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)
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: (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: (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: (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.
blackeiderdown: (Default)
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."
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