Going to New Zealand! Today! Dec 29, 2013 These next few posts will chart our impending journey to New Zealand, which begins on a CapMetro bus this morning at 9:30am and ends with our arrival to Auckland Int. Airport at 12:50pm on December 31 (for us, there is no December 30th…) Along the way, we have two excellent layovers (Los Angeles & Nadi, Fiji) so expect to hear more about these places as well. Below is a thingum I made that roughly maps out (and even animates! ...
Ode to an Autobus Dec 17, 2013 As a student at the University of Texas, I am entitled to ride all Capital Metro public transportation completely gratis, and I wanted to take a moment to express my gratitude. I would’ve been paying $2/day almost every day this semester (about 72 days, according to this source), so I’ve saved $144 dollars so far. I enjoy riding buses and trains; I like their consistency—the same times, the same drivers—but I also like their novelty—the strange new people you are exposed to from the safety of your seat. ...
Typing Speed and the Woes of 1-β Dec 11, 2013 My six-year-old macbook (a black one, before the pro) is still operational, but it has burned through (literally) several batteries, and, unless I pay apple the $129.00 they want for a new one, it is going to remain about as portable as your average desktop PC. That’s fine for around-the-house applications, but when your academic adviser (who is retiring this year) asks, “Where’s your computer!” every time you have a meeting with her, you know it’s about time to get a new, backpack-friendly means of computing. ...
Blog-nauguration, take 2 Dec 8, 2013 Digital Citizenship as Identity-formation  A few weeks ago, presaging (if not precipitating) my own entry into the blogosphere, I read a paper by Siles (2012) entitled “Web Technologies of the Self: The Arising of the “Blogger” Identity.” This article examines the emergence of online diarists and bloggers in the late 1990s through the lens of Foucauldian “technologies of the self” by considering the role of websites as artifacts in the process of self-formation online. ...
ELM-ART, an online LISP Tutor Dec 7, 2013 A free web-based Intelligent Tutoring System that teaches you the basics of the LISP programming language: ELM-ART (http://art2.ph-freiburg.de/Lisp-Course)
First post: a couple links Dec 7, 2013 “O Muses, O high genius, aid me now!” -Inferno, Canto II While I’ve nothing interesting to say right now, I do have a few things to show you: a few tools I’ve found. If you use the “highlighter” function in a .pdf reader, you might find this service helpful (sumnotes.net); with a click, it copies all of the text you’ve highlighted and combines it into a single file. This is certainly nontrivial, and it took me a good half-an-hour to find. ...