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by sparkyb
Fri Jul 10, 2009 10:55 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Those are some sharp firework pictures, is that a special setting or just the quality of camera? It's actually a fairly run-of-the-mill camera. A Canon PowerShot SD600. However I do 2 things to improve the situation. This year (for the first time) I had a tripod. And most importantly, I set a manua...
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 09, 2009 11:32 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

PictureSarah wrote:Sparky! You've been de-facial haired!


I tried it. I'm growing it back as we speak. Although, what do you think, with or without? Full beard? (I'm letting it all grow in before shaving back to my usual so I can now provide reference for the latter if necessary).
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 09, 2009 2:33 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

First of all, some of you might be interested in my pictures from July 4th . Also, I want to encourage everyone to participate in the Banditos Misteriosos 2nd annual Boston scavenger hunt . I would love to get a big team of us (even if I haven't met you yet) rather than just be paired with a bunch o...
by sparkyb
Sat Jul 04, 2009 3:03 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Ah damn, Greg, you beat me to posting. Well at least that makes it not a double-post. The weather is beautiful (yay, no rain) and so I'll be there at noon with tarps and blankets and games. Everyone is welcome to come and join us at any point. Feel free to bring snacks or drinks or more people if yo...
by sparkyb
Fri Jul 03, 2009 12:21 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

MissingDividends wrote:
sparkyb wrote:It's good to know at least some people will be there and not be out of town/other plans.

Very subtle. :¡This cheese is burning me!:

I was talking about more than just you (although some of my other friends that I was referring to are not from the forums)
by sparkyb
Thu Jul 02, 2009 12:46 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Memorial Drive between Ames and Wadsworth was where we were last year, right? I'm planning on going with some number of friends as well, possibly also up to a 4-bit integer. Yep, that's the spot. I'll be there with an undetermined number of friends. It's good to know at least some people will be th...
by sparkyb
Mon Jun 22, 2009 12:08 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

It is almost that time again, July 4th. I wanted to bring it up because I really enjoyed the way we did it last year and I hope people are up for doing that again. It will be a bit bittersweet without Bakemaster and PictureSarah, but should still be a lot of fun. For those who weren't there we picke...
by sparkyb
Wed Jun 17, 2009 12:16 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Second weekend starts tonight! Starring Cheryl Bellows, me , and a fabulous cast of thousands ( if by thousands you mean 18 others) . http://www.footlight.org/tickets I went this past weekend and thoroughly enjoyed it. I can confidently recommend that you all go see it this final weekend. Now where...
by sparkyb
Thu Jun 11, 2009 3:52 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

sm_usagi wrote:
ADXCKGuy wrote:I am in a play that opens tonight!!!!


Huzzah! I hope it's going well. May I ask what it is called so I can look it up?


And Then There Were None
by sparkyb
Wed Jun 03, 2009 3:15 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Gotcha both beat by 2 years. But then again, I'm only somewhat somewhat participating. Hey, I hung out for an hour on pi day! Would be pretty cool to chill again... Yes, I agree. Speaking of which, is anyone interested in brunch on Sunday? I was thinking, instead of our usual Johnny D's, trying the...
by sparkyb
Wed May 20, 2009 1:35 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Possible Race dates: Memorial day weekend May 30TH June 20-21st June 27TH July 11-12TH and most week days from then on till school starts Post when you can attend on any of these dates and the one with the most people I'll try to set up, or suggest a new date. I'd be happy to do a race (if my knees...
by sparkyb
Tue May 19, 2009 4:05 am UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

So, now that it's getting to be the summer and a young man or woman's fancy turns to running, does anyone want to have a meetup at a 5 or 10k? I would be interested in possibly going any number of them, I just need to know if anyone is interested. I try to run (although my knees have been acting up...
by sparkyb
Tue May 12, 2009 1:32 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Is this goal realistic?
Replies: 10
Views: 1385

Re: Is this goal realistic?

Maybe you want to start with an easier game than Chess to make an AI for? In CS classes we had to do one for Mancala.
by sparkyb
Tue May 12, 2009 12:12 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Game Engines
Replies: 11
Views: 1183

Re: Game Engines

I still think Panda3D might be a good candidate. At least as good as anything else this is open-source and Python-based. Commercial MMOs have certainly been built with it. I don't know exactly how much networking is built in and how much is done with additional libraries, but I believe the answer is...
by sparkyb
Mon May 11, 2009 12:24 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Game Engines
Replies: 11
Views: 1183

Re: Game Engines

OGRE is exactly what you don't need. I've worked with OGRE and it was a terrible experience. On the other hand, I have only great things to say about Panda3D and the people that create/maintain it. It fits your python requirement and works well with models from Blender (at least I know a lot of peop...
by sparkyb
Sat May 09, 2009 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Indecipherable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

jtniehof wrote:Hiking in the Fells. Tomorrow (Sunday). Meet 10am on Washington St. outside of Oak Grove station. Look for the tall guy with a ponytail wearing polypro and nylon.

(Yes, this involves acknowledging the existence of morning on a Sunday.)


If not for mother's day, I'd be there.
by sparkyb
Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:18 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Java MIDI using MIDI-to-USB
Replies: 5
Views: 1141

Re: Java MIDI using MIDI-to-USB

Sorry to double post, but I figured it was better than starting another new topic, since it's (at least slightly) related. My question is, is it possible (I would hope it'd be) to play individual MIDI notes, or do you need to put the notes into a track, sequencer, etc.? For instance, would you be a...
by sparkyb
Wed Apr 22, 2009 12:15 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Graduating in a year, what do I need to learn?
Replies: 18
Views: 2020

Re: Graduating in a year, what do I need to learn?

i'd say it was more of an archiac/modern divide than closed source/open source. bear in mind there are also document management systems (primarily for stuff other then source code) which do tend to be lock based. Even more than that I think it is honestly just two styles. The trend in open source i...
by sparkyb
Tue Apr 21, 2009 12:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1962
Views: 564131

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

What you might have been looking for is: if (EnglishWord in dictionary): return dictionary[EnglishWord] else: return None Although I would prefer (where the first argument is the key and the second argument is the default value to return if the key doesn't exist instead of raising KeyError): return ...
by sparkyb
Tue Apr 21, 2009 2:46 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread
Replies: 1962
Views: 564131

Re: The "IT DOESN'T WORK!" thread

If your file is an english word followed by a german word with a space in between on each line the following should work. translations = open("english2german.txt", "r") dictionary = {} for line in translations: english,german = line.split() dictionary[english] = german I'm stumpe...
by sparkyb
Mon Apr 20, 2009 1:55 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Unstoppable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Anyone going to watch the marathon today? My mom was supposed to run it for a charity but she has a herniated disk and can't do the whole thing so we're going to relay it and I'll be doing miles 6.5-13 for her (Framingham to Wellesley).
by sparkyb
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:55 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python compiler?
Replies: 29
Views: 2607

Re: Python compiler?

Why does it do this? Could it be because you might want to store your main script in /usr/bin, where it probably dosen't have write permissions (and would make a mess), and store the rest in site-packages? I don't think that has anything to do with it. It is pretty smart and if it doesn't have writ...
by sparkyb
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:49 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: SVG & LaTeX
Replies: 9
Views: 11864

Re: SVG & LaTeX

Yeah, back when I used to use LyX I'd just export all my figures to .eps. Which leads to a funny story. I was taking a class where most of our assignments we did in Matlab. I was writing up my assignment in LyX, including figures that were EPS exports of images and graphs from from Matlab. Most of t...
by sparkyb
Fri Apr 03, 2009 9:39 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Extending SVG
Replies: 21
Views: 1580

Re: Extending SVG

Jorpho wrote:And do I really have to use ECMAScript? Completely new to me, that.

You do know that ECMAScript and JavaScript are more or less 2 names for the same thing, right?
by sparkyb
Thu Apr 02, 2009 10:43 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Python compiler?
Replies: 29
Views: 2607

Re: Python compiler?

Okay, this leads me to the question: what's an interpreter, and how do I program with Python? Interpreted means that instead of calling the compiler on the source code to produce an executable which you can then run, you call the interpreter on the source code and it just runs it right there (inter...
by sparkyb
Tue Mar 31, 2009 9:26 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Xkcd coding contest administratorium thread
Replies: 142
Views: 13044

Re: Xkcd coding contest administratorium thread

Perhaps this thread (and temporarily any current contest thread) should be stickied?
by sparkyb
Tue Mar 31, 2009 1:40 pm UTC
Forum: XKCD Meetups
Topic: [US] Cambervillains (Boston Area)
Replies: 3400
Views: 611479

Re: Cambervillain Unstoppable Meetup Thread (Boston Area)

Also, after making it to my first audition in 5 years, I have been cast in a show! And Then There Were None at The Footlight Club this June, I hope some of you will have the opportunity to come see it. Congratulations! I hope you will remind us when the time comes and I'm sure we will. I'm also hop...
by sparkyb
Tue Mar 31, 2009 11:38 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Xkcd coding contest administratorium thread
Replies: 142
Views: 13044

Re: Xkcd coding contest?

Yeah, so first piece of feedback about the process: pick a simpler puzzle. Nonograms are fun and all, but seems it was too tricky for a weekend thing. When I left for work yesterday (an hour before the contest closed) there was only one entry... I thought we were going to have to award it the "...
by sparkyb
Mon Mar 30, 2009 1:03 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Inceptive XKCD Communalistic Coding Challenge
Replies: 50
Views: 4097

Re: The Inceptive XKCD Communalistic Coding Challenge

Now that we're done, what is the name of the puzzle? Ha ha, "The" name... Nonograms are known by many other names, including Paint by Numbers, Griddlers, Pic-a-Pix, Picross, Pixel Puzzles, Crucipixel, Edel, FigurePic, gameLO, Grafilogika, Hanjie, Illust-Logic, Japanese Crosswords, Japanes...
by sparkyb
Mon Mar 30, 2009 12:54 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Linker Errors in C++
Replies: 9
Views: 1579

Re: Linker Errors in C++

Those look ok, but it seems to think you are missing a couple of called functions from your .cpp files. I would guess the problem is there (what we haven't seen) rather than the headers.
by sparkyb
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:22 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: How do we know you have a face unless you post it?
Replies: 20910
Views: 3027347

Re: Postify your facerity

telcontar42 wrote:Here is my facerity.
Spoiler:
smaller.JPG

Well, it is undeniably your face, but it's not really what you look like. Try again with the glasses.
by sparkyb
Sun Mar 29, 2009 8:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts
Replies: 9990
Views: 1999775

Re: Coding: Fleeting Thoughts

As to the eternal "why not use SDL/GLFW/whatever?" question? Overall I'm ok with the Win32 API, but I agree that the way it uses window classes and window procedures is a bit annoying. I've been very happy with wxWidgets which is a cross platform abstraction. It wraps native implementatio...
by sparkyb
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:33 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: What to learn
Replies: 30
Views: 2728

Re: What to learn

I learned Java in college and used it in a job I had there for a while. It's been a long time since that though. Lately I'm all about Python. I frickin live in Python. It's great for small things and big things. However, my recommendation goes to C++ (and I think I'm finally ready to separate that f...
by sparkyb
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:22 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Camera Source Code
Replies: 5
Views: 899

Re: Camera Source Code

Are you talking about a webcam or a digital camera? For webcam (and other capture devices) I often use either OpenCV's capture api, or another api to capture to an OpenCV image (which can be saved as .png or .jpg) if the device is a DirectShow device not compatible with VFW (this all assumes windows...
by sparkyb
Sun Mar 29, 2009 6:16 am UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: The Inceptive XKCD Communalistic Coding Challenge
Replies: 50
Views: 4097

Re: The Inceptive XKCD Communalistic Coding Challenge

This is a problem I've actually wanted to write a solver for for a while. This is definitely the impetus I need to actually do it. However, I have a code test for a job application/interview that I really should be doing instead, so I'm not sure if I'll finish my solver in time for this contest. It ...
by sparkyb
Wed Mar 25, 2009 5:52 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 370675

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

Even if there's no homophobia at all, it does imply a reckless disregard for the feelings of other people, which still makes you an ass. I agree with gmal, sometimes it is more important what other people might think you mean than what you actually mean. It's like what I said a few days ago in this...
by sparkyb
Tue Mar 24, 2009 3:10 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: Xkcd coding contest administratorium thread
Replies: 142
Views: 13044

Re: Xkcd coding contest?

I don't think polling is a judging solution for all types of contents, but it could be for some. It would be nice to have some variety. It depends on whether you're judging the quality of the code or what it does. These are different types of contests. Even though the most efficient/elegant/obfuscat...
by sparkyb
Tue Mar 24, 2009 2:47 pm UTC
Forum: Coding
Topic: I won my first coding contest, yay!
Replies: 19
Views: 3348

Re: I won my first coding contest, yay!

Woah. That was not what I expected when I heard "maze". I'm glad I compiled it and ran it before I suggested that maximum number of moves is not what makes a (traditional) maze difficult. I don't know what I'd call that puzzle, but I don't think I'd call it a maze. I do like it. I'll have ...
by sparkyb
Sun Mar 22, 2009 8:31 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions
Replies: 4059
Views: 370675

Re: REALLY Annoying Misconceptions

One word: Irregardless I counter with my one=word misconception: prescriptivism. I've given up arguing that it is wrong and have accepted that it has been so common as to have become a word (that means the same as regardless, whether that makes sense or not), but I still think it sounds incredibly ...
by sparkyb
Fri Mar 20, 2009 5:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.
Replies: 4973
Views: 751014

Re: Logical fallacies/douchebaggery in commercials.

Internetmeme wrote:I'm surprised no-one has mentioned Domino's "Taste Stimulus Package".

Apparently, we have a "secretary of taste" who has changed Domino's rates!


It is mildly annoying but it is redeemed in my mind because "taste" is an anagram of "state"

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