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    Wednesday, May 20th, 2015
    7:44 pm
    Week 19
    (UTD)
    paid up with Bursar(mostly)
    graduate - missed a deadline in January, so now looks like August award of degree
    qualifying exams - not gonna, pursing work is taking precedence over preparing.

    (car)
    Order parts -> replace O2 sensors and left headlamp -> inspect car asap
    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    SQL server/MySQL
    Finish 8-week Android App series
    Complete training on powertools at UTDesignworkshop, 3/5 sessions down
    -> volunteer for UTDesign Makerspace
    -> get 24/7 access
    -> electronic gear to troubleshoot Taurus' relays and restore environmental controls
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    functional programming
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    ASP.net, Report Writing, SQL Server scripting (T-SQL)
    Java on Linux platforms
    Significant experience using relational database systems (PostgreSQL
    stored procedures, triggers, functions
    XML/XSLT
    - ASP.Net
    WCF
    - UI/UX
    - PHP
    - HTML5
    - CSS3

    - Agency
    - WordPress
    - Drupal
    HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Angular, SASS/LESS
    PL-SQL
    Git
    SVN
    SDLC
    Django / PHP / JavaScript / HTML
    Python
    Sublime Text 3
    Basic knowledge in Unix
    Basic knowledge in Shell

    Basic knowledge in Structured Query Language (SQL)
    Basic knowledge in Teradata
    Basic knowledge in Oracle
    Basic knowledge in Windows
    Basic knowledge in Analytical & Problem Solving
    Basic knowledge in Job Control Language (JCL)
    Basic knowledge in Multiple Virtual Storage (MVS)
    Basic knowledge in DB2

    (Review)
    Django
    NodeJs - Express
    R
    Functional Programming
    Sunday, May 10th, 2015
    2:43 am
    Tail of Week 17
    Job Contacts (apps)
    Indeed.com
    Dell.taleo.com
    AdeccoUSA.com
    Cook Systems International
    UTDallas
    chronicleVitae
    etc
    Saturday, May 9th, 2015
    6:50 pm
    Late Week 17 - ToDos and not gonnas
    (UTD)
    graduate - missed a deadline in January, so now looks like August award of degree
    qualifying exams - not gonna, pursing work is taking precedence over preparing.

    (car)
    Awaitng replacement title
    Order parts -> replace O2 sensors and left headlamp -> inspect car asap
    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    SQL server/MySQL
    Finish 8-week Android App series, 7 down
    Complete training on powertools at UTDesignworkshop, 3/5 sessions down
    -> volunteer for UTDesign Makerspace
    -> get 24/7 access
    -> electronic gear to troubleshoot Taurus' relays and restore environmental controls
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    functional programming
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    ASP.net, Report Writing, SQL Server scripting (T-SQL)
    Java on Linux platforms
    Significant experience using relational database systems (PostgreSQL
    stored procedures, triggers, functions
    XML/XSLT
    - ASP.Net
    WCF
    - UI/UX
    - PHP
    - HTML5
    - CSS3
    - Agency
    - WordPress
    - Drupal
    HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Angular, SASS/LESS
    PL-SQL
    Git
    SVN
    SDLC
    Django / PHP / JavaScript / HTML

    Job Contacts:
    - Verity Recruiting
    - Robert Half
    - State Farm
    - UT Southwestern
    - Glassdoor
    - careerbuilder
    - Monster
    Saturday, April 25th, 2015
    8:04 pm
    Late Week 15 ToDo's
    (UTD)
    graduate - missed a deadline in January, so now looks like August award of degree
    qualifying exams - probably not gonna, pursing work is taking precedence over preparing.

    (car)
    Awaitng replacement title
    -> replace O2 sensors and left headlamp -> inspect car asap
    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    SQL server/MySQL
    Finish 8-week Android App series, 5 down
    Complete training on powertools at UTDesignworkshop, 3/5 sessions down
    -> volunteer for UTDesign Makerspace
    -> get 24/7 access
    -> electronic gear to troubleshoot Taurus' relays and restore environmental controls
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    functional programming
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    ASP.net, Report Writing, SQL Server scripting (T-SQL)
    Java on Linux platforms
    Significant experience using relational database systems (PostgreSQL
    stored procedures, triggers, functions
    XML/XSLT
    - ASP.Net
    WCF
    - UI/UX
    - PHP
    - HTML5
    - CSS3
    - Agency
    - WordPress
    - Drupal
    HTML5, CSS3, JQuery, Angular, SASS/LESS
    PL-SQL
    Git
    SVN
    SDLC
    Django / PHP / JavaScript / HTML
    Thursday, April 9th, 2015
    1:48 am
    Mid Week 13 ToDos
    (UTD)
    graduate - missed a deadline in January, so now looks like August award of degree
    qualifying exams


    (car)
    replaced blower motor relay
    Awaitng replacement title
    -> inspect car asap
    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    SQL server/MySQL
    Finish 8-week Android App series, 3 down
    Complete training on powertools at UTDesignworkshop, 2/5 sessions down
    -> volunteer for  UTDesign Makerspace
    -> get 24/7 access
    -> electronic gear to troubleshoot Taurus' relays and restore environmental controls
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    functional programming
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    Monday, March 23rd, 2015
    4:08 am
    ToDo Progress, beginning Week 11
    Ice days pushed my final final back to Monday, March 2, and it was another week of anxiety until getting the marks on March 9; A- in AI! Week of March 16 was spring break.

    (UTD)
    -> take AI make-up final by Fen 27
    graduate
    qualifying exams


    (car)
    Awaitng replacement title
    -> inspect car asap

    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    SQL server/MySQL

    Finish 8-week Android App series, 1 down
    Complete training on powertools at UTDesignworkshop
    -> volunteer for  UTDesign Makerspace
    -> get 24/7 access
    -> electronic gear to troubleshoot Taurus' relays and restore environmental controls
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    functional programming
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
    7:09 pm
    Midway through Week 7
    (UTD)
    perl coding
    -> complete AI project by Feb 25
    tutor review for AI make-up final

    -> take AI make-up final by Fen 27
    qualifying exams

    -> graduate

    (car)
    Awaitng replacement title
    -> inspect car asap

    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    Pathway to Internship workshops (Big Data, 3 down of 6)
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    logic programming
    functional programming
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN

    Fortunately, my health has improved considerably since I last posted. Thanks to changing my eating habits and getting a body pillow to keep my sleeping on my side, I've been sleeping better at night, more wake during the day, and have lost weight. I'm putting off pursuit of a PhD for now in favor of holding a respectable job in the area working as a computer professional...as soon as I can get one.

    Two days to go until I get that final final out of the way!
    Thursday, February 5th, 2015
    4:35 pm
    ToDo Progress, Week 4
    Time Sensitive:

    (UTD)
    perl coding
    -> graphics
    -> logic programming

    -> complete AI project by Feb 25
    tutor review for AI make-up final
    -> take AI make-up final by Fen 27
    late admit for Spring
    -> enroll in BIS 3190 Library Research

    qualifying exams

    -> graduate

    (car)
    Awaitng replacement title
    -> inspect car asap

    -> transfer car title by title+30
    -> register car by title+30

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    Pathway to Internship workshops (Big Data, 3 down of 6)
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    logic programming
    functional programming
    android app (texts backed up by mail)
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    STEM outreach


    tcpip, it looks like I've missed the deadline for Aug 2015 starts at RMIT, and possibly missed it for 2015-2016 year altogether. There is something that says "June intake", but I am not sure what that woud be. I have also not located a source of funding likely to close the AUS$58K gap for cost of attendance (about US$45K for those playing at home).

    Hmm,  where can I find such support?
    Monday, January 12th, 2015
    5:42 pm
    ToDo Progress, beginning of Week 1
    So not enjoying an ugly chest cold, and am aghast to discover this semseter's parking sticker at UTD is $50 more than one of part time semsters at TC used to, back in the day ($161 vs $111 for three credit hours including all fees)!


    tcpip, are there any CS doctoral programs down there that have some reasonably gentle qualifying exams?


    Last week was 0.

    Time Sensitive:

    (UTD)
    perl coding
    -> graphics
    -> logic programming
    -> complete AI project by Jan 28
    tutor review for AI make-up final
    -> take AI make-up final by Jan 30
    late admit for Spring
    -> enroll in BIS 3190 Library Research
    qualifying exams

    speak to grad studies dean
    -> graduate
    report bus lapses

    (car)
    repair R brakelight asap
    -> inspect car asap
    -> transfer car title by Feb 3
    -> register car by Feb 3
    apartent parking sticker
    utd parking sticker


    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    Pathway to Internship workshops (Big Data, 1 of 6)
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    logic programming
    functional programming
    android app (texts backed up by mail)
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    STEM outreach

    (teaching)
    volunteer with gradeschool workshops
    -> teach grade school workshops
    -> teach intermediate/all ages workshops
    -> Mathnasium
    PhD program

    (work)
    find job
    Mathnasium
    Career Center
    UTD employment
    PhD program
    Wednesday, January 7th, 2015
    6:56 pm
    ToDo List 2015 Edition
    Time Sensitive:

    (UTD)
    perl coding
    -> graphics
    -> logic programming
    -> complete AI project by Jan 28
    tutor review for AI make-up final
    -> take AI make-up final by Jan 30
    late admit for Spring
    -> enroll in BIS 3190 Library Research
    qualifying exams
    speak to grad studies dean
    -> graduate
    report bus lapses

    (car)
    repair R brakelight asap
    -> inspect car asap
    -> transfer car title by Feb 3
    -> register car by Feb 3
    apartent parking sticker
    utd parking sticker

    Not so sensitive:

    (enrichment)
    Pathway to Internship workshops
    IEEE learning center -> FT, FFT
    Simplex Method
    logic programming
    functional programming
    android app (texts backed up by mail)
    OpenCV implementation of MLMVN
    STEM outreach

    (teaching)
    volunteer with gradeschool workshops
    -> teach gradeschool workshops
    -> teach intermediate/all ages workshops
    -> Mathnasium
    PhD program

    (work)
    find job
    Mathnasium
    Career Center
    UTD employment
    PhD program


    Just a few things, to be amended as time advances
    Saturday, August 24th, 2013
    7:52 pm
    Where Before I Was But The Learner-
    I've now reached the lofty plane (18 graduate hours) where the State of Texas allows me to be an instructor of record for STEM courses taken by actual, degree seeking college students. My unending gratitude to exemplar LJ friends anaka and tcpip.


    To those on various forums who have complained that I lecture instead of conversing, I'm afraid your worst fears are confirmed:

    Sunday, July 15th, 2012
    6:17 pm
    Thursday, January 19th, 2012
    5:45 am
    Slooowly working, but it's working!
    After removing the final arithmetic error, my program Rohan is producing correct results both on the GPU and the CPU, and evaluates a 9x36x1 neural network in 220 microseconds on a single thread. This, however, is very slow, as the 10,000 sample learning set takes a total of 2.2 seconds to complete, while the CPU can do it as quickly as 0.67 seconds (all numbers from my home machine).

    So, I am currently working on making multiple threads go at once. This is not as simple as making copies of everything, as each learning sample involves 10 values expressed as a double and a double complex each (24 bytes x 10 x 10,000 ~= 2.4 MB), and the 10x36 + 37= 397 weights are double complexes (16 bytes x 400 = 6400 bytes which is no biggie but it adds up) .  With about 1000 MB ram on the card, the "multiply and conquer" method would support at most 40 simultaneous evaluations; the x40 speedup would yield a total evaluation time of .05 seconds.

    I believe that a better approach is to treat these as textures, so that all threads can share the same 2.4 MB of learning values "textures", and the 6400 bytes of weights can be both shared as textures for reading, then altered individually for backpropagating.

    I'd also like to note here for posterity that in building the Boost.org binary libraries for Visual C++ 2008, the file that controls static and dynamic linked versions is boostcpp.jam in the $BOOST_ROOT directory, specifically the section where "self.minimal-properties-win" is defined.

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Friday, November 4th, 2011
    1:50 pm
    I live the dream! Part II
    I work in a machine intelligence laboratory that physically used to be a study lounge. The semster we moved in, I printed up a sign with our official title and the common internet graphic of a skull x-ray with a circuit board visible inside the cranium to cover the existing placard, in hopes of distracting people into reading the sign before they barged in, expecting an open study lounge.

    Later the same day, the sign had been removed and I was cautioned that it was inadvisable to have such a thing to remind the other staff who had been against the reallocation of the space that they had lost the issue. People occasionally still wander in looking for the study lounge but the general craft room decor tips them off.


    So thanks to university politics, I don't just make artificial brains, I work in a secret laboratory making artificial brains.

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Sunday, July 31st, 2011
    2:00 am
    Thursday, April 7th, 2011
    2:29 am
    Writer's Block: Arms wide open
    If you had to choose, what couple from TV, cinema, or literature, would you choose as your parents?


    There can be only two: Superman and Wonder Woman from KINGDOM COME and sequels.
    Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
    9:03 pm
    I needed to Science some more!
    The second publication to which I have contributed is appearing at SPIE 2011 this week. "Intelligent edge enhancement using multilayer neural network based on multi-valued neurons"

    This is something of a coup for myself and the other undergraduate authors. Not only is it unusual to be published before grad school (of course, since there's no Computer Science grad school here yet...), this is the second publication for most of us, which is one more than several university faculty members have.

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Friday, January 14th, 2011
    10:44 pm
    ZARDOZ!


    Current Mood: rejuvenated
    Saturday, December 18th, 2010
    1:48 pm
    LAST DAY, CANCER SIXTEENS. CAROUSEL BEGINS.
    Now I go to gather with the others under the dome in special costume, prepared to ascend to my new incarnation!


    CS 420 UG Computer Networks D 3.000 3.0000

    CS 467 UG Image Process & Comp Vision A 3.000 12.0000

    CS 497 UG Comp Intelligence & Neural Net A 3.000 12.0000

    EE 289 UG Intro to Elec Engineering A 3.000 12.0000

    EE 335 UG Electronics B 3.000 9.0000

    MATH 415 UG Numerical Analysis A 3.000 12.0000


    Term Totals (Undergraduate)
    Attempt Hours Passed Hours Earned Hours GPA Hours Quality Points GPA
    Current Term: 18.000 18.000 18.000 18.000 60.0000 3.3333

    Cumulative: 93.000 87.000 87.000 87.000 320.0000 3.6782

    TRANSCRIPT TOTALS (UNDERGRADUATE) -Top-
    Attempt Hours Passed Hours Earned Hours GPA Hours Quality Points GPA
    Total Institution: 93.000 87.000 87.000 87.000 320.0000 3.6782

    Total Transfer: 206.000 126.000 126.000 136.000 340.0000 2.5000

    Overall: 299.000 213.000 213.000 223.000 660.0000 2.9596


    May God bless anaka and bruceb and tcpip for being paragons of determination and sanity to a non-traditional student. I ever fall short of their example but remain leagues ahead of where I'd be without it.

    Current Mood: accomplished
    Sunday, October 17th, 2010
    6:50 pm
    I needed to Science!
    It's been a few months and no one has called to say our paper was approved for publication by mistake, so....

    > @article{ 10.1109/AMS.2010.53,
    > author = {Visvasuresh Victor Govindaswamy and Matthew Caudill and Jeff Wilson and Daniel Brower and G. Balasekaran},
    > title = {Clump Sort: A Stable Alternative to Heap Sort for Sorting Medical Data},
    > journal ={Asia International Conference on Modelling & Simulation},
    > volume = {0},
    > year = {2010},
    > isbn = {978-0-7695-4062-7},
    > pages = {227-230},
    > doi = {http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/AMS.2010.53},
    > publisher = {IEEE Computer Society},
    > address = {Los Alamitos, CA, USA},
    > }
    >
    > Visvasuresh Victor Govindaswamy
    > Matthew Caudill
    > Jeff Wilson
    > Daniel Brower
    > G. Balasekaran
    > DOI Bookmark: http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/AMS.2010.53
    > Sorting data sets are a thoroughly researched field. Several sorting
    algorithms have been introduced and these include Bubble, Insertion,
    Selection, Shell, Quick, Merge and Heap. In this paper, we present a
    novel sorting algorithm,named Clump Sort, to take advantage of ordered
    segments already present in medical data sets. It succeeds in sorting
    the medical data considerably better than all the sorts except when
    using totally non-clumped data. In this test using totally nonclumped
    data, Heap sort does only slightly better than Clump sort. However,
    Clump sort has the advantage of being a stable sort as the original
    order of equal elements is preserved whereas in Heap sort, it is not
    since it does not guarantee that equal elements will appear in their
    original order after sorting. As such, Clump Sort will have considerably
    better data cache performance with both clumped and non-clumped data,
    outperforming Heap Sort on a modern desktop PC, because it accesses the
    elements in order. Sorting equal elements in the correct order is
    essential for sorting medical data.


    http://www.computer.org/portal/web/csdl/doi/10.1109/AMS.2010.53

    Edited to Add: While the subject of the paper isn't a big deal outside the database community, it is my first publication, which is a big deal considering some of the professors here have only one publication as well. My colleague Matthew managed to be party to another paper accepted for publication before he graduated, as well as being on the team that took first place in Computer Science at last year's Pathways symposium, which is not bad considering we were up against numerous other schools up to 40x our size! A&M-Texarkana took second the year before that, and we hope to do well again this year.

    Current Mood: accomplished
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