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Nov. 13th, 2003

08:15 pm - New! With gayness!

I hate to plagiarize stereolabrat, but let's just say the new mozilla.org site design is a little light in the loafers.

Nov. 12th, 2003

08:03 pm - brainstorm!

I've been crushed with work from my Abstract Algebra and AI classes. I just realized I should have killed two birds with one stone: used my AI knowledge to write a theorem prover that does my algebra homework.

It just might work.

It's got to work...

Nov. 11th, 2003

07:48 am

OK, I can't be the first to suggest that the CIA bombed that Saudi neighborhood in order to turn ordinary Middle Easterners against Al Qaeda.

Nov. 10th, 2003

01:04 pm - better than average

I got an 83/120 on my AI midterm. The mean was somewhere in the 70s. So I did better than average: woo!

This is my new standard of excellence.

Oh, I took the probability midterm this morning, and probably did just ok. It was only 5% of my grade.

Algebra midterm should be graded RSN.

Nov. 8th, 2003

08:15 pm

I just found a really interesting Amazon reviewer: Lee Carlson. He's a mathematician, and he has reviewed 495 books on Amazon. But they're not all about math. He also is very interested in Ayn Rand--wait!--but he actually pans many of her books and ideas. It's a pretty eclectic mix: math textbooks, plays by Sartre, philosophy, cellular biology, even 8 Mile (he watched it while on vacation). His reviews are lengthy yet structured and coherent. It's really impressive how much real content he presents in these reviews. To have read 495 of these books and written about all of them is impressive.

08:03 pm - mind-blow of the day

I just stumbled across Labanotation: "a standartizied system for analysing and recording any human motion".

All I did was skim down the page. The richness is stunning.

Maybe I'll read it more carefully later.

Nov. 5th, 2003

07:10 pm - Another entry in the "what the fuck?" file

Caption: An ob-gyn performing an abortion on a woman.

This was in a Yahoo news slideshow on the abortion issue.

How is this image informative?

Oct. 31st, 2003

05:43 pm

Well, I got my wish: it's fricking cold out there! The season transitioned from summer to winter in two days. Tuesday, it was 88 degrees outside. Now it is in the 50s.

I thought my machines would be enough to keep my room toasty, but last night it was actually a little chilly in here, even with the window closed. I might have to learn to work the heater.

Oct. 29th, 2003

06:02 pm - math vs. everything else

If y understand math, you can understand anything.

After four days of studying nothing but Abstract Algebra, I'm reading my Artificial Intelligence textbook. It's like reading a comic book. My eyes rip down the page. Everything is easy and obvious.

This is why it's a good thing to study lot of math as an undergrad. After that you'll be able to handle anything.

Oct. 28th, 2003

05:15 pm

It was 88 degrees here this afternoon. WHAT THE FUCK. But it's supposed to cool down to a high of 60 in a few days. Yay!

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