Feb 16, 2016

For many years I have been learning Japanese as a hobby. I have spent years watching subtitled anime to get my comprehension higher. Anime's often slow and deliberate speech patterns make it fairly easy to grab words. But the pace at which anime goes if you aren't careful you can forget everything you hear. Of course, you'll be more prepared for conversing and remembering if you've heard something 1000 times rather than once, but that doesn't translate into instant comprehension.

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If you ever accidentally delete /usr/bin/emerge (happened to me when I ran emerge -aC dev-lang/python-exec), don't panic. That file is just a wrapper for /usr/lib/python-exec/python2.7/emerge. So you can fix your system by temporarily using /usr/lib/python-exec/python2.7/emerge.

Yes, it's that simple. This is also a useful way to execute pylint and pyflakes on python3 files while still having your system's default python be python2. Simply run /usr/lib/python-exec/python3.3/pyflakes (substituting whichever version of python you use instead of 3.3) and you're set. Yes, it was actually designed to work that way.

In case you want more to read, read this. In case you're more interested in playing than reading, click here.

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This blog post is a quick video with some backup data for my Small Wide World project.

Welcome to a quick update for Small Wide World. Progress on this project is moving rapidly so I just like to let you know what's going on and how awesome it is. The first improvement you've probably noticed on the website is better looking graphs all over it. That's a good sign that things are improving but that's just showing you the interesting improvements that can be made with a little bit of code. Today I wrote this code I'm going to show you. Here you see a two-node graph with a and b. It's the simplest you can get. You can see that we've added a new node onto a here. So now we have a three node network. And then you see it's the same network c-a-b and we've connected that via a to d. You can see that even though it looks different, we still have c-a-b and d and we've just connected e to a. This is a self-organizing network. It's actually very fast, it uses very few operations so it's going to become the default algorithm for the web, Python, C, and all versions. They will use this algorithm to make the initial pattern. It doesn't work perfectly for all types of graphs, but it works especially well for these types of graphs: graphs which aren't cyclic and are using lots of branches. See that we add g to b. See the angle between g-b-a, g-b-f, and a-b-f are all the same and the length of all the bonds are the same. This is a very easy technique that shows a graph effectively. This makes it so that you can understand the graph more quickly — or at least that is the idea. We've added h, we've added i, we've added j, and k. Then you see we've added l to d, so in order to make a-d-i, i-d-l, and l-d-a equal angles we turned d-i-k sideways. This is just another one rotated because we've added m to a here. You can see n added, we're getting close to where nodes start to overlap with each other. That's one limitation of this algorithm, but I can pretty confidently say that solving that is a job for a more expensive algorithm, for example global optimization. Once this algorithm has finished you can run a global optimization algorithm on it and it will have better success than just a random graph. You can see that k, h, and c are a little crowded, so an optimization algorithm would push these away from each other because k and h are too close to one another. We're almost to the point where it's going to fail. And here we see that it fails with c-h overlapping p-q and c-s overlapping i-k. In order to fix that, an optimization algorithm would only have to move p and q down and i and k up. How much computation does that require? Local minimization algorithms would probably be able to do this in a few million operations (less than a second but far more than this algorithm takes), but if they couldn't properly solve the collision, you'd have to use a global optimization algorithm like basin-hopping or Monte-Carlo Metropolis to finish the job. This could take seconds or even minutes. Small Wide World currently implements basin-hopping using SciPy which I will be testing thoroughly against graphs like these.

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*July 28, 2015*

**Update July 29, 2015**

**Javantea**

@Javantea

My research into polynomials has led to a 3x3 captcha solver today. It's very fast. My next attempt will be a 6x6 captcha solver.

4:39 PM - 29 Jul 2015
Rather than discuss something important or release something interesting, I thought I'd release a piece of non-music audio for the purpose of demonstrating a new breakthrough I've made in sample production and artificial intelligence research. I have automated the process of creating samples based on polynomials. It's a very streamlined process which has produced the below samples. They aren't meant to be musical, so don't complain. Also their **volume is way too high** so you should turn down your volume before listening to them.

Each are 6 minutes long and it's pretty obvious what the theme is. It doesn't change drastically. That's because it's not music. What is shows is a simple algorithm.

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