Monday, April 29, 2013
Incidentally taken with my new Panasonic DMC-ZS20 camera. it is a point and shoot with a really good 20X optical zoom Leica lens. They were very high up the tree in the back by Shellpot Creek. I am pleased with my new camera!
Monday, April 22, 2013
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
In my model creation I try to separate data from calculations in a spreadsheet and I am a big proponent of database style formats (read columns) because then I can run a pivot table or better yet, put the data into Tableau for visualization. But then again much of my personal fun work in excel are modesl and simulations or data manipulation that doesn't need much rigor and will only be used by me so I am free to be creative. I do remember programming in other languages when I was young and in graduate school but now I am stuck with just excel.
This is a great link and great comment thread by programers who see the threat and promise of excel and how it fits into the bigger picture of creating software to do what the usefual spreadsheet was doing.
A longer article from The Atlantic
two more views on bad software from Baseline Scenario.
Monday, March 04, 2013
Sawtooth - just copy and paste into google search.
Square Wave- just copy and paste into google search
Friday, February 15, 2013
Thursday, February 14, 2013
This author has decronstructed and compared several gothic texts using the tool. The plot above has these tantilizingly interesting yet unlabelled axes.
Here the tool is described at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH)
This link is the signup for the alpha test.
Saturday, February 02, 2013
Camera pulls back revealing Phil in a coma from the traffic accident when he tried to leave Punxitawney during his misforecast snowstorm. Rita bites back tears as she reads a book of 19th century French poetry to him hoping that eventually he will awaken.
The view dissolves into green Matrix style lettering as Rita (codenamed Winter) and Larry (codenamed Eyeball) disconnect Phil (codenamed Groundhog) from the Matrix, pulling the long black connector from the back of his head. They tell him he's been caught in a glitch in the Matrix and they freed him but they have to get moving because the Sentinels are coming.
After Phil falls asleep a crowd of roadies rush in to reset everything for the next day. A montage reveals activity all over Punxetawney as the crew resets television's most popular reality show for 10 years, "Groundhog's Day" whose centerpiece is a kidnapped, completely unaware weatherman from Pittsburgh, forced to repeat the same day over and over.
Al appears to tell Sam (as Phil) that something is wrong with the leap and that Gushi doesn't know what's wrong. No matter how many things Sam (as Phil) does in Punxetawney he doesn't seem to put the things right that once went wrong and leap out of there. He just leaps to the same day. Sam's (as Phil) Swiss cheese memory means he doesn't remember who he really is just the repeating days.
On the last day the view switches to the groundhog himself who finally sees his shadow, rescues a little girl from a burning house, leads home a lost little boy, finally woos the girl groundhog he loves and unites the community of woodland creatures in the meadows outside of town. It was the groundhog repeating the days over and over again until he learned to be a better groundhog, Phil the weatherman was just caught in the psychic backlash.
Happy Groundhog's Day!