Currently, in Spring 2013, I am enrolled in CSCI 2021 – Machine Architecture and Organization and CSCI 4041 – Algorithms and Data Structures. Coding projects, if applicable, will be posted on my github.
Udacity is a free online course hub with numerous classes available to take on-demand. These give me more practical knowledge in addition to the conceptual material I’m taking at the U. Currently, I’ve only completed CS101 (Intro to CS), but currently I’m most of the way done with CS253 (Web Development), and am also enrolled in CS262 (Programming Languages).
I’m also interested in CS258 (Software Testing: Make Software Fail), CS212 (Design of Computer Programs), and CS259 (Software Debugging). I take these classes when I have time, which is usually in between classes.
I want to test my development skills and create a new feature to the Clementine music player (which I use currently on my home computer – it has all the features I want except one). It will be adding an option to ‘clean up’ your library, not unlike what iTunes does when you add music to its player. I’m doing this because my music library is curently an unorganized blob of junk with no folder structure whatsoever.
It’s written entirely in C++, which I have zero experience with, so that will be a complete learning experience for me. I’m still tinkering, and trying to learn the language, so this is a lower priority project as I learn more C++. That’s coming when I take 3081W at the U of M.]]>
It’s been a long time coming.]]>
My great-grandfather recognized that weather is never perfect for agriculture for an entire season; a full chapter of his memoir is dedicated to this observation. In his 60 years of farming he wrote that only one season, his final crop of 1937, had close to ideal weather. Like all other farmers of his time and ours, he learned to cope with significant, ill-timed fluctuations in temperature and precipitation.
But at least here in the Midwest, weather fluctuations have been more significant during my time than in his, the Dust Bowl notwithstanding. The weather in our area has become demonstrably more hostile to agriculture, and all signs are that this trend will continue. Minnesota’s state climatologist, Jim Zandlo, has concluded that no fewer than three “thousand-year rains” have occurred in the past seven years in our part of the state. And a University of Minnesota meteorologist, Mark Seeley, has found that summer storms in the region over the past two decades have been more intense and more geographically focused than at any time on record.
No two farms have the same experience with the weather, and some people will contend that ours is an anomaly, that many corn and bean farms in our area have done well over the same period. But heavy summer weather causes harm to farm fields that is not easily seen or quantified, like nutrient leaching, organic-matter depletion and erosion. As climate change accelerates these trends, losses will likely mount proportionately, and across the board. How long can we continue to borrow from the “topsoil bank,” as torrential rains force us to make ever more frequent “withdrawals”?
Funny what Midwest Energy News had to say:
Another coastal elitist yammering on about climate change. That is, if you consider fourth-generation farmers to be elitists, and the Minnesota River to be one of the coasts.
That doofus over at Al’s Rambling’s would probably just say the farmer should have planned better. Can climate change skeptics just go away? Take their looniness somewhere else?]]>
“At times, you’re going to say, ‘Why are you running so much? Why are you getting thrown out trying to take extra bases?’” Roenicke said. “It’s going to happen, but that’s the style I like to play. I’ve seen it win a lot of ballgames over the years. We’re going to be aggressive from third base scoring, we’re going to be aggressive from first to third and, at times, we’re going to get thrown out. But over the course of the season, I guarantee we will score a lot more runs being aggressive.
“Plus, what it does for the players. The players, when you let them be aggressive, they have more confidence. That’s what this game is all about — confidence.”
This is one of the things most uber-sabermetric nerds just don’t get about baseball… the right frame of mind and confidence make players better hitters in the box than Macha’s grey style. I dig this guy so far, can’t wait until free agency heats up and 2011 is on its way.]]>
From the start, it was a bad case.
A battered 21-year-old woman with long blond curls was discovered facedown in the weeds, naked, at the western edge of Miami, where the neat grid of outer suburbia butts up against the high grass and black mud of the Everglades. It was early on a winter morning in 2005. A local power-company worker was driving by the empty lots of an unbuilt cul-de-sac when he saw her.
Watch exclusive behind-the-crime-scenes video from the case.
And much to his surprise, she was alive. She was still unconscious when the police airlifted her to Jackson Memorial Hospital. When she woke up in its trauma center, she could remember little about what had happened to her, but her body told an ugly tale. She had been raped, badly beaten, and left for dead. There was severe head trauma; she had suffered brain-rattling blows. Semen was recovered from inside her. The bones around her right eye were shattered. She was terrified and confused. She bent English to her native Ukrainian grammar and syntax, dropping pronouns and inverting standard sentence structure, which made her hard to understand. And one of the first things she asked for on waking was her lawyer. That was unusual.
Miami-Dade detectives learned that she had been living for months at the Airport Regency Hotel, eight miles from where she was found. It is one of those crisply efficient overnight spots in the orbit of major airports that cater to travelers needing a bed between legs of long flights. She was employed by a cruise-ship line and had severely cut her finger on the job, so she was being put up at the hotel by her employers while she healed. The assault had begun, she said, in her room, on the fourth floor. She described her attackers as two or three white men who spoke with accents that she heard as “Hispanic,” but she wasn’t certain. She remembered one of the men pushing a pillow into her face, and being forced to drink something strong, alcoholic. She had fragments of memories like bits of a bad dream—of being held up or carried, of being thrown over a man’s shoulder as he moved down a flight of stairs, of being roughly violated in the backseat of a car, of pleading for her life. Powerful, cruel moments, but there was nothing solid, nothing that made a decent lead. When her lawyer soon after filed a lawsuit against the hotel, alleging negligence, going after potentially deep corporate pockets, the detectives thought something was fishy. This was not your typical rape victim. What if she was part of some sophisticated con?
I wonder how many times this story has been played out on Law and Order, CSI or Criminal Minds.]]>
Like most other Brewer fans, I wasn’t really familiar with the guy before, or even during interviews. Even after he was hired, I immediately thought, “Oh no, he’s under Mike Scioscia, that means he loves bunting and slap hitters.” But after reading up on the guy, he’s got a pretty impressive resume.
Considering he comes from the system that spat out Bud Black and Joe Maddon, two of the most impressive managers, I’m pretty optimistic. Maddon’s obviously had huge success managing a good team, and Black’s Padres were the most surprising team in MLB this season.
I remember watching a late-season Padres/Cubs game on MLB Network during the last week of the season during the NL West pennant race. The Scrubs had won 2 of the first 3 in San Diego, and were playing for an afternoon sweep on the final home game of the year… they showed the dugout before the game (due to a short rain delay), and Black and all the players were upbeat, seemed loose, were fistpumping each other and were definitely ready to play. They were thinking about having fun that day, instead of thinking about not losing.
They lost 1-0, which is nothing to sneeze at, but that’s baseball.
Considering Milwaukee’s young core, that type of guy is definitely the type I want running the team. Not an old, blah stathead who makes the analytical decision first and turns baseball into work. Hopefully Roenicke can turn the Brewers into a team that plays for fun, instead of a team just going through the motions.
I mentioned this before, although Bobby V’s later-reported $10M price tag was turning me off a little. Melvin wasn’t the right guy, and it looked like Cora was deserving, but just placed second.]]>
“Favre finally got the two things that he wanted that Green Bay wouldn’t give him, the two things that drove a gap between him and the front office, ultimately leading to his first, early retirement.
- He got a team that was willing to spend to “win now.”
- He got Randy Moss to throw to.
The Vikings have become a complete disaster, and it absolutely makes me happy. I have a ton of respect for Childress, being a man and making the right decision – make a statement to the team that makes them much worse. It’s almost like he’s part of a conspiracy to completely ruin the team. How awesome.]]>
Why the Brewers are considering Bob Melvin is beyond me. Look at his stats. He managed a Seattle team in ’03 that would’ve won 90 games with an arm tied behind their back, and outside of a flukey year with the Diamondbacks he hasn’t won garbage.
Remember that fluke year in ARZ? When everyone theorized that good back-end bullpens tend to outplay their Pythagorean records by keeping one-run leads better? Where has that theory been recently?
I’d really prefer a candidate that has youth and can relate to some of the younger guys like Braun & Weeks like Sveum and Randolph seem to do. Bobby V?]]>