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  1. In Topic: What are you reading and what is on your book stack to read?

    Posted 16 Jul 2014

    I'm at various points in all of these, currently:
    • Code Complete
    • People and Places (Santayana)
    • The Prince (Machiavelli)
    • Hamlet (Shakespeare) (reading it in German)
    • The Lean Startup (Eric Ries)
    • Four Hour Chef (Tim Ferriss)
    • Daily Rituals: How Artists Work (Mason Currey)

    Santayana has probably grabbed me the most on this list. The 4-hour Chef is probably the most useful the most quickly.
  2. In Topic: What Are You Working On Today?

    Posted 15 Jul 2014

    Today I made the unpleasant discovery that my python 3 codebase needs to be python 2 compatible to work on amazon. So I spent a long time downgrading today.
  3. In Topic: What Are You Working On Today?

    Posted 2 Jul 2014

    I'm doing experimenting with rules for a 'word game' to analyze serial data. Here's what I've come up with:



    a "block" is a set of data that is in a meaningful serial format
    a "character" is a unique identifiable type of marker with one or more instances in a block
    a "word" is a sequential list of characters of any length 1 or more characters
    "default" words have at least 2 characters and occur at least twice in a block
    the remaining characters that are not already considered words become words of length 1 for the purposes of continuing.
    "words" cannot overlap.
    a word must end before the next word begins
    Words must be consecutive.
    characters which are not part of a word and which are between two words must be recorded as a suffix from the word before and a prexif
    to the word after. if, in subsequent data containing at least 50% of the original words, only one of these variations occurs, the second variation can be forgotten.
  4. In Topic: Spring/Summer 2014 Fitness

    Posted 2 Jul 2014

    Here's a quick rundown from me.

    • actively tracking since January 15
    • have lost ~40 inches of circumference from 'base' measurements (both biceps, both thighs, moobs, chest, belly at bellybutton, and waist at widest point)
    • have massively increased muscle mass since I began weight training in April (have gone from 8 rep max of 15 lbs on bicep curls to 8 rep max of 40 lbs, for example)
    • have been actively following 'slow carb' diet. the difference in energy level is amazing.
    • have lost a substantial amount of fat. I estimate about 20-40 lbs, but this is only an estimate, as the scale I've got only goes up to 310 lbs and I'm still somewhere above that.
    • A substantial amount of what I've lost seems to have been visceral fat, as I'm no longer short of breath... almost ever. Love handles have shrunk to the point where they aren't noticeable. Belly has 'deflated' and sags because there's not enough fat in it to push it up. it seems to be re-absorbing normally, from the center line of my body to the outside, which is weird. It's strange to see how lumpy I got on the inside.
    • Blood pressure has nose-dived. very little fatigue. I'm sleeping ~7 hours a day and am very awake an alert.
    • Tracking mental fitness as well. using Duolingo daily to study 5 languages (use scores from practice sessions as metric for assessing brain function). up to ~200 words each in French/German/Spanish/Italian/Portuguese. (I'm also developing skill in these elsewhere, eg by doing translations of texts, watching foreign films, practicing speaking with language partners, etc. It's not just a 'torture test' anymore, I'm actually trying to become fluent in all of these languages, to the point that I could travel to a country speaking these languages and get around OK without needing translation)

    so... fun progress. I'm a bit behind track for losing 100 lbs this year, but not by much, and I'm working on regaining lost ground.

    Currently recovering from a wrist injury from within the last several days- not sure how it happened. seems to be a minor TFCC tear. It's enough better that I'm back on weights tonight, but I'll have it splinted just in case.
  5. In Topic: What have you built?

    Posted 9 Jun 2014

    I built an excellent Thai/Chinese curry yesterday. My kids and I have been gobbling it up. More info here. I used a 50/50 mix of normal soy (kikkoman) and molasses as a substitute for the dark/sweet soy sauce, and it came out very well.

    If you've never been to Thailand and want to see what Thai comfort food is like, give this a go.

My Information

Member Title:
D.I.C Lover
28 years old
March 30, 1986
Programming graphics, programming data management systems, designing guns, building things.
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C#, C++

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Yahoo  Santafeur


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    modi123_1 Icon

    11 Aug 2012 - 22:00
    Reminds of something you said once..
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    Shane Hudson Icon

    19 Mar 2012 - 04:25
    I am not the owner of Duck Duck Go!! That is Yegg, who is an investor so did not need to find money from elsewhere.
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    Shane Hudson Icon

    09 Mar 2012 - 04:25
    Haha nice to see you used Duck Duck Go. Did not realise my site is not at the top of it though... strange!!
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    17 Jul 2011 - 21:50
    Hey there, I was just curious if you would check out my programming forum. If your active and interested, you may become a moderator early on. We are a new forum, powered by IPB... check us out!
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    Sayid Ahmed Icon

    16 Sep 2010 - 16:15
    You love the city of new york? sorry I couldn't help noticing your signature
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    Nykc Icon

    09 Jul 2010 - 11:12
    Everyone else refers to me as "Nike" or Nick C. It is N.Y.K.C. but Nukes is pretty cool
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