Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Admiral Ackbar and Southern Pride

Today we are having a vote at Ole Miss. Our beloved mascot for decades, Colonel Reb, was removed from the field in 2003. This left the Rebels as the only SEC team without an on-field mascot. It is now 2010, seven years later, and we are still without a mascot. The vote today is on this topic, but what it is exactly that we are voting for is puzzling.

Monday, February 15, 2010

New Video!

Here's my newest video that I have online. I really like the way this turned out. This video was taken this past December.

I had just gotten the camera, so I was filming pretty much everything that weekend, and Zach and I decided to go to the lake for a guy weekend of video games and playing guitar.  We found the lake as the video shows, completely frozen over, so we had some fun before getting down to the business of Xbox.

You can find Zach at his Youtube profile, be sure to check it out and drop him a comment or two.

Saturday, February 13, 2010


Those who know me know that I'm a complete Blackberry fanboy.  As such, I see it as my duty to read Crackberry daily and listen to their podcast.  Recently they had a post about how Jeopardy got a question wrong pertaining to what the company is.  Jeopardy says "Blackberry" but we all know it really is "Research in Motion." They even posted a video clip.

Well, I was watching yesterday's episode today (DVR is an amazing thing), and caught a question where they got it right.  Is someone at Jeopardy reading Crackberry? Here's my video clip.

Prime Numbers

Recently I've become fascinated with prime numbers.  I believe it started when I was reading an article on how researchers recently cracked 768-bit RSA encryption.  The past few months have seen me becoming more and more interested in different fields of mathematics, and this is just the latest one to have popped up for me.

For people who don't know, a prime number is a number that is only divisible by one and itself, and one is not seen as a prime number, though it was considered one in the past.  A step further takes you to superprimes, which are prime numbers which have a position in the list of prime numbers that is also a prime number.

Why is this interesting to me?  Honestly, I'm not really sure, but I've been checking books out at the library on number theory and how prime numbers have been found historically among other similar topics.  I don't have a readily applicable use for this knowledge in my own life, but just for kicks I've been using it to write a program that goes through numbers and determines their primality.

I have a very basic version working currently, and my goal is to optimize it as time goes on and I learn more about optimizations that can be made.  Eventually I plan to have it run on multi-core systems, and also determine if numbers are superprimes.  Code for the basic test program will be added to the "Code Corner" page, and this will also be added to my "Projects" page, since I plan to work on this for a while.

Monday, February 1, 2010

New pages

New pages are being added to the site!

In addition to the page with the embedded Ustream, a new page featuring source code that I will release under a Creative Commons license has been added. A link can be found at the top of the site titled "Code." Also a link is at the bottom of the site to our current Creative Commons license terms if anyone would like to see them.

Another new addition to the site is the "Projects" page, in which I will detail current and future projects that I am/will working/work on. At the time of this posting, the page isn't linked, due to me not feeling like linking it right now. This will be remedied soon though, and if you really want to see it, it isn't too hard to find.

The addition of these pages should allow me to put much more content on the site in an organized fashion.

Other News:

The sidebar has also received a few new sections. One called "My Stuff" links you to content I've created around the web. The other called "Interesting Sites" links you to just that, sites that I find interesting and/or are run by friends or people I look up to.