OK, we finished our ICFP Entry! Actually, we submitted two. One with a very careful, monotonic transformation called (\x.x) and one with a crazy, randomized strategy called reencode. I guess we'll see how we do!
I added two new variations to SICO; these change the terrain of the board by adding walls. I'm working on a new piece called the MEGABISHOP but it takes a lot of concentrating, which I have not had much of the past few days. It'll be there soon.
My Earthlink DSL kit finally came today (had to go to UPS to pick it up). Now I have a real internet connection, and I can use it at the same time as my phone!
I used an awesome set of drivers called RASPPPOE for my Windows 2000 box; I was up and running in 5 minutes and I didn't have to install any of the ISP's crazy software. I highly recommend this for new DSL users on Win2000.
Now we'll see if this improves or hinders my productivity. ;) Time to go try Quake 3.......
I have a new album-a-day! This one is called Spacewalk Underway, and it is sing-songy and introverted. You should listen! I also updated the album-a-day page to reflect the fact that there are now 8 registered album-a-day projects! (join in, it's fun!)
Yesterday I helped find a bug in MLton, and I incorporated workarounds in my network stoftware. Now they work again.
After that I finished another album-a-day in about 10 hours. It's really tuney, maybe to a fault. I'm uploading it to mp3.com via my mega-slow modem, so I suppose it will be available there next week.
Tonight I'm heading back home to Connecticut. I'll probably do the usualstuff, and then drive my new old minvan back to Pittsburgh (hooray!). There's also some kind of music festival next week in New York which I might go to. (I am a little bit apprehensive about these things, I believe firmly that Lollapalooza 1995 was what ruined indie rock for the end of the 1990's!)
After a series of terrible experiences last night, I finally saw the Final Fantasy Movie. The plot was pretty lame (not based on a video game, though exactly like one), but there was some mighty fine 3D rendering, including:
Awesome, a new version of MLton just came out. This one does native code generation (rather than compiling to C), so it is a lot faster. My mlftpd binary went from 600-something kilobytes to 200-something. An arbitrary benchmark I tried out ran 25% faster! I'm happy. I can't wait to see what impact this has on the shootout comparison.
Since they assimilated my system logging code, I'm even in the credits, yay!
Here are three miscellaneous songs that don't really belong anywhere else. The newest one by "Nimbar" is me and Amy jamming; that's there primarily to embarass her (at this point I am unembarassable when it comes to music!). Also there is a song that Karthik and Amy and I made back in 2000, when we were in our Magnetic Fields phase. Finally, for hardcore Spastic Moose (Now tentatively known as "Marm and Toc") fan, there's a Tom 7 cover of an unreleased song, "Ultra Corrosion".
I finally found my copy of Acre Thrills by US Maple, which I thought I had lost in the move. I still think this is the best album released this year. If you fear for the future of music (but think you have an open mind), try this one out. (I am always reluctant to recommend US Maple; maybe you should download it somewhereforfree.)
I've also unexpectedly grown to like the new Radiohead album, Amnesiac. It's much less weird than US Maple, but much more interesting than most stuff I hear being called "Alternative". (From the same people who brought you "Creep"!) Kudos to both of these bands for not caring what the "right" way to make music is.