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from the desk of travis johnson.
Odegaard Copy Center (from 2008/06/23)
This is going to be sortof a short post with not much worldwide applicability, but I just learned a couple of weeks ago that Odegaard’s Copy Center will bind a packet of papers for fairly cheap, it turns out. They do it with a clear front cover and a back cover of your choice, plus binding you pick out from their samples. They do it while you wait and have good hours. I had no idea they offered this service, and was very impressed with their output.
Incidentally, I used it on Doug Girard’s and my report on Hopfield Neural Networks, a relatively simple form of content-addressable memory, which is pretty neat stuff. I’d like to write up some more about it at some point, both about what it is and what our experiments with it showed. I really miss doing this sort of experimental programming projects, hopefully I’ll have some time to persue it in this summer’s mathematical modeling course.
I was talking to Sharvil today about startups and doing something, and sortof said some stuff that had been trying to congeal itself in my mind, which was that no matter how tempting it is to go looking for some project tomorrow morning, what is really ideal is to just absolutely master everything. How ingrained in our mind is basic algebra? How much less so are things like linear algebra, real, complex, and vector calculus, DE solution techniques, and some of the other ‘high math’ fundmentals that a heap of other stuff depends on. I don’t feel like not having these things down to the point of mindlessness has really inhibited me, but I love it when things come automatically, without thought. I guess this is sorta why I got those Schaum’s outlines: I want a bunch more practice with it. But I digress. I’m pretty tired, I think I’ll need to crash now.