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the advantages of living in a medium-sized city [Mar. 6th, 2009|02:15 pm]
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2.5 years ago: My car's check engine light turns on, I have to drive 40 miles early Saturday morning to get it checked out.

Today: My car's check engine light turns on, I drive 3 miles to drop it off during the middle of the day. (and hitch a ride back with destroyerj) Life is good!

My next project: This guy genetic algorithmed his way to a Mona Lisa with translucent polygons, and then this guy did something similar. I like images and especially genetic algorithms. Hopefully will have pretty results soon!

[User Picture]From: omega697
2009-03-06 10:48 pm (UTC)
I am usually not very impressed by "genetic algorithms" where someone basically has the solution already and just wants to watch something get there. Show me something where you give it a much less explicit fitness function, have it create a worthwhile piece of art, and then we can talk.
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From: blamantin
2009-03-07 02:19 am (UTC)
So what did they decide made your car's light go on?
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[User Picture]From: gregstoll
2009-03-07 03:16 am (UTC)
It needed a software upgrade, believe it or not.
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From: abstractseaweed
2009-03-07 06:09 pm (UTC)
I don't know how I didn't know this before (I'll just say I forgot) but I recently learned that Austin is in the top 20 US cities by population. I always think of Austin as small because in my mind I'm comparing to Houston or San Antonio, but it's actually quite populous.
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[User Picture]From: djedi
2009-03-09 03:40 pm (UTC)
And the capital...something someone on Jeopardy missed. "San Antonio"?... come on!
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[User Picture]From: kernelm
2009-03-09 04:30 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it's 16th or so last I checked. Though, if you start looking at metropolitan areas, it goes down farther quite a bit because of a lot of cities that have huge suburban populations.
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