Seems I forgot to post one of the finals. For Abstract Algebra I, we had to write a report on something related to the course, so I spent a few hours (2am-4am) Wednesday morning writing about check-digit schemes. Nothing too exciting, but perhaps you can take this as a selling point for Microsoft Office 20007. This took 2 hours, and it doesn’t look to shabby at all. Here’s the report: Check Digit Schemes Based upon Weighted Multiplication and Dihedral Groups. And if you haven’t already, go download a 60-day trial for Office 2007. All my most-wanted features have been implemented: better support for styles, awesome TeX-like equation editor, and automatic works cited/bibliography management(!), and the ribbon (yes, I like the ribbon). And no, I’m not a Microsoft fanboy, as I think Office 2007 is the first half-decent Microsoft product since XP (which was partially decent).
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Well, I’ve officially just submitted the last piece of work for this quarter, which means I only have one quarter left at this institute. This submission was a final research paper for Intro to CS Research with Bayliss. The project in question is called MediaPipes, and its something I’m working on with Matt Campbell, my roommate. There will be more information about it next quarter, as we will be using it for our honors capstone project (working with Prof. “Big Show” Heliotis, no less). If you want to read the paper, you can get a copy here (apologies for any errors, as a bit less effort went into this paper than the other ones for my finals week): Simple Music Streaming with MediaPipes.
I just finished my final paper for my Zen: Thought and Practice course taught by Brian Schroeder. I decided that Zen teachings, at least as translated and written for Western cultures, have as their primary weakness some basic misconceptions about Western theories of language, and that writings within Zen on the language of Zen are rather bad at capturing the problems and proposed solutions. Have a read, if you have a bit. I certainly enjoyed writing it, and I’m sure many people would certainly enjoy making fun of it :) Here she is: Wittgenstein and the Language of Zen.
If you look over at the “Pages” thingy on the right side of your screen over there, you may notice a new page called “Virtual Fence Simulation Project.” For my Math Modeling class, we have to take some problem and create a nice, lengthy paper about it. I decided to do my project Zack Butler’s cow herding research, and I’ve posted what I have so far here (its due this coming Monday, February 26). You can download the simulator, view the javadoc (yay! Javadoc!), and see some screenshots (more to come, of course). Head on over if you are curious. And, seriously, who isn’t curious about cows? The only thing cooler is fainting goats! (youtube)