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Getting There

Posted in Uncategorized on September 11, 2009 by lightningmonkey

So I am making progress on my dad’s website. I think that the infrastructure for it is almost done, which would mean a big step in the right direction. After that comes making it look pretty and content. Clearly things that are not important at all. I’ll just riddle the site with lolcats, it’ll be fine. I will hopefully be able able to show off some sort of beta site within the next couple of days. Stay classy people, stay classy.


Hey there!

Posted in Uncategorized on September 9, 2009 by lightningmonkey

Howdy y’all! So There has been a fair amount going on in my life recently, namely I am now a real adult with a real job and real paychecks! (the last one is the most important) I started my job about 2 months ago, and I have to say I like it so far. I am programing in python, the company gives me free bagels in the morning, free cereal/coffee/espressos/soda pop all day long, and there is a game room with xbox 360 and wii! I play halo at work almost everyday. I mean its only like 20 minutes of Halo, but I still enjoy it.

The other thing I am up to is making a website for my dad. The first incarnation can be found at here. I think its a pretty decent first attempt at a web site considering I made the whole thing from scratch and learned css in like 2 days. The whole thing took me about a week.  Currently I am working on the second incarnation of this site that should be much easier to manage.  I am using pylons, which is a python based web framework, to make my life much easier.  Now I can quickly add and change the sites around with minimal effort.  Let me tell you, inheriting templates of html code makes life SO MUCH EASIER. Anyway, I am going to try and post more frequently, we shall see how that goes. Peace out.

What I’ve been doing…

Posted in Uncategorized on July 5, 2009 by lightningmonkey

So I am now done with college, I have a degree and everything!! I will also be starting my job on Monday, very exciting! In my few weeks of free time between college and work, there has been a lot of video games and some side projects. There is the physics sim that you all know and love, and I have also been working on a website for my dads company.
So I have been working on it for about 4 or 5 days, learning css along the way, and I already have a fairly functioning and I think good looking site. Now I first looked around for my dad to get some legit web developers to do it, and they pretty much all wanted 6-8 weeks and ~$8000. Crazy talk. I know I learn this stuff faster then the average Joe, but damn, I clearly should do this stuff on the side. I could be making mad bank! I will link to the site once it is in a finished state so you can all tell me what you think!

new applet version

Posted in Uncategorized on April 29, 2009 by lightningmonkey

I just posted a new version of the gravity applet that lets you choose if you want to draw short tails, no tails, or draw the full line!  So now you can draw pretty pictures and all that jazz.  I think the next version will allow you to define a path for a well to follow.  On a side note, this is starting to move away from a gravity sim and move more towards an E&M sim, so if I start calling gravity wells magnets, that is why.  Although when you turn on friction it is more of a gravity sim then E&M.  Whatever, we shall see how it turns out!  Once again you can find the applet here.

update:  As my friend pointed out, I couldn’t do anti-gravity, but now I can!! Namely you can put in a negavity well power number so that it repels particles instead of attracting them.

Yay for Gravity!

Posted in Uncategorized on April 27, 2009 by lightningmonkey

So its been a while since I have posted I know, but I have something cool to show.  I made this yesterday instead of doing my homework, a spiffy physics simulation!  The basic premise is that the blue things are gravity wells and the red things are particles.  Each of the particles has a direction and speed while the wells have a magnitude.  At regular intervals each particle 1) figures out the vector between itself and each gravity well 2) calculates the distance between itself and a gravity well 3) divides the well magnitude by distance, multiplies that by the well vector, and adds that resulting vector to its current speed and direction.  So basically this means the particles get attracted to the larger wells more and to the closer wells more then the further away wells.  Makes sense to me.  You can also turn friction on and off, which simply shrinks the current direction vector by a set amount. In addition you can start and stop the simulation, add or take away gravity wells, change the number of particles, and draw a grid so you can place the wells more precisely if you please.  Hope you all have fun with it!

The Bristol

Posted in Uncategorized on December 9, 2008 by lightningmonkey

So me and my friend Sarah went out to The Bristol in Bucktown over the weekend, and damn was it tasty! So I found this place by just wandering through mertromix for a while and since it had been getting great reviews it seemed like a good idea.  The Bristol is a fairly small place, it seated about 50 people it looked liked, but there was also a private dinning area upstairs, which I assume would seat about the same amount.  We went on Sunday night so we just walked in a sat down.  Even with it being Sunday night the place was still half full, good sign.  The food is American but is done similar to tapas, as in each dish is small and you order a couple to share between people.  To begin, we where given a wine and beer menu that was something like 20 pages long.  Needless to say, they have an extensive selection of wine and bottled beer.  I settled for an imperial stout they had on tap, and Sarah got a sparkling wine.  Both were delicious.

After the drinks we ordered some “bar snacks” as they are called there.  We got an order of duck fat fries and stuffed chicken wings.  The fries were very, very good.  The only other place I have had duck fat fries is when I go to Hot Doug’s, but they do seem to be tastier at Bristol.  The fries are served with their homemade ketchup and mayo.  Both are good, but their ketchup had a distinct smoky flavor to it that made it all the more memorable.  Next we got the stuffed chicken wings.  I was not really sure what to expect when we ordered it since they are supposed to be chicken wings stuffed with chorizo and blue cheese (I had never heard of such a thing, so I was intrigued). Sadly, they turned out to be the only real disappointment of the night.  They were basically tiny nuggets what had chorizo and blue cheese in them.  While they were tasty, an order only came with three small nuggets, which cost $8. Not a very good deal.  Next came the main courses.   First we got Parmesan crusted sausage with lentils, which was my bet for the best dish of the night.  There were four good-sized chunks of the sausage and a little mound of lentils.  The sausage just feel apart when you cut it up, and tasted fantastic. Next we had grilled octopus with chickpeas.  I had never had octopus before, so this was new for me.  Turns out it tastes like calamari (big surprise) and was also very good.  They had put a citrus sauce over the dish that was quite tasty.  The chickpeas were a bit hard, but still good.

We were still a bit hungry after this, again small portions, so we put in an order of monkey bread.  It came straight from the oven in its own little cast iron pot and was served with a dill sauce.  As opposed to normal monkey bread, this was not very sweet, but it was doughy and once again, very tasty.  To finish off the meal we had some home made nutty butters and milk chocolate mouse (I don’t think it was exactly chocolate mouse but close enough). It was very creamy, not too heavy, and delicious when eaten alone or with a nutty butter.   It was all very, very, very tasty.  Also the service was very prompt and very nice.  We did not wait very long for our food, and the plates got cleared almost as soon as we finished with each dish.  The bill was around 70 for the two of us, which is not terrible considering we had drinks, five dishes, and dessert, and it was pretty much the most flavorful dinner I may have ever had. I will definitely go back.


Posted in Uncategorized on December 7, 2008 by lightningmonkey

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