More important things beckoned, so I won’t be posting today. Instead, enjoy this Hatsune Miku song, generated electronically with Vocaloid. (A splendid program, I must admit.)
January 12, 2010
January 11, 2010
(I really should have posted this yesterday (when the OP-ED in question was published), but eh. Deadlines are meant to be stretched, especially since more important stuff get in the way. Anyways, read it first, since I’ll be jumping around a little bit and it might help to know the context.) In any case, onto the post:
A recent OP-ED, titled “The College Admissions Scam” was published on the Boston Globe, a newspaper known for being the epitome of journalist integrity. The article in question attempts to address a highly controversial and important issue: the integrity of college admissions. The writer, Neal Gabler, wrote a book about how Jews created the film industry, stars in a film whose title suggests that Hollywood was somehow responsible for the Holocaust, and apparently appears on the completely neutral and factual Fox news.
January 10, 2010
January 8, 2010
Being a slow Friday with nothing especially controversial or technical to rant about, I decided to take a look at my day and rant about the miscellaneous things in life. Since a post about creationism or Scientology would probably lead to a dead Excel before the next morning, I must resort to the alternative of discussing a more plebeian issue: the school lunch.
January 7, 2010
January 6, 2010
EDIT> This has its own Wikipedia page now. Hmm.
Since I have nothing extraordinary to blog about and someone complained that the chaosbrot applet from last time did not let the user view any fractals other than the relatively uninteresting one I had chosen, I took a few minutes and coded a slide bar for it. Here’s a view of the new UI:
January 5, 2010
Enough whining about summer program applications, here’s a legacy fractal applet I dug up while writing Project Euler code…
Excel Excel presents: CHAOSBROT
RSI (Research Science Institute) is one of MIT’s three main residential summer programs and apparently one of the most competitive and prestigious in the nation according to Caltech. Hmm, not bad. Not only does the program only accept 80 students, only 50 or so are actually from the US with the 30 remaining slots allocated for foreign students and DoDEA members. College Confidential forumers (who are obviously infallible and omnipotent) claim that about 5% of RSI applicants are accepted annually (does that mean only 1000 people bothered to apply to it in ths US?). That does seem quite formidable for an optimistic estimate, considering that you’re more likely to get into Harvard with their 7% acceptance rate…
While I would prefer to be lazy and assume my readers know what everything I say refers to, unfortunately not everyone in the world who might read this blog lives in New Jersey. So here is the “selective” summer program in question.
After entertaining the thought of starting a website and subsequently finding it nigh impossible to register a domain without access to a credit card or bank account, a WordPress blog suddenly appeared as a welcome though somewhat limiting alternative. While I have yet to explore the limits of this service, the fact remains that I am now able to log events/rant/upload to the blogosphere as I please :). As for the value of actually blogging as a 11th-grade high school student… I’ll leave that up there for thought later. Probably.
(Don’t expect extremely short posts or religiously frequent updates; this is not Twitter (although some inane user out there linked the two blogging services). To avoid emulating that shining example of human stupidity, short, one-sentence/word/character posts will not be present on this blog. If such content appeals to you, perhaps said cesspool might be a better place to lurk.)