November 2nd, 2004

beartato phd

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Wrote a emacs minor mode for automatically storing my current wordcount to a file with a time stamp, as suggested by tom7. This may be not very idiomatic elisp, being as I am not very experienced with it. I had to jump out to perl to acutally, gasp, deal with numbers larger than 2 to the 27.

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beartato phd

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Machine Learning midterm: eminently reasonable. I feel like my knowledge of the relevant concepts of the class was actually well-measured. I'm not sure how well I did, since I guessed on a few, but I don't feel cheated by sneaky questions, just tripped up by reasonable questions that I genuinely forgot the answers to, though I'm sure I was taught them at some point.

312 lecture: graah! teaching is fucking hard. I completely got width subtyping of records backwards until I caught myself on it at the very end.

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democracy: has much shorter lines than I anticipated. I enjoyed the battleship-class lever machine I got to vote on, but Julia sums up my feelings on the issue of the virtuousness of participation per se pretty well.
beartato phd

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God dammit. I'm tying to work out a way of playing G blues that's actually (a) playable by me with my vigorous and intense n00bosity and (b) satisfying, i.e. as few wimpy four-string chords as posisble, partly as an exercise in memorizing where various notes are on the fretboard. So far I've got
| G7 | C7   | G7 | D7 Gm7 |
| C7 | C7b9 | G7 | E7     |
| A7 | D7#9 | G7 | D7     |

with

G7    = 323003
C7    = x32310
D7    = xx0212 (regrettably)
Gm7   = 353333
C7b9  = x32320
E7    = 020100
A7    = 002020
D7b13 = 557576


only trouble is that I am in love with the D7b13 and I can barely actually finger it.
beartato phd

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Ok, attempt number 2. I pretty much can't at all play this
at tempo, but I like the way it sounds in the imaginary world in my head where I can.
I think I can do okay with the barre D7 for all the D7s. The only real changes are
in the last four bars.
| G7  | C7     | G7              | D7 Gm7     |
| C7  | C7b9   | G7              | E7         |
| A7  | Eb7 D7 | G7 G7 G13 G13b9 | D7#9       |

with

G7    = 323003
G13   = 323030
G13#9 = 323300
C7    = x32310
D7    = 557575
Eb    = 668686
Gm7   = 353333
C7b9  = x32320
D7#9  = x5456x
E7    = 020100
A7    = 002020
beartato phd

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Now I lay me down to sleep
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
And should I find when I do wake
A theocratic nation-state
So swayed by foul inanities
And father-figured guarantees
And angry oaths and zealous rants
Forgive me if I shit my pants.
Amen.