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by Josh W at 4:09 AM EDT on May 17, 2012
Research survey for programmers of all skill levels!

Readability survey

Trying to discover what makes code readable, empirically. Took me maybe 15 minutes to go through, you're not asked to do any heavy lifting.


Good exercise. Feels good to flex the ol' thinking muscles
by Knurek at 12:19 PM EDT on May 17, 2012
I've been reading #cs logs, and arbin linked to some keygen tunes.

The thing is, the server that hosts them, http://a.chujwie.co.uk made me LOL so hard I think I woke my neighbors.

You see, the English equivalent of this address as read in Polish would be, I guess, http://lick.my-an.us
by bxaimc at 12:18 AM EDT on May 18, 2012
hahahahaha
by Knurek at 6:00 PM EDT on May 23, 2012
Listened to 8-bit versions of two Radiohead albums done by this guy
by hcs at 12:21 AM EDT on May 25, 2012
Been struggling with Jeffrey Ullman's online Automata class at Coursera, which will be wrapping up soon.

There's a course for Human-Computer Interaction starting this weekend that I've been looking forward to for a while. It will be their first project to use peer assessment, that should be pretty interesting to watch.

I've also been doing the CS101 class on Coursera, it's good to watch what an intro class looks like.

Over on Udacity I've been taking two classes, CS212: Design of Computer Programs (with Peter Norvig), where I've been learning a lot of Python, and CS262: Programming Languages (with Westley Weimer). I've fallen behind a bit with these, just catching up now. They'll be wrapping up in the next week.

In general trying to get back into coursework, and while these things are running for free I might as well take advantage of them.
by Knurek at 2:25 AM EDT on May 25, 2012
How do you find Python, BTW? It's nice to have a runtime language that doesn't suck donkey balls, but some things about it are driving me up the wall.

Who ever thought that proper indentation should be required for the script to compile should be dragged to a street and shot.

Binary file operations are also kind of clunky from what I recall.
by Josh W at 3:38 AM EDT on May 25, 2012
At work, we have began to start phasing in python as our 'standard' scripting language.

Currently we use perl and comparatively python is light years ahead, yay for types, proper classes and exceptions.

The only downside is that I have had to make a database connector (for Unify dataserver)
by hcs at 1:37 AM EDT on May 26, 2012
It's growing on me, there's a lot of cool stuff. Generator functions, generator expressions, list comprehensions are super useful. Check out the itertools, and collections modules if you haven't yet. Binary access is slightly awkward but much easier than in C overall.

edited 1:47 AM EDT May 26, 2012
by hcs at 3:59 PM EDT on May 28, 2012
Partial eclipse photos from 5/20

Blah, spent an hour writing an argument that analog/digital is not the same as continuous/discrete. With a questionably valuable historical aside!

edited 5:12 AM EDT May 29, 2012

I discovered today that my new NYU account gives me access to the OED, and I checked up on the entries for "analog" and "digital". It looks like I must issue a retraction.

edited 3:09 PM EDT May 29, 2012
by Knurek at 4:45 PM EDT on May 31, 2012
arbin: I hope this is what you asked for - Kid A - 8-bit

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