August 24, 2007


     Tommorow is a desparate pack followed by dinner, then more desparate thinking as I realize that I'm really leaving home for the next three months and basically realize that I want to take everything with me and hope nothing changes. God I'm both terribly excited and terrified.

     All I can really say is that the pack rat nostalgia thing inside of me is screaming its head off because this is basically the last time I have to hang out with my high-school friends before they change forever due to college life. I dunno. I worry.

     I wish I could have another few months of summer vacation before school started and we all left.

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August 15, 2007

Simple things

     So I dug out my ti-89 today, and checked some information quickly (it has to do with my continuing disbelief that things measured in meters per second are as slow as they sound... 19 mps is 42 mph), and I decided to go online and look up some games for it. After looking around a while, I realized there wasn't a whole lot out there for it, and what was there wasn't really supported on the ti-89 titanium. So I thought about what I normally do, which is sit around and make crappy imitation games myself in basic. But as I thought about it, I realized a few things:
1) Basic on the 89 is damn near impossible, because it's more difficult to type quickly because there are so many more features that you have to browse lots of menus or memorize lots of hotkeys to get what you want.
2) A lot of the speed that the better processor gives me (as compared to an 83+) is lost due to precision. Basically, I'm doing work that probably needs two places at best to be accurate, and it's going to give me a hundred. So it's not a whole lot better than the ti-83+ (well... okay, it is, but it requires a really different kind of coding that's kind of non-sensicle).
3) Drawing isn't nearly as unlimited as it was on the 83+ You have to do some weird stuff to draw on the graph screen, and even then, it takes forever to plot due to the higher resolution!
4) Without a paper manual, I'm rather lost at how to explore for new functionality. The catalog no longer contains ALL the functions, so I can look and wonder about certain functions, and check them online, but it's normally not what I want, and I don't really want to read online to find what I'm looking for.

     After thinking about it for a while, I kind of realized that I like the boundaries imposed on me by a slower processor. In general, the simplicity of an environment with limited instructions performing awesome feats is a lot more impressive (from a programming standpoint) and it also normally means you have less chance of doing what I so often do. When you have an environment in which there are lots of commands that do increasingly specific things, you have a tendency to use them, even when there are "simpler" things you can do. Without getting into details (and thus explaining a lot of programming theory), basically, it let's you be lazy. With excess processing power come the ability to have excessive code. You don't really have to optimize because the faster processor allows for sloppy mistakes. Now, this really doesn't apply all that much on the Ti-89 (the thing still needs quite a bit of optimization to run smooth), but it's incredible number of specific functions is what put me off.
     Anyway, I guess I'll start looking into assembly and C for the TI-89, but really, I need to work on my planning. Bigger projects on nice architectures have crept into my life, and I guess I'll need some college and myself to work it out.

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August 09, 2007

Bwhar! Birthday

     Was my birthday yesterday. Yup. I was really exausted, and basically didn't do anything. Turns out I've got mono with an inflammation of the liver. Anyway, looks like I'm going to be pretty out of it for the remainder of the summer and probably into the beginning of the year in college.


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August 06, 2007

Bleh, sickness

     Sorry that the lack of updates has already begun. The main reason has just been that I've been very sick for the last month, and it took a rather alarming downturn almost immediately after I made that post. So I'm still working on it, but it may be a little sporadic starting off this week. Though with any luck, I'll be feeling a lot better by the end of this week.

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August 02, 2007

I've decided

     So I've decided that I think it's time to start up the blog again. I'm not really sure what exactly I'll be writing, just because looking back I didn't write a whole hell of a lot, but hey, gotta start somewhere.
     Main reason? I looked at my web statistics for the month? I'm getting more spam attacks on the blog than any other part of the website. Depressing, no? I thought I may as well justify it by getting something up here every once in a while. I mean, right now, I'm down to, what? One update a month? If that? I missed last month. So pretty crappy. Either way, I've got some interesting stuff going on right now, so why not write about it?
     So first and foremost I'm trying my best to actually learn how to do useful shit on linux. I've of course been fine with the whole general usage stuff (aka using it like windows), but I'm still pretty in the dark about scripting heavily in any language, and I don't know how to use the prompt to check a lot of stuff (which is important when you want to go through ssh). So anyway, I'll post tomorrow with some of the projects I've been working on, along with some of the details. Look forward to it (all two of you who actually subscribe to the rss feed)!

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