|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!
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.
So what did they decide made your car's light go on?
It needed a software upgrade, believe it or not.
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.
And the capital...something someone on Jeopardy missed. "San Antonio"?... come on!
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.