America Custodiet Ipsos Custodes

A quick cartoon about the irony of François Hollande’s recent outrage at discovering his phone may have been tapped by the NSA, the same week that France introduced new sweeping mass surveillance laws for the French populace.

Still trying to get the hang of this political cartoon malarky – I’m always hesitant to label things in fear of falling into trap that The Day Today parodied so well, but don’t think I could have made it clear enough through imagery alone.



Fuel Fossils

In an effort to refine my drawing skills I’ve decided to start producing semi-regular topical cartoons. I don’t think my drawings have ever been very incisive, so I’m hoping this will help me focus on that a bit, and will also hopefully be fun for people to read/look at (what’s the correct verb for “consuming” a cartoon?)

So this is my first effort – a shot at the recent G7 summit announcement to reduce fossil fuel use by a date roughly 15 years after it’s estimated all fossil fuels will have been expended.

fuel fossils

SAS Technology

Say what? Analysing speech at SAS

I rarely get to talk about my work at SAS since mostly it’s experimental research and development, and therefore kept fairly hush hush. Recently, however, I had to the opportunity to write a guest article for about a project I’ve been working on for the past few months.

Having partnered up with a Scottish speech-to-text company, we built a system which could take reams of audio, transcribe them, and then perform some pretty sophisticated text analysis to work out the people and locations mentioned in the audio (and what their connections were), as well as identifying any number of discussion topics.

The article itself is very high level, so you don’t need to be technical to understand it. It’s an introduction to the concept, and some of the applications for the method.

Click the image below to go read the article.


Speech to Analytics