Post 147: April 11th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about arithmetic sequences. So, a sequence is a list of numbers in a particular order, each number in the sequence being called a term. An arithmetic sequence is a sequence in which each term after the first is found by adding a constant, called the common difference, to the previous term.


As for English, still doing it. Still ordering some things. I don’t know what to say.

Post 146: April 10th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about exponential growth and decay. So, when a quantity decreases by a fix percent over a period of time, the amount y of that quantity after t time is given by:

ya(1 – r)t, where a is the initial amount, and r is the percent of decrease expressed as a decimal. In this case, r can also be called the rate of decay. However, if you change that equation so that the subtraction is instead addition, it is the formula for exponential growth instead of exponential decay. In that case, r is the rate of growth.


Next, English. I continued working on my paper, selecting specific topics from my sources to use in my essay.


As for other things, I’ve suspended some classes so that I can focus on my english paper.

Post 145: April 7th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about vertical migration. Interesting thing, a lot of animals will actually switch between two zones, in order to enjoy the benefits of both. Some animals can manage it better than others however, because of the differences that occur the deeper you go.


Next up, Sociology. I learned about deviance. What I find kind of interesting is that social norms actually make life a lot easier. With social norms, you can expect certain things to happen, like going to the store and buying milk. People also respond to other’s actions through sanctions. There are negative sanctions, like gossip or criminal charges, and positive sanctions, like smiles or formal awards. People like it when others conform to norms.


Finally, English. I started working on my paper, and got the order of stuff down. Not much else to say, really.

Post 144: April 6th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about base e and natural logarithms. So, base e is the irrational number 2.71828… , and it pops up often with a certain, rather common expression. The expression is 1(1 + (1/2)n(1), or just 1(1 + (1/2)n. As for natural logarithms, they’re logarithms with base e.


Next up, Sociology. I learned about some of the competition and symbiosis between Japanese and U.S. corporations. Interesting thing, they both tried to adopt traits of the other’s corporate structure. However, because of cultural differences, the adaptions had a lot of issues. For example, laying people off wasn’t really a thing in Japanese culture at the beginning.


Finally, English. I finished my research on special effects in film before CGI, and I’ll be beginning my essay shortly. Should be interesting. As for what I learned, turns out some early backgrounds were giant painted glass panels, or if they needed to be animated, they played footage of the background on a screen behind the actors, and filmed both at the same time.

Post 143: April 5th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about vertical distribution in the pelagic zone. Fun fact, although the epipelagic zone accounts for less than 10% of the ocean’s volume, most pelagic animals are found there. Much deeper down, animals have to depend on random sinking food particles, and feeding on each other.


Next up, and lastly, English! I started doing some research into the special effects used in movies. For example, the first special effects in a film came from an 1895 Edison film. They recreated the execution of Mary, queen of the Scots, by having everyone stand perfectly still, and then replacing the actress with a dummy. I find it pretty cool, and apparently it was advanced enough at the time that some people thought a woman had died for the film.

Post 142: April 4th, 2017

First order of business today was Algebra. I learned about common logarithms. Basically, any logarithm with base 10 is a common logarithm. That’s it. That’s a common logarithm. I don’t know what else to say.


Next up, Sociology. I learned about the interaction of technology and workers. With a lot of technology, workers can do stuff at their jobs besides working, and those things can be important. Stuff like scheduling doctor’s appointments, sorting out groceries, and so forth. However, people can use technology to slack off even further, as you do.

There are also concerns with the fact that the internet is forever. Stuff you post online might cost you a job one day.


Finally, Programming? Well, everything is done for programming! So we’re doing more English! Interesting thing I learned, different people have different levels of immersion in something. Researchers have found that people have an “absorption trait”, which means that they’re quicker to be drawn in and fascinated by something. Some people also willingly suspend their disbelief, in order to be immersed.

Post 141: April 3rd, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about horizontal distribution of animals. Interesting thing, epipelagic habitats can be differentiated by what species of krill lives there. There are six closely related kinds, and their distribution indicates what other animals live in the area.


Next up, English. I continued reading the video game essay, and a bit part of spacial presence is consistency. Namely, another four things. Lack of incongruous visual cues, consistent behavior from things in the game world, an unbroken presentation of the game world, and interactivity with items in the game world.

Some of those are self explanatory, so let’s cover numbers one and three. Lack of incongruous visual cues means that things look how they “should” look in a game. Tutorial messages don’t pop up while you’re doing things and break your immersion. As for an unbroken presentation, that’s similar in that the game world remains there, it doesn’t just go away like when you get stuck in a loading screen.


Finally, Algebra. I learned about properties of Logarithms, and relatively speaking they’re pretty simple. Since logarithms are exponents, the properties of logarithms can be derived from the properties of exponents. The product property of logarithms, for example, states that the logarithm of a product is the sum of the logarithms of its factors.

Post 140: March 31st, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about pelagic inhabitants, animals that live in the pelagic division. Interesting thing about them, there are two major groups. Zooplankton and Nekton.


Next up, Sociology. I learned about corporations, and something kind of interesting. A lot of the time, there are self-fulfilling stereotypes. People they expect to succeed are given more work and chances to do so, while people they expect to fail are given less duties and little chance to prove themselves. So only the people they think will succeed can really succeed.


Finally, English. I continued with the stuff on the psychology of immersion in video games, and learned that there are 4 big parts to the richness of the experience. First, you’ve got multiple channels of sensory information. For example, a bird flies overhead and makes a noise as it does so. Second, you have completeness of sensory information, which means that there are less gaps for you to stumble over mentally. For example, you see non player characters going through their day to day routine. Next you have cognitively demanding environments, or worlds that demand attention so that you don’t notice flaws.

Finally, you have the game’s story. Like a book, a game’s story can suck you in and make the world more believable and realistic too you, while also tying up mental resources so that you don’t notice flaws.

Post 138: March 29th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about coral reef fishes. Interesting, somewhat scary thing, reefs worldwide have a lot of sharks. All the way from nurses to tigers, and even reef sharks. Who would’ve expected reef sharks to live in reefs?


Next, Programming! I looked at how to calculate the electric current draw. To do so, you use the formula P = V * I, where P is power, V is voltage, and I is current.

To find the current, you just divide power by voltage.


Finally, English. I looked at part of a rather long essay on the psychology of immersion in video games, and took notes. I’ll be looking at the rest of it in the future, but what I’ve read so far is interesting. For example, what people think of as being immersed is called spacial presence to be strict, wherein you begin thinking in the context of the world. For example, taking a carriage instead of using a menu to get somewhere.