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Hackfest 1011011

Wednesday, October 10th, 2007

New Member:
        working on startup: Wamily
        make-your-own social-network with widgets
        targeted at young people, customizable
        Emory graduate, wants to move to the valley
        runs Ubuntu, uses RadRails

Since last Time:
        working on pipaya
        read a lot of books:
        "lilith’s brood" – about alien sex, a trilogy
        "you shall know our velocity"
        "children of men", "solaris",
        wrote one of the most powerful introductions to a paper that she’s ever written
        painting a mural of a mountain lion, a rabbit, and a pig,
        in the baby’s eventual room,
        working on gnarly legacy projects,
        things that were once considered a good idea
        moved into a house in decatur,
        processing sketch of fuzzy ellipse ray-tracing,
        read about juno-2 constraint system
        watched another machine learning lecture,
        reading about linear algebra,
        ada-boost, support vector machines, bagging
        BEST robot,
        designing spellchecking algorithms
        week of Tex-Mex, tonight Taco Bell
        configuring his keytar,
        put knobs for the keytar
        making and repairing lamps in his house,
        found on the side of the road, rusted out,
        spent three hours searching for a lamp shade
        finished design,
        will be sent to the photolithography place,
        will start production in a few weeks
        etl (extract-transform-load), pictures

        working/talking with Nate
        reading "you shall know our velocity"
        working on his legacy projects,
        feeling guilty about not working on oilrig
        working/talking with Erik
        preparing bar camp presentation,
        feeling guilty about not working on oilrig,
        taking lots of notes
        teaching about machine learning,
        "the kernel trick"
        learning about machine learning
        cranking voter files,
        reading about postgress internals,
        partial indicies
        likes being able to move around while music-making
        reading film textbook
        "you can exert some physicality" – to rob about keytar,
        explaining photolith materials to mark,
        work on a song, drinking tea

Hackfest 1011010 Mortem

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

Since Last Time:
        releasing an app that converts a rhapsody-listening-feed to,
        books: "Japanese for Busy People 2",
        "Domain-Driven Design", "Beautiful Code"
        learned some with scala (jvm-based functional language)
        triangular wave weekend,
        watching machine learning tutorial online,
        plsa = probabilistic latent semantic analysis,
        is building an outliner,
        may use google gears,
        will return with gwt questions for alex
        played a show at parkgrounds
        doing research,
        working on the new album,
        due by the end of the month

        the server is good now
        reading papers about haskell,
        writing a soft constraint solver in nodebox
        has a stack of papers from acm portal,
        wants to learn statistics (and thus R),
        wants to learn linear algebra (and thus Matlab)
        discussing ajax,gwt,xaml,silverlight,flash
        no internet, so he goes home
        preparing for laptop battle,
        going to learn reason tonight,
        it’s what stuart uses, and rob likes the cheese
        explaining how CAD programs do geometric constraints,
        degrees of freedom
        hanging out

Hackfest 1011000 Quite-Post Mortem

Tuesday, September 25th, 2007

Since Last Time
        visa issues
        looked over notes for the lab he’s going to teach at pampel fabra
        scrabblebot progress
        sqlite working, really fast
        at work: stopped mocking up, started making the real thing
        twisted wars, a serious hack
        "i’d write it the same way next time"
        tcp ray leak
        worked his ass off
        lazy rasterization,
        starbursts in processing,
        used as window closing animation in wildfire
        working on fuzzwich,
        rolling out a new site soon,
        bug-fixing, profiling
        refactor mused,
        add features,
        document how to add a new feature
        scrabble board datastructure,
        clever word placement
        formencode in pylons, oilrig
        maybe some reading,
        communicating sequential processes (c.a.r hoare)
        playing with shapes in nodebox

Hackfest 1010111 Mortem

Tuesday, September 11th, 2007

11 Sept 2007 – one last hack

Since Last Week-
Alex- started sketching a scrabble bot in python.
 might reduce the problem to finding bags of words.
 other ideas: online community for kids to teach kids programming, like Moose Crossing.
 puzzle: walk a binary tree in order without using recursion
Sonali- db stuff at work.
Tejus- what have I been up to? writing data warehousing stuff. redesigning software.
Martin- working on osiris.
Stuart- research
Graham- wrote down instructions for adding new audio features to Mused. too complicated.
Mark- doing javascript and css for work. watched alex mclean’s new vocable synthesis
Devin- there are updates for fuzzwich

This Week’s Plans-
Alex- make a representation for bag of letters, figure out how to do matches.
Sonali- playing with her phone.
Tejus- playing with his phone, saying goodbye to me.
Martin- working on osiris, adding more image filters to it.
Stuart- music. mourning my departure
Graham- will try to simplify process of adding features to Mused
Mark- go running. all burnt out on computers

Hackfest 1010110 Mortem

Tuesday, September 4th, 2007

4 September 2007 – how do you spell funk?

Since Last Week –
Mark- attended three bday parties, not a clown
 looked at pylons and storm, object relational mappers for python
 going to do the digital music project with tyrus
 making a pyweek game in piglets (scene2d)
Stuart- working on music, recorded Rock and Roll Hellhole
Graham- finished mixing The Smooth Galaxy
Tejus and Sonali- setting up the house, learning java and oracle stuff
Vinny- messing with xulrunner, for work and outliner
 thinks it is better than swing

This Week-
Stuart- watching youtube videos and going to cleanroom
Mark- adding jumping to ShizWiz
Graham- want to add feature to Mused
Tejus and Sonali- drink tea and say bye to Graham
Rob- working on the Laptop of War

Hackfest 1001100 Postmortem

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

26 June 2007 – strawberry-rhubarb pie night
music: early ambient works from Aphex Twin

New atlhacker- Stuart Duerson
phd student in ECE! he makes nano electromechanical components!
microelectromechanical components, resonators
chemical detectors
also Dr. Electroboink, noted atlanta musicians
has designed costumes for the Shithouse kids

new random person! – Melissa, who is a BME student

Since Last Week-
Stuart- went to France and Switzerland for conferences and research
Will- is reading Crossing the Chasm, he recommends to learn startup business technology
Alex- got a paper accepted to Mobile HCI! Maybe Singapore.
 taught camp! bought running shoes.
Miriam- will be riding alex’s coattails to Singapore. went to Athens!
 convinced people to paint the house yellow and lime green.
 started reading What is the What?
 got Peyton through 2/3 of reading list, including 4 book reports
Graham- got into grad school. got running shoes. made pies.
Mark- bought a wiimote and made it play chuck music! and make pretty graphics.
 ran by the railroad tracks:

This Week-
Stuart- arranged a JAM
Will- reading Crossing the Chasm
Alex- thinking about Haskell, and sending people copies
Miriam- online stuff, then reading!
Graham- looking into bluetooth for thinkpad
Mark- talking about information design

Design of a color plate friendly book binding – transparent press.

Hackfest 1001010 Postmortem

Wednesday, May 30th, 2007

29 May 2007 – everybody was sad in middle school

Mark is listening to Amadou et Miriam – the blind couple from Mali
mesons – groups of two quarks, baryons – groups of three
flavors – up, down, top, bottom, strange, charm

Since Last Time-
Erik- company didn’t go public. will implement memcache. amazon ec2 – virtual hosting API.
Alex- getting ready for summer camp.
 -learned Scratch– it’s obvious, least astonishment, can make complex animations.
 -doesn’t give you structured procedures as in logo.
Graham- added ChucK export to Mused.
Jason- qaboom may be bought by inquus.
Will- knees undergoing cellular reconstruction. helped build a pergola.
 -read The Long Tail, would recommend it for a quick read.
 -Why Google is important, Amazon vs B&N, etc.
Mark- made triangle grids with the wrong irrational numbers.

Will- going to write Excel sheet for aiding irrigation system design. reading Brief History of Time.
Erik- finishing his coffee and going home.
Graham- will add a configurable range filter for loudness. ask UI advice.
Jason- is giving a demo tomorrow, will work on his codebase.
Mark- will fix his triangle grids of different sizes.
Alex- package up last release of JES. bug free trademark.

Hackfest 1001000 Postmortem

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

16 May 2007 – short early meeting

Graham had to come early because of a show in East Atlanta with Rob.
(not sure who may have shown up later)

The Updates:
Mark- writing matlab code for cellular automata with Will.
 We discussed optimizing matlab code- perhaps the best gains can be had by preallocating arrays, and by eliminating loops- vectorizing them- by turning them into computations over vectors and matrices. There is a good collection of resources here.
Mark also made an animated visualization of the elementary CA zoo here:
Besides that, he sent me lots of links on DBM datastructures like B-trees and R-trees.

Graham- got Mused to support zooming.

Post updates if you get a chance!

Hackfest 1000101 Postmortem

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

24 April 2007 – mike is here!

Tejus- worked on PostGres triggers.
Sonali- has two job interviews (Sita and Lancorp).
Mark- new varied forms, performed with Pitfalls at Nophest.
Graham- adding range filters to Mused, will write an ICMC paper.
Puyan- won the Maribeth Gandy award for chuck composition.
Mike- wrote an ableton song without listening to it.

Hackfest 1000010 Postmortem

Tuesday, March 27th, 2007

27 March 2007 – crazydar (on okcupid)

New person: Eric from MSCS Gatech
Has used Processing to access CV libraries.

Rory! – teaches drama writing at Gainesville State College.

Since Last Week-

Tejus- tried to work on Structural Fusion (work in IE) has router troubles, configuration of NAT.
Sonali- finding a new job, fulltime in software development.
Mark- wrote qaboom code for AJAX dropdowns. Drawing arrows in nodebox.
Read about superglue (chucklike language) and scala functional language (compatible with JVM) supports closures and union types, and pattern matching.  (not the musical tuning scala)
Superglue is a reactive programming language, like lucid (jet autopilot language)
Alex- designed a SWIMM experiment, writing the paper for mini-querty error correction.
Two revolutions- two class of typos being conflated into one.
Rapid keypresses in sequence, one must register first over a serial line.
class 1: insertion before, class 2: insertion after
will use difference between transition features, should help to disambiguating
has a new camera
Erik- fixing up his house. A tree fell on his cable line. saw Of Montreal in Athens.
They applied his patch to Rails- fixed a part of proxied associations.
Graham- they released a new chuck! with my Dynamics object. wrote a country song.
Puyan- musicPlot, the spatial music navigator is coming along nicely.
You plot your songs on a plane, then draw curves to make playlists.

This Week’s Plan-

Mark- Arrows, motion symbols, etc.
Alex- helping Zach debug his C++. Has code for typo stuff.
Erik- making another refinement of carpal. search engine optimization, shopping cart.
Graham- will do some chuck hacking for music.

Last Sonic Generator of the season was awesome. Matt Gilbert‘s (awesome IDT student) video for Vermont Counterpoint was amazing.