Archive for July, 2010

Python, my love!

Yes, I (along with many, many programmers of the past and future) have fallen into the trap of Python! I am sitting in on a week-long summer camp for High School aged young adults and learning the basics of Python. I, of course, understand the concepts and move faster than them so I am sitting in the back playing with the picture wrapper classes that are provided with JES(or Jython) and having a blast making individual pixels change color. However, this is all a little behind my level of learning so I expect to move to a bigger IDE soon. I can say that I now understand at least in part why other techie people have fallen in love with it in the past.

Other than that I recently found out that I submitted the wrong file on my Data Structures midterm, turning in file) instead of file) and so I made a 30 out of 100 out of the grace of my professor’s heart. He actually looked at the next turned in program which happened to be the same classes just with more time to finish(for extra credit) and gave me the 30 points off of the 3 easy questions that he was sure that I had completed during the midterm. However, it was obvious that I had revised the other two questions and so he couldn’t give me credit for what I did during the midterm. Unfortunately, I back up the .zip files I turn in and not the entire program at the time of turn in (something I will have to remedy from now on).

I still have heard nothing on the research grant, but there is plenty of time to cramp my hands from finger-crossing.

According to this article all the United States Airlines and personal craft are FINALLY upgrading to the GPS system, and it only took loosing another 228 passengers in the global world of commercial air transportation. fortunately for us the system is in the final throes of completion and should be in all the new planes by 2012. It will take a little longer to get to EVERY plane in the USofA but that is to be expected of an entirely new system. ITT systems is involved with the military around the world for newer, cooler stuff so the hope is that this new generation of technology in flight goes off without a hitch.

On the other hand this is just one small step in the direction of advanced Aeronautics for the commercial airlines industry, having just recently upgraded its entertainment value though at a possibly to hefty price, the airlines haven’t done very much to advance seating comfort, crying children, or the food. I understand that advancement and implementation cost money but here is to hoping the airline community will take these recent advances and continue the momentum.

I am certainly waiting for my instant transmission device.

Hello world!

Well I left the original text in here all yesterday because I don’t have internet at my new apartment.  Today, however, I figured that while I have access I might as well set up my first blog post and such.  I left the original title because I think it fits perfectly with the theme of the blog!  As the title implies this is my newbie FIRST POST!  and I only have up to go from here.  So let’s get started.

First about me:

I am a computer science Major at Columbus State University in Columbus, GA and despite the school size our computer science department is excellent filled with knowledgable and helpful faculty and staff as well as many opportunities for eager to learn students.  As I type this post I am in the middle of our Universities version of the “Men From the Boys” class called CPSC2108 Data Structures and it is a very good class for doing just that.  Aside from school I also am finishing out a summer working at the library doing IT with the Systems Librarian and some software development for the reference department which I will probably post about at least once.  I am working there on Federal Work Study and because I turned 24 this year and was able to pull down some Pell Grant I am no longer eligible for FWS for some reason, so I will not be working there after beginning of August.  However my fingers are crossed and my hopes are up about getting in on a Reasearch Grant starting in the CS Department in August.  I also try to stay busy with side projects in java mostly and also try to have what passes for a life in this town. My girlfriend/life partner Kristin also goes to school here in one of the budding new programs in the Lit department called “Creative Writing” and she is the president of the Creative Writing Club.  I am trying to get her into the blogging world so I will link to that when I get the chance.

And finally some about my future:

The “track” that I am in in school is called “games track” and with a name like that you can guess what our focus is… your right gerbil physical therapy… kinda.  However, my hope for being in this track is to get the high level math and programing and some training in AI to go into a strong graduate program in AI development hopefully in robotics to work on human-robot interactions, but any AI program will do honestly.  After that I would like to gain my Doctor title and move on to jump between research jobs at educational institutions where I can teach too, or really anything that sounds interesting.

Alright, that wraps up my very first post ever.