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At Venture Cafe's Artificial Intelligence, Charis Loveland described how AI was used to select options to display to customers based on their searches. She described how color names are mapped to numbers -- a decimal point a bunch of numbers behind it -- so that the app could calculate how similar colors are to one another.


My history with color came flooding back to me. In high school art class, colors were combinations of red, blue, and yellow. When I worked on image processing as a software engineer, colors were light-based combinations of red, green, and blue (RGB). For printing, colors were combinations of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black. Doing web development, there were 216 "web safe" colors that would display the same on any monitor. Rarely would you use their names; but instead use a hexadecimal number to specify a color.


In Charis Loveland's presentation, the color examples were different shades of red: scarlet, magenta, cherry, maroon. I suspect the name-to-number mapping came from Pantone ® .


In my sketchnote of her talk, I originally used blue for the dresses. In the video from Procreate, see the dress colors change from blue to red to match her talk. Later in the video, see how I changed the background to work better with other elements.


When I draw I think about who will be viewing the image. For the colorblind, I use colors that are different shades so if they can't differentiate, say between red and green, they can differentiate by which one is darker. To test if there is enough contrast, I use an image editor or print preview to see how the image looks in gray scale. If the contrast is still there, the image will work for the colorblind.

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  • Kit Irwin


To capture a conversation in words and images well, your mind can't wander. Listening to Randy Tate's presentation at the Venture Cafe, I had to fight to concentrate only on his talk and not think about my investments.


Having time to reflect afterwards, I believe AI will be an important part of investing. Soon you will no longer choose the best person to manage your funds but you will be selecting the smartest algorithm. As more algorithms start trading, their adaptability to the effects of other algorithms will become crucial.


Now, I have to figure out how iFlip works and what other algorithms are out there. If there only was an algorithm to help me choose the best investment algorithm...

  • Kit Irwin

At the Women-in-Tech meetup, Divya Kinni gave a talk on how the stories we tell ourselves affect our behavior and how we are treated.


Right before I scribe, that is create a visual representation of a conversation in front of a group in real time, I am usually very nervous. It feels a lot like how you would feel before giving a speech to a group. My inner critic can be loud and cruel at these times.


However, once the meeting or presentation starts my inner critic becomes silent. My focus is entirely on what is being said and how to translate that to paper. With deep listening, I am completely grounded in the moment, paying attention to not only the speaker but to the audience reactions as well.


Once the event is over, my inner critic returns to tell me how what I did can be improved. The inner critic can also say some very mean unhelpful things, which is why I'm glad for Divya's suggestions on how to self sooth using gibberish: Ground, Breathe, and Reset.