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posted by [personal profile] mmoa_writes at 04:57pm on 27/10/2011 under
 It's taken 4 weeks and 400 lines of clunky, ugly code but I have finally got the first draft of a selection based linguistic model done. Now to mess around with some objects and slightly more interesting networks... The clean up doesn't usually take too long so hopefully I'll have lovely clever code in another two weeks. After that perhaps a cute little applet to show the evolution in realtime....

What's this? Some rather nifty looking ideas over here.

Aside from my personal vanity, the reason I'm mentioning this is if anyone out there has any recommendations for the realtime animation bit: Should I start fretting over Java or just use a library like Allegro?
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I am currently stuck in a computer lab again trying to figure out some new piece of code (not actually that difficult, but filling the right variables into the function is taking a very long time. Basically, the code calls for a set of data with a .tr_raw extension whereas the only data that we've got has a .tr or a .tr_lst. We've tried cheating (ie just labelling the dratted thing with the extension, which at least the compiler appreciated s it stopped giving us error warnings) and now we're just banging our heads against something/looking at our successful graphs with love and affection/checking new student laptop deals/facebooking.

It'll come eventually. I am definitely getting the hang of MATLAB, though! It's like reading Castillian Spanish as opposed to the Attic Greek that is C++. Really lovely.

Anyway, with about two hours to go until I leave, here are updates on the cockroach situation.

Students 5, Cockroach 1 )
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Things I feel Strongly About
Gay Uganda

I'm currently on the 8th week of a C++ programming course an I have to say, it's the best thing ever. On the joys of C++ )
There has been some source of win, however. I've been accepted for the Student Associates teaching scheme come June, which should be an awesome experience. I've been advised to wait until the new year about possibilities of research placements in the University, but, with the SA acceptance, I won't be able to do any corporate research experience (so goodbye National Nuclear Lab, even if I were good enough to get in) because it would cut into the term of employment. I will definitely apply for other Universities, however - York and Lancaster are the nearest but *sighs* Imperial and UCL would be worth checking into as well, in case I start craving the London scene again.

Last night - apart from an amazing Choir Practise - I attended a discussion about the dissolution [or evolution] of the family unit. Dude, some of these paragraphs are pretty long and you've heard it all before... )

*blows fingers*

Oh yes. Choir pactise was amazing. We have a mostly Russian repertoire which includes the Coronation scene from Boris Godunov (which, which - listen to me! - happens to be the musical theme for the 'Fountain of Youth' episode of the Mighty Boosh series 1. Amazing eh? Unfortunately it means I crack up laughing every time the tenors sing 'Da zdravstvuyet Tsar Boris Feodorovich' because those are the exact bars with which the 'King' of planet Xooberon is announced. Ah, lol), two Cherubic hymns (which make me want to convert to Russian Orthodox) and the Polovetsian Dances from Prince Igor. It is all luvverly and now that my throat cold has gone, so wonderful to sing. Magic.

Saturday saw me at Leeds which was even better than the Birmingham convention Leeds! )

So... I'm feeling more or less content and have been for a week which is such an improvement. It feels amazing. I suspect I was just doing too much at the beginning of the year, but now I've cut out some societies - unless they're doing something genuinely interesting - I have spare time to focus on my degree, you know, the thing I'm actually getting money for *sighs*.

On a more devious note - because I want you all to be too distracted by the gorgeousness to do any work, comme moi - here are shiny new webcomics:

Moon Town


The Meek


Mathema

The last two are more recently started, so now you'll look extra cool by reading a webcomic not many people have heard of. That is, of course, until I publish this post and my MILLIONS of readers spread the word about their marvellousness.

...

Goodness but I am in a good mood.

Off to break my neck in Jiu jitsu!
Mood:: 'creative' creative

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