aimless wandering: February 2004 Archives
/meem/ n. [coined by analogy with 'gene', by Richard Dawkins] An idea considered as a replicator, esp. with the connotation that memes parasitize people into propagating them much as viruses do. Used esp. in the phrase 'meme complex' denoting a group of mutually supporting memes that form an organized belief system, such as a religion. This lexicon is an (epidemiological) vector of the 'hacker subculture' meme complex; each entry might be considered a meme. However, 'meme' is often misused to mean 'meme complex'. Use of the term connotes acceptance of the idea that in humans (and presumably other tool- and language-using sophonts) cultural evolution by selection of adaptive ideas has superseded biological evolution by selection of hereditary traits. Hackers find this idea congenial for tolerably obvious reasons.
One big difference between memes and genes is that memes are processed and possibly improved by the people that hold them - something that cannot happen to genes. It is this advantage that the memetic algorithm has over simple genetic or evolutionary algorithms.
These algorithms are useful in solving complex problems, such as the "Travelling Salesman Problem," which involves finding the shortest path through a large number of nodes, or in creating artificial life to test evolutionary theories. Memetic algorithms are one kind of metaheuristic.
You are either a Bat or a Otter personality.
But you may also be a Snake personality.
Take the test for yourself
Read more about the types below. I think the otter is the least icky animal and probably the most accurate (besides I refuse to be an icky animal).
I think I've finally found out where most of my time goes... Or rather you know, it becomes 1:58 pm and you say to yourself, crap, I have all this work I haven't finished and I've got to be somewhere by 5 with this work.
So having figured it out I think it's two inter-related things. 1. Sleep. I sleep around 6-8 hours which by no means is a lot or a little. 2. late to bed and late to rise but I usually knockoff around 10. So if I go to bed at 2, that gives me 4 hours of fun time. There's a lot I can accomplish in 4 hours but most likely fun time means chatting with friends, watching some anime, or reading a book. Maybe all three.
Lost time is bad. Now I know where it's going but it's still not productive time. Which is even worse. BACK TO WORK, PEON!
Okay, I have a bone to pick with math teachers who allow students to use graphing calculators on tests. More specifically, those who even teach how to use the calculator. Point A- Most standardized tests do not allow calculator usage. You may have relied on it since your sophmore year in high school but your trusty TI/HP isn't getting you into college/ grad school. Point B- Most students learn how to use the calculator, plug and chug, instead of learning the properties of math, like where a sine curve hits.
I'm severely guilty of both points, which is why it's kinda pathetic that I think students should be taught math instead of how to rely on $100 gizmos (that's another sad point we won't get into- me and my unslakeable techlust). Yes, it's extremely handy when you're in college and calculating complex equations. However, I went to OfficeMax today and noticed that the TI-83 actually made "More pre-loaded Apps for subjects from Algebra and Chemistry to Language Arts and History" a advertiseable feature. Okay, given that my lazy butt thinks more algebra equations by just kinda picking a type of problem and plugging in a few numbers is good, I wouldn't have a single idea of the actual equation.
Right after the more pre-loaded apps is "10 times more memory and a faster processor, so you can play more games (outside the classroom, of course)". Uh-huh. Can you feel the waves of cynicism rolling off me?
As for my own lamentable calculator addiction, it was a TI-82 in high school and a HP 49G through college. The HP is awesome but complex; there are days when I need the manual for just about everything. However, I'm seeing that as a good thing. It means I'm doing math instead of having the calculator do it for me.
Other than a book Kalyan would probably read and memorize so he could seem exceptionally erudite, this looks fun and amusing. Of course you may never use these words since most people aren't so well read, but quoting James "Penultimate!"
Wow, it's been a month, huh? I didn't lose my dsl or anything drastic like that. Just been really busy.
Time just flies by.