Monday, April 09, 2007

Informational Pictures

So, I went through all my pictures and organized them. The bulk of them fit into three categories: funny pictures, pretty pictures, and informational pictures. Needless to say, the last category is the best. It is full of graphs, diagrams, and flow charts that concisely illustrate important information. I like them. You should download them as a handy reference source.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

A Picture of Science!

A picture that shows how all the different scientific fields are connected! Science is so pretty, and so many areas of research I didn't even know existed!

Saturday, March 17, 2007

My Favorite Words

I keep thinking of words I like, words like runcible, or ephemeral. A pox on spellcheck for not recognizing runcible. Oh it doesn't like spellcheck either, does it? Blimey, guess it doesn't like compound words.

Anywho, favorite words:

Proper - an adjective that goes on the end of the word! As in:

It is in the epilog, not the story proper. (meaning, in this case, actual or real.)

Respectively - lets you show correspondence between lists! Like:

Alice and Bob went to Puerto Rico and Zanzibar, respectively.

Wherein, Herein, Thereat, whereabout (not whereabouts), whereby, therein, etc. - words that extend the closed set of function words by becoming compound with other words in the closed set. Note that function-not function pairings (such as thereafter) are not function words.

Make - For SOV fun!

One migratory bird does not a pandemic make.

Ephemeral, reify, paragon, untenable, etc. - Those words that have escaped both common and scientific usage are the best, for their meaning is most precise, but not technical. Too bad they are relics of the dictionary. You may know them as 'SAT words'.

Computer Science

Being a computer science (double) major, I feel like I should have a better relationship with the field. Sometimes I feel like a bad computer scientist, because there is so much computer science that I really don't like.

As I see it, computer science splits into two parts, being roughly 1) the things that I don't like, which are only important to other computer science, and 2) things that I do like, that are directly related to material outside compsci.

The first category includes things like programming languages, operating system design, network security, and computer recourse management. While I'm aware that all this is somewhat necessary for computers to function, it's also what isolates computer science (and computer scientists) from the rest of the world, which is full of people who don't care.

On the other hand, some computer science deals with models, and simulations, and interactions with the world outside computer science.

While the first category of computer science requires a mastery of computer science, the second category demands only competence in computer science, as well as domain knowledge and an understanding of its implementation.

I don't know why, but I much prefer the second category.

Friday, February 16, 2007


It has come to my attention that *some* people would like me to blog more often. In response, I would prefer to adopt a schedule of blogging that is not entirely in keeping with the spirit of this blog. Ergo, I made a new blog.

This blog: updated infrequently, full of intellectual, technical, boring ramblings. More of a place to write down finished ideas.

Other blog: updated more regularly, hopefully, full of stuff.

I'll probably double-post any content that goes to this blog, so you don't need to check it anymore, unless you want to avoid all the junk in the other blog.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

About That Posting

Yeah, sorry about that...

I'm working on getting more of those. I swear.

Monday, January 15, 2007

I Imagine Reading Corporate Memos Is Like Reading the Mind of a Vast, Soulless Beast

Corporations harness the combined intelligence of their employees by having them generate ideas and communicate them to each other for review, so that the best ideas propagate and the lesser ideas are improved upon.

This process is remarkably similar to the process that happens in one's own mind, where ideas form as the result of a process wherein connections form between previous concepts, forming the structures of new ideas, which replicate in the form of thoughts. Good ideas spread further this way, and the flaws in ideas are found out.

Interpersonal communications in large organizations or corporations, in the forms of emails, meetings, reports, or briefings all serve the same purpose of thoughts in the individual mind.

Reading these reports and memos is like reading the mind of a giant, corporate creature. It is scary.

Monday, December 18, 2006


Meebo is really nifty. It's instant messaging from a browser. I am so amused. Talk to me in the shiny talky thing!

Really, say something. It will be fun.

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Pi Change

Does the effective value of pi change in curved space-time?

Imagine a flat surface with a circle drawn on it. The circumference divided by the diameter is pi, by definition. Now imagine that the surface bulges, so that the diameter traverses a lump in the middle, and is longer for it. The effective value of pi is smaller, because circumference/diameter is smaller there. In fact, any geometric calculations pertaining to the non-flat area work with a different value of pi, one related to the curvature of the area in question.

Now imagine flat space time. The value of pi holds. But curved space time effectively works like a 2D surface with a bulge in it. If you draw a circle in curved space-time, the diameter will be longer than it ought to be, because it will take longer traversing the curve in the space time. It does not take the shortest route, but curves instead. So in curved space-time, the value of pi for all calculations is effectively different.

I'm sure physicists have worked all of this out already, but it's just interesting that the way I figure it, pi changes.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006