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Author Topic: today—a sword-day! an axe-day! a 1337-day!  (Read 1710 times)
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« on: July 01, 2008, 06:45:34 pm »

Today was an elite day to top all elite days. Two events of great awesomeness defined it. I'm on a very strong endorphine high atm so I might not be completely lucid, but here's my best account:

I got up this morning and started trolling a blog where I was picking fights with people earlier. One of the regular readers told me to "grow up", another one called me "creepy" and the site administrator himself called me "self-absorbed".

It so happens that I was looking at the page in lynx earlier and since lynx isn't an extremely advanced web browser by any means, I stumbled on a whole crapload of spam injected into every page, which was hidden by tricks that lynx doesn't understand. 72 friggen kilobytes of it.

I told the admin about this and I expected a sheepish "gee thanks" but instead he said "f— you". He would pay for his negligence, because I had already told their provider's abuse specialist that the page was spamming and when I went to troll some more, I suddenly found that the page was suspended. I gots proof. (The blog name is immaterial and I don't want you getting involved in my nasty slugfests)

http://i29.tinypic.com/2ecordg.png

PWND IN THE FACE. I knew I would find legal ways of taking vengeance on people who have wronged me in my life, but I never knew the opportunity would present itself so soon. If the site comes back online again, cool: I can troll some more, and if it doesn't, cool: you lost and I won.

The other awesome thing that happened was when I checked the status of an interlibrary loan at the Allentown Public Library. I asked for Artificial Intelligence: A Modern Approach (co-written by the great Peter Norvig, who is a Google engineer and has very similar taste in software as me) and they said "uhhhh we don't usually loan textbooks" and "uhhhh there are so few libraries around here that have it". BULLS—. Lehigh University and Muhlenberg College—which are each within about ten miles of the Allentown Public Library—both have it. I knew it was only $25 to get a patron card at Muhlenberg, so I headed over that way and instead I ended up checking out The Elements of Artificial Intelligence Using Common Lisp and Neural Network Architectures: An Introduction, which is a weird twist of fate. The first one should be very readable because it uses a programming language to illustrate points—which is just as clear as using diagrams—and the other one might be conceptually harder, but most of the mathematical content is surprisingly pretty easy. Chapter 4 has, uhh, derivatives.

I got lost on the way back, but now the route is clear in my head. All told, I think I walked somewhere between 13 and 15 miles today. I've got a blister, I have salty grit all over my skin, my right knee and ankle both feel like s— and I'm still parched, but it was a pretty cool day.

I probably should have just lied about needing the Norvig book for a class, but oh well. Autism for the lose, sometimes. I really like Muhlenberg's library a lot more and, in fact, I am probably going to buy a new copy of one of my favorite graph theory texts and donate it to them, because they don't have that one. In general, Muhlenberg is pretty cool because I hang out in the theater when my dad is in plays there and the actors are nice. That is to say, they understand me, which is a lot more than I can say for most of the students at the place I currently attend. Lehigh is on the same tier as Muhlenberg, although it is an engineering rather than a liberal arts school, so I hope I can continue my education there and look forward to it doubly. I realized that I can cope with the world much better as an adult than as a child and I have to say I am genuinely pleased with this fact.

Oh yeah and I saw the Spanish weekday 'Viernes' on a sign when I was walking around today—downtown Allentown is very ethnic—and correctly guessed that it stood for 'Friday' because 'Viernes' sounds like 'Venus' and the Saxon/Norse equivalent for that goddess is 'Frigga', after whom 'Friday' is named. I rule.
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« Reply #1 on: July 02, 2008, 05:07:39 pm »

Some days are so much better than others..I spent most of the day hikeing through the woods with 50lb in my pack drenched in sweat and desireing water..it was excellent..when I finally got back and sat at my desk all crap hit the fan..

I think the book donation is a great idea...go for it

I had several pair of shoes that left me begging for a chair at the end of the day..I finally got a pair of canvas high tops like the ones I had as a child..they still rule and I still wear them

http://files.myopera.com/dsl-o/albums/549126/kick_the_can.jpg

the can latched onto me when I got tired of kicking and tromped on it, leaveing me with a high heel : )
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« Reply #2 on: July 02, 2008, 05:29:15 pm »

Good job, Epic. I found a nice book too, The critic philosophy of Kant, by Gilles Deleuze. A tiny but powerful book.

Some days are so much better than others..I spent most of the day hikeing through the woods with 50lb in my pack drenched in sweat and desireing water..it was excellent..when I finally got back and sat at my desk all crap hit the fan..

I think the book donation is a great idea...go for it

I had several pair of shoes that left me begging for a chair at the end of the day..I finally got a pair of canvas high tops like the ones I had as a child..they still rule and I still wear them

http://files.myopera.com/dsl-o/albums/549126/kick_the_can.jpg

Those are very popular here, I own a pair of pairs too. Great picture for a wallpaper.
A book donation, hard to find something better to do, I think I will do that too.
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« Reply #3 on: July 02, 2008, 05:47:12 pm »

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Great picture for a wallpaper.
Thanks.it's only 1024x768 but I can post it if you want a copy
http://files.myopera.com/dsl-o/albums/549126/kick_the_can1024.jpg
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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2008, 05:50:37 pm »

Those are very popular here, I own a pair of pairs too. Great picture for a wallpaper.
A book donation, hard to find something better to do, I think I will do that too.

Yeah, I'm still waiting for them to respond to my inquiry. Sad
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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2008, 06:22:16 pm »

Enough for me ty overthere.
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« Reply #6 on: July 03, 2008, 10:24:24 pm »

btw, one of the co-authors on the site I got taken down figured out my IP and threatened to contact my ISP. I pointed out that neither reporting spam nor being a prick are illegal or a breach of the AUP, and told him it was a nice try anyway Grin
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« Reply #7 on: July 06, 2008, 01:16:20 pm »

You're a true /b/-tard Epic.  For this, you are awesome.

And I can't remember any of the AI stuff I studied in undergrad now Sad
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2008, 06:01:42 am »

You're a true /b/-tard Epic.  For this, you are awesome.

Ew no /b/-tards look at a lot of loli and hentai pics and waste time watching Naruto, which is what I don't do

And I can't remember any of the AI stuff I studied in undergrad now Sad

It's pretty elite tbh. I still don't know whether I want to do grad research on AI but it is one of the most interesting fields around. I remember reading about Doug Lenat's Ph.D. research at Stanford where he gave a computer very minimal knowledge of sets and arithmetic and instructed it to search for 'interesting' ('non-trivial' I guess) conjectures. It independently conceived of prime numbers. That was cool.

At the more pedestrian end, I started using YACAS recently and it has an automated theorem prover for anything with And, Or, Not and =>, which is one of its best features. I fed it DeMorgan's Laws and a few other things just for fun. I know simplifying first-order logic statements with a computer isn't magic or even all that difficult, but it seems that way, especially when more and more technology exists for computers to produce interesting and even profound statements.

Anyway I need to figure out how to add cdf for the normal distribution to YACAS Sad
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