I’ve been going on a card magic binge this break, going through Card College and various videos such as the Born to Perform DVD. By far the simplest, but still incredibly effective, trick was the Biddle trick as seen above. The sleights are very simple, and easy to execute. As a result, it’s great for building up the confidence to perform (I guess there’s a reason for the DVD’s title).
Still, I didn’t like how he handled the beginning. I found that using a peek control and riffling past the selected card to hold the break seems more natural for me. As justification, I say something like “are you sure you wanted that card? could’ve picked any of these fine cards!”
I was finishing up my workout at Noyes tonight on the mat. Doing stretches and cool down stuff. Well, I got thirsty and decided to go have a drink. Note that my towel, notebook, and workout gloves are still on the mat.
Then while I was gone for 2 minutes, this girl decides to come steal my place on the mat. I didn’t want to be rude because I can do abs back home but wanted to give her a piece of my mind.
Good thing that I had a small fart in my loaded up just for the occasion.
The desire to build is strong with me, but I never got the training (same with drawing too). I guess that’s why the Arduino is sitting there, collecting dust. I wish there’s just labs where we build stuff here at Cornell.
But anyways… ideas:
- App where it shows the approximate location of buses as markers on Google maps using time data, and not GPS (too expensive). I think this should be fairly doable in the grand scheme of things.
- Clock where the hour is given by the shape of the polygon displayed. I see glimpses of coolness here, but can’t put my hands on it.
For the past few days, I’ve been just existing. I’m not wasting the day in anyways though. The day was spent shopping at Wegman’s Wednesday, while yesterday was spent cleaning the entire house.
Even without classes, I still feel that I’m not accomplishing much. I want to be great at math, start being decent at magic, and great at clarinet; also P90Xing on top of all that. That’s over 4 hours right there.
Am I over-exerting myself in expecting mastery in such diverse hobbies? Probably.
Will I keep on trying? Of course.
Lets just hope I don’t die this semester.
Had two dreams recently that was pretty weird…
- I had to hide in a hut when a comet shower was going on… which turned out to be a bunch of meteors striking the Earth. I think I was with a few REU folks… and then I had to dodge a rolling ball of fire.Influences: RTW II videos and the actual comet shower.
- I bitched about someone in front of a large group. I don’t bitch to people in large groups….
After a long program like my recent REU where I hung out with a group of awesome people for such a long time that I forget the outside world, I reminisce about past groups. I think back to my MAO conventions where I flirted with love, jump back in time to the All-District concert with Dr. Green cheering us on during Maslanka… but I always feel sad afterwards that my memory of them is incomplete.
I wish I kept a consistent journal throughout my years to see how I developed. Sometimes when I clean my room in Tallahassee, I would find a little unicorn book where I wrote notes in third and fourth grade. Runescape notes dominated the pages (and a crush for a Megan Morris? … who is this girl?).
Hopefully I can start writing about my feelings/notes on daily life on here more. After all, I am spending a good amount to have this website and domain under my name.
Well. Back to square one.
After installing Python(x,y), I’ve decided to play around with the various modules and applications packaged. The IDE that came with the package (Spyder) is surprisingly useful and feature-rich, which is helping me immensely with visualizing data from my work (in conjunction with the packaged matplotlib). Just yesterday, I’ve decided to dip my hands into the imaging library (PIL) and see what features it has by making a Adele-esque album cover.
I took an old photo of mine, cropped my face out, and placed it on a transparent background using Photoshop. Next, I cropped out Adele’s hand from the album and saved that as a separate image.
Now using PIL, I was able to copy my head and Adele’s hand onto a new image, rotate the said image, and add text to it. It was surprisingly… easy.
Rough translation: my mommy let me sleep a little longer this morning, but didn’t wake me up before she left. When I woke up, I cried. I also called my mom a ton of times.