Uh oh

Aug. 6th, 2017 04:47 pm
blackeiderdown: (Default)
My commanders moved me to the front lines...I lack the training for this job. 😅
blackeiderdown: Character study for G & A (the country and the city)
My old art is still on LiveJournal. At some point, I may upload some of it up to this blog. 

In the meantime, have some newer art.

(I really need to get around to drawing a real subway or a light rail.)
Character studies )
blackeiderdown: (homestuck)
  • Everything that I cook is some variation of melted cheese on toast. I just baked mushrooms, onions, and tomatoes after tossing them in salt, olive oil, and worcestershire sauce. I put the mix on toasted sourdough with melted cheddar cheese.
  • I really want to know what anonymized browsing histories look like. If ISPs in the US eventually release so-called 'anonymized' browsing histories for all of their users, could those third parties cross-reference Web addresses in browsing histories with links in social media and blog posts? Someone might figure out how to do this even if ISPs aggregated browsing histories in order to avoid linking browsing histories with a particular user ID. (If an ISP does associate browsing history with a particular user ID, then browsing histories and social media posts become much easier to compare.)
  • If someone has to invent technology that can read my brain, please, please come up with a way of recording my dreams before I die.
  • I need to come up with some life goals other than "Make enough money to survive in retirement".
  • Somewhere along the line, I tied my sense of self-worth to how many algorithms I understood and how many technologies I learned to use. At the same time, I would rather watch television than study in the evenings.
  • I would like to ask a video game programmer how many algorithms that they know just to find out where objects are in relation to each other in 2-dimensional space. 
  • I would also like to ask the creators of Darkened Skye about all of the silly bugs in the game: falling through an invisible hole in a cave to my death, discovering the underside of pond graphics, letting me skip battles by allowing me to climb over the top of a flying ship...

blackeiderdown: (Default)
Other agents fight on the front lines in the on-going war against walking, talking numbers. In my line of work, I rarely see the powerful impact that they can have on business operations and infrastructure.

However, numbers are closely allied with Time. If a report takes too long to run, the numbers can swoop in and cause the report to fail entirely. When numbers cause a report to crash, they cut NNIA agents off from valuable intelligence.

Another agent is working on a defense for our report generator. I hope that his solution will provide me insight into how I can prevent my own spells from becoming a similar weak point.


blackeiderdown: (single feather)
I am in the process of migrating a blog that no one but bots ever read. Regardless of whether I have readers, my new URL sounds cooler.
 
So what am doing now?
As I mentioned in the past few posts, I finally decided to graduate the NNIA academy and join the war on walking, talking sentient numbers. Given my background in Diplomacy and Propaganda, I gravitated toward communications. My spells assemble reports for agents who monitor the NNIA's magical architecture for weaknesses. 
 
While I often find my current assignment challenging, I also miss the NNIA academy. My assignment involves a lot of routine. As a student, I had to constantly cram new information into my brain and take on difficult projects. I also liked being able to walk around campus and to take the bus every day to academy.
 
Now I have a car that has too many unnecessary features such as Blue Tooth and a moon roof. I sometimes even dream that my car can fly and float on water.  
 
What are the pros of working? I get to associate with competent, brilliant people and to gain experience working on production spells.

What advice would I give to students at the NNIA academy?
Hunt aggressively for internships.  
blackeiderdown: (orange dirk strider)
This game is amusing. Shall we try again?

Finish a 5000-word story.

Learn a new programming language.

Build a website.

Get static-cling prints made of my rubber duck sketch. (So close!)

Get out of the country for at least a week.

Learn how to make a dichroic glass pendant.

Perfect one contact juggling move.

Take pictures of cranes. (Done)

Learn how to sing without straining.

Visit that books on tape store that I saw today.

Ridiculous resolutions:

Meet an artist sketching in a forest.

Learn to fly.

Get my artwork in a museum.
blackeiderdown: (dirk strider)
I hardly challenge myself, huh? My New Years resolutions are always things that I expect myself to accomplish. Maybe I should get a little more ambitious...

Learn to sing without straining. (Failed)

Learn to read music. (Failed)

Finish an art piece of something transparent or shiny. (Failed? I am working more on birds now than glass)

Program the ducky portal game. (Failed)

Help someone without expectation of financial reward or college credit. (Achieved)

Hold off on finishing Homestuck until May. (Why should I add to the chaos?) (Failed)

Learn to administrate a server. (Failed)

What I really did:

Started learning contact juggling

Found out that I am the furthest thing from ambidextrous

Painted a baby California Condor on a mug

Painted a pug and a chihuahua on a bathroom tile

Drew a psychedelic stork

Held down a job for a year

Sought out people with similar interests

Established that I can make a decent sketch of a person (wearing glasses and a hat) in an hour

Learned new technical skills
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
Real Hogwarts house: Hufflepuff...Although I might fit in with Ravenclaws, I absolutely refuse to answer a riddle every time that I need to get back to my dorm.

Elements: Air or fire

Favorite punctuation mark: !

Favorite programming concept: enum

Favorite magic systems: rune magic, dream magic

Favorite fantasy trope: Dreams are doors to another world
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
Cellular automata + video game magic engine = ?

@_@
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
1. Build and market a unique magical application. (April: I got a different professor than I anticipated. Ended up designing a balloon ride reservation system instead)

2. Find the best way to clean up all the clones at my office. (In the worst case scenario, my office will have to trade a house for the necessary cleaning tools.) (April: Spent most of my time either A) Looking for the runes in a spell that rejected incoming data and B) drafting self-updating statistical displays for the NNIA's potions branch)

3. Graduate from the NNIA Academy. (April: This is probably still going to happen.)

4. Get a job. (I would like to say "Start a career." This statement could be overly optimistic.) (April: No, I do not want to move to California. Go away.)
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
If you are a madam of a  Red-Light-district establishment, stay open by

  • making donations to territorial fairs and community improvement projects

  • acquiring a liquor license if your local government heavily taxes liquor

  • renting your property from key members of the community

A Letter

Mar. 26th, 2014 11:04 pm
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
Dear Haskell,
  Have you stolen Prolog's neck scarves and SQL's pants?
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
1. Juggle all the parentheses.
2. Prostrate myself before the Queen.
3. Pass Numerical Psychology III.
4. Pass Numerical Psychology III.
5. Pass Numerical Psychology III.
6. Pass Numerical Psychology III.
7. Pass Numerical Psychology III.
8. Pass Numerical Psychology III--
9. Ahem. Juggle some more parentheses.

June 3, 2014: All resolutions met!
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
Training the AI through his dreams only worked as long as the dreams provided him some kind of positive feedback. If those dreams failed to live up to reality

As a more than a mimicry of human life, the AI responded to the same kinds of reinforcement that human beings did. His programmers would have to do better than to make the AI's positive reinforcement a higher score or cheese at the end of a maze.


I hope that my department impresses me more next semester. Although my AI class was interesting (I learned how to train my Pavlovian Pacman player, how to write recursive Prolog, and how to store n-grams in graph form), the other course only taught me how I should conduct myself more professionally.

I want to be a professional who gives my colleagues more than a day's notice; who keeps track of seemingly "missing" colleagues; and who gives criticism using emotionally even, easy-to-understand language. As a writer, I find my last goal particularly interesting to think about. Would I feel comfortable with being a poetic grader? How would words like "vomit" affect the students whom I was grading?

Here are, perhaps, questions that merit research: Does a style manual exists for coders? Are method names automatically nouns although we (or just I?) think of them as code components that perform specific actions? (For example, would you write a Java method that shuts something down as "shutDown()" or "shutdown()"?) What other ways exist to store and search n-grams besides parse trees? Just what is the best way to train a robotic arm to flip pancakes?
blackeiderdown: (grub)
I recently painted the Homestuck character Rose Lalonde onto a plate:

Rose Lalonde of Homestuck

Since I had to finish the painting within two or three hours (the painting place's policy), I had no time to add more than one coating of paint to the plate. I was also experimenting with new drawing techniques and failed to make Rose look very human. My basis was a posable wooden figurine.

Despite all the painting's technical flaws, I still consider completing this painting in three hours (+10 or more hours of preparation) an achievement.
blackeiderdown: (Sweatdrop (cat))
The IEEE citation style almost seems designed to get students into trouble! You should number sources based on the order that the sources appear in the paper. If you reorder sections of your paper, you have to renumber your sources. I have seen papers in which the authors probably reordered their sources incorrectly (and successfully frustrated readers like me).

I have thought about how to "fix" this problem. You can cite authors by name in the text and replace the names with numbers using the replace function--but only once you have completed your final draft.

IEEE citation has one (dubious) advantage: you refer to your sources by their numbers instead of by their names. For example, say that you would ordinarily refer to the fifth source in your final draft as "Anderson and Clive." Instead of writing "According to Anderson and Clive...", you would write "According to [5]...".
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
For my birthday last year, I painted the Homestuck character Jade Harley on a ceramic plate and had it fired. My mother broke the plate today.

I had to see the similarities between my mother breaking the plate and Homestuck cannon. In a way, my mother shattered Paradox Space like Lord English.
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
I am finally learning MySQL and PHP this semester (squee!). With these tools at my disposal, I can now build an HTML-based platform for writing stories or blogging. While LiveJournal has the same functionality, I am one those get-under-the-hood kind of people. As my course has focused mostly on normal forms, relational algebra, and database data structures, I may need to read up on MySQL blobs before I start any independent PHP projects.

"At the NNIA, blackeiderdown has just discovered that the NNIA stores some its data as magical constructs called 'blobs.' The blobs are radioactive green and shake like jelly if poked..." 

Dreaming

Mar. 3rd, 2013 01:51 pm
blackeiderdown: (orange dirk strider)
In my last sleep cycle, I dreamed about seeing a live-action movie based on Homestuck. I went to see it with the deceased.
blackeiderdown: (single feather)
I wanted to animate a troll grub. Of course, I know nothing about animation or insects.
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