- For the last N weeks I've been working on a conceptually-simple, implementationally-vdifficult project. (Basic idea: You see geo objects in the sky at certain longitudes [and lats, but that's less vital] at certain times. If they are close enough together in lon, they are a "cluster", but when they move apart or disapparate or a new object moves in, you need to terminate the cluster and maybe start a new one. Draw a box around every non-overlapping cluster you can find in the last 11 years worth of data.)
For our most recent release, I had a kind of half-arsed version of the above that took a starting point we thought was good and tried to coast along maintaining it. We found some bugs in that, though, so I tried to fix them...and realized that coasting along is not really feasible. So I've basically redesigned the entire thing from scratch based on a new concept. I've been ready to check it in all week "just as soon as I finish this test". But the test is to succeed in making it through all 11 years worth of data, which takes forevar.
Yesterday I really thought I had it. I'd rewritten part of it to be smarter about what it was doing so it would take a lot less time. It ran farther than ever--about 1/6 of the way through the 11 years. This morning I fixed those bugs and started it again--I'm really hoping it makes it at least until I leave today, so I can pretend to myself that it is running all weekend and will be done when I get in on Monday morning and I can check this stupid thing in and be free FREE AT LAST plus I will have a magical pony and we will fly around solving crimes.
So the betting pool is: How many hours will DU's process run before dying? (It's already run about 1.5)
- Number One is still Mr Astronomy. He asked last night if we could ever go star-gazing. Well...yes....but it'll have to be on a weekend or during summer vacation, because the sun doesn't go down until after bedtime. But his question prompted me to get out the tripod-mounted binoculars I invented during the winter. OK, there's the Moon. I guess that's Saturn, but I can't really tell it from a blurry dot. And this is Jupi....HOLY CRAP I"M LOOKING AT THE MOONS OF JUPITER MRS U COME OUT HERE AND LOOK AT THIS!!!1
Needless to say, I'm now back on the periodic astronomy kick.
- Update [2006-5-5 11:20:31 by DesiredUsername]: LATE BREAKING BULLET POINT: What's the deal with community gardens? Number Two is interested in plants and growing stuff (not to mention digging in the dirt) and Mrs U happened to see that the next town over has a community garden. Oh well, that looks pretty coo$400 PER MONTH??? This is an aberration, right? RIGHT?
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