February 2nd, 2005

beartato phd

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From boingboing, a nice little science fiction story that reminds me of a toned-down version of Rudy Rucker's better writing; the premise is kind of kooky and 10-years-ago trendy (like, free energy from fractals, maaan) but it's well-worded and has a kidnapping by mysterious but benevolent japanese folks in tricked-out aircraft. Didn't Contact have that? Or maybe it was just the japanese that built the second thingy. Anyway.
beartato phd

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Thinking ahead to the fact that I would like the next N conferencesque talks I have to give (particularly on my mind lately is the speaking skills graduation requirement) to not be the same old clunky SliTeX affairs that I usually cobble together, I decided to again invoke the time-honoured principle of Steal All of Tom7's Good Ideas and look more seriously into learning enough flash to make "slides".

Using another principle, to wit, Steal All of Adam's Good Habits, I am carefully reading the "manual", in this case the Flash 7 File Format Spec. You might think that this information is useless for actually using the Flash authoring software, and you might also think that only a complete looney would try writing their own software, I'm enjoying seeing the guts of the system from the bottom up. The spec is written very much with an eye towards the history of its own evolution. It's also an object lesson in why language design by people who have only approximately the faintest idea of what they're doing, and probably a committee or two of them at that, leads to amusing results if you're an academic PL wank like myself.
beartato phd

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Kleinberg talking about power laws and growing graphs with preferential attachment today in class - pretty familiar stuff actually from the talk I heard Alan Frieze give when I was in Montreal.
OMGOTP

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Thanks to papertygre having posted a link to an entry by patrissimo which contained a comment by binarybits referring to (CMU alum) Andrej Bauer's classic satire How To Become an Objectivist in 10 Easy Steps, I had the opportunity to poke around Andrej's webpage a bit and found a treasure trove of photographs of mathematicians. Including, to my great surprise and pleasure, one of William Howard, who attended the Pittsburgh ASL meeting back in May of last year. I probably even saw the guy and didn't realize it. Thus, I bring to you this irritating user picture. I promise not to make it my default.
beartato phd

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Clearly I have not wasted enough bandwidth and time on livejournal today.

Went climbing with cdinwood, but also ran into Aaron Powers, robots_suck, lambdacalculus, iole200, and some other vaguely familiar people whose names I forgot. Had a grand ol' time. VBs are starting to get consistently boring now, which is very exciting, because it means I'm making progress. V0s are pretty reasonable, V0+s a little bit of a challenge, and a V1 I can do here or there if it's an easy one and/or early enough in the evening before I get tired.