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Week in Review

Saturday, May 26th, 2007

In this post – The Importance of Life Stories and Appendectomy

NYT: This is Your Life (and How You Tell It) describes a new focus on life stories as a source of information in the field of psychology. The connection between personal myths and identity is a strong one, and in fact the two may just as easily be seen as different angles on the same thing – to use “identity” over “life story” is to speak of state functions instead of a repeated path simulation. I think the state function approach requires more processing. After this article, I went to looked into a few books by the author mentioned, and got the library to order “The Stories We Live By“.

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Week in Review

Saturday, May 19th, 2007

In this post – panoramas, MITSFS and Rebiya Kadeer.

Last weekend I was obesessed with panoramas. Using hugin, autopano and enblend, I created the first panoramas I’ve ever created, and boy did I impress myself. The one below is of Garden in The Woods, a cute little, well, garden in the middle of the woods in Framingham. Some friends of mine had decided to drive there on Sunday, and I tagged along. The rest of the photos can be found in the gallery.

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gdb

Thursday, February 22nd, 2007

The cool nifty thing that totally made my day was finally getting around to learning the “print” command in gdb. It seems so stupid in retrospect to have been using compiled print statements all these years when I could have examined any variable interactively with a simple debug flag. Now if only gdb could step backwards

Update

Tuesday, January 23rd, 2007

Haven’t written in a while. I have been busy with redoing the ROCSA website, the Career Fair, learning about Fixed-Point Combinators using DrScheme.

In other news, it worries me that learning from people with different viewpoints is so difficult. (more…)

Catch of the Day

Wednesday, December 13th, 2006

Thanks to Diodati, got myself a real classic in AI for a whooping $40 off.

receipt

Motifs in Science

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

I am planning a course for MIT’s IAP period next year. The course will be about patterns that keep coming up over and over again in the physical sciences.

The ideas that I have come up with so far will be on a page of the same name on this blog.

Update: Have given up on the course, think that a website would be a better use of time. 

Update

Monday, September 11th, 2006

It’s been a while since I last wrote. In the meantime, I’ve had to restore zeno from backup after the harddisk died, and the fall term started. Taking a class this semester by Gerald Sussman, inventor of Scheme.

That’s a dialect of LISP, for those of you who don’t know. Not that you would know what LISP was. I’m not even sure I do.

Anyways, it is a new year, and have been very excited meeting all the young people coming in. I’ve said this before, I think – I find their enthusiasm infectious.

On account of all this infectious enthusiasm, I shall pull an all-nighter and get some things done tonight!

Procrastination

Friday, July 7th, 2006

Another day of procrastination, avoiding those very important things that I have lined up. I have put off both short term and long term goals today. For example, that to-do list for the Canadian Visa. Sunday – definitely short term.

One other thing I have been thinking about for a while now. Learning Ocaml. It’s a programming language. It’s a programming language very different from the others that I currently know. That is a fact. What keeps this item on the list though, is speculation that Ocaml would be a very powerful development for my programming if I get around to learning it. You see, it is a language which is advertised as being very “expressive”. What that means is that, for a given program, Ocaml purports to allow the programmer to be much more succint in his code. What greater virtue is there in coding, after all, than the compact expression of abstract ideas? Well, the quality of expressiveness promises that, and that promise is one I believe.

Other than Ocaml, another expressive language is Common Lisp. Out of all the high level, expressive, functional (well, CL isn’t exactly functional, but whatever) languages, Ocaml produces the fastest binaries, and that’s why I plan to learn it first.

Plan to. ;)

Passion

Monday, April 24th, 2006

Went with CF to a concert today at the Boston Symphony Hall. The first time I’ve ever stepped into the place. The acoustics were pretty good (they had to be, I heard everything quite clearly and we were almost all the way at the back) but the seats were less than comfortable. I had been told that Bach was on the program. (more…)