, I just sort of fell down the rabbit hole, so to speak. And I was pretty much hooked from there. And other than her Martina floor definitely has also been a huge inspiration. And I actually took her freelancing course when I was first getting started this year, learning the ropes of freelance from one season lettering artist, but also someone who's been running their own lettering business for ten plus years was a huge inspiration for me. What advice would you give to someone out there that's listening to this? And they kind of want to follow in your footsteps. Like they want to maybe learn lettering design or they're looking to strike out on their own as an entrepreneur. I know those are two separate things, but what advice would you give to someone that's listening and they want to go.
"alanna" Discussed on Revision Path
"Timing seems to have been on my side for most of the time. Yeah, I was going to say it sounds like it's more of a timing thing than the actual work itself. Well, I guess that's really good. It's good to know. Yeah. So let's kind of switch gears here because I really want to learn more about you and how you really sort of came into all of this. Tell me about where you grew up. Yeah, I grew up in White Plains, New York. Suburban kid all the way. Brooklyn now and I've been here for a few years. I definitely was not a city dweller all my life. So yeah, I grew up in White Plains and that's the only place I've known. Were you exposed to a lot of design and art and stuff like that growing up? Yeah, I would definitely say that as a kid I was always very enthusiastic about the opportunity during class to color and do arts and crafts and art class and stuff like that. And then just like from, I guess like a personal side, I always enjoyed musical theater and my family would be able to go to Broadway shows every now and again for the holidays or something. So just being exposed to even different forms of art, even if it's not visual or digital art, just being exposed to all different kinds of artistic expressions was definitely a thread throughout my upbringing. And now you went to the New York institute of technology in old westbury. Can you tell me sort of what your time was like there? Yeah, my time there was so great. It was so interesting because I went there and I applied there even on the recommendation of my old high school art teacher, doctor a so he was an alumni of there. So he's like, oh, apply there because that's where he went and the art program there was very small because NYIT is actually more of an engineering school. So the art program felt very intimate. Everyone who had some sort of art major whether you were graphic design or motion designer or what have you, everyone knew each other. So it felt like a very close knit little family and community. And I really enjoyed my time there. Do you feel like they really kind of help prepare you to go out there in the world and work as a designer? In some respects, yes, where you're sort of thinking about working for a company or an agency or working in a house. Yes, thinking about, okay, I could have a job after this in a creative field, but not necessarily in the thread of, and this is how it looks if you want to work for yourself. Kind of idea. So definitely preparation was there, but definitely in the traditional sense. Yeah, I haven't found that there have been a lot of schools, maybe like some of the art Institutes, only because I know that they do take a lot of input in from people in the community. Basically just about what they should be teaching, but yeah, there's not a lot of design focused schools I've seen that give you the tools for entrepreneurship. It is about sort of pushing you into that. I don't want to say pipeline. But I'm pushing you into that realm of like you can work for an agency or you could work for a design focused tech company or something like that. It's not really about how can I take these tools and strike out on my own because a lot of that is, I mean, yes, it's your technical skill, but there's also just so much business stuff that you need to know to run your own business and deal with contracts and all that sort of stuff. No, yeah, absolutely. Any kind of inkling of what it was like to be a freelancer came from the one off, maybe you have a semester with an adjunct professor who happens to also be a freelancer on the side or something like that. And they might show us some of their client work as examples and stuff like that. But definitely not completely focused like you said where it's dedicated to teaching you like the ins and outs of the business aspect that goes into freelancing. Why do you think that is? And you know that's a great question. I feel like I feel like there's more attention on the creator economy. And I've just maybe it's because now I'm in it directly, but I don't recall it being talked about as much, even like a me and my peers, the power that social media could have in transforming someone's creative career in that trajectory and being able to go off on your own. So there might have just been just an unknowing of the potential of these platforms. When I was going to school, Instagram was king, but now there's so many competitors and so many different avenues that you can take. So I don't know. I think as more people do it, the more shine it will get more more people will talk about it. What were those kind of early years like after you graduated? So it's pretty interesting, actually, when I first graduated, I was very bright eyed and was super excited to just jump in to my field, but I actually had an opportunity fall through that I wanted to take to be a designer and I was down on my luck a little bit, and I told my friend, I was like, I just need income, please. Anything. So I ended up actually taking a job as a receptionist for a year right out of college before I was able to secure my first graphic design job. A receptionist, huh? That gave myself one year 'cause I was just like, and I was a great receptionist. Okay. I was very efficient and they're just like, yeah, you're great. I'm just like, and with all this stuff comes complacency and comfort and you know this was just a very temporary thing so you need to move on. So I have my exit strategy and after that experience, I was able to get an associate design job in-house. Well, that's something good to know that you sort of had a plan to get out of it because sometimes you fall into those kind of gigs where you're doing the workers you have to do it like it keeps a roof over your head, it keeps food on the table, but it's not fulfilling. It's not what you really want to do. So at least you had a plan to kind of get out of that and eventually start somewhere and really sort of work on your design career. Yeah, it's very interesting thinking about it now. But it's just like, well, it's part of my story, so. It is what it is. It's not always a red roses, but I'm grateful for the way things happened anyhow. Now, I noticed that you've been doing a lot with social media, just you can go to your website and really kind of tell that you're very active on these other platforms like YouTube and Instagram and Pinterest. How has sort of, I guess, exhibiting your work through those channels helped you out as an artist and an entrepreneur? I think it has really challenged me to think about one I guess how much one person is capable of. So you'll see a lot of people who do content creation full time and you're just like scratching your head and just like, how are they doing all of this content? And just like, well, there's a strategy behind everything and a lot of content is actually strategically recycled and scheduled and all this stuff. So once I was able to break that sort of formula down in my head, I was able to be like, okay, I'm just going to put my work in multiple places because you never know how someone will find you or come across you. And shooting as many shots as you can is always, I think good, especially if you're entrepreneurial like me or are just trying to increase your chances of someone coming across your work. I think it's always.
"alanna" Discussed on Revision Path
"Wow, this year has been unlike any other that I've had professionally and creatively. It's been really refreshing and really a big learning experience I would say. In what ways? Well, I'm a new freelancer. I started freelancing January 1st of this year. So I just jumped in the first and yeah, I've had so many rewarding experiences and I think because I'm still so new. I've learned a lot along the way. Well, congratulations on striking out on your own like that. I thank you so much. If you don't mind me asking, what was the catalyst behind you decided to do that? Oh yeah, so I mean everyone knows how things have been for the state of the world. So the pandemic hits last year. And at that time, I was a full-time in-house graphic designer slash graphic design manager. And I was reporting to work every day working in downtown Manhattan, New York City's a hotbed, but I reported to work. So that was kind of a challenge for me definitely. And then I guess as the whole year sort of went on, I was really evaluating. I'm like, how can I start doing what I'm actually really passionate about? Because at that point I had already thought about maybe I want to strike out even do something different even if it wasn't necessarily freelancing on my own. I knew that I just wanted something different. So the pandemic was a humongous catalyst for reevaluating on all levels. So yeah, I decided I think midway through 2020, I'm just like, all right, I'm going to start saving this money that I'm making and try to figure out something on my own. And you did it and you struck out on your own. Yeah. Since this is coming up at the end of the year, do you have any kind of early plans or resolutions for 2022? Oh yeah, jeez, I've been thinking really hard about next year actually, because now I have something to sort of base things on. Because everything was very well, we'll see how this goes. So now I actually have quantifiable metrics to sort of base things off of. So I have big goals for next year. I just wanted I want to expand my services definitely and just continue working with great brands and clients. So let's talk more about your studio, which is called a GF design studio. So you start off at the beginning of this year. How has business been just kind of like establishing yourself? Yeah, it's been really great. I've been very unfortunate, honestly to have worked with all of the brands and people that I've gotten to work with this year. I've gotten to work with Adobe. My first client was American greetings. Okay. It's like, how does that happen? So I've had a very fortunate year and experience going out on my own. So I think if we can keep that momentum and it seems that we are so far going into next year, I think that would be great. Nice, those are two big names just right off the bat for your first year. Yeah. So what is the process like when you're like say you have a new project come in or there's a new design that you're working on or something like what is your creative process look like when you're starting something new? That's really great question. It really definitely depends on what the client needs are and you know they give you a creative brief and you review it and I start thinking about what exactly is it that they're asking me to let her because as a lettering artist, I'm usually illustrating some sort of quote or phrase. So I start thinking about stylistic treatments. I start thinking about sometimes the origin of the quote is historical, so maybe it's from an actual figure. So I do a little bit of research on that person. And from there, I just follow the steps of my process, which are basically establishing some kind of hierarchy for the piece so that it communicates in the best way possible to the intended audience. So, yeah. So seems pretty kind of straightforward then. Yeah, it's not too complicated, I think, where things start getting complicated is maybe how long the phrase is. And the composition, creating for social media, like, you know, I'm usually given some sort of dimensions and constraints. So my compositional approach for something that's supposed to be a square will be completely different than something that's supposed to be like a poster, for example. So it just depends from project to project, I think. Are you currently working on any projects that you can talk about right now? That's a good question. I can vaguely describe it, I guess. Yeah, I actually just started a project that I'm really excited about, and it's actually going to allow me to incorporate lettering and a little bit of animation actually. So it's kind of a marriage of my interest in filming and video and editing with lettering and animation. So I'm pretty excited about this one. That sounds pretty cool. Wow. So you mentioned Adobe, you mentioned American greetings. These are both very sort of visually sort of strong companies, American greetings with greeting cards, Adobe, of course, with everything they do with the Adobe sweet and stuff. Are there specific types of clients that you found that you sort of work best with? I've been fortunate to work with Adobe for a few projects this year. Each one was so different. I think what I've seen from the clients that I've gone to work with is it's always best when the vision is as clear as possible, I guess. And when we can just establish that we're on the same page as much as possible. And things pretty much sales smoothly from there as long as you can have like a nice clear line of communication with the client. I find that those projects go over the smoothest and the best from beginning to end. So even with those types of clients, I gotta imagine you've probably had a bunch of different people just try to hit you up and with it being your first year, I'm probably guessing that's been some clients that you're like, you know what, I don't know if this is the best one. Because sometimes in your first year of business, you kind of want to take on everything or you try to take on as much as you can because it's your first year and you want to try to do all the things, but have you found sort of the flip side to that? Yeah, I've definitely had some interesting things come my way and it would just meet me right in the middle of me working on something and I'm just like, I could say yes and rush through this and it not be that great or I could just politely decline at the moment. And you know, it's great. They found me they have my contact information and I have that contact from them. So those doors could more easily be reopened. Just like, hey, I was busy then, but you know, my schedule's open now. But yes, there's definitely been a lot of temptation to say yes to everything. But thankfully, so far, so good in.
"alanna" Discussed on Revision Path
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The Tony Robbins Podcast
"alanna" Discussed on The Tony Robbins Podcast
"We just unleashed the psychology of making fitness fun. Right people started looking forward to classes back to the original question. It really became about what was not working with. People weren't not going to class. And i realized that most people and i'll be honest. I'm four foot eleven. Human being like. I am scared of working out. I am scared of ways. I never felt like fitness was for me. But then i started realizing i wanted to build a product that made it feel accessible. Made somebody who is scared to be able to. You know clipping their spin bikes in class. Right or wasn't flexible. Feel comfortable trying a yoga class and on the flip side. All these businesses wanted more people. They needed more people. There was a huge surge of boutique. Fitness classes opening up and many of them needed new clients in the door and they were finding trying to find ways of doing it even giving away classes for free. So that's when we started realizing there is this beautiful way if we could find the right price thing the right value proposition and inspire people and motivate them to actually go. And what did you change that. First of all they made the decision just to become a member and have access. They'd have to make all these individual right or wrong. So i get that. But what else would you do to create. That inspiration in your site made it go. And what was the machine version. One version two and version three so version. Alanna simple open table for classes. Like i said we didn't do much research on the customer side. It was literally a tech plug in for us on the back end. It was sort of a do it yourself model. The second one was a one month discovery. Pass where we put together. These free classes studio owners. Had you had one month to try ten different classes. They had to be different ones. That you've never been to before okay and you had one month so this gave everyone and ice timeline. Right to say okay..
"alanna" Discussed on Inc. Uncensored
"Everyone welcome back to plitt purpose brian. Scott hey i'm gonna and i'm chip on planet purpose. We discuss how companies can focus on their purpose and transformed their rents will be taking a look at the waist. Purpose driven companies could achieve better outcomes by activating purpose of the people who matter inside their organizations and we'll examine what companies are doing to achieve this offering insights and analysis on how they can improve. We are alanna white founder and ceo deo a luxury lingerie clothing line chip walker head of strategy and research divisions at strawberry fraud. And i'm scott goodson ceo and founder of strawberry frog. I thought you guys were coming out of the pandemic. And i think the way in which we've lived before was all about self absorption and i'm asking myself in. Am i happy constantly. That thought. I don't know if that's still relevant. I think things are completely different. I kind of hope that my son giacobbe and my my younger son else. Find a sense of purpose and are able to contrbute in the world in a meaningful way. Which i think is really different than being happy. What do you think about that. I mean i think you're inside is sell data on. I mean if you think back our parents would talk about you know finding success in working really hard and then there was a move to this whole notion of happiness as you talked about what we all know like. Happiness is a journey. It's not you know in-state. So i absolutely love that. You're having this deeper meaningful conversation with your son about seeking purpose which i think is like life more meaning on a day to day basis. And i'll tell you even though i truly did love corporate america you know i was like marketing happiness on a day-to-day basis. I love waking up every day on a mission to like uplift and celebrate women who feel unseen or who feel as if they need to find themselves again. And i just hope you know as you told your son my children will take heed to like seek purpose like early in their life you know and think about contributing in a bigger way so yeah i'm all is that love your perspective on this. I think that's a smart and wise way to think about things to be more. You know searching for meaning and wanting to live a meaningful life. But i have to tell you i'm not one hundred percent sure that's how most people really think about things yolanda I think most people especially younger people millennials agency are really into just kind of finding their own happiness when they get a job for example. I think that they ask them cell. Am i happy here..
Rock N Roll Archaeology
"alanna" Discussed on Rock N Roll Archaeology
"But you gotta have. I mean yeah you need you need to actually have some sort of I mean it was foretold. He was he was going to make it. You know it. Just it was. I mean if you think that he had it heard all that stuff about night before he found common. Cause which should not. You're wrong. I think he heard exactly this kind of guy that i need. You know anybody. Desert is desperate and being attack. It'd being attacked in prison but anybody that knows how to be violent. Dog knows you know there's comes a time where you might have to take really crucial action to establish upper-hand with their dog. Otherwise you know you become that dogs dog and i sorry i'm still gonna go down to the conspiracy road and i find it interesting that a car that was peppered with with a gun play and what was the gun gunfire that was tough with gunfire only ends up striking the biggest manda vehicle like once the chances of that i just add i dunno. I can be who is going to drive a car. Trust a bunch of idiots with guns in a moving vehicle to miss him that many times like Too difficult to pull off in to clearly establish. He's not a mastermind. While i know that as a music industry When i was a music industry attorney what happened with two pock was very instrumental with regard to the clients that i had in. Which were they saw the fact that we talk about this and other shows but when they saw the fact that their record contracts and abled company to take out life insurance policies on them right. And what is this me is like well remember. We in to puck got Bird yeah well. All right. And i heard they were having a falling out and he was gonna leave death row anyway. So maybe cash down so when eugene saying like a lot of people were talking about the possibility van somebody was alive up bad guy and bad guys do bad things and to pox. Involvement shoe clearly led to his. Death is just a matter of who pulled the trigger. And that's really pretty material. You made a deal literally. I was friends with a lawyer she was originally from carson california and her brother had played football. Which and i you know. She said his his reputation. As thug was aggressively overstated. He was like an imposing lineman. But that he he. I mean you know kind of in a and he wasn't he wasn't bright guy wasn't a stupid guy imposing live and not a stupa guy but apparently his flirtation with with gangsterism was kind of dilettantish. Alanna like to to a certain degree i think both in situations. Where does she got away from them and they both paid for it in very different ways. You know what kind of what kind of what kind of sentence did did the night get in for over fifteen years. Fifteen to twenty. Maybe it's bad was just for the bathroom. Somebody in the parking lot random over a third strike. So you know if you haven't been there. There's a documentary with a series of interviews. One one was really interested in how.
Reality TV RHAP-ups: Reality TV Podcasts
"alanna" Discussed on Reality TV RHAP-ups: Reality TV Podcasts
"Is shown to us not long before the recalling when it's presented as if there's a chance they're going to get back together which i thought was really weird because were weeping resolve the weeping about how they were done forever and then all of a sudden this episode in all of the nighttime scenes charlie and cash are cuddled up and they have this conversation. Yeah and it's like castles like very upset. She's like if somebody said they were eight hundred seventy or they're doing that and it's like he literally yesterday said he wasn't gonna percy you anymore where you get the idea that he's one hundred percent on you because he is like ten or fifteen percent on you at best i think because he did not select her in the recoupling. They couldn't show that conversation because it would just make him look too bad if he went back on his decision again. I don't think that he did give any indication i like. It was more of a talk of. He was one hundred percent on her. At casa more we saw conversations specifically where it's like they're straddling each other on the floor in front of every one where it's like. Wow we're so perfect. And i can't believe it goes past like this. Do what became a very cold icy relationship in the house very quickly. And so. I don't know if this was just a figuring out where they really were getting before the coupling This was charlie's last conversation and before deciding to go for alanna because he's talked to a number of times about really to figure it out with cash and i just i'm like what more is there to figure out like you guys have ended the conversation it did seem like when the actual recoupling recoupling came around i was i was not surprised. I was actually happy. That charlie the correct choice even if it means that the protagonist of this season is.
Channel 52: The DC Podcast
"alanna" Discussed on Channel 52: The DC Podcast
"Because detective six. Oh three august. Nineteen eighty-nine topol. Part three when demons clash against room. Same creative team So the massive rage topa molla kola tears apart. The squad car of the police officer driving rafe kellogg to police headquarters. Everyone jumps out of the car and the officers opened fire on the beast. It's just gonna try man. You wanted them once. Those gun jumped the gun then noting the fact that their bullets are useless against the a seemingly indestructible creature the officers and the criminals make a break for as malakula poces. The police car aside and pursues them they they turn into a construction site and soon the batmobile rise with batman and ran do batman jumps into action. Leaving ran to in the car i love. How like blind. What do you want me to voice activate into me. Just stop the movie. Gues- novicki bail. They'll tell you that you way more than one hundred ten. But it's not dollars for me. I didn't think she should have been like cheap equipment. The grapple gun lilith with alanna way baby jokes so yes Batman jumps on the axe runs the construction site after the men and malakula batman doubles back and gets in front of the men. He jumps in the dumps trump's in the nearby demolition machine and begins operating. The wrecking ball. Martin i was going to say about four months sires up ahead raven. His henchmen continue running as the police. Open fire Malakula who was closing in on rafe. It is then that batman swings in on the wrecking ball and smashes into caller. See that full. Miley cyrus With mahlon neutralized randy rosita scene and physically probes probes. Some wants us physically. I think that's i don't think they want to say physically. I should've said mystically or psychically something now down. Low gravity all records in our out. We'll help. I really like thirty seven minutes before we had to drop. That better gave that or slowing down old age Talk about your. Don't talk about your manly. The ma serandon probing the monster learning that. It is still alive in just unconscious. How funny would that be if did defeat it in like edrich and shows up. It's like tell jason we will need you now. Funny all right but added apartment. Jason blood watches from his window and sees the batman and ran do conquered the creature. Without help satisfied blood drinks the continued imprisonment. However halfway through the bertrand is gonna say temp eight like that good However randy's suddenly stops everyone in the site and molla kola gets up and throws his acts at them having recovered from his encounter with the wrecking ball. Everyone dachshund avoids the acts but axe hit some scaffolding causing it to collapse on them. Monaco malakula walks past the lymph forms of his targets and retrieves his acts preparing to kill them all. Like a hit me. The wrecking ball and expect. Jason sees this those. What will happen. If he doesn't intervene remembering glenda mark and harry mathews tragic fates. That occurred because he didn't help jason with no alternative solution releases again. God gonna four van the demon loath hellfire. I mean again have other. she's got spit and firemen. She brushes those at trigon bursts out of bloods apartment. Window should probably like okay. I'll let you use the door. Anglo right rude once again. Class makers in the university of aarhus crash every single day on skype right idaho. This is fun. Bursts out of the apartment window laughing maniacally Enjoying his freedom at chicken decides that he's only going to help brand new and that everyone else. There are his enemies in the construction site. Batman still stuck under the scaffolding sees mall kala turning towards his victims and watches as he prepared to deal a fatal blow to randy with his acts batman forces the scaffolding off of himself willpower and swings one of the polls from the scaffolding at malakula. Right in the face that bowl around you're thinking will arise rn's he faced with that set swings. The port moller color. Who easily blocked this and turns on batman african reaches the scene and watches the fight from atop the wrecking machine..
31 Thoughts: The Podcast
"alanna" Discussed on 31 Thoughts: The Podcast
"First of all. Thank you so much for joining us today. On thirty one thoughts the podcast and as we've talked about before on this show everybody listening everybody involved in this program Everybody goes through journeys of self discovery throughout their life. And i just wanna start this by congratulating you on your journey of self-discovery that brought you to this moment to day. How do you feel now. I feel amazing. You know. I kind of started this process back in june of last year when i started telling most of my family and friends and just being able to finally come to terms with things being okay with who i am and living my true self. You know this past year has been crazy with Cuts it's been amazing just to kind of go through this journey and be myself. Who's the first person you told it was my sister. And if you'd ask me that you know three or four years ago that would i probably would have laughed in your face because me and my sister were not close at all. And when we came back from calgary me and my brother when covert and are seizing canceled just created this really cool bond and those first four five six weeks when we couldn't really do anything we were kind of inseparable always doing stuff together hanging out in the house playing board games stuff like that. She was the first person i told and styles probably around in april and we had this really cool bond that we gathered over kovin. She's always been there for me when i've had questions or when i haven't been feeling as myself Then i should and it's been really cool to create that bond with her and see how much support she has for me. One of the reasons. I want to ask about this. Luke is your nineteen now and there's going to be a lot of teenagers who are going to hear this and they're gonna say. Luke did the journey that i'm going to need to do. And they're going to be very thankful you did this. And they're gonna feel emboldened that you did this so they're gonna kinda wanna know how you did it so they can understand how they might be able to do it for sure for me. I mean it wasn't lake. I woke up one day. And i was like. Oh i'm gonna tell my mom or i'm gonna tell my dad or i'm going to tell you know all my best friends. It came to me at a time. Where i just felt really comfortable in that moment and i was like okay. You might not get this feeling again for a while and you'd like to tell it to them rather than having someone else find out like from someone else. So when i talked to alanna. I was sitting in my room. I was watching some sort of movie just kind of thinking about you know what i might say. Or what am i tell her. And i'm just gonna. I'm just said screw it so i went upstairs to her room is. She was the first person i told so. It was very emotional. You know. I started breaking down in tears soda. She and it just came to that moment where it's like something something inside of me. It was like okay. You need to tell her. And then that's kind of how it was for everyone that i that i told you. Know with my best friends It was just a random day. We're playing spike ball. And then we came back to my house. We all kind of gathered around my kitchen counter. And again i just had this feeling in the pit of my stomach. I'm gonna tell these guys. And you know i'm gonna see what the reaction is if it's good if it's not. I'm still going to be happy that i told them. So that's how it came for me. It might not be the same way for other individuals. But that's how it me. What was the reaction like. I mean i have not had. Someone have a bad reaction. It seems like nowadays. Almost everyone knows someone who's gone through the coming out. Process has a family member or a friend who's gale and it was a very emotional topic for mother. My first few times i had spoken about it with my mom with my sister with my dad especially my best friends because those are the people that like if they don't accept it and they don't support you. It's almost like you wish you hadn't told them just because they're so important to you in your life. But i mean all the reactions. I've gotten have been so supportive of the people i've told have been emotional as well. You know. it's just one part of me. I'm still their best friend. Doesn't change the way they look at me. You know to some of my teammates. I've told you know it doesn't change the way they look at me in the locker room or how we hang out outside of hockey. I'm still luke. I'm still a hockey player. I'm still their best friend. So all the reactions. I have had an amazing. I'm fifty two years old. Luke and i grew up playing hockey in toronto in an era. Where how should i say. This hockey wouldn't allow someone to come out. It was near impossible just knowing what they would go through and it destroyed lives. It destroyed people at destroyed relationships. How is hockey. Been for you and did this sport. Keep you from being you for what you now understand is probably too long a time. I don't think so. I mean obviously with hockey. The locker room is something that people talk about when this stuff comes up with the the banter in some of the actions and stuff like that. Personally i didn't. I mean i didn't really feel the people that did it. You know it was almost like those. Were the people that i wasn't going to tell you know early on because i wasn't comfortable with because i could see in other actions i didn't want them to. I didn't want them to know from me. Just 'cause just didn't feel comfortable or didn't feel right with me because of how they're acting or what they were saying. So i mean. I had only told two of my teammates. Gone calgary and those guys. Were you know the people that i had trusted obviously with the biggest secret of my life and i had known them previously for four three years outside of playing with calories so i had known those guys long time hockey. I don't think so to your point of it was the process of me being comfortable with it. i mean. even. If i didn't play hockey i still think it would've taken me this long as well and everyone has a different journey. Everyone has a different path. And how how young. And how when when they wanna come out if anything. Maybe hockey is actually made me. Wanna do it sooner Just because i have seen you know. I've seen so much stuff on the internet and going through this whole process. I've done a lot of research and you know. I think this is something that hockey needs and definitely needs more of a needs. No more awareness towards this topic in you know. I wanted to bring attention to it. And so i wouldn't say that it was rushed in the sense that this is why i'm doing it but it was obviously a reason for me to come out for sure. So when you went back to calgary this year for the short season your brother..
Talk with Oliver
"alanna" Discussed on Talk with Oliver
"Sunshine is cap born which just pass or actually were in it right. Now so yeah. I'm going to query the twenty eighth ofgem so you aquarius. You know my birthday is the third. That's the thing is like is based on like star signs like the month just one but it's not just one. It's the as you said this sun and the moon. It's not just one. It's it's all three which is very powerful wanna and hey you wanna speak about. Oh if you guys go on to co star you can figure out your son your rising your moon just put it out there pretty much not slam to say. Get some crystals in your life. Get some plants. Do you wanna promote anything. I make candles and bath salts which. I will be posting on instagram. Very soon i will let all of no. What is your grown. My instagram is at l. i. l. lil bamboo shoot. I'll bam bam boo shoot by guys boy. Didn't hang on howdy. Thanks listen to me episode Members right and review often listened be fantastic and also subscribes so when already sydney one you get notification and also play. Stay friends on site shows about me costs now on for oppy back later. I have a great day speeches syrian..
Talk with Oliver
"alanna" Discussed on Talk with Oliver
"For sure I find like a static. Dancing has been helping me a lot recently with that especially because the whole movement saying and we can't really go out. I love dancing personally. And the more you practice things the better you are at so i stopped dancing. I'm not going to become good So when i'm spinning. I have so much energy. I'm just like you know what let's do this. It feels amazing. You're you're moving everything around. It's not stagnant. You're getting it out. You know and just feel amazing after and like your daily daily activities dancing and walking and breathing rich ever shower. And i don't do all the time. But when i shower lots of play the radio rai psalm in the shower and i'm doll saying in the shower. Luckily in the nightclub serve examples. Luckier dave guessing about comes on. I literally my mindset. The club and on my hands are going in the and washing. My arm is like a miniature club and topping for. And i'm getting out on us in the town to drama. Bollocks we've looked into the be allegedly search down a high then just walking around the house and the music in the background rather them. Walking to the kitchen is silence. Fucking dawn's down the stairs. You're going down the stairs in time with the b and you're just like constantly in the groove and having a great time and then it's just like won't you get used the dancing and like feeling not stupid like it just feels great to dance because when you move your muscles are releasing energy releasing toxins in your heartbeat goes up and you touting builds up and you feel good you smile you think this is fucking stupid about care and then you don't care about life and that's great when you don't care about life because i feel good over time. Yeah it's like being in your inner child judgment. Just get it out there. I believe that everyone is secretly their child. But when you go up you've got mature can go to an office. You'll be professional. He's got be appropriate around people but the everyone's that child that that they were growing up everyone picks an as farts and scratches epa. Jonah knows listening. Someone goes out the face. Pick seal the ship because to be judged but everyone is doing. Everyone's that child. And i love it like in washington pregame on on on skies could the good doctor and basically this seventy year. Old president of the hospital has been diagnosed with cancer. And he's just going back to see his childhood crush when he was sixteen and he took it about. Oh the stuffy did when he was young and he was sixteen. I'm like he seventy years old. And he's lurched gonna uber and is that right. Let's go road trip back to my school and he's reminiscent on his childhood and unlike that's actually good because now shortly should have so much on your life udinese to go back to that what you would call the best times you life and you were six team but it just shows you that children you never goes because she got up. He's the president of a massive hospital. Board or ceos that was gonna be professional and amateur and is just faking bullock's. Yeah.
Talk with Oliver
"alanna" Discussed on Talk with Oliver
"To do. Now do it. Stop leaving thoughts in your head fucking now yet. Yeah asked living in the moment it's true. It's so rare as humans that we live in the moment. We're always thinking ahead. Usually and living in the moment helps us day grounded. Stay put we have to deal done. If the president he called me president in your head because if you've got thoughts in your head you're in the teacher or the past so you gotta get thoughts out your heads which i do and i did otherwise they just stay in your head whether it's getting a gucci handbag whether it's asking your boyfriend to go to dinner somewhere. Oh it's just another fought in your hat me personally. I have thoughts in my head right. Because i know what happens if if they build up because i think so excessively high brain activity. There's going to be so much thoughts in my ads. So now just managed them as they come in because neither result they do not get dealt with but yet you can't truly be present if your if you got stuck you should have done and stuff he wants to do because you can't be driving. You're not focusing on the road. If you're thinking and i seventy near death experiences in the car. Because i'm thinking and all the stuff not going through a traffic lights thinking it was green. 'cause i was in my ad and so this is serious. Like the difference between being in your head when you're being out your head in a when you're in your head is literally dead or alive. You cannot be aware if you are in your head. Speak into the voice thinking processing. This is our boomers thought. So many times and because of that i think when i'm see driving anymore because i know the catastrophic effects literally looking at green traveler as the other side of the road the other day so i'm not to test myself to prove that my discipline is important and you do something for so long. You take it for granted. So never think when i'm driving right so i'm just use everything being perfect and then we saw now think slightly known i didn't do and then this thing happens like looking at the traffic lights. They were red and green austin. Can it was. My traffic lights are look for the other one. So i can get ahead and then so we're not win. Great author was mine and then suddenly pulled out and the other cars coming because the screen for them. And there's just all the other 'cause waiting as me that's just gone. They're all hooting. Don't you fucking idiot past. We think you're driving your fucking swat at a massive promote myself. Because i could died so literally. There is no excuse when you put a system in place. There's a reason for it and you can't break here like because there's a reason where you put.
Talk with Oliver
"alanna" Discussed on Talk with Oliver
"Rise through slows down when you put it on your body et. It's still going and even when you can't hear it anymore. It's still sending a vibration. You can you feel. Oh harry. O'brien that's fucking amazing. So you can hear it and feel it for your bones. Yes those is something cool if you put it in your mouth because your mouth hole so much energy it's the most vibrant thing on our whole bodies let's why we kissed with their lips and everything But yeah if you put in your mouth it's sons it all like internally through your body and it's so loud it's just amazing that was a A story of a boy. Who was you couldn't speak. He was Death or something anyway. Couldn't speak while we couldn't hear he couldn't hair and his dad was convinced that the doctors said he can't hear he's gonna find a way and so basically. It's a long story short. They created an instrument that they connected to his elbow because for some reason the elbows connect to the to the to the spine which is likes to the brain or something that the the noise vibrations of which he would speak into would vibrate onto the say device tune four key and it would send the vibrations through the bone of his elbow and it would vibrate into his ear canal which many could hear the sound so the bones absorb the vibration and he could hear the vibrations off the bone and therefore hit the language because the language is just vibrations that we put together as communication. So this person is never could never here before could here based on the elbow ever bone. It was amplifying the vibrations. Same thing what you've just said. Wow that's amazing so anyone that's out there. Get yourself a tuning fork. Try it out for yourself. They all listen to this. Maybe they can read lips. You never tried to read lips. so yeah. that's so that was actually in the book who think and grow rich and it was the the the audio version is the same as the book but it was them telling story of this and basically it comes down to it as any limitations. You per on yourself. Just imitations putting yourself and that there is always away somehow to create what you want if you keep going and don't give up and allow somebody to say no and currently working on a project if it does go through would only have gone through. Because i didn't take no for an answer. And i kept finding a way and i pray to the holy lord that by the time this episode goes out. I have. I've got that deal. I prayed to the holy lord as well. Say jesus if you just did help me get my money a med. Jesus please send him love an abundance..
Talk with Oliver
"alanna" Discussed on Talk with Oliver
"Subscribe. So you missed an episode you ratio v my podcast if you liked me and you can follow me on instagram. It's yes king offer. Thank you bye so When people depend on something to give. I make them a feeling their body gets. She said that as their default main feeling and forgets what. It's like without that so when you try and come off all at once whether it's alcohol sex we drugs even just depending on a parent for device or best friend that when the or even the chinese takeaway every week when back thing is there to give your body that feeling which is seeking you can go into shock which is why some people will be done drugs terceira long. I may suddenly come off that they just go into a panic and then go back on it. It has to be a gradual process often. The time that is taken to get your body use to that substance for example it takes similar to the same amount of time to come off because your know something for so long that you cannot just tell you body that anymore. I like giving a kid a dummy and then taking away it doesn't understand. Why taken the dummy away. And if if it's had dummy for years then it's going to be like this is my dummy because one cry i suck and it comforts me. You just take away and you can't come off things overnight right so how i feel about where you just mentioned definitely very true. I'm going through that personally right now. It takes years and people go back. But i find more help smells just like honestly will power and determination and like actually wanting a change rather than being like. Oh you know. I may need this right now. So let's just wing it and go for it With i've tried to do that did not work. So feel like people will come to a point of maybe either a health scare or just a spiritual awakening where they feel this change in themselves and phil to pursue that you know. Why did you feel the need to change at what was the. What was the breaking point for me. It was you know covert and all and like much to do. And i found myself getting trapped.
Mango Kush Podcast
"alanna" Discussed on Mango Kush Podcast
"They're the most by besides and think about this. I started thinking about more about the john that we talk a lot. All harp a lot on this program and stuff but the fact of the matter is thing how everything's being set up as oh taking down. The republican party were table change from red and blue were doing. It's almost like a a reality tv show even with the president with the presidential election with everything going on now. All eyes on georgia is lou. Reality tv show it and listen say also worn win is going to be a whole setup on shit. Oh my how marker the whoever win. i'm alanna. He's very transparent. It's going to be a fucking shit. Show oh yeah oh. Yeah because even if the other party you know that's just the doncaster. One more commercial for mercer off. I'm so sick. And i'm like i don't i'm going to be back here. John off the radical the. Yes like they know. My god blowing i they become nick knees off. They literally just go in on. Somebody's political commercials and it's crazy how you know they literally just Say.
Software Engineering Daily
Facebook Dialogue Platform with Stephen Roller
"Stephen Roller welcome to the show. Thanks for having me. You work on dialogue research at facebook dialogue research. I. Think of as a better way of describing chat bots. So I may refer to chat bots and Dialogue Research interchangeably during this episode. Why are chat bots useful? I think it's a longstanding dream in the field of artificial intelligence and computer science. Right? We've we've always had the dream of what if I just talked to my computer like I talked to other people. In converse with them, they would know what are my intentions? Why am I asking them this? What can they do to make my life better or help me along and you know? Programming is fun I love programming, but you know it'd be nice to just communicate with. Computers as well. And what about you? Personally, why are you personally interested in chat bots? Have you pursued this line of work of of all the different kinds of computer science research you could be doing? Yeah. You know I sort of stumbled into this area join fair after my phd where I did work in natural language processing but my my work, my background work was like a little bit more linguistically oriented focused on like the meanings of words a little bit more like what can computers just about language rather than how do we teach computers to understand language? And so you know when I joined. Fair. I was looking for for projects to join projects to collaborate on. So I gave dialogue a shot and it turns out to be a really great ren for me a mix of novel research using using the greatest and latest neural networking and machine learning techniques as well as a bunch of interesting software engineering problems and opportunities for Staley and things like this. What are the domains in which conversational agents or chat bots are actually useful today? What are the places where they're useful versus the places where they're not so useful? Meaning like, what's the? What did they do major? We've actually conquered rather than the ones we're stumbling. Yeah I think you know obviously, you've seen a wave of digital assistance and I think that work is very exciting. a lot of what we focused on in dial in par lay in the dialogue research at facebook is on open domain chat bots, which are chat bots that can talk to you about like literally anything and they're usually not focused on. Accomplishing tasks for you rather like the goal is just to have a conversation with you about anything for as long as possible. So that's primarily where we work and I think we've seen a lot of exciting advances over the past couple years to where I think if you were to try some of these newer chat bots that have come out in the past year you, you'd probably be really impressed with like Oh. Wow. This was further than I. Expect. So I think you see commercially is a lot of digital assistants a lot of success in this a lot of customer service type things when I'm really excited about when I think we've you know where things have made big strides in an big strides in the past year is on these open domain chat bots can actually talk to you about anything. Really so as in I can sit down with a chap today and say, Hey, what's the weather and what is this spot on my skin and recommend me a restaurant that looks appealing. I can do I can ask all of these things of a chat bot today. Yeah. I would put those still in the category of like task oriented Tech Chat bots where there's like some goal in mind like you know answering medical questions or tell me about the. Weather when I really tend to work on and what I'm excited about is these chat bots right so rather instead you might ask what's your favorite chess move and it might go into into detail about like what's its favorite move and why that is or what's your opinion of the fall of the Roman. Empire let's let's debate that. So it's it's it's less about you know what can you do for Maine and more about like let's enjoy the experience together. So, can you give a few more descriptions of what a general purpose chat Bot would be doing? Yeah I think the end game here either. You know wear a true general purpose chapman should do both of these things right? Like if I ask it to to. But Mia, calendar and by then it should absolutely help me out with that where I focused my research is the social part. and. So I think we should see a mix of. The box that we've been developing really focused on I'm having a few different behaviors that I don't think you tend to see any sort of assistant on type chat bots they have consistent persona so they'll have like personalities like. I love basketball or I have. Friends in in the tech industry or something like this, and they can use this information like. Consistently referred to it. You know one of the other attributes that chat bots working on developing and believe Ms really important is empathy bright. So a chat Bot should understand you know as as it's talking with you, what's your mental state like how are you feeling and respond emotionally appropriately to that so no if you say something like my just ran away, you know the chat bots should restall on appropriately with something like, oh, I'm really sorry to hear that have. You say something like I just got a promotion than the Chat Bot should respond Oh. That's great to hear. Congratulations. So responding emotionally appropriately is a really important characteristic of a of an open domain chap on the last one is general knowledge. So you know I think when people talk to to chat bots, they expected to know things about the world some of that's encyclopedia some of its common commonsense reasoning but you know if I ask what's the tallest building in America? You know I sort of expected to be able to have this have this information available to it and be able to answer some questions like that or even integrate this information in in common and common dialogue just oh by the way you know what's what's interesting or you know funny story about that sort of thinks. So consistent personality empathy and a knowledge about the world. These are all things. I think are really important in general demand. You know Geno Purpose Chat Bot. Empathy you mentioned empathy s one of these things that requires some maintenance of context as to what is going on in the conversation. The Chat Bot needs to be able to acknowledge the perhaps sad state or happy state of the person. It's Inter locating with tell me about context how does a Chat Bot retain and understand context in a conversation? Yeah there's a few different ways that people go about it. So one of the more classic ways that people will do and approaches that people will take is they'll do something off dialogue state tracking. So you have like some information about the dialogue like, Oh, the users asking about a restaurant and they wanted to be on fifth street right and you'll have this as some sort of state. That you could do say like some sort of database query about and help them then like when you're doing dialogue research or billion Chapa, the task becomes a lot of like keeping track of that state and updating that state as the conversation goes on. The way that we often approach it is a much more like role neural network fashion. So we just like input all the dialogue context all history as one big stream. You know sort of same person. One said this person to says that person one said this person to said back? What do you say next? So we just treat things as as raw strings and habit. Input that in the model has to figure out Oh, what do we do with fat? How do I respond? Who said what all this has to be from scratch? I'd like to get into. A little bit more of a conversation about facebook. So if you imagined facebook in five years, what are the tasks that you envision dialogue models fulfilling for facebook? That's an excellent question I. Think you know there's all sorts of places where we're dialogue can be helpful to our users. We already have this product called portal. which is a a really excellent product lets you make video calls with people. In. One of the things you can you can do, you can already say like hey. You know call mom. And it starts dialing up on. And that super? Nice, you know some of the other things might be no. As I might have an assistant on on Messenger that that's helping me keep track of what's going what's going on with my friends. You know I might say a assistant you know where the latest updates on my friends and they could. Integrate that information. And you know look through my my news feed for me and say, Oh, Hey, your friend Jim has new photo. He got married right Oh that'd be really cool. So, I think there's a lot of places for for dialogue to be part of FACEBOOK PRODUCTS You work on par lay, which is spelled P. A. R. L. A.. I. What Is Parlay? Parlay is a platform for doing dialogue research. It's an open source platform. It's gotten over one hundred contributors and it's it's got you would need to do to dialogue research so whether that's a collect data set or I want to train a new model, and there's all these data sets out there and I just WANNA use those without without trying anything. I want to create a new new model and I need to compare two baselines compared to other other approaches of people tried before I can just sort try those those different models. It's got a model. Do you know what are the pre-trade models somebody else's released in leverage those when building minute chat? Bot and then it's got everything you will need. To also evaluate a chat, Bot. So you know once you have Chapada unlike a lot of areas in I research it's it's not always clear how to evaluated except the have people talk to it. So we've got all the tools that you need to connector Chapada, Amazon Mechanical Turk and have people chat with it and you give evaluations or give. Performance rating instincts like this. A little bit deeper into the problems that parlay solves for researchers that are using it. Yeah I think quite a few different problems especially in all those all those different spaces you know when you're you're a researcher and you want to create a new data set that you know, let's say you want to create a new data said that teaches the model how to how to have empathy. The thing you're going to do is have humans talk and exhibit empathy and annotate their their their utterances with this sort empathetic information. So we have tools so that you can like creek quickly spin up user interface where you can have that chat where you can annotate that information and sort of build what you need for that. So similarly with evaluation you know I need to connect with the Amazon Mechanical Turk and had people evaluate. You know I don't WanNa have to spend so much time focused on building the UI of this tool or dealing with the engineering of connecting Amazon Mechanical Turk impairing humans together, I. So abstract way from you and when we do that is by treating all. In the in the world as agents so whether you're a data set or Talking to it on Mechanical Turk or human talking to it at your local keyboard or a AI agent everything is agent. So we treat them all the same. This gives us really nice distractions to work with so that we can sort of plug in AI model in place of a human or plug human in place of the model really easily. Parlay makes available a wide set of data sets through its API. How does parley use these different data sets? Yeah, we have over one hundred data sets in parlay. Some of them are from our group some of them are from external groups. And so one of the things we really focus on as a first class feature in. If I want to train the AI that exhibits multiple behaviors. I'm a train, a multiple data sets at the same time. So you it's really easy to sort of say. Okay. That set a data set the set see in start training three of them at the same time and get a model that can do all three of these behaviors on. So that's sort of first class functionality within within parlay. When we were talking earlier about having a model that exhibited the consistent personality empathy in knowledge, we did this with a sort of multitask training as it's called where we train on all different data sets. So if you're a new user or new researcher who wants to come into dialogue, you can sort of take the stock wouldn't data sets out there already and just start utilizing them as needed and if you wanna mix and match behaviors? Hey, no problem. described. The workflow for training chat with parlay. Yeah. So we have a lot of it's very command line, heavy utility or command line heavy platform. So if you want to train a new model, it can be as simple as calling the train model command from the command line and you just sort of say are here the tasks I want here's the model. The model that I want what's the model architecture and things like this? And you know here's the learning rate and all the other neural network parameters and you hit go and start training. alanna researchers went to do a more sophisticated, maybe make a custom architecture or make a custom data set and it's really easy to just sort of build only the part of the data set you need or build only the what's special about your model. She might go right a little bit of custom code utilizing are sort of abstract base classes and things like this. And you'll be off on your way training, your special model, and if you don't WanNa mess with data, you don't have to mess with data you can just use the existing data sets. If you don't WanNa mess for modeling, you don't have the mess with modeling you can just just the data in and start training
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Voice User Interface Design for Healthcare with Ilana Meir
"I'm Dr Terry Fisher, a physician and voice technology futurist. Voice Technology is rapidly becoming the operating system of our lives, and it will completely revolutionized the way we experience healthier. Let's talk voice. He there and welcome to the podcast episode sixty six of voice I health I am so pleased to have you along for today's podcast. Speaking with Alanna mayor, who is one of the leading experts when it comes to we design voice, user, interface, design, and specifically at the intersection with healthcare. She is a chapter contributor to the recently released book voice, Technology and healthcare, and she comes on the podcast today to speak about expertise, provide some tips about voice, user, interface, design, and really share so much. Much of her knowledge with us, so if you are looking at potentially creating some type of voice experience, whether it is for healthcare or otherwise, you're going to want to listen to this podcast episode, because there are some real nuggets in here when it comes to designing your voice experience so without any further ado I'd love to welcome Alannah onto the podcast. Okay welcome Atlanta. It is a real pleasure to have you on the podcast today. Thanks so much for being here. Yeah, it's good to be here again. Thanks for having me. It's been a long time since we chatted on the on the PODCAST, but we have chatted on and off over I. Guess it's almost a couple of years now since we first met I think at one of the earlier voice conferences. I've been following what you're doing. And you certainly are an expert in design voice user interface design, so I was really excited to have you back on, and as well a lot of listeners will know you are a chapter contributor for the new. Book Voice Technology Healthcare and I wanted to chat with you about that as well so before we get into all that money, if I could ask you to introduce yourself a little bit to the listeners. Sure. I'm automate year. A voice, interface, designer or conversation designer. And I specialize in healthcare I've worked for a number of pairing provider organizations clients of mine I helping them specifically with patient. Wonderful and I'm always interested. Any listeners are to. How does one get into voice design? Like what's what's the background there? I was just thinking about that this morning and I think that the way people have historically gotten into design into voice design is different from how people are currently getting into it or will continue to get in in in the future so historically. It attracted a lot of linguists and linguists is still important, but now gratuity of people are coming to the. Fields from places like like interaction, design or you ex design those. Places for me I came to the field from anthropology and psychology and Marketing Akrons at the about strategic communications and The. Understanding of people's inner workings also. the cultural systems that they act with it so really there. There are a variety of pads in the ice that I always give people. Is You have your unique strengths that you're bringing to the field? The new should build on those strengths and pitch the strengths. That's great and so, what was your first little? Your entrance into the voice designed specifically for you then was there. was there something that you experienced that me think? Oh, I want to be part of this voice technology industry, or is there any particular little story there? I. Fell into voice design I really wanted to be a product designer of really any sort, I was working in marketing. I WANNA make wanted to make the transition into design and. Ended up in voice design, which happened to be. A good combination of things like my singing background. My my marketing thing about the strategic communications again background. And a nice combination of logical thinking in creative thinking that I really enjoy. That's great and the seniors are interesting, because there's so many people that I've spoken to in voice in the industry that have some some sort of creative background and I think just really lends itself, so that's that's really interesting as well. So. You're an expert designer. As I mentioned in this chapter, and hopefully we had a little bit about the content, but also your take on voice, user, interface design, and why that is so important, because no, you're passionate about that, so maybe we can start there, and like why. Why is this an important area and particularly for healthcare as well? Often. People think about design as the pretty Bo that you put on a present. And ready ready for handoff, but I think that's a that's a big misconception, a missed opportunity. I design. Is really the last mile logistics that get this thing that you put so much thought effort into where you want it to go, and so you wouldn't have this amazing idea in. And then just haphazardly put it together and put it in the mail without any protection, you know it's possible that conducted the recipient unharmed by it's much better ally and to align strategically with your organization. better to think about who is the recipient tower. They going to receive this and make sure that everything is built. To? to forge that relationship between the sender in this case, payer provider organizations and and the patients. You need the right packing materials you need the right building materials, and you need the right box. You need the right track to make sure that it gets tale. That that patient.
LAFC get over El Trafico hump! Zlatan's last game? Plus, ATL roll on, NYCFC biff it & Sounders end Rimando's career
"News it's fair that's the right you have their hand up in fingers out and they'll say five they say five we have I I mean I it's tilting towards that player improves Bob trusts him that player goes out there that player play interested in Blackman say the name of Bachman in this game but he's a second year player he was drafted as a fullback he started as a centre back in the playoffs against lot Abrahama Vich and he was good we see for Dennis to close a became a part of Giancarlo gonzalves not one of them but you're already had seven centrebacks on the roster what we're going to do about him so I would be shocked to see five or six of these names even on the team next year then we saw in the starting lineup that frontline next year as Pavonis Alessandrini Cheeto in the middle of the scar one hundred fifty goals tonight's game on whether it was his last in the last quote it's not about money I have another two months that's on his contract we will see what happens Mike because it also sounds like it might be about that's the type of thing you say when you say if you want people to watch you pay me more money I don't think it is and from like he he didn't do the pre game interview with ESPN and he seemed a little not rattled but annoyed and tailored tweeted out and said one of the Galaxy Representative said he's been like this all week I think some people took that as he's locked in but I took it as he's just kind of a bit annoyed with hall thing and the way maybe the season's gone and you could say there's a million arguments you can make a million different directions one is he's done everything he can the team hasn't put a team around him why should he spend more time trying to make this better you could also say that he came inside concord he didn't win a championship but he's been one of the three best scores in the league over the last two years after he blew out his knee and came back in a new place and did all that so nothing would surprise me but if you're let me to put a guess on somewhere I'd say he's not playing soccer next I got well it I think you're wrong about that but anyway I gotta ask you this what grade do you give Garam Barrow Scarlata for this year now there are extenuating circumstances those circumstances there's lots on anytime you are managing a team was slapped on that is a very very real I'm going to say it's a limiter on what you can do do both with Latin in with the players around now I would not give him any higher than a B minus I think why I think his job was to to construct something behind slot on that wasn't just a complete seve and it was just you had to find a way Eh get some semblance of organisation you had enough especially when pavone came in special players to do a three man game and attacking sense it can work was Unin pavone and fill in the blank even if it's early on tuna in major league soccer you just have to find a way to get your bit-part players of the guys that you picked up have you don't fit for Denison closer maybe we'll never be back but who cares it might be last year the galaxy you gotTa Win some symbols of Organization and structure and competence see defensively to get a better than a B minus grade in this sense he's inexperienced coach he's done before he's been in shaping which I know he's had more talented at Boca Juniors he's played in this league the crew when he played for them if I remember correctly you were not some expansive team he was a difference maker he made the Batak around him better it was down four four one one he played completely free role they had Allie Marino as as a centre forward just dragging defenders around it just to open it you had an opportunity to Kinda almost two structures one is Latin and whoever the hell is up there and the rest is the rest of the team guys just dig in Yeah figure it out getting your blocks don't teams have easy goals and this team I'm GonNa make a guess other than FC Cincinnati probably gave up the most like Oh my God what goals are you kidding me right now that's what how did that happen I agree with you I think it'd be minus is probably a good grade yeah probably for what's going on and I I love Guillermo so for Sir I felt bad going in part of this lots conversations I'm fascinated to see what he does Latin doesn't return like water the allegations he looks like under his vision the way he builds after that a little bit of time but I don't know that he was that creative with formations to say like I gotta figure something out we'll make the post is in but here's my four weeks test this and here's my two weeks attest this and I think in places you mentioned for Bob Rally a young guy will learn and get better where did we see that right who Leonora who played well and then all of a sudden Ralph John Fletcher's the difference maker now John Carlos Gonzales is you're right back the he had three incredible central midfielders they could never really control games like why was that night the tiger let's just see if we can get our foot on the ball on that will be our defending is well control games so grew with we I think a lot of it unfortunate wasn't good enough from him but it'll be interesting to see in year two if he doesn't have slots on how he chooses to play how his team you can kind of understand why it was in some ways because it was like the island of misfit toys and a lot of all these different teams that failed and then they come in you have Gonzaga on your Guy Z.? You lose all of a sudden you have expectations that are always over the maybe the capability of the team especially this era where they've been to close at one year I think you've got to start judging my next especially there's lots on you but you better have had a plan and I expect they do we'll see what that plan is before we move onto union Atlanta to know what you think about Bradley's Will Fang his little spots are who I really respect as a journalist I loves me I think he does a great job I think he's the future broadcasting US bilingual aspect of it with Mexico and the US and legal maximum loss be mashed up into one place he was very dominated his questioning about Carlos Vela and whether Carlos Villa had finally stepped up in a big game and Bob was incredulous and perhaps rightly so in the moment What do you think what do you think it was one person's job to ask obvious questions that everyone in the world is thinking it's another person's set up there to answer those questions I don't think anything that are asked was ridiculous I mean he asked the question he has and he asked the question everyone else and he asked actually and he's set bob up to say there's no chance anyone could say what you just said anymore he was phenomenal tonight he's been phenomenal season he's EP of major league soccer he's the best player this league's ever seen and he's going to go in and MLS Cup yeah it was that simple but it was fun the way it happened Bob a stupid Bob knows a good. TV's Bob knows everybody in that locker room is going to see that see him sticking up four to see him sticking up for for his best player the heartbeat of the team many messy the MLS messy like I I'm not saying like I I'm certain Bob's emotion in that moment because you could see he loves Carla I'M CERTAIN THAT EMOTION and was real but I'm all I think it was somewhat calculated for the to to make that a moment say like see they're always going to be asking this about what s let's go kick set go Seattle's as was win MLS Cup show every let's shut everyone up forever that's what that was I like it if that's what it was I like it I enjoyed it he's like look there's an ESPN ESPN notification that goes out after that you don't see that for they get that for the win I don't think like let let's just if that's what it takes man like you have all the historical rancid it's out there but you know how I feel about this league sometimes flavor man give me some flavor and Bob Bradley absolutely did Elliot C are moving on their the low number one seed remaining they just got to win one game and if they do that most couple in Los Angeles at Bank of California Stadium talk about it on Monday because we're that's the nice thing is Monday comes and we can really dive into Seattle L.. AFC and I just throw something out there sure I would be shocked if Seattle won that game I think that it's going to be more comfortable than the game we just watched this is the third tune in on Monday that producer honors a noted satellite is that the right the right phrasing for that unders Seattle Seattle ish person who's he's not happy with us that's fine we don't here to please you unders let's talk Atlanta Philly Alanna do what they do they win at home in the Playoffs Limitation Games it's eight in a row so far this year us Gut Communist Cup into the Audi twenty playoffs couple of shutouts Philadelphia great season great season Talla gap town gap better players bigger moments we also had this thing where it's like Philly I have eleven great players they're a great group which means they don't rely on one person but unfortunately that also meant if anyone got hurt they were behind the eight ball and you're not going to go in a scenario where you have all eleven guys healthy for every player Front Josie Outdoor Omar Gonzalez are out right Walker Zimmerman and Mark Anthony Care out so every you're always gonNA have injuries miles Robinson and Michael Parkers now not to mention Lee win in that previous like Mark Anthony Cares out loud wind came in and hit a decent philly doesn't have that former MVP game and Broncos on makes a phenomenal save but you as you watch this game it was hard to see where the goal was gonna come from four Philly and I don't think it's knock on them to go on short rest to go on
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MLK's daughter calls for a Waffle House boycott after controversial incident
"The daughter of dr martin luther king junior is calling for people to boycott waffle house after recent police altercations at the restaurant chain ross terrell from member station w ab in atlanta tells us more bernice king called for people to stay out of waffle house at least until the atlanta based restaurant chain has a serious quote discussion on racism video from the latest incident at a waffle house in north carolina show the white police officer choking and throwing down a black man and promise tire about two weeks ago a controversial video show three white police officers arresting a black woman and a lawful house in alabama her breasts were exposed during the process while full house has yet to comment on the north carolina incident for npr news i'm ross terrell and alanna francis condemning the us move to reimpose sanctions on companies trading with iran calling the decision unacceptable this is npr news.