This week I am listening to “Toxicity” by System Of A Down
Archives for 2002
Getting wealthier by the minute
Some of the wealthiest and successful people I know are some of the laziest and most procrastinating people I know.
The difference in their laziness and procrastination to the general populace is that they do the things that matter and procrastinate and ignore the things that don’t.
The difference is not their laziness and procrastination but in how they are lazy and what they procrastinate on.
I believe in euthanasia for the very young
“You will feel different once you have kids of your own.” said the condescending friend rather smugly.
So you’re saying I should undergo a life-altering, irreversible event just to see if I like it.
How about “no.”
Impossible to oversleep
Today I woke up at the crack of 1:30PM after staying up until 5AM playing video games.
And it was glorious.
It is impossible to oversleep if you pretend that you live in a different time zone.
Listening – The Argument
This week I am listening to “The Argument” by Fugazi
Read – How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You
Today I finished reading “How to Make Anyone Fall in Love with You” by Leil Lowndes
Listening – Lateralus
This week I am listening to “Lateralus” by Tool
Paper – On the Information Engine of Circuit Design
Today I read a paper titled “On the Information Engine of Circuit Design”
The abstract is:
This paper addresses a new approach to find a spectrum of information measures for the process of digital circuit synthesis.
We consider the problem from the information engine point of view.
The circuit synthesis as a whole and different steps of the design process (an example of decision diagram is given) are presented via such measurements as entropy, logical work and information vitality.
We also introduce new information measures to provide better estimates of synthesis criteria.
We show that the basic properties of information engine, such as the conservation law of information flow and the equilibrium law of information can be formulated.
Read – Cryptonomicon
Today I finished reading “Cryptonomicon” by Neal Stephenson
Paper – Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data
Today I read a paper titled “Using Tree Automata and Regular Expressions to Manipulate Hierarchically Structured Data”
The abstract is:
Information, stored or transmitted in digital form, is often structured.
Individual data records are usually represented as hierarchies of their elements.
Together, records form larger structures.
Information processing applications have to take account of this structuring, which assigns different semantics to different data elements or records.
Big variety of structural schemata in use today often requires much flexibility from applications–for example, to process information coming from different sources.
To ensure application interoperability, translators are needed that can convert one structure into another.
This paper puts forward a formal data model aimed at supporting hierarchical data processing in a simple and flexible way.
The model is based on and extends results of two classical theories, studying finite string and tree automata.
The concept of finite automata and regular languages is applied to the case of arbitrarily structured tree-like hierarchical data records, represented as “structured strings.” These automata are compared with classical string and tree automata; the model is shown to be a superset of the classical models.
Regular grammars and expressions over structured strings are introduced.
Regular expression matching and substitution has been widely used for efficient unstructured text processing; the model described here brings the power of this proven technique to applications that deal with information trees.
A simple generic alternative is offered to replace today’s specialised ad-hoc approaches.
The model unifies structural and content transformations, providing applications with a single data type.
An example scenario of how to build applications based on this theory is discussed.
Further research directions are outlined.
Listening – Amnesiac
This week I am listening to “Amnesiac” by Radiohead
Read – Traitor’s Sun
Today I finished reading “Traitor’s Sun” by Marion Zimmer Bradley
A couple of people have mentioned that my personal website (otakunozoku.com) is turning in to a hodge-podge of links and badly photographed pictures of M.A.M.E. emulators running on various consoles.
I’m contemplating turning it around, splitting off the personal bio/resume stuff in to a separate section and making a serious effort to turn it in to a competent game development web site with useful information.
My only problem is that I can’t really spend more than an hour or two a week working on it, so I need to concern myself with the scope of information I cover.
Update: Apparently I’ve been informed that something where you dump lots of random shit, link to other people’s web sites, show off cool stuff, and post interesting monologues is called a “blog.” Funny, I always thought such an endeavour was called a web page.
Marketing Consultant: “Address the chair!”
Ford Prefect: “There isn’t chair, there’s only a rock.”
Marketing Consultant: “Well, call it a chair.”
Ford Prefect: “Why not call it a rock?”
Marketing Consultant: “You obviously have no conception of modern business methods.”
This is not a blog.
I’ve never had a blog.
This page has never been a blog.
If it were a blog then it was a blog before any of you bozos actually knew that the internet existed, let alone knew what a blog was.
Another Update: Reading this 14 years later I now have a name for this outlook. It’s called “hipster.” I apparently “had a blog before it was cool.” Oh dear…
Read – Telling It Like It Isn’t
Today I finished reading “Telling It Like It Isn’t” by Scott Adams
Studying – From speed painting to concept art
This month I am studying “From speed painting to concept art”
Read – Gnarl!
Today I finished reading “Gnarl!: Stories” by Rudy Rucker
Read – AI Techniques for Game Programming
Today I finished reading “AI Techniques for Game Programming” by Premier Publishing
Listening – Mutter
This week I am listening to “Mutter” by Rammstein
Read – Information Technology Project Management
Today I finished reading “Information Technology Project Management” by Kathy Schwalbe
Read – Writing Secure Code
Today I finished reading “Writing Secure Code” by Michael Howard
Read – Special Effects Game Programming With Direct X
Today I finished reading “Special Effects Game Programming With Direct X” by Mason McCuskey
Read – Really Bad PowerPoint
Today I finished reading “Really Bad PowerPoint” by Seth Godin
Paper – Semiclassical Neural Network
Today I read a paper titled “Semiclassical Neural Network”
The abstract is:
We have constructed a simple semiclassical model of neural network where neurons have quantum links with one another in a chosen way and affect one another in a fashion analogous to action potentials.
We have examined the role of stochasticity introduced by the quantum potential and compare the system with the classical system of an integrate-and-fire model by Hopfield.
Average periodicity and short term retentivity of input memory are noted.
Listening – Rings Around The World
This week I am listening to “Rings Around The World” by Super Furry Animals
Paper – Structure of some sand pile model
Today I read a paper titled “Structure of some sand pile model”
The abstract is:
SPM (Sand Pile Model) is a simple discrete dynamical system used in physics to represent granular objects.
It is deeply related to integer partitions, and many other combinatorics problems, such as tilings or rewriting systems.
The evolution of the system started with n stacked grains generates a lattice, denoted by SPM(n).
We study here the structure of this lattice.
We first explain how it can be constructed, by showing its strong self-similarity property.
Then, we define SPM(infini), a natural extension of SPM when one starts with an infinite number of grains.
Again, we give an efficient construction algorithm and a coding of this lattice using a self-similar tree.
The two approaches give different recursive formulae for the cardinal of SPM(n), where no closed formula have ever been found.
Read – The Secret Garden
Today I finished reading “The Secret Garden” by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Read – How to Draw Manga, Volume 3: Compiling Application and Practice
Today I finished reading “How to Draw Manga, Volume 3: Compiling Application and Practice” by Takehiko Matsumoto
Listening – Reveal
This week I am listening to “Reveal” by R.E.M.
Read – The 80/20 Principle
Today I finished reading “The 80/20 Principle: The Secret to Achieving More with Less” by Richard Koch
Read – The Collected Sam and Max
Today I finished reading “The Collected Sam and Max” by Steve Purcell
Listening – Rock Action
This week I am listening to “Rock Action” by Mogwai
Read – The Sandman: The Dream Hunters
Today I finished reading “The Sandman: The Dream Hunters” by Neil Gaiman
Studying – Managing your time
This month I am studying “Managing your time”
Going to take a refresher course in time management because I think I have fallen off the time-management wagon a few times over the years.
This is a three day on-site workshop.
Update: Eighteen hours of class time (eight hours a day classes, but you cannot really count lunch and coffee breaks as “learning time”), and three more hours of practice and further reading.
Read – Old Yeller
Today I finished reading “Old Yeller” by Fred Gipson
Listening – Gorillaz
This week I am listening to “Gorillaz” by Gorillaz
Read – Galactic Dreams
Today I finished reading “Galactic Dreams” by Harry Harrison
Listening – Leaves Turn Inside You
This week I am listening to “Leaves Turn Inside You” by Unwound
Read – 300
Today I finished reading “300” by Frank Miller
Read – Over the Top
Today I finished reading “Over the Top” by Zig Ziglar
Read – Game Programming Gems 2
Today I finished reading “Game Programming Gems 2” by Mark DeLoura
Read – Tales from Earthsea
Today I finished reading “Tales from Earthsea” by Ursula K. Le Guin
Read – Object-Oriented C++ Data Structures for Real Programmers
Today I finished reading “Object-Oriented C++ Data Structures for Real Programmers” by Jan Harrington
Read – Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle
Today I finished reading “Agatha Heterodyne and the Voice of the Castle” by Phil Foglio
Listening – Silver Side Up
This week I am listening to “Silver Side Up” by Nickelback
Read – Player’s Handbook
Today I finished reading “Player’s Handbook” by Jonathan Tweet
Listening – Brushfire Fairytales
This week I am listening to “Brushfire Fairytales” by Jack Johnson
Read – Calculus Demystified
Today I finished reading “Calculus Demystified” by Steven Krantz
Studying – Linux command-line tools essential training
This month I am studying “Linux command-line tools essential training”
A month-long (two nights a week) class in how to use Awk, Sed, Grep, and a bunch of other Linux command-line tools. Each class is three hours long and concentrates on one or two specific command line tools each class. I am already pretty good with UNIX and Linux, I think. But I hope to learn stuff that will fill in obvious gaps in my knowledge.
Read – A Princess of Mars
Today I finished reading “A Princess of Mars” by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Listening – The Cold Vein
This week I am listening to “The Cold Vein” by Cannibal Ox