Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Discovered it is possible to travel to Antarctica and North Korea. You can also get Master's Degree in Greenland (150 students).

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Beefed up my backups after hearing the horror story of how Coding Horror lost their data.

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Ahh, my first solid state disk. Not the leet Intel one, but a cheapo one about half the performance off ebay. Still, even half the performance of Intel's SSD beats any traditional drive. So wonderful to get rid of all those periods when the computer is doing nothing except just crunching loudly.

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Been thinking how to use the community of Coolest Friends to start something else. I was thinking of a video dare site, where you get points for shooting vids where you do certain tasks. For example one dare could be "stand on one foot for a minute" and if you post a video where you do so, you would get some amount of points. Of course there would be a visible leader board, and you get more points the more difficult a task is, possibly determined by how many people did it.

But I feel a bit exhausted. After doing some "small" projects like this, I realize they always balloon from the "I bet I can do it in a week" to "3 months passed and I'm STILL doing this?".

Sunday, December 06, 2009

Traffic to Coolest Friends doubled. I have no idea why. It seems to come uniformly from profiles and homes. I noticed a slight dip before. Maybe it was somehow down and now all those people who couldn't visit, are coming back in order to get their daily increasing bonus? I have no idea. I really need to get into making updates to this app, but keep putting it off. For the moment, thank you whatever random effect for doubling my visits.

Finnish independence day. Celebrated the eve by being bored and then sleeping early to fight the boredom.

Quiz app seems dead. 133 visits yesterday, compared to 600 on the first day. If I don't do something to make it work soon, there won't be anyone around to spread it.

So which of these important tasks am I doing? Neither, instead I am trying to get particle-based water to work with HTML canvas tag.

Friday, December 04, 2009

Upgraded Mac Mini RAM to max 3GB using a cheese slicer to pry open the cover. Learned a trick to do modular arithmetic faster. What is 25 in mod 7? Find x such that 25-x is a multiple of 7. X is 4, so 25 is congruent to 4 mod 7. Now for positive values you could just do without that, but it gets useful with negative ones. What is -25 mod 7? Find x such that -25-x is multiple of 7. Closest multiple is -28, so x = 3. -25 is congruent to 3 mod 7. Helps with exercises about computing inverses of matrices in Z7.

Thursday, December 03, 2009

Winter came. Strangely on time for December to look so christmasy. Unity engine seems fun to play with, reminds me of good old Amos 3D days. Maybe I could make some Assembly gamedev entry with this. Coding should be fun. Modding with source engine isn't much fun, because you have to wait minutes to see your changes take effect. With Unity things change realtime as you change code.

Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Went to uni library and had a nice study session without distractions (aka internets). It's amazing what you can accomplish when Reddit isn't around. Seeing others immersed in their study is also somehow infectious. I think I'll try it again tomorrow.