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Happy newyear everypeople!

Posted on 2007/01/01 - 18:16

I hereby wish you all another smashing, healthy, glorious year. Let's make it the year of peace, scientific breakthroughs, mayor medical advancements, improved environmental conditions, food for every creature on the planet, and better television shows.

My first thing of this new year is getting this website shaped up. It was a shame to the internet as a whole, and today I made the first few tinkerings to the front page. You're currently looking at shiney XHTML with CSS, using a few nice tricks from the book of JavaScript. End result? The page should load pretty damn snappy, no full reloads anymore! The first one to say "Oh, this is that AJAX thing ain't it?" will receive a firm kick in the nuts. Because technically it is, but the term AJAX is bogus in the first place, and every person attempting to use it deserves a kick in the nuts, so there.

And yes, I know I haven't updated this site for way to long. I've been busy with other stuff like working on another university project (I'm actually getting pretty quick at this Java stuff) and doodling on the car I showed last time. My brothers' website has a whole page dedicated to it now, so if you want to see more pictures like the following one, go check it out.

As I said, I've been working on another Java project as well. It's called Intercab, which is a system to race little trains (due to the capacity called cabs) around a track and to pick up passengers as efficiently as possible. If you're curious about my programming style, I dropped a parse run of doxygen online here. If you're curious about the looks however, see below. And if you want to try it out, keep an eye on the beta testing thread over at Combat Junkies.

Lastly, I've been spending some time on the issues around perennial. I found a bug in the huffman encoding (not in the library, but in my own code) so the performance improvements where solely because I was encoding garbage. Also, I believe I can make the algorithm run in linear time but I can't seem to make up my mind on how I'm actually going to do a few details. I'm trying to sort a list of items which recursively point to eachother, and cache the results I get from searching through it for potential candidates. Maybe I'm just trying to make it 'too perfect'. Meanwhile the mind never sleeps so I've been thinking about how I'm going to apply the logic to a more general database scheme. I'm afraid I'm going to get a boatload of overhead if I'm trying to merge two files into one database, which is seriously painfull. For an A.I. I'll never need the original files again so the overhead isn't necessary, but I'll have to look into it 'just in case'.

That'll be all for now, keep an eye on this website since (as you can see) I ain't dead and am definately going to get some stuff done this year. Hopefully you too!

[: wacco :]

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