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Post Easter Hack

Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
  • Ram
    • writing simple Golang GXUI program that will create gxui window
  • Vinny
    • making tests pass for schema changes
    • showed microcorruption.com : an Embedded security CTF that can be played online
  • Nathan:
    •  was looking into getting Clojure up and running on his desktop
  • Alex
    • got xmonad running on Ubuntu

Mark-and-Diana-go-to-Austin hack

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

Jordan:
  – playing a lot of roller derby, bruised in interesting ways
  – preordered a drum machine on the internet (by teenage engineering)
Vinny:
  – learning about common lisp
  – reading CL-PPCRE and Ironclad source code to get an idea of good CL style
Rob:
  – game jammed last weekend: Team of Jams: MMXV
  – tonight: trying to make a Mac .app of the game, but stymied
Sam:
  – trying to make sense of the data he compiled about his health and diet
Diana:
  – ordered stationary for getting married
Mark:
  – fixed a bug in his ray/voxel traversal code

New Years Eve Eve Hack

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

30 Dec 2014 – Octane

also: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gershgorin_circle_theorem

Since Last Time-

Stuart – spent a lot of time reviewing papers, lots of very incremental research that should be tech report.

Vinny – trying to understand protocol buffers, a bin serialization format pop by Google (and in Common Lisp)

Mark – worked on NodeGraph editor, looked at Mohlenkamp (sum of separable function decom)

Jordan – made Rollerderby team, learning Ember – framework for JS frontends – angular- one big request and lots of little API updates, still in flux.

Rob – built an Arduino thing with a knob – Metropolis scene where the human responds to the clock, digital counter to count number of times. always something else to respond to. learned soldering and Arduino.

Xana – new!, learning pastry chef, have done puppet shows, and crafts and arch knowledge

Diana – sold a scarf, had the flu, learned how to knit.

Graham – finished subjective mosaicing audio experiment, did lots of plots of the data.

Plan this Time-

Xana – working on script for show that will debut in April (Lina und die Sperlinge).

Mark – play in Mathematica with function approximation. sketched curves that he drew will be approximated.

Vinny – gonna serialize and find a schema for image data and image data requests.

Jordan and Rob – draw dogs Tuesday with Paper (mac). Brian Lee makes comics proclaimed it.

Graham – trying brutal optimization on score building process. when making score, consider only local neighborhoods of parameters, when making new tracks, try a sampled subset of source positions.
mark suggests progressive rendering (first patches of pixels, then images)

Stuart – matlab issues, how to code pitch-synchronous overlap and add.

Diana – working on website and social media

What happened-

Mark – didn’t get func approx., has a transformation, add a wiggle to it. copying velocity and rotating velocity by a sine curve

Stuart – listened to music and reviewed Hamiltonian mechanics – why? entropy is fascinating and mechanics answers it.

Jordan and Rob – fashion dog is one of 8 dogs (4 each), will send fashion dog

fashion dog

fashion dog

Diana – changed the design of website, erased text, tweeted about Splinter and vegan taxidermy

Xana – added two written songs to the script, wrote 4 scene descriptions, organized the script by color

Graham – introduced stubs for computing a square subset of correlations.

Vinny – figured how to do union types to have one message for (update/data). protocol buffers don’t really have official union type, just optional fields. have to enforce that only one thing is set (or new feature: only one)

Ronnie James Dio Hack

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014

Jordan:
– made a ronnie james dio lyrics generator
Rob:
– writing shaders for gpu programming class
– making prototypes of level designs for a game about a robot
Mark:
– writing more llvm
– learning phi nodes and SSA form

Robot-Drive-LLVM Hack

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

Rob:
– writing Unity code for robot motion in a game prototype
– – robot picks up items in the world and gains abilities from them
Jordan:
– hard drive failure :'(
– was planning to learn some haskell tonight
Mark:
– learning llvm
– walking through “IR is better than assembly”

D3-Fluids-Games-Bonds Hack

Wednesday, June 4th, 2014

Jordan:
– Doing a lot of d3.js at work
– Reading about her toe numbness (caused by practicing for roller-derby)
Karthik:
– Wrote some of his thesis on fluid simulation and control
– Figuring out how to get a visa once he graduates (lots of complications)
Rob:
– Homework for “Video Game Design” and “GPU Programming”
Mark:
– Encoding graph of bonds in anthraquinone and graphene (for the Freeside Programming Team)
Jordan and Rob:
– A critical reading of “Gymkata” and “John Carter

Occult Egg Slicer Hack

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

Sam
– working on Lume
Rob
– won two awards at the Convergence Innovation Conference
(for a live audio captioning app for Google Glass)
– tonight, grading Computer Audio projects
Jordan
– reading twitter and showing us occult websites (lawoftime.org)
Diana
– learning about domain mapping and HTTP redirects
– buying an egg slicer
Mark
– generating nonsense images and text in Processing

April 2014

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014

Another hack report! We remember to post updates sometimes! Tonight is a night that we remembered to post to the blog. Here it goes:
Rob:
– Installing GameMaker
– Going through tutorial on low-poly game art: “How to make cool stuff in Unity
Jordan:
– Low-poly game art in SketchUp
– Found that tutorial that Rob’s going through
Diana:
– Updating her website to include design work (not just photography)
Mark:
– Minimum spanning trees in Processing this weekend
– Texture synthesis via randomized graph traversal in Mathematica (as in “Painting by Features“)
Vinny:
– Recently: GStreamer to capture slit-scans of trains moving past his apartment
– Cocos3D for viewing photos

Cold November Hack

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Rob
– programming an arduino with color leds, to be part of a phone case
– it will connect via bluetooth w/ an android app to give your apps more bling/pizazz
– (for HCI class)
Jordan
– reading “learn you a haskell for great good”
Vinny
– exploring using emscripten to convert SDL apps to javascript
– for making a voxel editor
Mark
– pattern matching on raster images in mathematica

Puzzlescript and NaNoGenMo hack

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013

We haven’t posted in a while, but we’re still hacking!

Tonight was Jordan, Rob, Mark. Vinny has been joining us regularly too.

Recently we’ve been doodling, reading The Baffler, writing Puzzlescript, plotting for NaNoGenMo, making comparatr and incomparatr, playing at Nophest 2013 as Blanca Noche, writing a scripts for a communal streaming music server, resurrecting the Atlhack server.

We had a visitor, Kiril, who knows Atlhackers (Mark, Vinny, and Karthik) via David Stolarsky (because they went to UIUC together. Kiril writes code at Weather Channel, and previous collected behavioral data at Yerkes Primate Center.