BSG Survivor Count Graph
Posted by AB 7 years ago
Here is a link to a page containing a graph which shows the survivor count of the fleet in Battlestar Galactica. (Spoilers, obviously, for those who haven't watched BSG yet but still plan to someday.)  
 
Really a fantastic show.
Did Mister Shouty really be sausages?
Posted by AB 7 years ago
versed
Posted by AB 7 years ago
 
 
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[Obligatory Derogatory Post About LinusMines]
Posted by AB 7 years ago
...On the Internet, even!
Should You Kill The Fat Man?
Posted by AB 7 years ago
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Posted by AB 7 years ago
Greg Egan - Diaspora
Posted by AB 7 years ago
 
 
This is one of my new favorite books. It's really captivating, really convincing, hard science fiction. It deals with genetics, neuroscience, biochemistry, AI, mathematics, particle & quantum physics, a bit of philosophy, and a lot more that I wish I understood (...it's one of those books that you have to go back and read a few times to catch it all).  
 
Nuff said?  
 
The first chapter, Orphanogenesis, is online and free.
Otters 11
Posted by AB 7 years ago
(>^_^)>
Posted by AB 7 years ago
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alan Turing
Posted by AB 7 years ago
You know, as an undergraduate Computer Science major, I hear and read a lot about Alan Turing - WWII cryptanalysis, the Turing test, the Turing machine, etc... I don't think I've taken a class that hasn't mentioned him at least once.  
 
But one thing I've never heard about, until tonight, was how he came out of the closet in 1952. Two years later, he died of cyanide poisoning. You can imagine some of the speculation- that he killed himself because of all the persecution.  
 
I understand why that wouldn't really fit into a normal CS course's curriculum. Still, what a shock to learn that such an important figure had such a weird ending.
My dad is looking for a laptop
Posted by AB 7 years ago
Here is what I would like in a new laptop, in no particular order:  
 
Screen size: 17" (no smaller than 15.6")  
Speed (important) effectively faster than 2.8 Ghz  
Chip - duo processor, quad if cost effective  
Memory - at least 4 GB  
HDD - at least 250GB, maybe more, 7200 rpm  
Display - good enough for Netflix and DVD playback - game speed and HDTV quality not at all needed  
DVD/RW capable (don't know about blueray)  
sturdy construction  
not pink  
Windows 7 Home Premium  
Decent battery life  
USB ports  
 
Does teh LF search squad have any suggestions? Kthxbai.  
 
Note: Cap: $1000 (thanks myool)
What CERN's been up to
Posted by AB 7 years ago
s/whoops/poops
Posted by AB 8 years ago
I've been reading game theory stuff tonight, and I keep misreading "defection" as "defecation". And now, having typed that, I see why. It's only a letter difference!
re: Dr. Who
Posted by AB 8 years ago
I watched an episode for the first time recently... Weeping Angels. *shudder*.  
 
I take it, tho, that it's usually not this creepy?
Freudian slip
Posted by AB 8 years ago
Saying "to be awesome" instead of "to be honest"
stupid talent
Posted by AB 8 years ago
Whereas most people I've asked say they're good at pretending to be awake when they sleep in class, I am apparently very good at accidentally pretending to sleep when I'm awake.
Polynomials
Posted by AB 8 years ago
For the past few weeks, most (3/4) of my academic courses have been centered around polynomials in one way or another.  
 
In Calculus II... well, that's obvious. Polynomials out the wazoo. Derivatives, limits, Riemann sums, integrals, etc.  
 
In Artificial Intelligence, we spent a week or so writing a program that could calculate the derivative of a given (potentially multivariable) polynomial or term. This is known as symbolic differentiation.  
 
In Data Structures, we've just been assigned to write a Java class that can represent and combine (i.e. add and subtract) single variable polynomials.  
 
And in Humanities... no, wait, we're not talking about polynomials here. *phew*.  
(but I DO get to lead the discussion on Nietzsche's Beyond Good and Evil on Friday!)
beag
Posted by AB 8 years ago
Robo Vampire is just delicious.
Note to self
Posted by AB 8 years ago
Stop confusing "disseminate" and "inseminate". Really. Now.
Nintendo Party - 10.09.09
Posted by AB 8 years ago
I will be going as...  
 
 
 
MissingNo.!  
 
Last year's costume...
takin' it outside
Posted by AB 8 years ago
I'M HENERY THE EIGHTH, I AM,  
HENERY THE EIGHTH I AM, I AM!  
I GOT MARRIED TO THE WIDOW NEXT DOOR,  
SHE'D BEEN MARRIED SEVEN TIMES BEFORE.  
AND EVERY ONE WAS A HENERY  
SHE WOULDN'T HAVE A WILLIE OR A SAM  
I'M HER EIGHTH OLD MAN NAMED HENERY  
HENERY THE EIGHTH, I AM!
This was a triumph.
Posted by AB 8 years ago
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It's true. All grandmothers do.
Posted by AB 8 years ago
beaglebot> It's quiet  
beaglebot> Too quiet  
FuzzyDave> shhhhh  
* * * pneum0nic pumps up the volume  
pneum0nic> DANCE! DANCE!  
pneum0nic> Katamari Damacy wedding?  
AB> meep!  
FuzzyDave> meep!  
crataegus> .  
pneum0nic> sez you!  
!! clu is around.  
AB> SolidarityMeep™ - for when real words just aren't enough  
pneum0nic> boob purse NSFW  
* * * FuzzyDave raises his MeepFist™  
AB> Dave is the international champion at MeepFisting.  
AB> he's won 15 consecutive MeepFist-Offs  
FuzzyDave> mah MeepFist is Strawwwwng  
AB> lol  
pneum0nic> Let's keep the MeepFisticuffs down here...  
FuzzyDave> shhh...we don't want to make pneu mad, cuz he'll turn this chatter around and head straight back home!  
FuzzyDave> and then he'll give us The Business  
AB> Nooooooooooo  
* * * bozino meeps pneu on the nose  
AB> that katamari wedding....  
AB> 0_0  
AB> wow  
!! aktaeon is around.  
pneum0nic> did you see the cake, AB?  
FuzzyDave> thanks to pneu for supplying me with at least 50 percent of all my FB posts today.  
AB> oh yes. hilarious  
AB> I wonder what the grandmother in the wheelchair from photogallery was thinking  
FuzzyDave> She was thinking about Batman. All grandmothers do.  
AB> ROFL  
beaglebot> and his codpiece  
beaglebot> grandma does love a codpiece  
FuzzyDave> and a cape  
AB> working on it  
beaglebot> I need a utlitiy that I can't find. Which may well mean it doesn't exist  
beaglebot> I seem to have that problem a lot  
!! clafleur is around.  
AB> o god what have you made me do  
!! LowFlyingMule is around.  
FuzzyDave> dare i ask, what utility you require?  
FuzzyDave> roflmao  
AB> bonus picture  
FuzzyDave> you must journal that
This was awesome
Posted by AB 8 years ago
* * * LowFlyingMule moons chatter  
shigpit> egad  
!! FoolProof just posted The Moth Podcast.  
* * * FoolProof moons the moon.  
* * * LowFlyingMule barks at the moon  
* * * shigpit oinks at the moon  
shigpit> "LIKE A PIG OUT OF HELL I'LL BE GONE WHEN THE MORNING COMES!"  
LowFlyingMule> when breakfast is over, like a pig outta hell he'll be gone, gone, gone  
shigpit> On a hot summer night would you give your neck to the pig with the red roses?  
LowFlyingMule> will he offer me his snout?  
shigpit> yes  
LowFlyingMule> will he offer me his jowls?  
shigpit> yes  
LowFlyingMule> will he offer me his bacon?  
shigpit> yes  
LowFlyingMule> Again. Will he offer me his bacon?  
shigpit> yes  
LowFlyingMule> nice  
shigpit> rofl  
 
I am ashamed I miss this.
!!!!
Posted by AB 8 years ago
It has recently come to my attention that cornpone is covered in bees... And that these recent works of art have been his attempts at communicating with the outside world.  
 
He needs help. Someone needs to go in there, and rescue pone from his captor-bees.  
 
I nominate anyone other than myself, on the basis that I fear many, many things. And bees are not excluded.
Cow Appreciation Day
Posted by AB 8 years ago
Today... was the 5th annual Cow Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A.  
 
If you came dressed as a cow, you could get a free meal.  
 
.  
 
The cow bell is my dad's, from Switzerland.  
 
 
 
 
 
(We actually hit up two stores, and got two meals. w00t!)  
 
Oh, and the dangling thing in the bell is wrapped in tissue as a sort of muffler.
Teeheehee
Posted by AB 8 years ago
You heard the man
Posted by AB 8 years ago
I has a meme
Posted by AB 8 years ago
At approximately 9:00 pm EST, on 05.30.09, a new meme was conceived: meep!  
 
* * * shigpit thinks "muh" but doesn't say it, lest he be labeled a curmudgeon.  
* * * LowFlyingMule 'muh's' on behalf of shigpit  
LowFlyingMule> ahem...  
LowFlyingMule> muh  
AB> BOOOOOOOOOOO  
AB> get off the stage!  
shigpit> Thanks Mule.  
shigpit> rofl  
* * * LowFlyingMule taint-kicks AB  
* * * AB explodes  
* * * FuzzyDave glances in chatter, witnesses Mule's taint-kicking rampage and quickly rolls himself into a MeepBall  
* * * LowFlyingMule probes FuzzyDaves defenses, finds no opening  
AB> ha! MeepBall! that's a keeper.  
* * * FuzzyDave meeps at having his defenses probed  
FuzzyDave> congrts AB, you have created a new LF meme!  
AB> !!!  
* * * AB sheds tear.  
shigpit> ROFL  
FoolProof> lolall  
shigpit> "I'd like to thank the Academy..."  
LowFlyingMule> *clap*  
AB> And FuzzyDave. Without him, NOTHING is possible.  
FoolProof> I'd like to shank the academy.  
!! ultrafastx is around.  
FoolProof> *clop clop*  
shigpit> rofl  
AB> Foop uses horse hooves to shank people.  
FuzzyDave> or two halves of coconut  
AB> hehe  
!! ricardo is around.  
shigpit> Ni!  
AB> I bet he's bangin' 'em together right now. That's what foop is. A coconut banger.  
FuzzyDave> hahahaha
8 hours spent
Posted by AB 9 years ago
Playing Civilization IV  
 
My, what a marvelous game. Thanks again XIV!