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.
Cut for image heavy content )
blackeiderdown: (orange dirk strider)
I am taking a class in Non-Linear Spellcasting. We should have gone on to more advanced topics in the class this month, but the numbers 232 through 244 launched a magical freezing attack on the academy yesterday, causing many of the pipes to burst. The academy has recruited all the upper division classes to repair pipes all over campus. Instead of learning more advanced non-linear spellcasting techniques, we are using our crab constructs to inspect the damage.

I am ankle deep in crab constructs. Help!
blackeiderdown: (dirk strider)
I am creating a spell that helps users run other spells. The spell takes the shape of a crab that can communicate with humans through the writing on its shell and the clack of its claws. 

The spell can also clone itself. Each of the child crabs it creates runs a single spell for the magic user before it disappears, while the original crab remains to listen for other requests.
blackeiderdown: (Sweatdrop (cat))
How do I make the backspace button work..............?
blackeiderdown: (Default)
1) Sei learning how to use a naginata
2) Nakano Takeko appearing in the manga 

In other news...

I made some more mediocre Homestuck fan art. For some reason, I seem to be having a much easier time drawing the male characters than the female characters. This is a very imprecise Jake English from the Alpha time line:



blackeiderdown: (Default)
I made two icons of Dirk Strider from Homestuck using MS Paint for Windows 7 and the free version of Microsoft 2010. The base art for these icons is not done yet.

blackeiderdown: (Default)
I'm taking a class called "Virtual Evolution and Automatic Spell Generation" at the NNIA Academy. Translation: I'm taking a class in genetic algorithms and genetic programming.

My made-up title for the class actually describes its topics well. Genetic algorithms evolve solutions to problems by using natural selection, crossover, and mutation on a population of genetically diverse organisms (potential solutions). Genetic programming evolves functioning computer code.

The NNIA would probably use genetic algorithms and genetic programming to simulate how numbers react in different situations (id est in the real world, find the solutions to complicated math problems). 

blackeiderdown: (Default)
Everyone else looks askance
At my travel-worn clothes
Yet you call me "prince," not "pauper."
Are you just paying your dues
With kind words and kind hands?
Am I feverish,
Or do you seem sincere?

My rose red, my beauty with thorns,
Can you see through my mask 
And to the heart that it hides?

I am a dreamer,
And you are the dream.
You are the star
That I want to reach.
I will seek my fortune
With my voice and guitar.
Once gilded, I will return.

My rose red, my beauty with thorns,
Can you see through my mask
And to the heart that it hides?
My rose red, please speak aloud!
Silence never befits you.
blackeiderdown: (Default)



This fall I began programming a YouTube video timer. It will load an embedded YouTube video once the timer reaches zero.

In theory, this should be a very simple script. I turned it into a great drama.

First, I decided to only use the Date object sparingly because its built-in methods lack the flexibility I desired. Secondly, I wanted to load a song just by clicking a link on a list. Third, I wanted to load the timer and all of its scripts dynamically. Fourth, I wanted to package the timer in a pretty user interface with tabs.

And finally, I am no expert at JavaScript. I am still trying to make my peace with JavaScript being a prototype-based language. I also need to learn more about JavaScript's keywords (e.g. arguments and typeof) and memory usage.

At this point, let us just forget about JQuery and Ajax.

blackeiderdown: (black feathers)
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I am going to answer "hot cider and peanut butter cookies" not because I always have them on a rainy day, but because I have not had either hot cider or peanut butter cookies in a long time. During the holiday season, I would probably have tea balls with hot cider rather than peanut butter cookies. Peanut butter cookies are common in my household at other times of year.
blackeiderdown: (Acayli Nulmrath)
I have learned these things this semester:

1) I have no talent for origami. (Has anyone written a manual for the origami hopeless?)
2) Concurrency confuses me whether I try work to work with it in C or in Java.
3) I know a lot more about Unix systems than I know about Windows.
4) School newspapers are hazardous to my health.
5) If I take a "What magical creature are you?" quiz, I should get back "You are a gremlin!"

Dispense with the graphic user interfaces and bring on command line!  Embrace the infinte loop as your best friend! (Then again, why do you not honor my Back button, oh simple Unix shell?) 
blackeiderdown: (PC vs. Mac)
(From the perspective of a student with a traditional QWERTY keyboard)[Poll #1602983]

Riddle

Sep. 7th, 2009 01:53 pm
blackeiderdown: (black feathers)
My magic glasses reveal pictures and sounds on a breeze.
This breeze gives me news of your return.
As I am blind to my surroundings with these glasses on,
I never notice you're already home.
blackeiderdown: (Default)
I am changing to the NNIA's Diplomacy and Propaganda department. Since I have all ready taken several courses that this department offers, I am well on my way to completing their curriculum.  

Does anyone know a good mechanical wizard?  I could use one when my family breaks yet another toaster.
blackeiderdown: (PC vs. Mac)
  • HTML Encoder -- Never hand-code your stories in basic HTML again!
  • Journal GUI -- If you just blog for yourself, write and access your entries in this custom application!
Hah, I know both of these sound pointless since the technology already exists!  Does it matter?  I do most of my "blogging" on my computer, and Microsoft's word processors leave behind all sorts of unnecessary code.  And I can always use the coding practice...
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