Blog, by date: 2011_sep
from the desk of travis johnson.
tcjblog.py (from 2011/09/09)
I've now (for the most part) finished a working version of some software I've wanted to tackle for a while. I call it tcjblog.py. It's a blog platform built using jemdoc.py to format simple text files into nice looking HTML. What're the benefits of this, and features of tcjblog.py in general?
There's still a fair bit of work for it, but probably it's time to focus a bit on the content and less on the software, at least until it seems more pressing. This has been a great couple-afternoon project for me–a nice break from the almost 5000 lines of numerical/algorithms stuff in C I've done in the last couple of weeks.
It's worth noting that the static approach generates a fair number of files for this approach: one for each entry, one for each category, and one for each month, plus a tenth of the total number again for the index pages. So I use a makefile to manage all of it.
Five Critical Textbooks for (Applied!) Math & Physics Students (from 2011/09/04)
In the course of working through my first year at grad school, I've come up with five favorites for the basics of an undergrad understanding of the essential topics for applied math and physics. Without ado and in the order I'd take them off my shelf:
I've spent probably the most time with Boas’ Mathematical Methods in the Physical Sciences–I've worked nearly 1000 problems out of the book to get ready for the preliminary exams my first year. It was completely worthwhile.