Snowboarding at Windham

31 December 2011

I went snowboarding at Windham Mountain for a couple of days during Christmas. There wasn't much snowfall this year so not many of the trails were open but it was better that I expected. They have this waffle house thing near the base of the hill so every time you get on the lift you smelled awesomeness. I thought that was pretty awesome.

Finally learned how to ride switch. The trick is toe-side turns = squeeze your knees together, heel-side turns = push your knees apart.

I brought my Drift camera with me and a got a bunch of videos. The one above is from one of the night sessions runs. It's my favorite video cause Georo falls a lot in it. And by a lot I mean every time he tries to do a jump.


Submarine

03 December 2011

Submarine. Good movie. Good music.


Urban Skiing

28 November 2011

I can't wait to go snowboarding.


Castaway on the Moon

19 November 2011

Castaway on the Moon

Castaway on the Moon. Good movie.


Inorder Tree Traversal

18 November 2011

So I had an interview for an job yesterday. In fact, it was my first job interview. It went okay.

One of the technical questions the interviewer asked was to create a data structure that would insert in O(log n) and return an iterator that would iterate the data back in sorted order in O(n) time. I knew it was a binary tree and the iterator would use an inorder traversal of the tree so I started typing it out.

But when I got to the iterator part, I just couldn't figure it out.  I knew for sure it was an inorder traversal but I couldn't figure out how to turn the recursive algorithm that I knew into an iterative one. So I sat there and drew some trees to try and visualize the algorithm for it. I thought using a stack for the traversal would also probably work but I couldn't figure that out either. And then time was up.

So we continued the interview. I asked some questions about the position. Then the interview ended.

I hung around for a little bit with a friend that worked there and referred me for the job then we biked back to our dorms. As soon as I got back I opened up Visual Studio and worked on the problem again because I knew that if I didn't I'd probably end up staying up all night thinking about it.

It figured it out in ten minutes.

Coding under pressure, man. Can't do it.


Zero

14 November 2011

From The Restaurant at the End of the Universe by Douglas Adams:

It is known that there is an infinite number of worlds, simply because there is an infinite amount of space for them to be in. However, not every one of them is inhabited. Therefore, there must be a finite number of inhabited worlds. Any finite number divided by infinity is as near to nothing as makes no odds, so the average population of all the planets in the universe can be said to be zero. From this it follows that the population of the universe is also zero, and that any people you may meet from time to time are merely the product of a deranged imagination.


Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking

14 November 2011

If you have a Netflix account and you want to watch something that makes you feel like an insignificant speck of nothing, go watch Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking.

The last episode is especially depressing. In it, he talks about all the different ways everything can end. Black hole sucks us in. Asteroid comes by and blows us up. The sun runs out of fuel. Another galaxy crashes into ours.

While all that stuff won't happen in my lifetime (probably), it made me think about all the awesome space things that I won't be able to experience within my lifetime. Traveling to another habitable planet, for one.

It's mind blowing just how insignificant we are in both size and time.


Drunk roommate

13 November 2011

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Lord of the Rings Extended Edition

23 October 2011

I'm currently watching the extended edition of the Lord of the Rings Trilogy. These are the longest freaking movies ever.


Insomnia

11 October 2011

I just spent three hours trying to fall asleep. I even tried listening to NPR to bore myself to sleep but that didn't work. So now I'm just gonna stay awake till my 8 o' clock morning class.

Ironically, I watched Insomnia prior to going to bed. Good movie, but maybe I shouldn't have watched it.