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By gzt (Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 12:35:57 PM EST) gzt, chess, suspense, gatsby, jimmy carter, george bush, c, dune, squats (all tags)
Also, shouldn't this round down to 0 instead of turning into NaN?


I'm far behind in numerical analysis, actually. But it's good fun. I realized just now what I was doing wrong in that program, but that's not too helpful now that I'm at work. Also, I just now learned about anonymous functions in Matlab, which makes things a lot easier. I knew it was possible and knew what I wanted to do, I just didn't know how to do it, which is how I am most of the time while programming.

I finished Princess of Mars and started The Great Gatsby. I really like Gatsby. Princess of Mars is just good fun, an ideal book for reading on the train.

We had lasagna for dinner last night. The wifing unit realized she dislikes making lasagna, but it turned out well, so I was happy.

I picked up heavy things last night. Well, moderately heavy things, since I'm still ramping up. Squats were like 275#, next session will be 285#, etc etc, probably slowing that pace at 335ish.  Lent is starting, so I'm probably just going to be in a holding pattern at that point, esp. since I'm generally busy, so I'm trying to get in and out quickly rather than training optimally. I might drop down to a reliable twice per week rather than occasionally unreliable three times per week.

The wifing unit is reading Dune now that I've finished it.

So using credit I had at amazon I got a couple of C books. K&R, a solutions manual for K&R, The Practice of Programming, and C Primer Plus. Used, they were fairly cheap and I didn't pay money for them anyway. I'm not intending to plow into them right now, as I'm too busy, but it's almost infallibly true that I am going to require knowledge of C or C++ in the future. I only need enough to do the stuff that would be slow in R or Python, probably. I'm still doing all my numerical analysis homework in Matlab, not going to switch to C. Too much of a learning curve right now.

So they're getting me the laptop today at work. I hope this doesn't mess everything up. I will have a pile of crap to install on there.

They need to make a video for Newton like they did for Washington. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sbRom1Rz8OA At least, I think that's the link, because I can't actually watch it at work.

My rent check still hasn't been cashed. I'm half-heartedly thinking about calling up the landlord, making sure things are okay. He usually cashes it late, but it's later than usual this month.

Seem from HuSites on G+: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/guest-post-bush-41-was-underrated-thanks-to-a-brave-decision/2012/02/21/gIQANHyhRR_blog.html I always had the impression that Bush the Elder was pretty okay despite my general dislike of Republicans, and I appreciate how this article gives me more facts to support that impression. It is quite unfortunate how the cautious, compromising (in the good way), and far-sighted decision-makers always get crucified by those seeking short-term gains. He definitely did make the right decision at several key points and was undermined by his supporters and taken advantage of by his opponents. History has definitely vindicated him. I think much the same of Jimmy Carter, except that he left things in more of a mess. He was a victim of his circumstances and few could have done better, perhaps most would not have done as well.

Suspense still killing me. I'd like a better option than the two I have now.

Signed up for a chess tournament on 3/3.

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I love Gatsby. by ambrosen (2.00 / 0) #1 Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 01:08:40 PM EST
The most human bits of it are on the first and last pages:

On the first, Nick describes how the confidences of young men are always plagiarised and tedious to hear, so he avoids them.

On the last (not really a spoiler, but it'd be rude not to spoilerise it), he describes [characters] as being "careless with other people's lives". I have to say, I keep that in mind whenever I have a responsibility to someone.

agreed by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 01:56:08 PM EST
I'm a big fan of the first chapter.

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the other virginia school just pinged me. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #3 Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 03:26:12 PM EST
about whether i was applying for assistantships as well (um, yes) and what my specific interests were (it's in my SOP, but i'll respond gladly and promptly).

the first virginia school sent me a message saying, 'hey, dude, are you going to visit? are you still interested?'

Bush the Elder by jimgon (2.00 / 0) #4 Wed Feb 22, 2012 at 07:10:52 PM EST
Definitely an under rated President.  He was also possibly the last true conservative politician elected in America.




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chess... good luck, by TPD (2.00 / 0) #5 Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 06:56:57 AM EST
how many games do you play in the tournament? 

why sit, when you can sit and swivel with The Ab-SwivellerTM
this is just four games by gzt (2.00 / 0) #6 Fri Feb 24, 2012 at 07:38:45 AM EST
it's also a fairly casual affair. it's only $5!

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