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I had a decent weekend.

I think, since I have some time, I might try to learn a little more programming, since it will be handy to be able to write something a little better than the small scripts I'm capable of doing.

I'll work through How to Design Programs, I think.

I'm kind of interested in data mining and machine learning, more toward the statistical end of things, so having slightly more than rudimentary knowledge would be helpful. I'm already familiar with thinking algorithmically, but there's the matter of building something bigger than an algorithm, you know, actually doing it in a real programming language, and getting practice doing so. Should be useful. After that, learning a little Python and some R or maybe Orange should be sufficient for me to start working on super fun happy statistics projects. I kind of wish I still had my algorithms textbook. It was kind of nice.

Had people over for dinner on Saturday, which was pretty okay. Then we had a wedding on Sunday. We arrived late and were halfway through the long speech some guy was giving about his own marriage, which seems to be a significant proportion of most Protestant weddings I'm at. Once it was clear that we would be late, I hoped that we would be late enough to miss that, too. They also had some silly made-up evangelical Protestant vows. Still, not terrible. The food was excellent. The maid-of-honor's toast was somewhat bland and rambling, the best man's was a bit better as it was one of their theatre friends. All in all, a good time was had by all.

I am almost done with A Feast for Crows. When I'm done, I will have to wait for the fifth book - the person who has it is only like halfway done. Man, a lot of people are dying these days. I'll hit up The Baroque Cycle once I'm done with this book.

My mouse is dying, so I ordered a new one. True story.

I was thinking about Seinfeld. It started at about the same time as The Simpsons, but it went out while it was still toward the top of its game in its 9th season. The Simpsons, however, kept going and is the terrible zombie monstrosity that it is today (having fallen off the cliff after season 9). I can't imagine how crappy Seinfeld would have been if it had continued.

None of this will interfere with chess or picking up heavy things. Well, life itself is sufficient for interfering with picking up heavy things right now. They have parking at the gym now, though, so it should be a little better if I decide to go at times other than right after work.

So I have a list of TV shows the we should watch perhaps in their entirety. Star Trek (almost done, on season 3), Simpsons (only first 9 seasons, on season 6), The Wire, Futurama (only most recent season needed), perhaps Star Trek: TNG, Battlestar Galactica (old), Battlestar Galactica (new), and Friday Night Lights. We should also catch up on Game of Thrones. We currently watch Fringe and How I Met Your Mother. We currently watch 2-5 hours of television and movies per week.

Man, I have these crappy projects to finish off.

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Simpsons by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 03:16:52 PM EST
Here's what I don't understand: Who is watching it?  In it's hey-day, there was lots of conversation about latest episodes, etc.  Now I forget it's even still on until I run into some quote about how it sucks.  How is it getting ratings?
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few people are watching it by gzt (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 03:52:56 PM EST
I think it's mostly people who have the TV on by default at that time period and the younger generation that we don't talk to.

I sort of wonder about that, too, since pretty much everybody I know just sort of stopped watching it, too.

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Maybe teenagers? by ucblockhead (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 04:02:13 PM EST
I work with lots of twenty-somethings and hear nothing from them.
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yeah, that's what i was thinking. by gzt (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 05:02:41 PM EST
i'm a 20-something and nobody my age watches simpsons anymore. they have to be young enough that they couldn't watch during the 'golden era'.

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Finishing S2 of ST:TOS tonight. by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #5 Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 08:35:37 PM EST
All that's left ahead of me is S3 of TOS, S6 & S7 of Voyager, and all of NextGen. I don't want to deal with NextGen's production values, but I feel compelled.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

Dude by R343L (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 03:35:41 AM EST
If you're voluntarily watching Voyager, then you have no basis to complain about TNG.

"There will be time, there will be time / To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet." -- Eliot
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I know all the cool kids hate on Voy... by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #7 Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 08:40:12 AM EST
but once they ditch the excoriable Kes, Kathy cuts her hair and they leave Kazon space, it's pretty watchable. Plus, Jeri Ryan has an under-rated sense of comedic timing with her line delivery. I'll admit that Harry and Chakotay drag the dialogue down a bit, but they can't all be diamonds.

OTOH, when I watch NextGen, I'm totally distracted by bad '80s 'dos and ill-fitting costumes.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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In fact... by ammoniacal (2.00 / 0) #8 Tue Sep 20, 2011 at 12:22:16 PM EST
My only real WTF FACE PALM moment of Voyager has been Ensign Whatsername's half-breed brat going from teat-sucking toddler to "Captain's Assistant" in like 2 episodes of continiuity. That was a spaceshark-jumping moment.

"To this day that was the most bullshit caesar salad I have every experienced..." - triggerfinger

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Python is pretty sweet. by the mariner (2.00 / 0) #9 Sat Sep 24, 2011 at 08:01:02 PM EST
It's like Lisp, if Lisp were awesome.

I thought A Feast for Crows was a zombie monstrosity and not just because it had zombies in it.

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