What are the odds.

Probability sucks, bro.

I used to consider machine intelligence until I took eng. probability and stats with some MIT alumnus professor.

Grades are still in the air, but if I pass,












I'll find Jesus.

Don't Even Bother.

Midterm in "Introduction to Analog Circuits" coming soon.

It's open book, open note, open everything minus phones and computer.
Previous class's average on the midterm: 40%.

I guess I'm scared?

Cool stuff, though. Christ knows I've been slowly doing nothing on this journal relating to analog circuits (although I'd like to, and the whole purpose of this blog is more or less for that). I guess I'm a classroom, midterm, final, graded kind of learner. I've learned more about node voltage analysis, mesh current analysis, Thevenin's theorems, circuit transformations, and other general circuit analysis techniques in 5 weeks than I ever have flipping through the stupid 'hobbyist' electronic books I've had for so many years. Albeit it's all linear circuits thus far.

On another note, I've finally been reading books that I've far too long put off, and have discovered a new found love for 'hard' science fiction, and especially Larry Niven. Every single book he writes is a non stop page turner for me. Even the lesser known ones. I've also finally checked out a couple H.P. Lovecraft books, and after switching gears to a more complex (I guess you can call it?) writing style, have also fallen in love with his writings as well.


On the whole, I don't really care how my writing looks. I use too many commas, and for some reason love parentheses and their uses, but hopefully feel somehow that I can subconsciously absorb a better writing style just from reading his works.

That's all for now.

Sup.

Sup, lj'ers. How's life?

Hopefully it's well.

Just got done finishing a whole 2 summer sessions of economics. So, I've take General, Micro, Macro, intermediate Macro and Monetary economics over the course of my college career, and what have I taken away from it all? Little next to nothing.

I will say this, however: it seems to me that monetary policies and agendas are pretty much completely isolated from political agendas. To me, economics is graphs and best guess predictions as well as emergency quick reactions to fluctuations in the economy. There's no one lobbying Ben Bernenke (chairman of the Fed). Furthermore, if you watch interviews and read articles on the aforementioned chairman of the Fed, it seems like what he and the Fed aims to do is just logical. Logical. Monetary policy is pretty transparent as of late, and if you argue that it's not, I'd like to hear your reasons why.

Even through all this economic downturn and messiness, the economics side of our nation seems to me to be pulling through and disregarding traditional methods in favor of radical (and effective!) new ones to keep this recession from turning into a Great Depression. Monetary policy just seems sterile. It just seems that there is little room for personal agendas as one can observe in everything from the terms of everyone on the FOMC, to the barring of media coverage during an FOMC meeting, to the lack of media coverage that Ben Bernenke actually gets (or wants/cares to get). It's all implemented so that the people behind our economy can make logical decisions without pressure put on them by making people or lobbyists happy.

It makes me want to vomit at the inefficiency and shadiness of the fiscal, political side of our nation.


And, ladies and gentlemen, that's the conclusion section of my taking economics most of my college career essay.
I'm not good at writing freely, especially at trying to recap everything I've learned spread real thin over the last 2 or 3 years, so if you have cool information or opinions, feel free to comment.
I almost don't want to file economics away in a drawer at the back of a warehouse, rather, keep building on what I've learned, and keep it at the back of my toolbox.

Pondering.

I've been thinking about two subjects a lot recently, not only in the scientific mindset, but just the average 21 year old mindset as well:

1. Relativity

2. Efficiency

I think I'll give a nice long blog about them later, but for now, I'm recording an entire 8 track album featuring me on every instrument, including vox. I have a decent recording set up, and if you like the dirty South and hardcore, you'll like this.

Nothing's mastered yet, the vox tracks are just dry scratch tracks, and one song doesn't have a vox track at all, but for your listening pleasure:

Product of Southern Longcut

Changing of tides.

I bought a new laptop recently and was captured by both the price (since it's an AMD core) and touch screen capabilities of the new HP Touchsmart Tx2-1020us series hybrid tablet/laptop.

All seems to be going well, but a strange thing has been happening deep inside me. Like an awakening trying to occur but not having the ability to.

It seems I've downloaded an app called the Alias Sketchbook and have been sketching. I've always sketched stuff as a kid (although it was more technical stuff like cars, cities and imagined cross sections of stuff, etc), and would like to do so more now. I know my way around Adobe Flash extremely proficiently, I could animate in short time, it's just..... it's just I can't really draw.

I'm confused on whether having creative talent is something that is taught, or if it is something more natural, and teaching only refines it. I've been doing some online drawing stuff, but I still can't bring the middle man to put the stuff in my head onto paper. Some artists and animators appeal to me so much because they draw/animate the things that are in my head. Things that I 'imagine up' seems to be taken from my head and put on paper/pixels by artists better so than me! And this is a depressing tale indeed.

I told my friend that the other day that I wanted to be less 'mathy' and more 'artsy', in which he replied he wanted the exact opposite.

Grass is always greener.


PS, I hope everyone's having a great summer, because going to a campus for one class twice a week during the summer right next to the beach is amazing... I'm gonna be black and leathery by the end of this summer.

Dear lab partner.

So, today we learned about field effect transistors. It was really enlightening since I've only come to know BJT's, and always wondered what the actual voltage/current/resistance is going to, coming out of, etc of Boolean gates. I love asking questions in this class. I'm not the typical asshole who asks what a Boolean expression is 10 weeks into the course, but like to ask engineering questions to my professor who is...an engineer.

Well, I screwed up. In my head I asked the question 'what are the mathematics behind these field transistors since there's really no contact between the gate and source/drain?' However, in reality I said, 'So the mathematics behind these transistors must be pretty simple.'

The prof quickly responded with a smile, and something like 'wow, you just said a mouthful there.' If I had known, and was asked the same question, I would respond the same way. Anyway, he said that the mathematics are extremely complicated, and involve quantum mechanics, and that we'll undoubtedly learn about them somewhere in our Junior year. But quickly offered a quick/good response to my question.

Cool, whatever, stupid comment to put forth, but no one really noticed. It's not like anyone has any real 'leg up' over anyone else. Except, unfortunately, my lab partner.

He's out of the Navy, and 26 years old. I don't know if it's because he's 5 years older than me, and thinks that by those standards, he HAS to know more, or that if he thinks the Navy is the end all and be all of EE, and therefore, once again, he HAS to know more, but I heard him mumbling and almost chuckling under his breath from the seat two down from mine after I posed the question.

I guess I'm just blowing off steam, but just because you sucked off Navy cock for 7 years, and picked up some electrical engineering here and there along the way doesn't mean you get the little cap that says 'I know slightly more than you.' I don't really care about what/how I look nowadays and almost leaned over to tell him to politely 'shut the fuck up.' but restrained because we still have a couple more labs left, and don't want to have that sort of tension.

Cool.

Been a while.

So, I'm officially going to UCSD at Warren College for Electrical Engineering.
I'll keep it short, but this post has a point.

Currently in my 'Introduction to digital circuits' class, we're working on k-maps, which are basically a table laying out 'true's, or 'false's, or '1's and '0's, or 'high's or 'low's, and basically finding patterns of 1's to simplify gate functions. It's just a 'find the most efficient '1's' game, and I'm not enjoying it.

Let me say now that I am NOT a perfectionist. I don't take more time than needed, and when 'simplifying' these 'k maps', I almost always miss patterns that are vital. I don't know why, I just do. I'm also bad at word finds, etc.

Anyway, I've written a c++ program that randomly lays out '1's and '0's for a 4 input, 1 output k map. This way I can practice, because although they have Boolean expression simplification programs, I have yet to find a program that will generate a random function, lay it out, then pause and eventually show you the most reduced k-map. I'm wondering if it would be too hard and time consuming to make a program myself in c++. I'm writing pseudo-code, and don't think it would be too hard if I stick with 4 input or less tables, but I'm not sure yet. basically, it looks like one big loop with a ton of 'if-then' statements. I'm still thinking here and there. Ideas pop up, though, and make me think I'd bite off more than I could chew, such as 'don't care's, compliments using '0' k maps, and other things that would far complicate the code.

Just wanted to let the last 2 or 1 people who follow this in a little on my life.

This project will come when I have a lot of free time, or probably never, knowing me.

Dead.

So, I've neglected the lj in favor of school for a while, but if anyone cares, I remastered this cool song I recorded.

It features me on guitars including the solo, bass, drums, and my good friend singing: Martin.

Church Parking Lot


Basically back during Oktoberfest, I went to a church gathering, and this girl commented on how tall I was (I'm not even that tall, by the way) and insisted on taking a picture with me.

Hope you enjoy :D

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I need more friends on here.

I thought this was cool:

In a recent lab, we set up a Michelson Interferometer to calculate wavelengths of light through phase shifts, and maxima and minima fringes displayed on a viewing screen. (There's much more details, but I'll keep it short).

Needless to say that the apparatus at our college is out of date. There's a movable mirror in which you adjust to the order of microns (again more details I'll try to keep simple) that shortens or lengthens half a beam of light while the other half hits the screen at the exact point (subject to other adjustments) on the same screen. Using a lens to 'blow up' the pinpoint beam, you can see the fringes of the maxima and minima, and by finding how many fringes move in how many microns, you can calculate the wavelength.

The wavelengths I calculated were way off. The apparatus is a big piece of junk, and to calculate something in the order of nanometers or microns is absurd. The relative movement of the mirror, however, wasn't too bad.

The first beam of light we used was from a HeNe laser, with known wavelength, then we moved to other colored lasers to find the wavelengths of light. Well, you can easily set up simple ratios to find the wavelengths of the unknown beams of light with the help of the known beam of light's wavelength. But that's harder to factor in errors. So I introduced the 'Bell's Constant', in which applied to the erroneous wavelength of the known beam of light (HeNe laser of 633nm) corrects it. It can then be applied to the other wavelengths yielding accurate results.

Some stipulations are that it's not REALLY a constant that can be taken anywhere. It only works with one of the apparati (is that a word? Plural for apparatus?), but can be found anywhere. Either way, it's a funny notion, and I like it.


So, if anyone plans on setting up a Michelson Interferometer, and it yields poor absolute results, but accurate relative results, always







use Bell's constant :D
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World power series.

Power series are so elemental in math.

To me, they take something that can never be expressed exactly and express them to an exactness of anyone's choosing.

They're amazing.

Why don't I understand them..... :(