What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

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Poll: What's the coolest thing you've learned today? (24 member(s) have cast votes)

How often do you learn cool things?

  1. Hourly (11 votes [45.83%])

    Percentage of vote: 45.83%

  2. Daily (4 votes [16.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 16.67%

  3. several times a week (6 votes [25.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 25.00%

  4. once a week or less (2 votes [8.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.33%

  5. more than once a month (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  6. once a month or less (0 votes [0.00%])

    Percentage of vote: 0.00%

  7. once a year or less (1 votes [4.17%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.17%

What kind of cool things do you pay attention to and learn from?

  1. Biology/evolution/medcine (13 votes [9.22%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.22%

  2. Physics/materials science (14 votes [9.93%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.93%

  3. Astronomy/Cosmology (10 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

  4. Sociology/society/culture (10 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

  5. Economics/motivation/ecology/capitalism (6 votes [4.26%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.26%

  6. natural history/geology (7 votes [4.96%])

    Percentage of vote: 4.96%

  7. human history (please specify area/culture/time period) (8 votes [5.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.67%

  8. computer science (low level/circuit design/embedded systems) (12 votes [8.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.51%

  9. computer science (high level languages/web design) (19 votes [13.48%])

    Percentage of vote: 13.48%

  10. linguistics, art, music, poetry, performance or composition (12 votes [8.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.51%

  11. Chemistry (8 votes [5.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 5.67%

  12. neurology/psychology/study of the mind (12 votes [8.51%])

    Percentage of vote: 8.51%

  13. other (10 votes [7.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 7.09%

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#31 BetaWar  Icon User is offline

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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:35 AM

I learn tons of things, somedays I get through a lot of material and learn a lot of new and cool information, and others I don't really make progress (hence the reason I said sever days a week).

I have learned cool things like how to write an 8-bit speaker driver, how to switch to VGA-256 mode, how to get keyboard interrupts working, how to program a PIT, how to write functions in assembly and call them from C++ (and vice versa) all in the last week. It is amazing the wealth of information out there if you know where to find it. I learned how the basic mandelbrot fractal equation (though that was through the class I grade for -- after which I redid the code to optimize speed and also change it from 16 color mode to 256^3 possible colors, this was for fun). I was amazed to see just how many instructions the intel i5 processor has these days (I has originally hoping for a small number of instructions such that I could easily get through them, that wasn't the case...).
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 10:22 AM

I learnt a lot every day, but one that particularly sticks in the mind for today is the "Make object ID" option when you right click on an item in the locals menu of VS, which allows you to track different instances of the same object.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:04 AM

View PostCraig328, on 21 March 2012 - 11:35 AM, said:

I learned that B9 owns a calculator and doesn't get enough sleep.


I use Windows. Hence, I always have an available calculator.

And 6 hours was just a semi-reasonable number. I usually get closer to 4 or 5. Unless I'm watching a movie. I can snag a solid extra two hours by popping in a DVD and sitting in my recliner.

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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:09 AM

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popping in a DVD and sitting in my recliner.


Ah yes... his recliner is always the best recliner.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:16 AM

I'm pretty sure my recliner was the actual recliner used in that ad.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:18 AM

Then I learned I am moderately jealous over a blue and chrome space-age recliner, as envisioned by the 60's. That and I need to use rope for a belt.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 11:45 AM

Today, I learned that fashion hasn't changed since the 60's, except for a period during the 80s when everyone tried to be ugly.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 06:13 PM

TIL that I must be a baby, because I require about 12 hrs sleep to function.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:00 PM

I remember being told that 9 hours was way too much sleep. Any idea where you got that from? A little JPG isn't going to let my 17-year-old butt sleep in.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 07:03 PM

I learned how to take the integral of things like xsin(x)dx. I also learned I am somewhat depressed and an alcoholic.
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Posted 21 March 2012 - 08:42 PM

I learn at least one new thing each day. Partially be default from my courses, but I am also usually trying to learn something linux related in my free time. For example, today I learned how to set up a mercurial central repo for a summer project I'm planning.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 05:45 AM

Problem solving can be an addiction that keeps me awake worse than snorting speed.
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Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:07 AM

I've learned what "Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle" means.
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Re: What's the coolest thing you've learned today?

Posted 24 March 2012 - 07:19 AM

Lol you're slow. Especially for a woman who has, like, what? 3 kids? XD

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Posted 24 March 2012 - 08:40 AM

Speaking of slow, 1 + 1 = 2.
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