Content from 2012-11

Map Take 2: The Slicening
posted on 2012-11-30 22:05:50

It's been a while since I wrote about my scientific computing library for lisp: map.  Map is a great exercise for me -- in learning Lisp and learning algorithms and optimization.  Since I'm between jobs and not yet in grad school, the time has been ripe to work on the library with some toy cases and try to make it as usable as possible by the time I get back in a position where I could use it for real work.

Because of my copious free time, a lot has been changing lately, including the addition of matrix slices, which were important, and such important features as matrix inversion.  I'm also looking at adding parallelization at some point, as well as a matrix-defining macro in the style of the #v() one for vectors.

In any event, here's what's new:

Minecraft Mods on Mac Leopard
posted on 2012-11-26 09:40:14
For the last few days, I've been trying out the Better than Wolves mod for Minecraft.  The mod makes a lot of things harder, and most importantly, adds mechanical power to the game alongside the magical redstone power it already had.  With tools like MCPatcher, this sort of thing is pretty easy, but once again minecraft's Java bit us in the butt when it turned out Sarah's computer, which runs the Mac OS version 10.5 is no longer supported and doesn't have a version of Java later than 6.

Reflections on a year of Job-Hunting
posted on 2012-11-15 21:28:49
The past year has been one of unending frustration and despair.  I've had jobs, sometimes even jobs in Physics, which is my favorite kind of job, but even those have paid little, been short-term only, and sometimes been in very unwelcoming environments. I feel a lot of anger and frustration, because I feel like a lot of people misled me.  I don't think they did it on purpose, and I think a lot of it is disconnection with some parts of life both on my part and the parts of others.  I think my professors didn't know what sort of world they were sending me into, and I think they generally assumed either that my classmates and I wouldn't be continuing with Physics, or that we would be going right to graduate school.

I do think many of my classmates jumped off the Physics ship as soon as they got done with college.  But I know I've felt rather lost in the last year, which feels like it has been far longer, with some significant help from my research adviser, Kiko Galvez, in terms of names to talk to and introductions, but by and large, the year feels like a random walk experiment.

Literary Programming
posted on 2012-11-15 21:27:40
I've been doing a terrible job of writing recently -- something I'm happy to put down to the general depressing-nature of the life of the unemployed -- and I'm definitely overdue on some writing. I've now moved out of Washington Heights in New York, and into Evanston, just north of Chicago. So far I'm liking it here. It's similar enough to New York City in a lot of ways, but with much more space, and less of the claustrophobia that is endemic in NYC.

Now that I've reached a moment of coherence, I'd like to just throw down a link I thought was particularly interesting.

If Hemingway Wrote Javascript

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