Blogs are great because anyone who has...
- an idea
- a computer
- internet access
- modest command of a written language
But do you really want to see, you know, the masses? If we start with the quality of the average written blog entry, and we use that as a benchmark to predict the average quality of a vlog entry (were the practice to contaminate the general population), you get something rather like your uncle Ed's wedding video, except it's just a video of him trying to tell you something.
Please, for god's sake, spare us from this.
The code is written in Python, with the bits that need to go fast (numerical integration and root finding) compiled and optimized for the local CPU flavor. The optimized functions were supplied by the wonderful SciPy project. Given how much work I put into this project, I probably could have done it without SciPy, but I wouldn't have wanted to. The end result would have been much less reliable, slower, and more annoying to use. I am also extremely grateful for the Debian project and its package maintainers, who deliver the only OS I can find that has all the necessary packages compiled and ready to use.
Now, I just have to prepare the cases, run them, and write the "Conclusions" and "Error Analysis" section. That, and cross my fingers and hope that I don't get any grumpy reviewers.
This is the last step to finishing my research for the infamous High-Beta Paper.
The other thing I didn't realize, even from his performance in his movie, is how bear-like he is. He's about my height, but if I were drawn in pencil, he'd have to be drawn with a Sharpie.
Anyway, I also picked up a bunch of Terry Pratchett books. Mimi's family and Pierre gave me a Borders gift cards for my birthday, and good use is being made of them.
While I'm happy to have a signed copy of his book, I'd much rather see his name on a ballot.