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By gzt (Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 01:46:39 PM EST) gzt, tardis, mexican food, clouds, machine learning, programming, baroque cycle, chess, bums, commuting (all tags)
I gave my opponent a gift. I had a winning position (Rybka confirms), but it was a little technical. Then, instead of playing a winning move, I played a losing move that I had seen, on the previous move, as immediately losing. I immediately lost.


I'm about 100 pages into the second book of the Baroque cycle now. I have the hardcover (I got it for like $5 when Anathem came out) and it is fairly unwieldy. I like hardcover books, though. I do agree that this is starting to seem like a rather big book.

The new commute definitely has some drawbacks. I am rarely able to get a seat on the train and much more of it is walking, so I'm able to do a lot less reading and it's pretty much impossible to study chess in those conditions. Still, it's slightly faster and it's only a minor drawback. Nothing is perfect. Also: more smelly bums sleeping on the train, especially early in the morning.

Stanford is apparently offering a free machine learning class over the internets. There are two levels, advanced and not-advanced. The advanced level requires you to basically treat it like school: you do all the homework, etc, while the other one doesn't have many requirements, but you're expected to follow along. I'm interested, but I don't know how much programming/what sort of programming knowledge it requires. I haven't looked at it in too much depth, but some sort of listing of pre-reqs would be nice. I think it would work well with the data mining class I'm taking for realsies. EDIT: I just looked at the pre-reqs for the real counterpart of the free course and it seems to presume a higher level of programming sophistication than I currently have. So I may do the non-advanced version. Woo free learning. I hope I'm not taking on too many projects, though. I'm working through an intro to programming text, taking a class on data mining, and studying chess a bit (I can dial that down quite a bit). I'm certainly willing to slack on my job if that's what it takes, but I don't want to "overcommit" myself (some of these things obviously have little "real" commitment, but I like to follow through on my projects).

There have been marvellous Turner-esque clouds rolling over the lake.

I am considering whether to have Mexican food for lunch again today. It's $5. Today is beef tacos. I should ask for no lettuce because the lettuce they put on is the cheap, almost yellow stuff that all Mexican restaurants seem to have. It barely counts as a vegetable, so I don't feel bad about leaving it off.

I think it would be pretty cool to have a TARDIS ringtone on my phone, I guess, but I don't know how to do that. I don't even know if my crappy phone is capable of doing it. Time will tell.

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NASA ringtones are better by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #1 Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 02:01:49 PM EST
gizmodo had a link to things like "houston we have a problem" the other day.

My phone lets me use any mp3 as a ring tone, it's nice. My old phone let me use "White and nerdy" from phonezoo or something like that.


this just in by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 02:16:36 PM EST
I have an old crappy cell phone that won't accept mp3s as ringtones. so, whatevs. no tardis sound for me.

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Tardis by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Sep 27, 2011 at 03:36:57 PM EST
My boss has a USB hub shaped like a TARDIS that makes the sound when you plug anything in.

Me, I use the Metal Gear Solid in-game phone ringtone.  I like it because it manages to be both a pop-culture reference and yet still sound like a phone.

I used to use the Metal Gear Solid alert sound for alerts, but it ended up being too distracting.
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Hm, machine learning... by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #4 Sat Oct 01, 2011 at 03:08:04 PM EST
If you do the Stanford thing, diarize about it it a bit, if you please. I, for one, would be interested to hear about it. 

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