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Monthly Archives: March 2010

Prelude

Ughh.. AP Comp Sci. I thought it would be a chill class because it’s all basic Java. But I seriously, seriously hate it. It’s not hard. And I BS all the homework and projects. For an AP class, it’s on par with Environmental Sciences. But we’re just wasting time in that class. The methodology and thinking process might be good. But seriously, who uses Java? You don’t see multi-billion dollar companies based on Java. Normal people tend not to have JRE. What is the friggen point. You will literally hear me say "stupid waste of time" ten times during any given class period. (I will not complain about specifics, so I don’t bore all of you.) But there’s one language that’s very very useful. Unless you were hiding under a rock for the past ten years, you have heard of… more →

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Three things that I have learned to fear/hate/dislike (respectively): Video Game Addiction, Internet Explorer, and Facebook. Video Game Related Deaths Deaths caused by Video Games More Deaths caused by Gaming Guy Chokes Mother over World Of Warcraft Video game related deaths should be in their own category. One of the biggest killers is World of Warcraft. This Cracked.com article titled "5 Creepy Ways Video Games Are Trying to Get You Addicted" explains it quite nicely. Video game companies were businesses first. Their primary goal is money, no matter what they tell you. They know all the tricks and methods of getting you to keep playing. Video games are designed to reward you for your effort. Whether it’s memorizing the level and hit points of a hundred monsters, or the moves and nature of every Pokemon. It’s amazing how many people… more →

AI

A few days ago, I started working on a project named RogerBot. It’s an artificial intelligence chat robot that actually plays out the responses through your speakers. RogerBot.exe (619K)RogerBot Release 1 by Roger ChenSupports Vista, Win7, WinXP (with .NET Framework) Download RogerBot So, you would talk to RogerBot the same way you would talk to your sibling. And you would hear a computerized voice reading out responses. So, there were two parts to this program: generating responses and getting the computer to read them. Reading responses wasn’t hard. There were plenty of built-in API’s for that. Generating responses wasn’t hard either; but rather, it was near impossible. At first it didn’t seem that challenging. It might look for certain words like "hi" or "hey" and classify sentences as greetings. Perhaps it could have a casework tree of different sentence categories…. more →

Passion

Passion is a wonderful thing. Creativity beyond the normal scope of uniform excellence helps define who we are as a person. And that, is where the fault lies. Basketball, Japanese culture, Computer programming. Some people truly enjoy their passions. But how does a non-Japanese person develop a elitist attitude towards everything related to Japan? Some people have passion with the things they’re good at. Setting yourself apart and declaiming yourself as master of some art isn’t just pleasing. It’s overwhelming. Maybe you’re passionate because of the challenge. The race to win against others, and moreover, the race to improve. To show the world how despite the way your limits, success can still be obtained. Maybe you’re bored. Or rather, you don’t want to look bored; mindlessly occupying yourself with tasks that even you find uninteresting. Showing false enthusiasm as if… more →

Tumbling

Tumblr.. the easiest way to blog. Hmm. When I see a Tumblr, I think: what’s the point? A picture of a bear hugging a tree; a lame quote from your math teacher. Does it really mean anything? Content is generally the same across multiple tumblogs. Tumblr’s not a bad thing; it’s neutral at best. (for lazy people) But maintaining a blog just means so much more. Blogger, WordPress, or even custom programs like Boggert. Layout-making, post-planning; Compared to real bloggi- actually, it can’t even be compared. (6:47:47 PM): but its a TUMBLR meaning (6:47:47 PM): its not realyl blogggigng (6:47:48 PM): its more like (6:47:50 PM): "KL:SJF:KLSJDFLKSJDLFS" (6:47:50 PM): or (6:47:53 PM): INSERT PICTURE HERE I don’t mean unoriginal, prosaic, cookie-cutter blogs. But useful, creative blogs that actually require effort. Web designing is an art-form that people rarely notice. The… more →