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:

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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.

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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.
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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)
[Error: unknown template qotd]

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]


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.
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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...
blackeiderdown: (black feathers)
And casts the order of my blog into oblivion.
Oh, fixed point iteration,
Can you give me the answer I search for?
I must build with legos tonight.
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In another universe, I am trying to pick a career.  A number of recruiting advertisements by the National Number Intelligence Agency catch my eye.

On the radio, a voice charismatically explains the purpose of the National Number Intelligence Agency and tries to persuade me to join:

"After the many years you have spent studying arithmetic, don't you ever wonder about the secret lives of numbers?  Aid your country by joining the men and women on the forefront of observational research and surveillance of numbers at the National Number Intelligence Agency!" 

In the newspaper, I spot another recruitment add in the classifieds.

After doing some research on their Website, I decide to register for the upcoming semester.  With luck and hard work, I will be a full-fledged NNIA agent in four years.

A Year Later

My first year in the training course has been very interesting experience.  I am so excited to start the new semester that I nearly squirm in my seat as the professor introduces the subject matter and learning goals of the class.

"In the first course of this series, you learned methods to spy on individual integers or small groups of integers.  You also touched on how numbers tend to organize themselves when they live in large groups.  In this second course, you will learn about numerical psychology and how to take advantage of this in your surveillance..."

During this semester, the classes are much harder.  I am at a much greater risk of having some kind of accident in the classes that involve field work, such as Magic with Java Beans II.  A typical day goes by like this:

Class 1 (Magic with Coffee Beans II)

"Let's make an arcade game during our coffee break!"

Class 2 (elective)

"For today's lab, we get to make three maps of this town as it looked during the Cretaceous."

Class 3 (Diplomacy and Propaganda)

"The camera is counting down to explode!"

The camera flash goes off.

"Oh, you just set it up to take pictures on a timed interval..."

Lab Where I Ran that  Program (Doing Homework)

Deliberately ignoring the yellow exclamations on the monitor, a student programmer decides to compile their code.

Fifteen Minutes Later:

Me: "I thought that the  ^ operator was used with exponents."
Lab Tech examining the busy computer: "When you use the .^ operator in this context, the computer starts trying to find the meaning of life."
Me: "How do you stop the execution of this program?"
Lab tech examining the busy computer: "You don't.  The computer will continue to run the program until it finds an answer, and that may take millions of years."
Me: "Can't you just reboot the system?"
Lab tech examining the busy computer: "The computer commits its progress to memory regularly.  When we turn it back on again, it starts from where it leaves off."


Aug. 12th, 2008 11:35 am
blackeiderdown: (Acayli (Stare sideways))
Dreams in August (Simplified for clarity)

1. I was in a pirate ship; a port sat nearby in the background.  The ship was under attack from another ship, so I performed some sort of magic spell that made both crews forget their original intentions.

2. Two sisters had considerdable abilities as performers.  The younger, more temperate of the two was chosen for the lead role of a character who matured into a bitter woman over the course of the musical.  The older sister worked as a servant for a lord by day and pretended to be an aristocrat by night who enchanted him with her musical skill.

3. I read Beetlejuice fan fiction that combined text and a scene from a nonexistent Youtube video.  Obviously a reprise of my discovery of Beetlejuice fan fiction on LiveJournal.

4. I discovered that a demon that took a mansion I had imagined in my head and made it exist in real life.  Since I was the one who created the "blue prints" for it, I actually had control over the property.  The mansion had lots of bedrooms and a design influenced by typical Asian decor.  For instance, a stone Chinese dragon protected the entrance from his perch on a brick post.



Mar. 25th, 2008 09:29 am
blackeiderdown: (Sweatdrop (cat))

Blinks and rubs eyes sleepily

I've been awake for about an half-an-hour.  After all of that experimentation, I didn't seem to make much headway in manipulating the appearance of my journal.  Any success I had was due to selecting the right ad/layout combination so I didn't leave any gaping gaps in the color behind around the blog.  Who knows how the modifications show up in other browsers...

blackeiderdown: (kyo)
Spring break is over tomorrow.  I'm just testing out this blog right now when I should be doing linear algebra.   Typing also isn't so good for my left wrist right now either.
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