Post 94: January 13th, 2017

First order of business today was Marine Biology. I learned about senses in marine vertebrates, and how they differ from our senses. Here’s a quick summary:

Most marine vertebrates have the same senses we do, but their importance differs. Visibility is bad in water, but sound travels well for example. They also have some senses we don’t have, like electroreception. It allows them to detect bio-electric fields.

 

Next up, Economics! I learned about business cycles. Super exciting stuff. Anyways, there’s this thing called a trend line, which is approximately the way the economy will grow. In reality, the growth of the economy is a cycle of recessions and expansions that more or less match the trend line, with occasional depressions. Another factor of economic growth is innovation. Sometimes, there will be an innovation that makes something in some way better, like the assembly line. A business that innovates gets an edge on it’s competitors.

 

Lastly, English. I finished with the article about the nature of reality. Highlights from the last part include one person’s interpretation that what experience isn’t reality. What we experience is how our senses interpret reality, and how our brain interprets our senses. Additionally, there are two realities. How we experience it, and the general consensus of what reality is.

I also looked into Immanuel Kant, a german philosopher that had an interesting idea. To him, the mind creates our experience, and space and time are forms of our understanding. However, the world in-itself is independent of our concepts.

Post 75: December 8th, 2016

First order of the business today was Algebra. I learned about factoring polynomials. Alright, so you know how you fact whole numbers with prime numbers? Well, polynomials can be factored with other polynomials. Any polynomials that can’t be factored are called prime polynomials. Also, the key for this; Look for the greatest common factor, just like normal factoring!

Next up, programming! I Continued with the khan academy hour of code, and today I did the hour of web design and coding with html, and it was rather helpful. I’ve done a web design course in the past, and this made for a good refresher on the subject. When I did web design however, I remember Italics and Bold being different, being <i></i> and <b></b> instead of <em></em> and <strong></strong>, respectively. Perhaps they’re just slightly different.

Lastly, Economics. I learned about federal, state, and local revenue services! Basically, more about taxes! Income taxes, corporate income taxes, the payroll withholding system (which takes a portion of your paycheck), customs duties (charges on good brought in from other countries), a lot of stuff!

There are also utility revenues, basically the costs people pay towards water/electric/telecommunications companies, which are counted as sources of revenue for local governments.

Post 74: December 7th, 2016

Went on another visit to Georgia College and Liberal Arts University, both to walk around campus and to look at the dorms + housing options. And after looking at it, I think I want to be in a dorm on campus, and not in the village apartments. After realizing how long it would take to get from the building to the bus, the car ride, and then from the bus stop to the main campus. And after looking at the floor plans for the buildings, I think it would be better for me to be in a dorm on campus.

That is all, carry on with your normal lives, I’m sure you have something better to do.

Post 69: November 21st – 23rd – Week Post

So, This thanksgiving week wasn’t too eventful, the big highlight being that I focused entirely on programming with some help from my uncle, who is involved with the industry.

So, with his help on a couple of things, and a couple of items/websites, I’ve automated my life a bit. I can turn my lights on and off through Amazon Alexa and a smart plug, I can tell alexa to start playing songs on my phone or call it with IFTTT (If This Then That, a web service), and with IFTTT I’ve made it so that it texts my phone whenever there is a new post on a subreddit I frequent.

Apart from that, there was some wrestling with tech support for an issue that ended up fixing itself, messing around with IFTTT so I have an alarm that plays a certain song, and having Thanksgiving with my relatives, and spending time with them. Nothing too special.

Post 53: October 28th, 2016 – Double Post

So, it seems I let yesterday go by without an update, but to be honest it wasn’t the most exciting day. An Algebra lesson about graphing, and how the solution to a system of equations is one that satisfies all equations, and different terminology. Quick rundown: A Consistent system has 1+ solutions. An independent is just 1, while a dependent is infinite solutions. Then, an inconsistent system has 0 equations.

I also did an economics lesson, which boiled down to: different factors affect demand, including substitution (people will buy more of a cheap alternative than one expensive thing), changes in demand (T-shirts become a social faux pas, so people don’t want them), and consumer income (people can’t spend money they don’t have. They can, but it’s a bad idea.).

Also, game design. What I did yesterday was I made it so that I have a new data type, std::map, which is being defined as TMap under unreal’s coding standards. I’ve also begun implementing the check to make sure the word is an isogram, along with having written a function to use. It just needs some proper implementation.

 

Now, on to what I did today. First was economics, which covered elasticity. Basically, there are 3 kinds of demand. Elastic demand, inelastic demand, and unit elastic demand. They can be summed up as follows:

  • Elastic demand: The lower the price gets, the greater the increase in demand.
  • Inelastic demand: The lower the price gets, the smaller the increase in demand.
  • Unit Elastic demand: The lower the price gets, the demand gets higher in proportion to it, which balances things out at the same total expenditure as before.

There are a lot more factors that affect demand, but that’s the general idea.

 

After that, I read some more Don Quixote, which can be summed up as follows: Don Quixote decides that acting like a madman is a splendid idea, and decides to do that so that his lady knows how much he loves her. Like he wasn’t insane already. Sancho agrees to take a letter to her, but is first forced to bear witness to a “madness” so that he has proof. He also gets Don Quixote to write him a message so that he can get more donkeys, due to his last one being stolen.

 

Lastly, Marine Biology, of which today’s chapter was very long. The big ideas can be summed up as follows:

  • Light is important for photosynthesis, but it doesn’t penetrate well into ocean water. Because of this, photosynthetic pigments are super important in the ocean.
  • Marine producers rely a lot on ocean currents and mixing in order to get nutrients.
  • Herbivores absolutely slaughter phytoplankton populations, so they reproduce in a bunch of separate chunks and quite rapidly.

Post 42: October 11th, 2016

First bit of business for the day, Algebra II!

So, here’s the daily note card!

Covered relations and functions today. Fun facts!

  • Relations
    • The coordinate plane is specifically the Cartesian coordinate plane. Composed of the X (horizontal) axis and the Y (vertical) axis.
    • A relation is any set of ordered pairs. Usually represented as (X, Y), or as an example, (5, 10).
    • The X value is known as the domain, while the Y value is known as the range.
  • Function
    • A function is defined as a type of relation in which each element of the domain is paired with ONE element of range.
      • Examples:
        • One-To-One: ((-3, 1), (0, 2), (2,4)),
        • Not One-To-One: ((-1, 5), (1, 3), (4, 5))
        • Not even a thing: ((5, 6), (-3, 0), (-3, 6))
      • Example 2 is a function because each X value only corresponds to one Y value. It just so happens that in two cases, that Y value is 5.
      • Example 3 is invalid because an x value (-3) is attached to 2 Y values (0 and 6).
    • The Vertical Line Test
      • The test can be summarized as follows: If you graph something, if it’s a function than you can draw a vertical line at any point on the graph, and it will only pass through one point.
      • If it passes through more than one point, whatever you just graphed isn’t a function.
    • F(X)
      • When describing a function as an equation, you might do, for example, Y= 4X+4.
      • In some cases, people will write it as F(X) = 4x + 4
      • This doesn’t change the equation at all, F(X) is meant to be read as “F of X”, shorthand for “function of X”. It’s just meant to say that the equation is the function of X, how things are working.

Next up, Game Design! So, what did I do today? Big things!

Very big things!

I’m being serious here.

The game finally lives up to it’s name! You can make guesses, and it will tell you how many bulls (letters in the right place) and cows (letters in the wrong place) you get! It’s still a touch buggy, and needs improvements, like not taking guesses of the wrong length and such, but this is a gigantic leap!

 

Anyways, last was economics. Covered the types of economies today. Traditional, Command, Market, and Mixed.

 

  • Traditional: People are assigned certain economic roles, which makes for a rather stable life. However, it is rigid, stagnant, and tends to have a low quality of life.
  • Command: Can change massively very quickly, and many basic needs are available for free or cheap. On the downside, a command economy does not meet the desires of consumers, tends to lack incentives to work, and requires a massive bureaucracy.
  • Market: Adjusts to change gradually, individual freedom plenty, little government interference, large variety of stuff. On the other hand, only productive things are rewarded. Old, sick, and young are at a disadvantage. Public services are at a disadvantage if they aren’t profitable (road building), and the competition between businesses puts jobs and profits at risk.
  • Mixed: A combination of the above three. Has advantages and disadvantages of the above three, with some sacrifices to accommodate.

Post 35: September 30th, 2016

Today, I did something very important. Planning. Since I am pretty keen on going to Georgia College, I’ve taken the first steps towards getting the required classes that I need. So, I’ll be starting on economics, another programming class, and getting some textbooks for marine biology and algebra.

So, on to what I did in terms of lessons. Art history, before I put it on the back burner. Greek architecture, and the Olympics.

First, architecture. 3 styles of architecture, or more specifically columns, were prevalent. First was the Doric, a rather simple, plain, and bulky style, but it had room for carving or painting. It was, however, very effective in the main purpose of a column. Said purpose being making sure stuff doesn’t fall on your head.

Next, the Ionic style. It was thinner and fancier than the Doric style, and including a base at the bottom of the pillar. They also had a single frieze along the buildings for carvings.

Lastly, the Corinthian style. Out of the 3 styles, it was by far the fanciest, and most distinctive by way of it’s capital. In other words, the top part of the pillar where it stopped being cylindrical but wasn’t the roof yet. A Corinthian capital is highly decorated and stylized, far more than the Doric style.

The Corinthian style was also very popular with the Romans, so, there’s that.

Next, the Olympics. Similar in some ways to the modern day Olympics, but also very different. For one, records weren’t a thing. All that mattered was what had happened that day in the Olympics, and people didn’t care about money either. For them, it was all about the fame and respect. And the ability to put up a statue of yourself if you did exceptionally well. There’s a lot of art of the Olympics, and the artists had to present the motion of horse racing, sprinting, long jumping, boxing wrestling, all that fun stuff.

 

Next, Don Quixote. Yes, we’re properly back to English! Anyways, what happens in Don Quixote… well, I don’t know yet, because the book’s translation notes, poems inspired by the book, and the author’s foreword take up a lot of space. But some of it is pretty interesting, like how a lot of the early translations tried to inject and change some of the humor and wit of the book towards English sensibilities, instead of remaining faithful to the original.

The author also had some interesting thoughts on his own book at first, feeling that it was very much generic and unintelligent, and feared what the public’s reaction might be. Especially considering that he had been out of the limelight for a couple years at that point. Everything worked out in the end though, considering how well known the book is these days.

Post 34: September 29th, 2016

Today, I visited the Georgia College of Liberal Arts, in Milledgeville. I have to say, I really, really like the college. The dorms are nice, the classes have a good size to them, and I like the kind of small town feel that the college has. I’ve come to realize that I don’t really like the city colleges like Drexel or the University of the arts, because I just don’t like the city too much. The air feels off to me, I don’t like the smells, and there are too many people around.

Anyways, went on a nice tour, got to see everything from the athletic center to the different kinds of dorms (normal and a kind of apartment style) and the Max, which has a bunch of different food places.

As far as I’m aware, they have a dungeons and dragons club too. Yay!

Post 28: September 16th, 2016

It was a rather slow day today, on account of there being a birthday, and relatives visiting. So I only got one thing done.

 

 

On to art history! I looked at a small sculpture that looked like a hippopotamus, and had a bunch of cool art painted on the surface. It’s legs were also intentionally damaged, as it was believed that sculptures could come to life. If it’s legs were injured, it could cause less destruction.

Another cool thing was the tomb of Nebamun, an Egyptian artist that was very well respected and had a ton of art in his tomb. His art featured mostly day to day life, with well detailed animals.