## Archive for the ‘Uncategorized’ category

### World of Warcraft

25 December 2009

Taking a short vacation, I gave the now mature online game of World of Warcraft a try.  A fun, Blizzard did a good job creating a game with an immersive environment.  I can see why it is so popular.  Also found the add-ons and customizability using Lua very interesting, skimmed a couple books on writing add-ons, and wrote one for myself.  The  webisodes of the Guild, which play off of Wow, are entertaining.

### Gapminder and Hans Rosling

21 October 2009

Hans Rosling has several videos aimed at making world health data more readily available at his website Gapminder.   First saw him through TED.

### Project Euler #254

12 September 2009

This week worked intently on Problem 254 on Project Euler, which is very interesting.  Didn’t solve it, but did type up my notes here – ProjectEuler254.

### Project Euler problem 54

29 August 2009

I’m starting on Project Euler to help myself learn Python better.  Project Euler offers a great range of problems that sit in the realm between math and programming.  I finally solved problem 54 tonight, which involves judging poker hands.  A couple of observations that helped me finish the problem were:

1. Breaking ties between hands of the same value only sometimes requires high card evaluation.   E.g. when comparing four of a kind, three of a kind, or full house, there is no need to check any other cards besides the melded cards.
2. Royal flush and Straight flush require the same evaluation.

After looking at a lot of Python books and wishing for something up to date, I found Python: Essential Reference fourth edition by Beazley.  It has good coverage of both 2.6 and 3.0, and the author comes from a scientific background as well.

### Laptop!

24 June 2009

Laptop arrived!  Just in time to make final edits to my math paper.

### Hello world!

15 May 2009

After 4 months of blogging only to my local computer, I’ve made the switch-over from blogging on the wordpress.com site.  The export/import transition was painless.  I only had one picture to upload, so that was quick as well.  The largest part of the conversion was reformatting the Latex (math).  Fortunately, there is lots of help WordPress + LaTeX.  Kogler has a posting with a great LaTeX summary.

### San Francisco trip

5 April 2009

My two day trip to San Francisco was great.

I  learned about the existence of Hadoop and the MapReduce methodology from a friend.  I’m also becoming more convinced to blog publically a couple of friends have encouraged me in the direction.   I’m even kind of interested in Twitter.