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Nov. 17th, 2005 01:05 pm
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Last midterm: done Tuesday. Class presentation: rocked today. I was the Tuftefied presenter with low-text slides done up in marker and a hopefully clear and engaging presentation involving "staunching bleeding vertices" and "good enough" data transmission without redundant bits (it was about optimal numbering of graphs, coding theory and the wirelength problem, if you're curious). I've officially had a good week, school-wise.

Add in a pleasant loss at Scrabble to [livejournal.com profile] rottenfruit and breakfast with her and [livejournal.com profile] red_sneakers, as well as eating well, doing errands, birthdayosity and the love of an amazing woman when I felt a little run over by it all (and when I'm not!)... it's been a good week so far!

Date: 2005-11-17 09:20 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ramou.livejournal.com
Did you let her win? Was it strip scrabble? I did not think you could be beaten... in scrabble...

Date: 2005-11-18 04:23 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
i) I do not let people win. She got me 316-311. She wrested every last point...
ii) from my quivering but still family-friendly body.

Date: 2005-11-17 10:17 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] felis-ultharus.livejournal.com
Staunching bleeding vertices? I'm not sure what that is, but I'm having a fascinating mental image...

Date: 2005-11-18 04:29 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
It's a neat metaphor built on some work by L.H. Harper way back before I was born. The idea is that when organizing how you encode data, work compactly lest your orphan points bleed too much error (points wrapped in other points don't bleed, points exposed to the harsh world of unclaimed graph contribute error proportional to how exposed they are times how long they're exposed -- Harper worked out the math, I added the pain). You can apply it to wiring up networks or to sending signals over noisy channels, among other things.

Date: 2005-11-18 04:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] felis-ultharus.livejournal.com
I think I understand, though it's far from my field...

Date: 2005-11-18 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] star-holder.livejournal.com
I love your icon. My dream is to receive something like that in the mail.

Date: 2005-11-18 04:31 am (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] metawidget.livejournal.com
It's from a bus window at night in Ottawa (shot from the inside).

It was a good trip. A couple of my other icons ("science" and the pic of [livejournal.com profile] rottenfruit and I) are from that trip too.

grammar pickiness

Date: 2005-11-22 02:44 am (UTC)

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