Yearly Archives: 2007

NCSS 2008 (First Post)

Well, after a three-months-and-a-week delay, I’ve finally been invited to be a tutor at this year’s National Computer Science School, which is held at the School of Information Technologies at the University of Sydney (in Sydney).

I was a student at the School in 2006, and it was certainly one of the best experiences of my life, and it’s great to finally get an opportunity to put back into the School.

I’m certainly looking forward to it. More posts on the topic as it comes.

In related news, I’ll be in Sydney from midway-through the first week of January (probably Thursday the 3rd), and leaving roughly on the 14th (if all goes according to plan).

Blog Upgrade

Well I’ve finally bit the bullet, and have installed PyBlosxom 1.4.2 onto my web site. There’s some internal improvements that nobody here is likely to see in relation to that; however, I’ve also installed some new plugins, including Akismet Comments, a spam filter that should hopefully ward off spammers, without requiring you to type “what” in every time you want to make a comment.

Also installed is support for tagging of posts, which you should see me do more often now.

Enjoy! (I know I will :))

Generecies

Well, I suppose it’s about time for a general-purpose post summarising things that have been done lately by myself, since I’ve failed to do that for the past few months (typical :D).

Exams

Exams seemed to generally go well, I suspect that I’ll be keeping the average that I went into the exams with (2 certain HDs, 1 borderline HD/DN and one borderline DN/CR), with my most confident being AI and my least confident being Chemistry. Only 10 days until the big result is known, and I’m mildly tense about it (as maintaining a strong GPA is a condition on extension study next year).

Work

I’m now working on a more-or-less full time basis, which has been good so far — interesting projects, using the languages and systems that I like (I know of very few other places in Hobart that would be able to give me a significant project in C, which is a definite plus). More news on that as it comes to hand.

The Whitlams

I went to see my third Whitlams gig on Friday evening, with Jack, Richard and Jen. All in all, the evening was quite good, and we ran into a few of my friends from School/Uni. HIghlights of the concert included: Seeing End Of Your World performed live, a very strong performance of You Sound Like Louis Burdett, and an encore that consited of Hobart’s favourite I Make Hamburgers (more sauce!), Happy Days (breaking my self-imposed bet that no songs from Stupor Ego would be played), and concluding the night with Gough (which was not at all controvertial given the name of the Band).

Cricket

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, I went to see Australia vs Sri Lanka at Bellerive. Although the match turned out to be quite closely-fought, the three days that I managed to see were all dominated completely by Australia, with the exception of a couple of good innings from Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene; from an Australian point of view, it was nice to see Brett Lee get lots of Wickets, and see Michael Hussey get a century (especially since I told the Managing Director of his bat company in no uncertain terms that it would be good if he got out quickly due to his slow scoring at the onset of the match). Despite the Rain delays and the like, the Company was good, and am looking forward to the 2-3 ensuing one day matches this season that will be here ( and maybe a few games interstate too, depensive on my travel plans *cough*.

Well, that’s it for this post, expect to hear more from me in another indeterminite period of time!

Yours Quantisedly,

Chris

1 Year of last.fm

One year ago today, I signed up for last.fm/Audioscrobbler, which for those of you who don’t know, is a Social music tracking site. What this means for me is that I’ve had my listening habits tracked for the past year, and had recommendations as to stuff I may like made.

Interesting things to note are that I listened to the Whitlams for the 2000th time (since I started Scrobbling) this week, a figure which I found mildly disturbing, especially when that number outnumbers the next artist by more than 2:1.

Speaking of The Whitlams, I’ll be going to their Hobart concert on Friday, the third of which I’ve been to, and I suspect that they’ll continue being excellent live.

Time (And the Mandelbrot Set)

Today, instead of studying for my KXT203 exam, I spent the afternoon writing a Mandelbrot Set rendering program.

Currently, the thing’s very simple, but it still produces some nice images, one of which I will share with you now:

There is also a larger, wallpaper-sized version of it available from the previous link, which thanks to having been considerably cleaned up, is in my opinion, much nicer.

Etc!

Wow, is that the time?!?!?! As usual, I’ve left this page for far too long without saying anything useful, so it’s about time I corrected that.

First thing to note would be that my second full-time semester at University has drawn to a close, and as usual, there’s been some thoroughly interesting stuff been studied, and a lot of infinitely boring stuff has been thoroughly ignored, probably to my eventual detriment (I suppose that that’s the way that things go though). Exams are next week, and I am currently sitting on comfortable HD’s for most of my units (excluding Chemistry), of course, in the context of University Exams, this means absolutely nothing, but it’s still nice to know…

In other slightly-related news, I’m now employed by AeGres, doing programming work on whatever projects I’m given (currently working on a **************** for an ************* being built in the middle of **************). It’s quite enjoyable, and having money is always nice; being able to choose my own hours is even better 🙂

As an aside, I’ll be attending linux.conf.au, in Melbourne, in January next year; I’m really looking forward to it!

Well, that is all for now; more updates when I can be bothered.

Weekend Update

Crap. I forgot to do my regular updating of this site, oh well. So it’s now time to let you all know what’s been going on with my life over the past few weeks, and what the future (hopefully) holds.

The Past

Firstly, Uni exams finished a little over a week and a half ago, and as far as I can tell, they went fairly well for me. Over the two-week-long exam time, I had two lots of two consecutive days worth of exams: Maths and Chem for the first week, and my Computing Subjects during the second. Overall, the one I believe I did least-well in is Maths (but the marking scheme should compensate there), with the rest of them probably being equal in well-donedness… but we’ll see — I never have very good feelings about maths exams. One particular highlight of the exams was being able to use two useless pieces of info I learned for chem, verbatim. Things like that just make your day if they come off well 🙂

The culmination of one school term’s worth of Tutoring work occurred during the middle of exam time, with the Prog Comp Team that I coached competing in ProgComp (duh); they won their division quite convincingly (33% ahead of the next team down), but didn’t quite make the cutoff for the finals, hence, I won’t be going to Sydney to supervise — hopefully next year, and at this rate, it doesn’t look too unlikely.

The Future

In relation to my future Uni Study, I’m taking a newly-offered advanced computing unit, which is to be held in Launceston, starting from next Monday; aside from being in Launceston (which in reality isn’t hugely problematic), it should be great fun, and I’ll learn a heap in anticipation of the ACM comp that is due to happen in September. There is however an exam on the 15th of July which is, incidentally, my 19th Birthday (more on that one later)

In next semester proper, I’m reducing my load of first-year subjects (thank god), with the intention of filling prerequisites for next year more quickly. I’ll be studying the following:

  • KXT203 Software Construction, which is a 2nd-year Software Engineering unit, which is evidently compulsory for my CS major. Although it’ll in general likely be boring, it appears as though it teaches some useful things like how to use version control (I never bothered learning), and some intermediate Java stuff (could end up being dreadful there).
  • KXT206 Artificial Intelligence, a second year AI unit, which teaches a whole heap of AI techniques, as well as programming in Prolog, which is certain to be an eye-opening experience.
  • KMA154 Calculus and Applications 1B, the conclusion of the maths I did last semester.
  • KRA114 Chemistry 1B, the conclusion of the Chemistry I did last semester.

In general, I’ve decided to revise my Major Study from two majors in Computer Science to a single one, and supplementing that with a major in Maths (specialising in Algebra & Applications, and Operations Research [which is a strand of applied maths that relies heavily on algorithms and the like, so good for me there]).

Finally, it’s my Birthday in two weeks time, and at the moment, it looks like I’ll be doing minimal to celebrate it on the day, as I have a couple of completely unavoidable non-personal commitments on the day; that said, the majority of readers of this site should catch me at the Justs’ Annual Bonfire night, which as far as I know, is on the 14th.

That’s all for now, more posts when I can be bothered.