– hacked on D and GTK-D
– making a texteditor (textmate+vim clone)
– entering exploratory phase of magic web framework
– tentatively titled “stellar”
– derived attributes, caching, everything in the model
– a big “F.U.” to M.V.C.
– wrote a stack-based language: “yonth”
– adding more primitive operations tonight: greater_than, not_equals
– reading about Joy language, quoting
– scrambled for launch
– successful except for minor communications snafu
– so it became an internal launch
– reading sicp, and mythical man month
– received shiny new macbookpro at work
– received shiny emails from future professors
– ate quinoa
– wetting her pinky toe in web design
– working on a portfolio site for a friend
– figured out text-align: justify in Dreamweaver
– (still her means of coding)
– released documentation for Miru: http://miru.enterthefoo.com/
Archive for the ‘Plans’ Category
Since last week…
Erik: "Nothing! On purpose!" … Erik is largely On Vacation.
Alex: Been working on the documentation browser thing for code-google-com, which is no longer secret! He’ll make everybody take a look at it when it launches, which is Soon. Also been working on the scrabble bot. And he got some cool anagram code from ZachG. Also, paper based on his masters work got into CHI.
Humza: Reading the new Lawrence Lessig book.
Humza: www.freerice.com, talking about Arabic linguistics — and culture and language in general, Sapir-Whorf.
Wadner: (the r is silent) … spoke with Humza about culture and identity, online and off.
(where is everybody?)
Since Last Time
looked over notes for the lab he’s going to teach at pampel fabra
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
starbursts in processing,
used as window closing animation in wildfire
working on fuzzwich,
rolling out a new site soon,
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
7 August 2007 – big group
Since Last Week-
Mark- got IOBluetooth package to load in GHCi, trying to get hsc3 to work
Bill- broke his amp, driver circuit failed after new tubes, may require redesign
got a Magnatone amp, it has a frequency modulation (vibrato) circuit
it also has a HUM1 and HUM2 – reversing between ground and liveline – a death switch
Rob- took a trip to Seattle. recorded a song cycle from the Northwest corner.
have been working on video editing, working on rap tracks.
Stuart- recorded two songs with Rob, first successful measurement
immersed in water with a certain concentration of chemical, sensors reported a gradient
in liquids its much harder because the polymers are shifted around by the solution
Alex- went to Google, came back, have been digging in docs about unit testing and security
wants to be invulnerable to cross-site scripting
Miriam- moved to Athens, it almost looked like a house, but there might be CO
going to join Theory reading group – Dialogic Imagination by Bakhtin – the novel is often changing
Graham- gave a performance at Parkgrounds, wrote a song with Amanda
This Week’s Plans-
Rob- document the meeting with his camera, review recordings
Mark- trying to get IOBluetooth to work correctly in Haskell
Bill- reading Stumbling into Happiness, Daniel Gilbert
Stuart- hanging out and discussing music
Alex- going to be stylin’ his GWT app with a Hello World
Miriam- reading Bakhtin
Graham- going to work on ChucK music timing, prepare for performance tomorrow
since last time
- has two reference frames in his head
- Tech’s east campus is up, Decatur is very up
- as he zooms out, Peachtree starts to go up
- put references to Real-Ultimate-Power into the Wikipedia article about the spirit of jujitsu
- is going to move into a place off of Howell Mill
- is going to install ceiling fans there
- read about a company that was trying to draw maps in the way that humans draw maps for other humans
- now has keys to three buildings on Tech campus
- high-preformance ceramics: ceramics are non-metallic, non-polymeric, non-composite material
- aluminum is a ceramic because its atoms are covalently bonded with oxygen
- went to a computer camp at Oglethorpe in the era when Mike Tyson bit that guy’s ear off
- is back from New York
- is about to move to Athen
- ran the newspaper at Oglethorpe for two years
- is registering for classes
- has started moving his Processing projects into IntelliJ
- finished the Parsec parser
- made his first typeclass (to unify the AST nodes of the statemachine problem)
- jammed out with Rob on Sunday ("Mr Spanky Surprise")
- jammed out with Graham ("Johny J’s Got A New Pair A’ Shoes")
- both "too out-there" to incorporate into the Shithouse Kids style
Stuart and Greg are discussing materials
Miriam is helping Alex edit the Wikipedia article on Hinche
Mark is reading about the IO Monad in Haskell, and writing code for
"Can we share a linguistics Master’s?" -Alex to Miriam
19 June 2007 – Haskellnacht
Matt – Alex’s friend enrolling in MS mechanical engineering.
Asok – dude from the information retrieval company.
Since Last Week-
Mark- performed at electro-music 2007! learned chuck, wrote chuck bluegrass
-writing code to fold fabric in processing
-ran with Graham to Decatur
Greg- measured the volume of powder with helium gas
Alex- built first interactive demo of spelling correction on java + twidor
-exported classifier from WEKA, hooked it all up.
-hard part was python file wrapping up feature data and feed to classifier
-camp! teaching kids the python.
Will- to be hired by a contracting company working for a beverage company
-programmed a genetic algorithm in MATLAB, optimized a 1d cellular automata
-optimized it by feedback, how long a human would watch it
-reading Kurzweil’s The Singularity is Near
Graham- added live performance sampling stuff to Mused
Mark- learning Haskell
Alex- learning Haskell
Graham- learning Haskell
Will- reading Kurzweil
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.
8 May 2007 – well-oiled servers
Since Last Week:
Mark- hung out at some awesome parties. Tina’s chicken party, Puyan’s graduation party.
Alex- started work on a journal article for mini-querty!
Will- in charge of designing fluid pumping system.
Graham- submitted first computer music paper on Mused!
Mark- japanese notecards for adjectives.
Alex- working on an improved google widget todo list!
Will- is reading A Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich.
Joe- perhaps will drink a few beers.
Graham- gonna try the new audicle, make a screencast. learning LiSa!
Martin’s poetry-bot sent us a poem: "gunwales"
all those times
i’m suddenly in motion through
the back carefully, drain,
add cream and worn gunwales, the wrong windows
you will come closer. this is
your story; you have learned these words
than you the pocked road
to yourself out to her.
some form of backed-up drains, too
18 Jan 2007 – octane x mstreet
Tonight, Alex and I met at Octane. DJs were funky, not too loud, louder.
Mark called us up to his place at MStreet, college people and Jason were there.
What we worked on:
Alex- Proposed a problem as a potential GMaps hack (more below).
Graham- Adding VM status functionality to ChucK firefox plugin (XPCOM).
Mark- Porting OpenSoundControl to Mozilla via XPCOM.
Jason- Adding new features to his Q&A site startup, Qaboom. (smileys in chat, etc)
Alan Turing, Charles Babbage, Ada Lovelace, and n-3 other computer scientists are in a running club. They need an application to determine the most fair meeting point (similar to the centroid for street distance), so that they all run an equitable amount to reach the meeting place. Alan is a stronger runner than Charles, so we can expect him to be able to run farther by some scalar, like 2. Our algorithm should take this into account.
Both Mark and Graham were having binary build problems with XPCOM. First, we both had an issue with xpcom_Glue. G solved it only linking xpcomglue_s.lib (instead of that and xpcomglue.lib) into his binary. M solved it by building his project with more recent Makefile as a starting point. Sometimes one wishes the C++ compiler could be a little less literal.
XPCOM is in general a neat toolkit for making cross-platform software, it is not without its pitfalls. Several great resources are informative but contain out of date elements (book, component tutorial) with nods to the changes only in web accessible mailing lists. Since this is open source, some of the burden falls on us to update the materials. (Maybe M and I can do that after we finish our components.)
I’m currently busy in Colorado, but I haven’t forgotten about the ATL. I just found some new Atlanta startup oriented resources:
- Atlanta back on the startup move (blog)
- Budding Atlanta startups (another blog)
- StartupLounge (podcast)
- Georgia Podcast Network
This brings up something which has been eating at my brain for a while now… why is Georgia Tech not more involved in startups? Is it a lack of faith in their people? Are they not aware of the possibilities? Have there been a lot of failures in the past? Maybe its the lack of substantial venture capital in the southeast. Even from Colorado, I can see that Atlanta is more up-and-coming than most people realize… its time for Tech to get involved.